eNews extra: coronavirus (#21)

Coronavirus (covid-19)

  • Update on working arrangements for next term
  • Face coverings and shields
  • Changes to parking on campus
  • Latest update on 2020 A-Level results (Thursday 27 August)
  • Student communications
  • In case you missed it…
  • Useful information and links…
  • Keeping up to date…

New this week…

Update on working arrangements for next term

University Secretary, Roger Gair, emailed all colleagues on 26 August with an update to confirm arrangements for the next academic term. The communication covers working arrangements, flexible working space, reopening buildings and areas within buildings (including offices), parking, student study spaces, libraries, face coverings and shields, student communications and measures to keep each other safe.

Face coverings and shields

In response to the comments provided to us through the feedback form we have updated our guidance on the use of face coverings and face shields (also called face visors).

Changes to parking on campus

From 7 September, free parking on campus during core hours will come to an end and a temporary interim permit system will be introduced. If you are working on campus and therefore need a parking permit, or you hold an existing permit, please follow this new parking guidance.

Latest update on 2020 A-Level results(Thursday 27 August)

In light of the Government’s announcement on exam results, read our latest update and the FAQs we have shared with prospective students.

Student communications

As we prepare our students for the new term, we’ll be providing them with information about how we are making campus covid-secure whilst still delivering a supportive, interactive and quality student experience. And so you are aware of what information students are receiving, we’ll share all student communications on For Staff before they are released.

We are currently working on producing three new videos that bring to life what the University will be like when students return to campus, they focus on the student experience, the safety measures we’re putting in place and the learning and teaching experience. We’ll share these with you as soon as they are ready.

In case you missed it…

Community testing centre to open at Gryphon Sports Centre

The Gryphon Sports Centre is to become a temporary NHS coronavirus community testing centre, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities. The sports centre on the western edge of campus, on Woodsley Road, will provide an additional Leeds-based test centre as part of the NHS Test and Trace service.

We’re expecting the testing centre to open on an appointment-only basis from Wednesday 26 August – appointments will be made through the NHS national booking website. In line with Government guidance, please only book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or are asked to do so by your doctor or local council.

Detailed clinical operating procedures will be in place to ensure that health and safety is at the forefront, and the building will remain closed to sporting activities during this period.

Reopening campus – share your comments and questions 

We are using Microsoft Forms to capture and consider feedback on the re-opening process. Please use this form, rather than email, to share any comments and questions you have relating to re-opening. Whilst we will not be able to respond to individual questions using this mechanism, your feedback will help to shape the process and future communications.

Useful information and links…

Supporting your working arrangements

We understand that remote working in current circumstances can be a challenge and we encourage you to strike an appropriate balance between work activity and your personal needs, being flexible in how you fit your work into your home situation.

Please continue to talk to your line manager and refer to our wellbeing information, advice and support. If you need practical help, advice or someone to talk to, Occupational Health and Staff Counselling services are both available to support you, with no formal referral necessary.

Other key advice and info:

  • IT security at home – how to protect your devices and information
  • Access HR Self-Service and your M: and N: drives from home: follow the virtual windows desktop instructions if you want to install and use the desktop.
  • Report any sickness absence relating to coronavirus via the HR Self-Service system (ESS). If you can’t access HR Self-Service, please email details of the issue and your absence to essmss@leeds.ac.uk, copying in your manager. Absence not related to coronavirus should continue to be reported in the normal way.
  • If you’re identified as an ‘essential worker’, please refer to information about coronavirus testing
  • If you are notified that you can come onto campus our commuting and travel page will help you plan your journey, advise you on the facilities available and the tools, benefits and discounts you can access.

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Keeping up to date…

Keep checking our coronavirus website for the latest information and advice as we get it. We’ll also alert you to key changes each week via eNews extra.

No need to trawl your inbox! 

 You can find our previous staff email communications and student and postgraduate email communications on the coronavirus website.