All staff have been invited to observe a one-minute silence at 11am on Tuesday, 28 April, to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual event remembering those who have lost their lives at work.

In previous years, University leaders, trade union representatives and colleagues have gathered on campus on this date for a short ceremony. In this year’s exceptional circumstances, although we can’t all stand together, we can share the nationwide one-minute silence instead.

Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, said:

“This year’s act of remembrance comes at a time when we are all acutely aware of – and extremely grateful for – the personal sacrifices and contributions of those who are working on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these people are known to us individually, in particular our colleagues at the University, in the NHS and those in other essential care and service industries. Wherever you may be at 11am on Tuesday 28 April, please take a minute to think of those who serve the public good so selflessly, and – on Workers’ Memorial Day – those who have lost their lives at work.”

Representatives of our campus trade unions UCU, Unite and UNISON, said:

“In these exceptional circumstances it seems right that the University, as the city’s second biggest employer, will lower the University flag in respect and bathe the Parkinson Building in ‘NHS blue’ light to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on Tuesday. As representatives of the three campus trade unions, Unite, Unison and UCU, we invite all staff at 11am on Tuesday to pause and reflect on those supporting us all at this difficult time, and in particular to remember those NHS workers who have died from coronavirus.”