Staff advice

Updated 23 February 2021

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.

Testing

Staff who are working on campus can book a free and fast asymptomatic lateral flow test on campus. These tests are for people who aren’t showing coronavirus symptoms and will indicate whether you are carrying the virus.

The Government has confirmed that if you are able to be on campus, you will be eligible for twice weekly testing lateral flow testing and we encourage you to make use of this. Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure safety on campus to help enable a return to face to face teaching as soon as is possible.

Caring responsibilities

England is facing national restrictions until 8 March in response to the escalating rate of COVID-19 infection across the country. As with the initial period of lockdown last year, we recognise that those with caring responsibilities are unlikely to be able to work exactly as you would from campus.

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 the end of March 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.

Working together to stay safe

Please see our guidelines to help us work together to stay safe. This includes guidance on social distancing, face coverings and information about teaching in the 2020/21 academic year.

Building access

Find out more about building access on campus.

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.

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.