Protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors will remain our top priority. Due to the coronavirus outbreak our events have moved online, but we are still here for our community.
We have continued to collaborate with partners across Barnet and the role we play in our local community has become more important than ever. In less than a month, inspirational Middlesex staff trained over 600 healthcare professionals and vaccinators from the public to carry out COVID-19 vaccinations. Our Clinical Skills team and Nursing and Midwifery Department have led the major vaccination training programme for the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (NCL CCG).
To help further support the national efforts against COVID-19, we are proud to be working with Barnet Public Health and Public Health England to host a long-term COVID-19 testing facility at our Fenella Building Car Park (NW4 4BS). The facility, which is managed by Barnet Public Health, operates 8am – 8pm seven days a week and is a by-appointment-only service open to anyone who books via the NHS Test and Trace app or online.
In 2020, Middlesex University produced nearly 70,000 visors and hundreds of essential gowns and scrubs to protect NHS staff working on the frontline during COVID-19. MDX Arts and Creative Industries Faculty staff including a team of homeworkers and even the local London fire brigade were involved in this community effort. See The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Caroline Stock's, interview by video call with Middlesex staff who worked on campus to create PPE equipment.
We have also worked with the Barnet Multi Faith Forum to share short messages about how the community has adapted to lockdown and what ideas they have been drawing on to reach out to various members of their cultural sectors. The video features many local faith leaders, secular community figures and our Vice-Chancellor Professor Nic Beech.
In recognition of our work to support Barnet in the face of the pandemic, Middlesex University has received Barnet Council's 2021 'The COVID-19 Community Heroes Award'. In May 2021 the Mayor of Barnet Cllr Caroline Stock visited our campus to present the award and celebrate our hard work and achievement in supporting Barnet's communities throughout a very difficult year (photo below).
University and Residents Forum
We want to keep open channels of communication with our neighbours. We have set up a University and Residents Forum and intend to have our first meeting in February. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact Winsome Townsend.
Questions or concerns
If you are a local resident and have any questions or concerns about the University’s or its members’ impact on the local community, please don't hesitate to contact our Security Team, available 24/7.
We play a key role in our local area and we support local business, groups, schools, colleges and community members. Many of our campus facilities are available to our local community, and we aim to facilitate community use of our meeting rooms and spaces when we are able to.
Among other spaces, a room in the Church Farm Building is available for use by the local community. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this space is not currently available. Please contact Winsome Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information or to book an alternative space.
The Entrepreneurial Barnet Competition, What's Your Big Idea? is a contest to promote and develop enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout Barnet and amongst the student population. It offers local residents, and Middlesex University and Barnet and Southgate College students who have the right to work in the UK the opportunity to showcase their ideas, attend business development workshops and win funding from the £15,000 cash prize fund to help grow their business.
The competition is led by Middlesex University, London Borough of Barnet, and Barnet and Southgate College with the generous support of Santander Universities and Brent Cross Shopping Centre.
In line with recent government guidelines, on Monday 29 March we reopened our outdoor Tennis courts, which are available to our local community, as well as students and staff.
Courts can be booked by the hour from 8.30am – 8.30pm. To check availability and to book a court, please contact email@example.com or telephone the Reception on 020 8411 6343. If you are interested in joining one of our tennis coaching courses for players of all abilities, please contact our Sports Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org
From 12 April, following government guidelines, we have reopened the indoor sports and fitness facilities. Sessions at our gym, The Fitness Pod, need to be booked in advance via the Fitness Pod App. Our Real Tennis court is bookable through the normal court booking system. For any queries, please e-mail email@example.com
The health and safety of our visitors will remain a priority, and arrangements to ensure our visitors are kept as safe as possible – including requirements for social distancing and sanitisation of equipment – will be communicated at the point of booking.
Watch our video to find out how we're increasing biodiversity on campus through collaborative thinking and working.