27 May 2021 10.13am

All staff email from Professor David Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor and President

Dear colleagues,

As you are aware, the landscape of COVID-19 response nationally is quite dynamic, given recent events in Victoria.

You will be aware of heightened restrictions placed on persons who have recently been in the Greater Melbourne area and returned to SA on or since the 20th May.

For the avoidance of doubt, and in the interests of risk mitigation and public health, I am escalating our internal controls so that any applicable SA COVID-19 restrictions are also deemed applicable to activities in all states and territories for all UniSA staff and students, as well as all applicable instruments currently in effect in those jurisdictions.

For example, this means that anyone currently under local restriction in SA based on their recent travel history in Victoria would not be permitted to attend an event interstate which was subject to a COVID-19 management plan or was of a scale of >1000 participants.

This escalation of controls will remain in effect until further notice, with apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Best regards

10 May 2021 8.57pm

All staff email from Professor David Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor and President

Dear Colleagues,

As we move into the middle of the year and with a successful series of graduations behind us, it is tempting to consider that we are approaching something resembling a more normal academic year than we have experienced in some time.

However, as we have all seen and heard in recent weeks the COVID pandemic is regrettably not yet behind us. There are tragic situations playing out in many communities around the world.  I know that many of our own UniSA community are directly impacted by this and that this is particularly acute for our current 1700 Indian students, our alumni offshore and for so many of us with family and friends outside Australia.  My thoughts and the thoughts of all the UniSA community go out to our friends, families and partners who are dealing with these extraordinary circumstances.

I also want to reassure you all that the University will continue to do all it can to support those it can through the range of services we have available.  Senior staff are meeting regularly to monitor the changing environment and we will continue to make any adjustments and accommodations that are necessary to ensure the health and safety of our community, support each other through this journey and minimize disruption to University learning and research.

Some staff and students will have received direct communications recently relating to the current situation, but I would like to remind everyone that the COVID website is regularly updated with the latest key information and provides links to available resources and services.  There are links to Campus Central and our counselling services for students, and for staff there are links to the employee assistance program and information about other supports.

I want to thank everyone for their ongoing concern for each other and for adapting to the changed teaching and learning arrangements while observing health protocols.  We have had to adapt a great deal in the more than twelve months of the pandemic and I am proud of the way our community has responded to each turn and change during this time.

Like you, I look forward to a time when borders across all countries are able to safely open and the personal connections that define the international higher education community are restored.  In the meantime we will continue to communicate with you as circumstances change.

With best regards

2 March 2021 11.33am

All student email from Professor David Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor and President

Dear Students

Welcome back to your studies.

I know I speak for everyone here when I say It’s great to have you back with us. Whether you’re new to campus, have just tuned in online or are returning to campus to continue your studies, we are really pleased to have you where you belong. We’ve missed you. UniSA is your university, built and geared for you and we are here to see that you get the best education and the best university experience it’s possible to get, during your time with us. University is meant to be the academic journey of a lifetime but the last 12 months have interrupted that, for you and for us, and we are delighted to be back on track.

Importantly, last year taught us all to look after ourselves and each other. We’re all part of the same UniSA family now and we need to care for each other

I hope that the education you’ll get at UniSA is one you’ll remember forever and remember as one of the best adventures of your life.

If you’re new to UniSA, don’t worry, it won’t take long for you to learn which building – or which online space - you’re meant to be in and for what purpose. But if in doubt, don’t be shy, ask someone. There are plenty of us who got lost in our first few weeks and we’re always happy to lend a guiding hand for whatever purpose – navigating spaces or systems. If you’re back to continue your studies, it’s great to see you too – now that you know the ropes perhaps you can lend a helping hand wherever needed to your new peers.

I want to thank all of you for choosing to come to UniSA to learn with us. If you think of your UniSA education as a first step in your career, and treat your studies as part of the job you’ve set yourself, you’ll come to classes prepared, and you’ll be fully engaged in whatever activities your program requires.

That’s all part of the university experience and I know you will make the most of your time here. For those studying on campus, look out for the campus fairs on the four metropolitan campuses in March where you can connect with a student club or UniSA Sport club. Students in Mt Gambier and Whyalla can connect via the USASA office and student representatives. Get involved in the UniSA+ program, develop your leadership skills and consider volunteering or mentoring other students.

This is where your career begins and you can get an up close and in depth look at that career at the Careers Expo on Friday 12 March. The more information you have, the better choices you’ll make.

Above all else, thank you, too, for your patience and understanding as we all grappled with the unforeseen circumstances and challenges of our times. While those challenges still continue, we encourage and will support you to stay safe and well, with our COVID-safe practices on campus, https://i.unisa.edu.au/students/student-support-covid19/ and our UniSA support services (https://i.unisa.edu.au/students/student-support-services/

I look forward to seeing you around the campuses – or online – or both! - soon.

UniSA communications to staff and students 
(These updates are organised chronologically – with the most recent information first)

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