Staff advice

Updated 1 April 2020 at 2.15pm

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.

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 & 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

For the rest of this term all physical lectures and classes for taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will be cancelled. This includes laboratory and other practical classes. So far as possible, teaching will be delivered online.

We have agreed a new approach to examination and assessment in the summer term, as explained in our online student education and exams document.

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 email 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 keep the position under careful and regular review in these very difficult and fast-moving times, and will ensure that clear guidance on the arrangements for next term (due to begin on 27 April) will be sent to all staff and all students by email (and announced on this website) by Friday 17 April.