eNews extra coronavirus (#31) sent 13 November 2020

  • Christmas arrangements for students
  • Arrangements for our students next term
  • Staff survey: How are you?
  • Need to advise students on self-isolating?
  • Help us improve students’ digital learning experience
  • 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…

Christmas arrangements for students

This week, the Government has published guidance on student movement and plans for the end of term. Government advice is that students who are wanting to leave their term-time address for the Christmas period should arrange to travel between Thursday 3 and Wednesday 9 December. We are currently reviewing end-of-term arrangements and will share further details as soon as possible.

We are aiming to have an asymptomatic testing centre open on campus from Monday 30 November to enable students to travel during this window and we will be in touch again about this as soon as more information is available.

Arrangements for our students next term

Students have now been contacted about the teaching arrangements for next term. You can read a copy of the student email (sent Tuesday 10 November) or revisit the email sent to all colleagues on Friday 6 November outlining the details.

Staff survey: How are you?

Take part in our latest short survey to check how you’re managing and to better understand any extra assistance you might need. Open until 5pm on Wednesday 18 November, the survey is anonymous and should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Need to advise students on self-isolating?

You can now access a range of useful information, links and guidance to help you support students with covid reporting and self-isolation

Help us improve students’ digital learning experience

We’re running a survey for teaching staff to gather your feedback on delivering teaching in a hybrid environment. The survey closes at midnight on Sunday 15 November and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will give us valuable insights ­– which this year are going to be more important than ever.

Please also share the student survey with your students to make sure they are aware of it. Any student who takes part using their University email address will be entered into a draw to win an iPad Pro.

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… 

National restrictions and impact on the University 

Latest guidance on what the current restrictions mean for Leeds was emailed to all staff on Wednesday 4 November. The guidance covers the impact on research and student education, campus facilities and services, student support, working arrangements, travel and the requirement for face coverings to be worn in all higher education learning environments.


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.