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Buddha’s birthday

Hong Kong has public holidays for all sorts of events. Yesterday was Buddha’s birthday, today is Labour day. The coronavirus pandemic has eased back in Hong Kong – no new cases for five days as of today but how long this will last I don’t know given that it is still rife in many parts…
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Teaching F2F and High GPA

We have just finished the second week of small scale face to face teaching. I realise this hasn’t happened much elsewhere as universities have locked down and all teaching has gone online. However, I struggle to see how a science education can be regarded as complete without some hands-on practice of the skills that a…
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A small step towards ‘normal’

The Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong have really dropped this week – low single figures a day. The Faculty has quietly started a small amount of face-to-face teaching. It is our view that science graduates in some subjects need to be properly trained in some skills that can only be taught in person. So while…
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Cellulitis

It seems that I probably picked up a bacterial infection in the Philippines and it has been festering in my right leg since January. This resulted in my lower leg and foot blowing up to such an extent that I could no longer get a shoe on. I was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital for…
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It just goes on and on

We had planned to start our practical teaching from 30th March, everything was in place. Strict hygiene was going to be used, at least 2m between each student. And then the government decided that groups of more than 4 were banned in public spaces. Is the laboratory of a university a public space – I…
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A second wave?

The coronavirus pandemic has swept around the world and is wreaking havoc. Having got the initial outbreak under control Hong Kong is now dealing with a wave of imported cases. What this means for us is that we have new challenges to meet. Many of our students are resident outside Hong Kong and need to…
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Continuing to cope

As coronavirus spreads around the world the impacts on day-to-day here at HKU change. Although the number of cases in Hong Kong is still quite low, and the outbreak seems to be coming under some sort of control in mainland China, there are now large outbreaks in Italy, Iran and South Korea. We have many…
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Soldiering on!

The Covid-19 epidemic seems to be sweeping across the world. Big outbreaks now in Iran, Italy and South Korea. We have a lot fo South Korean students of course so that will need managing as they return to Hong Kong (if they return). Cases in mainland China seem to have peaked and slowly things are…
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Just carrying on!

The coronavirus outbreak continues, but we have done the planning necessary to deliver teaching to out students. This will be online for March and we have worked out how to compress all practical teaching into the month of April. If we can do this then we will be able to finish semester just one week…
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Re-arranging teaching

With the coronavirus outbreak still ongoing, HKU has decided to teach online for the month of March. This has meant that all teaching staff are working hard to convert their courses to online mode, and that all practical teaching will now have to be delivered in a concentrated five-week period starting 30th March. This has…
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