Staff advice

Updated 8 September 2021

As the Government removes the legal restrictions around coronavirus (COVID-19), the University is cautiously relaxing its own expectations in line with central and local risk assessments, and in consultation with the recognised campus trade unions. As announced earlier in the year, the return to campus will be gradual, phased over the coming months.

Our key focus is on the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of our University community and as a guiding principle, we urge consideration, collegiality and respect for each other, particularly as we all get used to the changes in the government guidance.

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. This site is kept under review.

Working together to stay safe

Please see our guidelines to help us work together to stay safe. This includes guidance on safe distancing, face coverings and information about teaching in the 2021/22 academic year.


Free COVID-19 lateral flow testing is now available to everyone in England. We encourage all members of the University community to take a twice-weekly lateral flow test, especially those coming onto campus. Please see our free asymptomatic COVID-19 tests webpage for more information.

Caring responsibilities

If you need support around caring responsibilities, please speak to your line manager and have an open and pragmatic conversation to explore and agree what is possible to help you balance childcare and work. Please also note, the standard entitlement of paid carer’s leave has been increased from five days to 10 days until 30 September 2021 (pro rata for part-time staff). This 10 days includes any carer’s leave already taken within the past 12 month period.  View carer’s leave guidance

Let us know if you are self-isolating or test positive

Let us know if you are self-isolating or have tested positive for coronavirus. Read our information and advice on what to do if you experience coronavirus symptoms, test positive, or are required to follow government guidance to self-isolate. See our information on how to access support if you need it

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 online teaching 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.