We are all delighted that classes will resume at UNB Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 as a result of an agreement yesterday between the university and the AUNBT.
We will deploy all of the university’s resources to help everyone with the transition back to classes. There will be many questions about a variety of subjects, perhaps most about the changes needed in our academic calendar, all of which will be much clearer over the next few days. As details are available, they will be posted to www.unb.ca/labour.
These days have been difficult for us all, and have been particularly hard on our students and their families. It is clear, however, that we all care deeply about the future of our students and our university. With this settlement in hand, we can now turn our attention back to our students and focus on improving on our stature as one of Canada's great universities.
I wish to acknowledge the hard work of the individuals who served on the bargaining teams for the university and AUNBT - thank you. We are also deeply grateful as well for the leadership and support provided by the New Brunswick government in achieving an agreement.
We welcome this new opportunity to work with our faculty, staff and students in building a better university, a better province and beyond.
An academic community is at its best when we are doing what we love, creating a top quality academic and university experience for our students, doing our research, and serving our communities. Thankfully on Monday morning that is what we will all be doing once again at UNB.
We are fortunate to live in a province where citizens are passionate about and believe in the transformational role of post-secondary education.
H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell, PhD
President, University of New Brunswick