Amid the unfolding of the global COVID-19 pandemic affecting Anglican colleges everywhere, the CUAC trustees have been assessing the status of the 2020 CUAC London Triennial scheduled for late this June. On Wednesday Whitelands College moved all learning, teaching and assessment online, cancelling their traditional May Day celebration for the first time in 140 years. Acting by unanimous consent, the CUAC Board took the decision to cancel the 2020 Triennial Conference and reschedule at Whitelands in a similar timeframe in 2021.
The silver lining in our deep disappointment not to be gathering in June in this crisis when teaching has largely become virtual worldwide is the prescience of the theme, Saved by technology? The promise and dangers of technology for Christian Higher Education. This is an exploration that we cannot wait a year to launch. Dean Jeremy Law of Canterbury Christ Church University is working on possibilities of a virtual gathering in June to start the conversation. We will keep you informed as it develops.
As viruses do not respect borders or boundaries, we are reminded again that we are all in this together. These are extraordinary times to innovate, to humanize social distancing by staying in touch, and keeping one another safe.
As our Trustee Peter Neil, at Bishop Grosseteste University said so well, A sad day, but not all will be lost.