Thank you to key workers around the world

The Tower at our international headquarters lit up in blue with a quote by Stephen Hawking projected on to it in white

Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press have joined forces to pay tribute to key workers taking part in efforts to tackle Covid-19 around the world.

We have been working hard to help students, teachers and researchers in these challenging times, and we thank them for their commitment to education and research.

This evening the newly built Triangle tower (Cambridge Assessment’s international headquarters), the iconic architectural structure of University Printing House and the 200 year-old Pitt Building (the current and former global headquarters for Cambridge University Press respectively) were lit up blue in thanks. The event was carried out by local businesses The Crane Event, Pink Lamp, JMPS, BlueShed and Jezo Events who all gave their time and skills for free.

Saul Nassé, Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment said, “Across Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press we have been working hard to help students, teachers and researchers in these challenging times, and we thank them for their commitment to education and research. Parents and carers are having a bigger role than ever in children’s education, and we thank them for that too.”

200 year old Pitt Building on Silver Street in Cambridge lit up in blue lights

Peter Phillips, Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, said, “These are extraordinary and challenging times, and everyone here at Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment wants to acknowledge the continued hard work and sacrifice of health workers and carers who are on the front line of this outbreak. This is one way for us to say a very big thank you to them for all that they are doing."

Wherever we are in the world over the last four months all of our lives have changed beyond anything we could even imagine. Throughout this time we are being supported by an amazing group of key workers from healthcare professionals to farmers and shop workers, they have all made it possible for us to stay home and keep safe.

Cambridge Assessment actively encourages its people to volunteer and works with a number of organisations to support local communities with volunteer time and resources. From raising money for the Cambridge City Foodbank to making PPE equipment for front line workers, Cambridge Assessment employees have been active in the community throughout Covid-19. 

Front of University Printing House lit up in blue lights

We have also been inspired by our 2020-22 charity partner, Blue Smile, who continue to provide mental health support for some of the most vulnerable children in Cambridgeshire during this difficult time. Via Keeping-in-Touch phone services and online counselling provision for older children, Blue Smile are able to connect with children who need support, ensuring that as many children as possible are able to access their education.