VC Voice | Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

The Manchester Arena attack

It is in a mood of sombre contemplation that I write to you today.  Like all of you, I am shocked by the tragic news of last night’s terror attack at the Manchester Arena, and my thoughts go out to the families and friends of everyone affected.

This is an assault on our community designed to terrorise us.  But Manchester has faced this kind of threat before, and emerged stronger and more united. 

I was immediately struck by how Manchester responded – the rapid and professional response of the emergency services and the help and support provided by members of the public to those affected by the incident.

This says so much about the kind of city we are. We stand together and support each other. Now more than ever it is the moment for us to be strong and come together and unite in the face of adversity. 

Today, we are also focused on practical matters.  As far as possible, I urge you to carry on as usual, ensuring that those who endeavour to disrupt our lives cannot succeed.

Our own University counselling service stands ready to help any member of staff or any student who needs them.  Our counselling helpline is open on 0161 247 3493.

Practically, getting around the city is more difficult as a result, but information is available on the Transport for Greater Manchester website.

The police are requesting that people stay away from the scene at the Manchester Arena at present.

There will be a vigil in Albert Square at 6pm tonight, led by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council.

A book of condolence has been opened at the Town Hall. 

We will remain strong, holding to the values of inclusion, tolerance and respect that are fundamental to our lives. 

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