Vice-Chancellor supports Arden staff to join NHS Volunteer Responders

Arden University Vice-Chancellor Professor Carl Lygo has signed up to the NHS Volunteer Responders and pledged that all employees who join him will be paid for their time.

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The Vice-Chancellor and CEO has promised that any of the University’s employees can volunteer for the scheme and will be paid for their time spent volunteering.

Professor Carl Lygo was one of the very first to sign up to NHS volunteers and has encouraged all of the university’s employees who work at the University’s Coventry HQ or from one of the other five UK study centres to sign up.

Carl said: “We’re been experts in online learning for 20 years – it’s what we do. So we’re in a very privileged position that for us it’s business as usual during this pandemic. But that also means we are able to help out when we can and I’m delighted to support staff who want to do their bit for the NHS.”

All staff are currently working from home during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak and all teaching is online.

In a staff announcement Carl promised that any staff member who wants to join the NHS’s new army of volunteer responders that they will not lose any of their salary for the time they spend volunteering.

Staff are also being supported with extra training to further facilitate working from home and regular all-staff, video updates on the Covid 19 crisis from the University's management team.