eNews extra: coronavirus (#23) sent 18 September 2020

Coronavirus (covid-19)

  • Joint message from Leeds HE and community leaders: Working together to stay safe
  • A guide to hybrid teaching and learning: tools, resources and support
  • Upcoming open staff sessions
  • Campus service updates
  • Student resource: Getting Started at Leeds
  • In case you missed it…
  • Useful information and links…
  • Keeping up to date…

New this week…

Joint message from Leeds HE and community leaders: Working together to stay safe

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk and Students’ Union Community Officer, Lotti Morton, have joined other Leeds higher education leaders and the city council to share a joint message about the need for us to work together as a Leeds community to stay safe.

A guide to hybrid teaching and learning: tools, resources and support

As the start of teaching approaches, we want to ensure that colleagues and students have everything they need to make a successful transition to hybrid teaching and learning. You can now access guidance on Student Education Delivery principles, virtual classrooms and available support

Upcoming open staff sessions

We’re organising some ‘virtual town hall’ sessions, open to all staff, to hear from the senior team about arrangements for this term, with a chance to ask questions before or during the session. Plans are in progress and we’ll share more information as soon as possible.

Campus services updates

  • The Edge has reopened to members, but with reduced hours. Extra safety measures are in place, including one-way routes, hand sanitisation stations and enhanced cleaning, and you will need to book in advance. Visit the Sport and Physical Activity website for more information.
  • Great Food at Leeds (GFaL) is working on safely reopening its cafés, in line with buildings across campus. Face masks/coverings are mandatory for all customers entering catering outlets, including The Refectory. Visit the GFaL website for a full list of cafe scheduled opening dates and times, but please be aware these are subject to change.
  • Laidlaw Library is back in action! As with the Edward Boyle Library, you can now request items to click and collect or book study spaces

Student resource: Getting Started at 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, we’ve shared the brand new Getting Started at Leeds resource with 12,600 new students. See the Preparing to welcome students to Leeds update on For Staff.

In case you missed it…

A reminder about working arrangements up to Christmas

Our general principle is that all staff will continue to work from home in the new academic year, until at least the end of the Christmas closure, except as is necessary for the purposes of carrying out research, delivering student education or supporting the student experience.

Those colleagues who are needed on campus for student facing or research activity, as agreed with Heads of School/Service, are expected to spend as little time as possible on campus and to work from home when not engaged in activity that can only be delivered on campus.

This message was emailed to all colleagues on 26 August and 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.

Your role in keeping our community safe

University Secretary, Roger Gair, emailed all colleagues on 10 September with the plan to keep our community safe. You can also watch the A Safe Environment at Leeds video and visit the coronavirus website for more about how we’re making campus covid-secure.

Rule of six

Remember it’s 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, nor to organised sport/exercise classes, but it is important we avoid congregating outside rooms and buildings once an 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/Service.

Face coverings and shields

Please refer to guidance on the use of face coverings and face shields (also called face visors).

Parking on campus

Free parking on campus during core hours came to an end on 7 September and a temporary permit system has been 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. While we cannot respond to individual questions using this mechanism, your feedback will help to shape the process and future communications.

Useful information and links…

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.