Dear UNSW Medicine student community,

The impact of COVID-19 has been hard, unexpected and broad-ranging, for both the world and the higher education sector. I cannot fully express my gratitude to each of you - your response in dealing with our many challenges has been, and continues to be, outstanding. 

Changes at UNSW 

On Wednesday you would have received an email from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic outlining how UNSW Sydney is responding to the impact of COVID-19.  

Included in this communication was the news that UNSW would be reducing the number of faculties from eight to six, with the faculties of Built Environment, Art & Design and Arts & Social Sciences combining their strengths and resources to become a new, stronger and more influential single faculty – the Faculty of Arts, Architecture & Design.

What does this mean for UNSW Medicine? 

UNSW Medicine has emerged in a strong position from these changes. We are committed to maintaining our quality educational offerings and high-level of research - this is the foundation of our Faculty's mission. 

Our commitment to you as part of UNSW Medicine means you will remain enrolled in your current program, and the courses within your program will remain unchanged. 

The challenges we face are accompanied by the unique opportunity to innovate and reshape our Faculty, so we remain strong, competitive and united in our ambition to improve health in our community. 

In the coming months we will review our internal Faculty structure and our emerging Health25 strategy will be more important than ever to guide us in this process. Many of you have contributed to the development of this strategy, and on behalf of the Faculty, I thank you for your broad input. 

The wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be at the heart of everything we do, and we will do everything we can to support our Faculty community. This remains an uncertain time for all of us, and your wellbeing continues to be our top priority- please reach out if you need assistance. If you have any questions or concerns please contact The Nucleus: Student Hub
My thanks to each of you for your continued hard work, many contributions and kindness towards each other during what has been, and will continue to be, a challenging year. 

Best wishes,

Professor Vlado Perkovic