I hope you are all safe. I wanted to take this opportunity first of all to thank you for your continued hard work and good spirit during these unprecedented times. I also wanted to share with you briefly some highlights of GBS’s response since the UK Government announced new COVID-19 measures on 23rd March 2020:
- GBS was able to switch to 100%-Live online teaching within four business days of the Government lockdown announcement.
- I had pledged with all of you when I addressed you that GBS will be standing with you in this difficult time, even though we had very little information of this unfolding disaster, and I am happy to report to you that we have stood together. During the last two months GBS has paid full salaries to all employees; this included employees who were sick during this period for more than four days and would ordinarily have received statutory sick pay (SSP).
- GBS has not signed up for the Government’s ‘furlough’ scheme and has not claimed any taxpayer money from the UK Government during this time. This is our way to say # THANK YOU!
Following our Prime Minister’s address to the nation, GBS will remain alert and maintain social distancing at work. Please note that you are more than welcome to work from the campus if required. HR team will be sharing more information on transitioning back to the office during this week.
We are observing the same level of engagement from our students, and I take this opportunity to say thank you to you for maintaining the high level of teaching and individual support, in order to keep them moving forwards in their studies without interruption.