Staff advice

Updated 24 September 2020

Our primary concern is to keep all of our staff and students safe and well and to be as supportive as we can, given the exceptional circumstances surrounding the outbreak of coronavirus (covid-19). We are closely monitoring government advice and we will keep this information under review.

This website and complying with the requirements on it will ensure that we do the best we can to support you from a wellbeing and pay perspective.

We would ask all colleagues to recognise that, during this period of uncertainty, we may require those of us at work to be flexible in undertaking some alternative duties to ensure that the University continues to run smoothly.

Campus reopening plans

Information on our building reopening process and the specific areas of buildings that are being prioritised, together with the timescales we are working to, is now available.

However, we expect the majority of staff to continue to work remote remotely, whilst social distancing remains in force. Staff asked to carry out work on campus or able to resume research on campus will receive appropriate notification. Read more about our approach to planning the return to campus in our email to all staff, sent 4 June and the further update email to all staff, sent 26 August 2020.

We will continue to update this website as more detail becomes available.

Testing for coronavirus

The University is hosting a coronavirus community testing centre at the Gryphon Sports Centre, open 8am-8pm every day as part of the NHS Track and Trace service.

Anyone who suspects they have symptoms should self-isolate immediately and book a free test online, or call 119 if without internet access. In the event of a positive test, they must notify the University as soon as possible. View our information on symptoms, positive testing and self isolation.

Your contact details

Please make sure that your contact and personal details (e.g. mobile phone number, next of kin details) are up-to-date through Employee Self Service or via your local HR team.

Contact points for advice and support

You can discuss your circumstances, or seek support in understanding the requirements outlined in our coronavirus staff advice, with your head of school/service, your human resources manager or your health and safety manager. Consideration will be given to any exceptional circumstances.

Wherever possible, where matters relate to leave, pay and working arrangements, we will be using existing policies and procedures, we may amend our approach at short notice and will update this website accordingly.

Working from home and online learning and teaching

We have also established a central and dedicated helpdesk for all staff and students with questions about online learning and teaching systems and can help staff transfer teaching online. Please fill in this enquiry form and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. For further staff information on taking your teaching and learning online, visit the digital practice website.

Planned updates

The University Executive Group will continue to review, update and share the plans. Copies of communications issued to all staff, that include coronavirus advice or updates, are also available to download.