The 24 Hour Inspire 2020 was due to take place on 12-13 March (5 pm to 5 pm) in The Diamond building at the University of Sheffield. However, this date would have conflicted with industrial action by the UCU, which involves teaching, research and many administrative staff.
In light of this, and of the dilemma that would have been caused to speakers, volunteers and audience members if we were to ask them to cross picket lines or in any way to be seen to undermine the strike action, we have decided, with regret, that we should postpone the event.
The 24 Hour Inspire is a joyful occasion and a celebration of the University as an intellectual community, in addition to its fundraising purpose. We have been delighted by the positive response to our call for speakers, and from so many colleagues in the University. We believe passionately in this event, and its potential to bring people together, to celebrate our community and, of course, to raise vital funds for cancer charities.
We are therefore planning to hold the 24 Hour Inspire in autumn 2020, we hope in the same venue. We’ll update this page as we have a definite date, so keep an eye on the website – and our blog page will have lots of info on the programme a bit nearer the time.
We look forward to working with you, and/or welcoming you as audience members, in due course. Thank you, as always, for your support.
Catherine Annabel, Chair, Inspiration for Life