eNews extra coronavirus (#22) sent 11 September 2020

Coronavirus (covid-19)

  • Your role in keeping our community safe
  • Preparing to welcome students to Leeds
  • Rule of six: A reminder
  • ‘Hands Face Space’ campaign’s Leeds link
  • In case you missed it…
  • Useful information and links…
  • Keeping up to date…

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Your role in keeping our community safe

University Secretary, Roger Gair, emailed all colleagues yesterday (10 September) with an update about the plan to keep campus Covid-secure as students begin to arrive. Working with Leeds University Union, the communication outlined our shared safety commitments while also detailing measures the University is taking to enable us to keep each other safe.

For more information on how we’re making campus Covid-secure, watch the A Safe Environment at Leeds video and visit the updated coronavirus website

Preparing to welcome students to Leeds

With students starting to arrive in Leeds, it’s important they understand the safety provisions being put in place, and what the campus and learning experience will look like this year. This week, three new videos focused on student experience, our safety measures and learning have been shared with them. For more on what’s happening on campus and in student communications, read the Preparing to welcome students to Leeds update on For Staff.

Rule of six: A reminder

From Monday 14 September, it will be illegal for groups of more than six people to take part in social gatherings in England. This does not apply to teaching and learning activities, but it is important we avoid congregating outside rooms and buildings once a teaching activity has finished, so as not to inadvertently create a social gathering. Until we receive further guidance, the ‘rule of six’ will be applied to all social activities happening on campus, including those related to induction week. We cannot make any exception to this and must abide by the law. This may have an impact on some planned welcome and induction activities. If you are concerned, please review these with your Head of School or Service in the first instance.

In finalising plans for the start of term, please also remember how busy it can be on campus, particularly the precinct area in front of Leeds University Union. We have been working closely with LUU to plan how we manage this area to ensure it is safe. There will be clear safety signage, Fresher’s Week activities have been scaled back and student ambassadors will be present to help manage the number of people in this area. We ask that colleagues avoid arranging any additional gatherings or activities anywhere on campus to ensure we are able to keep everyone safe.

Hands Face Space’ campaign’s Leeds link

Professor Cath Noakes, from the School of Civil Engineering, was the main scientific consultant to the makers of a new public information film designed to reduce the spread of Covid-19. The ‘Hands Face Space’ campaign will run on TV, radio, online and in print during the autumn and winter months.

In case you missed it…

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

Free parking on campus during core hours came to an end on 7 September and a temporary permit system was introduced. If you plan to park on campus, or you hold an existing permit, please follow this new parking guidance

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. As a University community, we understand how important it is to look after our wellbeing, especially in times like this which will impact on many areas of our lives. We are committed to supporting all our staff through this very difficult period.

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:

Teaching and research

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.