eNews extra: coronavirus (#28) sent 23 October 2020

Coronavirus (covid-19)

  • Local COVID alert level and impact on the University
  • Questions from Working Together: Autumn Term 2020
  • Updated guidance for staff coming onto campus
  • Taking a break: Annual Leave
  • Workplace support for your mental wellbeing
  • UK clocks go back – University laptops
  • Updated data | Coronavirus cases among staff and students
  • In case you missed it last week…
  • Useful information and links…
  • Keeping up to date…

New this week…

Local COVID alert level and impact on the University

There is speculation that Leeds, along with other parts of the country, may move from a local COVID alert of ‘high’ (tier 2) to one of ‘very high’ (tier 3). If this happens, we expect that the impact on the University will be minimal, subject to any additional measures that are introduced. Please read the communication sent to all colleagues on Thursday 22 October

Questions from Working Together: Autumn Term 2020

If you missed our sessions on the steps we’re taking to welcome back students and deliver a high quality education in the coming academic year, we’ve summarised many of the most frequently asked questions and those that received the greatest number of ‘thumbs up’.

Updated guidance for staff coming onto campus

If you’re coming onto campus, read our updated guide on what you can do to help keep everyone safe. This guidance is also available as a PDF to download from the bottom of the Guidance for staff, keeping safe on campus webpage.

Taking a break: Annual Leave

We are encouraging you to discuss plans with colleagues and managers and schedule your annual leave. The mental health and wellbeing of our staff is important and never more so than during the challenges faced during the past six months. Our annual leave policies have not changed and continue to apply.

Workplace support for your mental wellbeing

If you’re experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or other mental health issues affecting your work, you can access nine months of free, confidential and one-to-one workplace mental health support from Remploy. This service complements the support already available from our Staff Counselling and Occupational Health teams.

UK clocks go back – University laptops

This Sunday (25 October) the clocks will go back and we expect that most University managed laptops will update the time automatically. If your laptop does not update, please connect to the VPN until the time updates.

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.


In case you missed it last 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 University closure period over Christmas 2020 and New Year. The University 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?

Blog | 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 guide 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.

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.

See also

Read copies of email communications issued to staff (from 11 March 2020) which have included coronavirus advice or updates.