eNews extra: coronavirus (#25) sent 2 October 2020

Coronavirus (covid-19)

  • Video | Leeds University Union and University of Leeds welcome students
  • What to do if you test positive for covid-19 or need to self-isolate
  • Video | Explaining the science behind campus safety measures
  • Confirmed covid-19 cases
  • How to report campus concerns
  • Download the NHS covid-19 app
  • Design and deliver engaging Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions
  • Academic personal tutors – helping you to support student success
  • Guidance for physical teaching
  • Student resource: Returning to Leeds
  • Preparations for January taught postgraduate starters
  • In case you missed it last week…
  • Useful information and links…
  • Keeping up to date…

New this week… 

Video | Leeds University Union and University of Leeds welcome students 

Vice-Chancellor Simone Buitendijk and LUU Union Affairs Officer Izzy Walter extend a warm welcome to our new and returning students in a new video. We understand that life at the University is different this year, but we’re keen to show all our students that together, we are here to support them.

What to do if you test positive for covid-19 or need to self-isolate

Please read the new guidance on how we will support colleagues who develop symptoms of covid-19, test positive or are required to self-isolate. This includes the steps you must take, details about our covid-19 reporting line and answers to questions you may have about how we are supporting test and trace. You can also access this information from the Quick Links section on the For Staff homepage

Video | Explaining the science behind campus safety measures

Watch the new video featuring Professor Cath Noakes, expert in the spread of airborne infections inside buildings, and member of the national Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) that advises Government. Cath is joined by Paul Veevers, Director of Health and Safety Services, and between them they explain the science behind measures we’re taking to prevent the transmission of covid-19 on campus.

Confirmed covid-19 cases

From next week, we will be publishing weekly statistics of confirmed covid-19 cases at the University. We are working with Public Health England who are confident we are collecting and processing data in the right way. Statistics will be on the coronavirus website, and shared by @UniLeedsComms and eNews extra.

How to report campus concerns

If you have a query, concern or suggestion related to covid-19 control on campus – e.g. activities where queues form, or issues about buildings or cleaning etc. – contact the Estates Helpdesk via email or call 0113 343 5555. Email Wellbeing, Safety & Health for issues relating to safety on campus.

Download the NHS covid-19 app

We’re encouraging all members of the University community to download and use the free NHS app to help people identify whether they’ve been in close contact with someone who subsequently tests positive for covid-19. Posters with QR check-in codes to scan with the app are being put up at key points across campus.

Latest guidance and resources for teaching…

Design and deliver engaging Blackboard Collaborate Ultra sessions

Develop your use of Collaborate Ultra for live teaching sessions and pick up tips and guidance on how to design activities that promote interaction and student engagement through this new new e-learning resource from the Digital Education Service. It will also help you to familiarise yourself with the basic and advanced functions of Collaborate Ultra specifically for synchronous teaching sessions.

Academic personal tutors – helping you to support student success

Tips on how to be an effective academic personal tutor, one-to-one meeting prompts, template welcome emails and lots more have been created to support the work of academic personal tutors. You can also find out who the lead for academic personal tutoring is within your school. The resources are available through Minerva – please note, it will ask you to enrol if you are using it for the first time.

Guidance for physical teaching

In line with the message from the VC issued on 25 September, new guidance has been issued to help teaching colleagues understand the safety measures implemented for the protection of both staff and students when they need to deliver face-to-face teaching. You can download the key points in a handy poster format, which will also be located in all central teaching spaces. We’ve also updated the same webpage with practical strategies on ‘how to say it’s not okay’ when you see someone not following safety guidelines.

Student support and experience…

Student resource: Returning to Leeds

This week we’ve been welcoming students back onto campus and have launched a new online resource – Returning to Leeds – which is now available to students on Minerva. Returning to Leeds will provide returning students with key information to help them return to study, and transition into their second or final year studies. You can read the summarised arrangements in the For Staff article, Preparing to welcome students to Leeds

Preparations for taught postgraduates starting in January

Work to provide an online resource, Transition to Leeds, which aims to enhance the experience for January taught postgraduates before and after they join, is underway. Whilst we prepare this resource, these students will get the opportunity to meet employers and talk about their future at our first ever Virtual Graduate Jobs, Placements and Internships Fair

In case you missed it last week… 

Last week’s edition of eNews extra – special edition

To mark the start of term, last week’s edition of this newsletter, eNews Extra (#24), was a little different. We drew together some of the most commonly queried topics, with a particular focus on teaching and being on campus.

Arrangements for the new academic year – a message from the VC

In an email to all colleagues (25 September) the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simone Buitendijk, outlined arrangements for the new academic year, including our thinking on delivering face-to-face teaching. You can also read the message sent to students on the coronavirus website.

A guide to hybrid teaching and learning: tools, resources and support (now including Microsoft Class Teams and Zoom)

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

As a recent update to the guidance above, Microsoft (MS) Class Teams and Zoom are now available to use, when appropriate, as virtual classroom tools. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra should always be your first choice, but MS Class Teams and Zoom offer practical alternatives when Collaborate cannot be used. Find out when and how you can use MS Class Teams and Zoom

Support and further information about online teaching and learning

The Digital Practice website has development opportunities and resources for online teaching, working and study, plus access to the Digital Education Service Helpdesk, which operates 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.

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…

If you receive a positive covid-19 test result please self-isolate, advise your line manager as soon as possible and report your result to the University’s Covid reporting line. You can do this via our reporting covid webpage, by emailing reportcovid@leeds.ac.uk or calling 0113 3438777.

Key advice and info:

  • 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.
  • Report queries, concerns or suggestions related to covid-19 control on campus (e.g. activities where queues form, or issues about buildings or cleaning etc.) via email to the Estates Helpdesk or call 0113 343 5555. Email Wellbeing, Safety & Health for issues relating to safety on campus.

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.