Deirdre Makepeace, editor, writes:
We write this edition as the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects people, businesses and countries across the globe. These are strange times indeed and the implications for our sector will inevitably be significant. Just one implication of the restrictions and shut-downs will be on our approach to workplace communications. It has certainly prompted ICATS to make better use of technology to support remote working. We are already very much a virtual organisation with a small office base but a large network of academics, writers and tutors supporting a cohort of students that is truly global. In many ways it is therefore business as usual for ICATS as we continue to support our students to achieve the ICATS IFEAT qualifications. Early signs are that the business disruption has encouraged some students to use this time to focus on studies and even expand their study programme with us. Distance learning has been growing over the decades and, step by step, here at ICATS we have been taking a digital-first approach. You may be reading this newsletter online but we do still publish it in print and I suspect that this will continue for many years to come. This newsletter is our calling card and our way of sharing what ICATS is, news and features from our sector and success stories from our students. We take copies to all events we attend, both in the UK and beyond, and we distribute copies ICATS News Spring 2020 to students, key industry individuals and educational institutions. So, whether you’re looking at the digital or the printed version, we hope you enjoy reading it.