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22/6/18

Dear all

Staff Update

Until Monday 2nd July GSA buildings remain closed to students and there is still a suspension of teaching. However, from this Monday, 25th June staff will have access to the campus in all buildings with the exception of the Reid and Bourdon Buildings, Breckenridge House and Mclellan Galleries. Opening hours across all accessible buildings next week will be 9am-5pm.

Whilst there is no teaching on campus it is expected that staff who do have access to their building should be able to work.  Staff who do not have access to their building i.e. Bourdon and Reid Buildings, will receive specific instructions from their Heads of School or Head of Professional Support regarding alternative arrangements. Staff may still work remotely if this is appropriate and has been agreed with your line manager.

Mackintosh Building Update
Regarding the Mackintosh Building itself: we have been working around the clock with Glasgow City Council Building Standards, Historic Environment Scotland and our own professional teams to assess and work to stabilise the Mackintosh Building as soon as is practically possible. We recognise this has the potential to significantly impact on operations from September 2018 and are reviewing contingencies to mitigate this.

The School of Simulation and Visualisation are scanning the Building and we obtained drone footage (see YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=fEn4F3LLKDU) that we released to media earlier in the week. Both the scans and the footage are providing vital information to assist in the assessment of the Mack.  

Academic Continuity
Over the week we have been working hard to ensure that the GSA can be fully operational as soon as possible and to effectively manage the buildings that are currently not accessible. As previously stated we are due to reopen for our postgraduate cohort and August examination diet from 2nd July, and these students will be relocated to the Haldane Building. Heads of School (or their representatives) are dealing with specific individual arrangements for PGR students and supervisors / PGR coordinators will be in touch with PGR students from 2nd July. 

A full decant and academic continuity plan for teaching has been concluded today that finds alternative space for all displaced staff and students. Heads of Schools will communicate these details locally.

Graduate Degree Show
We are planning to meet mid-next week with postgraduate students to outline our proposals for the forthcoming Graduate Degree Show 2018.  We will be contacting students on Monday to put in place arrangements to meet. 

Media
Staff are reminded that any media enquiries should be passed to Lesley Booth, press@gsa.ac.uk.


Finally, I want to thank everyone who has worked so tirelessly since Friday night and over the past week for your commitment, tenacity and resilience. It is because of you that The Glasgow School of Art goes on. There are some staff who have key tasks to perform over the weekend. However, to the rest of you who have been working so incredibly hard I would ask that you please do not feel obligated to work until Monday. It is terribly important that you head home and away from GSA, and take some time for yourselves to recuperate and recharge. There is important work to be done in the weeks ahead.

best 

Tom

18/06/18

Dear all,

Mackintosh Building Fire and GSA Re-Opening

Following Friday’s fire in the Mackintosh Building, the Directorate, Governors, Heads of School and core staff have been focused on detailed planning regarding both the immediate arrangements for our postgraduate students and the continuing operation of the School for all of our GSA community from September 2018.

The situation remains that the Mackintosh Building remains under the control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), and currently there is no access to either of the adjacent buildings, the Reid Building or Bourdon Building. This is primarily for safety reasons. There is some damage to these buildings which has yet to be fully assessed, principally to the exterior facades, and the Mackintosh Building itself remains a live incident site. As a result, access to these buildings looks to remain an issue for some time.

Re-opening Date
This presents challenges in terms of immediate provision for the remainder of semester 3 for our current PGT/R students (and August examination diet). It has been agreed that to ensure that the best possible arrangements and facilities are in place for these students, and to facilitate the smoothest transition for any changes, all buildings across the GSA will now remain closed for two weeks until re-opening on Monday 2 July, 2018.

This two-week period of closure across the School will allow all GSA staff from all disciplines and locations to collaborate and to pull together as one team to work on detailed arrangements, ensuring the best academic continuity for all students. We would ask that unless you are specifically requested to come into work by your Head of School or your Head of Professional Services, that you stay away from the campus at this time.

Student Communication
A communication has been issued just now to all students regarding the reopening, and you can view this here.

All Staff Update
A full update for staff will be given at RCS, New Athenaeum Theatre, this Wednesday 20 June from 9am-10.30am.
 

best,

 

Tom Inns
Director

 

17/06/18

Dear all,

Update on Arrangements for Staff Following the Mackintosh Fire


Just to reiterate that all GSA buildings are currently closed (with the exception of GSA Singapore and China Office).

You are asked to please stay away from the campus unless you are or have been specifically advised to report in by either your Head of School or by the Head of Professional Support Services.

Staff teaching on the Overseas Immersion Programme / 
Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines only
Staff for each of these short programmes should attend as scheduled tomorrow. Please report to the Haldane Building.

All Staff Update
An All Staff update is being delivered this Wednesday, 20 June at RCS (New Athenaeum Theatre) 9am – 10.30am.
All staff are invited to attend.

Fire Statement
A statement on the fire was issued to the media this evening and you can read it in full here. At this point we have no further information to give you. Staff and Students will receive further communciations tomorrow regarding arrangements for making the school operational.

 

 

Tom Inns
Director

 

16/06/18

Dear all,

Update on Arrangements for Staff Following the Mackintosh Fire


Just to reiterate that all GSA buildings are currently closed (with the exception of GSA Singapore and China Office).

You are asked to please stay away from the campus unless you are or have been specifically advised to report in by either your Head of School or by the Head of Professional Support Services.

Staff teaching on the Overseas Immersion Programme / 
Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines only
Staff for each of these short programmes should attend as scheduled tomorrow. Please report to the Haldane Building.

All Staff Update
An All Staff update is being delivered this Wednesday, 20 June at RCS (New Athenaeum Theatre) 9am – 10.30am.
All staff are invited to attend.

Fire Statement
A statement on the fire was issued to the media this evening and you can read it in full here. At this point we have no further information to give you. Staff and Students will receive further communciations tomorrow regarding arrangements for making the school operational.

  

Tom Inns
Director

 

16/06/16

Dear all,

As you will be aware from communications issued by the School over the course of today, following the fire in the Mackintosh Building on 15/6/18 all buildings on the GSA Glasgow campus are currently closed until further notice.

You are asked to please stay away from the campus, unless you are specifically requested to report in by either your Head of School or by your Head of Professional Support Services. This notification will be sent to relevant staff tomorrow following further discussions.

Staff teaching on the Overseas Immersion Programme (Y3 Singapore students) or Pre-Sessional English for Creative Disciplines only
Staff for each of these short programmes should attend as scheduled from Monday, and are asked to report to the Haldane Building where these programmes will be based.

Staff based at the Whisky Bond and Pacific Quay will receive separate instructions tomorrow from Alison Stevenson and Paul Chapman regarding arrangements for next week.

Updates will continue to be issued to staff and students as and when we have any further information.

 

Tom Inns
Director

16/06/18

Dear all


As you will be aware, the Mackintosh Building, currently under restoration, suffered a major fire last night (Friday, 15 June).

The site remains under the control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and consequently all GSA buildings will remain closed to staff, students and to all visitors until further notice. Staff and students should monitor GSA on Twitter @GSofA and via your GSA email for updates.

Press and Media
There is clearly significant press and media interest in the GSA at this time.  Staff are reminded to follow the standard GSA protocols and direct any media enquiries through Lesley Booth (press@gsa.ac.uk).

Tom Inns
Director

 

16 June 2018
2.15am


The Mackintosh Building, currently under restoration, suffered a major fire last night (Friday, 15 June).

The site remains under the control of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and consequently all GSA buildings will remain closed to staff, students and to all visitors until further notice.

We will provide further information and updates as they become available.