eNews extra: coronavirus (#27) sent 16 October 2020

Coronavirus (covid-19)

  • Christmas break 2020 extended
  • VC blog | COVID: we can’t fix everything, and that should be OK
  • Updated data | Coronavirus cases among staff and students
  • Inside Track | What is digital transformation and why do we need it?
  • Guidance for first aiders coming onto campus
  • Adapting your teaching for online learning
  • In case you missed it last week…
  • Useful information and links…
  • Keeping up to date…

New this week…

Christmas break 2020 extended

To thank all colleagues for your continued commitment to the University throughout the exceptional and challenging year of 2020, we have decided to extend the closure period over Christmas 2020 and New Year. We will be closed to normal business activity from Monday 21 December and resume on Monday 4 January 2021. Further details were shared in an email to all staff on Thursday 15 October

VC blog | COVID: we can’t fix everything, and that should be OK

“We may have to redefine good and accept it is not the same as it would have been last year…” Our Vice-Chancellor launches her new blog and asks all of us: are our current efforts sustainable?

Updated data | Coronavirus cases among staff and students

The health and safety of our students and staff is our absolute priority. To support this and to ensure transparency, we are publishing a weekly update on the numbers of positive covid-19 test results along with a graph that shows the number of active cases during the past two weeks.

Inside Track | What is digital transformation and why do we need it?

Newly appointed Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Digital Transformation, Professor Neil Morris, shares our vision for the future of the University in relation to the use of digital technologies

Guidance for first aiders coming onto campus

Download new guidance and read frequently asked questions if you are a first aider coming back onto campus. The guidance shares some of the changes you can expect and the actions you need to take when you first arrive back in your workplace, if you need to administer first aid and if you suspect a casualty is experiencing covid-19 symptoms. You are also invited to contact Wellbeing, Safety and Health to arrange a first aider briefing.

Adapting your teaching for online learning

Visit the Digital Practice website for a wide range of guidance, events, tips and resources to help you with the transition to online and hybrid delivery. The website also provides advice on tools and systems, training and development, developing your digital practice, and accessibility and inclusion.


In case you missed it last week… 

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 in the context of the ongoing pandemic, a recording of the presentation is now available. We’re still working on a summary of common questions asked during all three sessions. We’ll share that with you as soon as we can.

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.

Transition to Leeds is live for taught postgraduates

A 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.

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.