Information for students following the fire at the Mackintosh Building

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Student Update 29/05/14

Work has continued all day, the Mackintosh Building is now cleared and all Departments have been relocated.  The GSA will reopen tomorrow, Friday 30th May at 10am as planned.

Reopening

It is likely to be an emotional day tomorrow as students return to the campus for the first time since the fire. Support for students will be available from 10am, 30 Hill Street for anyone requiring counselling and support.  Students can either drop in or phone 0141 353 4787 to speak with someone.

Your continued patience, resilience and thought and care for others is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Students are reminded of the following important information:

Student Briefings will take placed as planned and advised in our update of 28/05/14.

Relocation

Please note that in a change to previous updates, Continuing Education will from tomorrow be sited in the Library, Floor 1, Quiet Study Space and not the Barnes Building.

Sandi Galbraith, John Martin and Michael McGaughlin can be found in project Space 2, Reid Building, 1st Floor.

Technical Facilities

A reminder that the Technical Services Department are preparing for the return of students and will be operational from Friday 30th May as detailed in yesterday’s update (28/05/14)

Library and Learning Resources

The Library will open on Friday 30th May at 11am until 5pm and will be open Saturday and Sunday 12noon – 8pm, offering basic printing services.

Library IT staff will be available 11 – 5pm tomorrow (Friday) to deal with any more complex IT technical issues.  

Refectory

The Refectory will be open on Friday 30th May.  Unfortunately this will be for takeaway only.  The Refectory seating area is currently being used to naturally dry items from the Archives and Collections.  The Vic on Scott Street will reopen tomorrow.

Student Support and Development Services: DSA Equipment - Insurance Claim Process

If you have DSA funded equipment that has been damaged or lost as a result of the fire within the Mackintosh Building, please follow these procedures:-

Phone Iansyst - 0800 018 0045
Iansyst will advise you and help you log your claim   
Iansyst have advised that equipment may be repaired or replaced, depending on the extent of damage
You MUST contact Iansyst within 14 days of the incident (latest date to do this will beFriday 6th June)

NB This process is relevant to all students who took out insurance via the DSA supplier – Iansyst.  If you organised your own insurance for your DSA equipment then please refer to your insurance policy.  If you require support with your insurance claim, please email:
learningsupport@gsa.ac.uk

What Is currently happening in the Mackintosh Building?

There is no access to the Mackintosh Building other than for authorised personnel and work is now underway on Western Gable.  Tomorrow at 8am work will begin in partnership with Historic Scotland, on carrying out an early phase of reconstruction of the Mackintosh Building. They will begin deconstructing and laying aside a small section of the uppermost part of the western gable of the Mackintosh Building for conservation.

The work will be undertaken by specialist stone masons and the stones will be conserved and protected at Historic Scotland's Glasgow Cathedral Depot, for reinstatement at a later date.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at the GSA tomorrow and students should continue to check their email, the GSA website and social media for updates over the next few days.  We do not anticipate to issue our next update until Monday 2 June.

Student Update 28/05/14

Over the past 24 hours we have made considerable progress in clearing the Mackintosh Building of student work, archives and collections, staff offices and GSA Enterprises.  We anticipate that this work will be completed as scheduled. 

We are on track for the reopening of the School on Friday 30th May at 10am.  Students are asked to note the following information: Student Briefings The Student Briefings detailed in our update of 25/05/14 will go ahead as planned.  Further details has been received from each School as follows:

School of Fine Art students
Briefings will take place in the Barnes Lecture Theatre at the following times:
2pm – Fine Art Photography
2.45pm – Sculpture and Environmental Art
3.30pm – Painting and Printmaking

Please note these briefings are for 4th year students only.  Other undergraduate students are not required to attend at this time and should refer to the emails, website and social media for further information. Please note Fine Art Administration is now relocated to Barnes Building 2nd floor. A briefing for MLitt Fine Art Practice students will take place at 4.15pm in the Barnes Lecture Theatre.

Mackintosh School of Architecture Students
There will be a student briefing at 2pm in the Bourdon Lecture Theatre (1st floor) at the following times:
2pm - Stage 5 Students 
2.45pm - Stage 4 Students 
3.15 - Stage 3 Students 

School of Design Students
Design School students should return at 10am on Friday to their studios where local briefings will take place. There will be an all Design 4th year student briefing at 2pm in the Reid Auditorium.
Please note Design School Administration is now relocated to the Reid Building Mezzanine Level 4th Floor.

Technical Facilities
The Technical Services Department are preparing for the return of students and will be operational from Friday 30th May as follows:
• 3D Making workshop will be open Friday and Saturday. Sunday by arrangement if required. All laser cutter and 3d printing bookings have been cancelled and files should instead be emailed to a.burke@gsa.ac.uk for processing throughout the week. Files can be sent from tomorrow.
• Casting in the Haldane will be open Friday and Saturday for students to finish work.
• Fashion and Textiles facilities will be available all weekend. Full support cover will be available on Friday but there will be reduced cover over the weekend.
• Photography facilities in the Richmond will be open on Friday for dark room and digital print access. This can be made available over the weekend if required. Photography facilities in the Reid will be open all weekend for digital print and binding.
• Case room will be open and supported on Friday only. Access can be granted over the weekend for binding only by arrangement.
• Screen print in the JD Kelly will be open on Friday only.
• Media Studio will be open with support on Friday and Saturday with usual late opening access arrangements in the evening and on Sunday. Library and Learning Resources

The Library will open on Friday 30th May at 11am until 5pm.  Further information on opening times over the weekend will be issued shortly.  

Refectory
The Refectory will be open on Friday 30th May.  Unfortunately this will be for takeaway only.  The Refectory seating area is currently being used to naturally dry items from the Archives and Collections. 

Registry and Finance Office
The Registry and Finance Offices are now operational:
• Registry is relocated to Reid Building 1st Floor
• Finance Office is relocated to Barnes Building 3rd Floor

The Art School GSASA /'The Vic'
will also reopen on Friday 30th May.

The support for students will continue to be available.  Daily, from 10am, 30 Hill Street will be open for anyone requiring counselling and support.  Students can either drop in or phone 0141 353 4787 to speak with someone and we are finalise arrangements for continuing this service over the coming weeks.

Professor Tom Inns and Professor Linda Drew met 4th Year Class Reps earlier today.  The feedback from this meeting has been invaluable and we are following up the specific actions, many of which will be covered in the individual School briefings.  The School would like to thank the student body for their patience and support to the School as it has worked to address the impact of Friday’s fire.  It is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 30th May. 

Students should continue to check their email, the GSA website and social media for updates as they happen.

FAO Students in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) Equipment 

If any of your DSA funded equipment has been damaged or lost as a result of the fire within the Macintosh Building, please follow these procedures:

  • Phone Iansyst - 0800 018 0045
  • Iansyst will advise you and help you log your claim   
  • Iansyst have advised that equipment may be repaired or replaced, depending on the extent of damage
  • You MUST contact Iansyst within 14 days of the incident (latest date to do this will be Friday 6th June)

*NB This process is relevant to all students who took out insurance via the DSA supplier – Iansyst.  If you organised your own insurance for your DSA equipment then please refer to your insurance policy. 

If you require support with your insurance claim, please email: learningsupport@gsa.ac.uk

Student Update 27/05/14

We continue to make significant progress in a number of areas as we continue to normalise operations following last Friday's fire in the Mackintosh Building.  The site continues to be under the control of Scottish Fire and Rescue and remains closed to all students and will reopen as planned on Friday 30th May at 10am.

As we continue to normal operations, the following Departments have been or are in the process of being relocated.  It is anticipated that these will be completed by Friday 30th May:

REGISTRY –Reid Building 1st Floor (move completed)
HR – Rose Street 3rd Floor (move completed)
PAYROLL – Rose Street 3rd Floor (move completed)
ARCHIVES – Library
CONTINUING EDUCATION – Barnes Building
GSA ENTERPRISES – Rose Street 2nd Floor
EXHIBITIONS – Rose Street 2nd Floor
FINANCE – Barnes Building 3rd Floor
SANDI GALBRAITH AND JOHN MARTIN – Reid Building Directorate Offices
FOCI – Barnes Building 2nd Floor
FINE ART ADMIN – Barnes Building 2nd Floor
DESIGN ADMIN – Reid Building Mezzanine
ESTATES (MAILROOM) – Reid Building Basement

Students should note that the departmental meetings scheduled from 2pm on Friday 30th May as previously announced (see Update 24/05/14).  Please remember to have your student card or other identification with you at all times when you return to the campus on Friday 30th May.

The support for students will continue to be available.  Daily, from 10am, 30 Hill Street will be open for anyone requiring counselling and support.  Students can either drop in or phone 0141 353 4787 to speak with someone and we are putting in place arrangements for continuing this service over the coming weeks.

And finally some positive news from the Scottish Government who earlier today announced they would support the GSA to establish artist’s bursaries for those who have lost work in the Mackintosh fire.  They have also generously pledged to match up to £5m any monies raised by The Glasgow School of Art in response to the Mackintosh fire.

We anticipate we will continue to make significant progress in normalising the operation of the School and look forward to seeing everyone on Friday 30th May.  Students should continue to check their email, the GSA website and social media for updates as they happen.

Update 26/05/14

Staff have been on site all day working tirelessly to continue to both normalise operations and continue with the systematic removal of items from the Mackintosh Building.

Significant progress has been made including:

  • Completion of the photographic record of each studio space
  • The removal of student work within the West wing of Mackintosh Building to the East wing
  • Labelling of all student work for removal to McLellan Galleries
  • Agreement of new locations across the campus for administrative offices  currently based within the Mackintosh Building with a phased plan of relocation ensuring services are operational for Friday 30th May
  • On-going removal of the GSA archives and collection for conservation where required and storage off-site
  • Further planning and implementation (where possible) of plans for assessment, degree show and graduation
  • Retrieving artefacts from the West wing of the Mackintosh building
  • Agreeing the hand-over of the site from Scottish Fire and Rescue to GCC Building Control

Each of us has been inundated with offers of support - moral, financial and general or specialist assistance.  We really want to acknowledge and harness this support which has come not only from across the City and Scotland but worldwide and Alan Horn and the Development are gearing up to do this.  Any offers of support can be emailed over to Alan (a.horn@gsa.ac.uk) who will be able to follow these up on behalf of the School in addition to your own personal replies.

The School will remain closed to both staff and students until Friday morning as previously advised with the following exceptions:

  1.  Staff due to attend Progression Boards and Internal Assessment Board should do so as advised
  2. Staff required/asked to assist in specific tasks related to the current situation
  3. 4th year class reps who will be meeting with Professor Tom Inns and Sam De Santis to feed back student concerns

All staff and students are reminded that they should carry their staff or student card with them at all times.

30 Hill Street will remain open from 10am daily for anyone requiring counselling and support.  Students and staff can either drop in or phone 0141 353 4787 to speak with someone.

 It is a little over 78 hours since the fire.  It has had a massive impact to students, staff and the wider community but, over the past few days, we have worked hard to develop and implement plans to ensure the School can reopen and continue to operate as normally as possible.  This work is ongoing in what is a complex and rapidly changing situation.  Students and staff should check their email, the GSA website and social media for updates as they happen.

Student Update 25/05/14

Staff from across the School have been working tirelessly today to progress the GSA’s response to the Mackintosh Building fire. The site currently remains under the control of Scottish Fire and Rescue and this is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

We are currently undertaking a systematic plan of action which will see the contents of the Mackintosh Building documented and removed as the site is handed back to the School. We anticipate this to be completed by Friday 30 May when the School will reopen.

While we appreciate that many of you are anxious about personal items please be assured that these are secure within buildings and will be available for collection on Friday.

The support for both students and staff will continue to be available. Daily, from 10am, 30 Hill Street will be open for anyone requiring counselling and support. Students and staff can either drop in or phone 0141 353 4787 to speak with someone.

We will continue to update you over the next few days.

Update 24/05/14

Over the past 24 hours the School has been responding to the impact of the fire in the Mackintosh Building.  The Mackintosh Building and surrounding area remains a restricted zone under the control of the Police and Fire Service. The School and all its buildings will remain closed for students until 10am on Friday 30th May.  

I am sure that you will appreciate the sheer complexity of getting the School up and running and the considerable challenges faced by staff in ensuring we deal with all of the contents of the Mackintosh Building as sensitively as possible. Please bear with us at this difficult time. We are hoping that when we do reopen on Friday we will be able to go into the assessment and Degree Show period fully prepared.

On the 30th May the School will reopen and students should note the following:

1. School of Fine Art Students
a) School of Fine Art students should return at the following times and report to the Barnes Lecture Theatre for a briefing on 30th May which will cover assessment at the following times:

          i.     2pm – Fine Art Photography

          ii.     2.45pm – Sculpture and Environmental Art

          iii.     3.30pm – Painting and Printmaking

b) All Degree Show work and personal belongings are currently being removed from the Mackintosh Building and placed in storage for collection.

c) Conservators are attending to any Degree Show work which has been damaged.

d) Personal items will be available for collection after the briefings.

e) Final year students are not required to do any further work in order to be assessed

f) Other undergraduate students are not required to attend at this time

g) Alternative arrangements are being put in place for MLitt Fine Art students currently based within the Mackintosh Building.  These students will be contacted directly over the next couple of days with further information.

h) MFA students based in the J D Kelly are unaffected and are able to operate as usual.

2.    Mackintosh School of Architecture Students
a) Students should report to their studio spaces in the Bourdon Building on 30th May.  At this point students will be able to collect personal belongings and continue with their work.

b) There will be a student briefing at 2pm in the Bourdon Lecture Theatre (1st floor) where staff will outline plans for assessment and degree show

3.    School of Design Students
a) Students should report to their studio spaces in the Reid Building on 30th May.  At this point students will be able to collect personal belongings and continue with their work.

b) There will be a student briefing at 2pm in the Reid Building (location to be confirmed) where staff will outline plans for assessment and degree show

c) Other undergraduate students are not required to attend at this time.

d) Students based within the Haldane Building remain unaffected and are able to operate as usual.

4.    Postgraduate Students
a) Postgraduate students will be issued with their Stage 2 results after 30 May once Registry has been relocated.

5.    Library
a) The Library will reopen from 10am on Friday 30th

b) All items are being removed to safe storage and can be retrieved from the Main Library Desk.

c) Students who left personal belongings in the Library during the evacuation will be able to collect these from 10am onwards.

 

We are currently working on the relocation of Departments (Registry, Human Resources, Student Counselling, Finance, Continuing Education, GSA Enterprises, School of Fine Art staff) which are currently based within the Mackintosh Building.  Further information on the new location for these Departments will be issued as soon as it is known.

From Friday the School will start to operate and as far as possible the life of the School will continue as usual.  Our ability to do this is due, in no insignificant part, to the amazing work of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who went significantly beyond the call of duty to not only tackle the fire but very clearly fought it.  To them we owe our deep gratitude.

Staff from across the School have also been working around the clock to ensure the GSA can become fully operational as soon as possible.  As we move into the next phases of managing the impact of the fire, we remain committed to maintaining this momentum.

The support for both students and staff will continue to be available.  Daily, from 10am, 30 Hill Street will be open for anyone requiring counselling and support.  Students and staff can either drop in or phone 0141 353 4787 to speak with someone.