eNews extra coronavirus (#26) sent 9 October 2020

Coronavirus (covid-19)

  • Coronavirus cases among staff and students
  • What to do if you test positive for covid-19 or need to self-isolate
  • Video | All staff session, Working Together: Autumn Term 2020
  • Winter flu vaccination
  • Transition to Leeds is live for taught postgraduates
  • In case you missed it last week…
  • Useful information and links…
  • Keeping up to date…

New this week… 

Coronavirus cases among staff and students

The health and safety of our students and staff is our absolute priority. To support this objective, and to ensure transparency, we are publishing a weekly update on the numbers of positive covid-19 test results reported to the University by staff and students – along with answers to key questions you may have. The information will represent the confirmed cases from the previous week, with a short lag to allow for accurate reporting.

We plan to update these numbers weekly on a Wednesday afternoon and will share them through @UniLeedsComms and our Friday editions of eNews extra.

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

Read our guidance on the steps you must take and the support available for colleagues and students who develop symptoms of covid-19, test positive or are required to self-isolate. You can also access this information from the Quick Links section on the For Staff homepage

Video | All staff session, Working Together: Autumn Term 2020

If you were not able to attend one of the sessions on the steps we’re taking to welcome back students and deliver a high quality education in the coming academic year, a recording of the presentation is now available. Next week we’ll also be sharing a summary of common questions asked.

Winter flu vaccination

Winter flu virus season is approaching and we’re encouraging eligible colleagues to book an appointment for a free vaccination through the NHS as soon as possible. Subject to vaccine dose supply, the NHS aims to extend eligibility to people aged between 50 and 64. Once we have notice that those at highest risk have been prioritised, we will encourage and support more colleagues to get vaccinated.

Student support and experience… 

Transition to Leeds is live for taught postgraduates 

A brand-new online resource for taught postgraduate students starting in January 2021 is now live. Read the latest update for students, which includes how they can access it, a timeline of when resources will be available and tips on how they can get the most out of using this study enhancing resource.

In case you missed it last 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 recent 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.

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.

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.

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 e-learning resource from the Digital Education Service. This resource 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 (if this link doesn’t work for you, please open it in an incognito window) – please note, it will ask you to enrol if you’re 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 resource: Returning to Leeds

We’ve been welcoming students back onto campus and have launched a new online resource – Returning to Leeds – which is 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

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.

Read our full guidance on how to report and what to do if you experience covid-19 symptoms, test positive or need to self-isolate. Absence not related to coronavirus should continue to be reported in the normal way.

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.