information for colleagues

Page last updated 23/04/2021

The information on these pages brings together all the practicalities that need to be considered as we continue to deliver our services both on campus and remotely.

On 22 February the Prime Minister announced details of the Government's easing of lockdown restrictions in England.

From 8 March, as part of the first step on the roadmap, universities can resume in-person teaching and learning for students who are studying practical or practice-based subjects and require specialist equipment and facilities.

Our guidelines on these pages will continue to be updated in line with government advice.

The government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing the return of remaining students.

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We need to be able to work safely and effectively. Whether you work remotely or on campus, the health and safety of our students, colleagues and the community in which we are based is our key priority. Whilst the campus is open, it’s important that we only visit the campus when this is absolutely necessary.  Most of us will continue to work remotely some or all of the time.

Working together to stay safe

Higher education leaders, students’ union leaders and the city council have released a joint message about how we're working together to stay safe.

Read the joint message
  1. Symptoms, testing and tracing

    The university will work with NHS Test and Trace to record and report any positive Covid-19 test results for students and colleagues. It is a legal duty to self-isolate for people who test positive for Covid-19 or who are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

    You must notify your manager immediately if you experience any symptoms of Covid-19 and follow the Government’s guidance on self-isolation. If you are experiencing symptoms you must not, under any circumstances, visit the campus.

    You must notify your manager if you have a test for Covid-19 and of the outcome of the test as soon as you receive it.

    If you are not experiencing symptoms but are waiting for the result of a Covid-19 test for any other reason (e.g. due to being in close contact with someone who has tested positive) again, you must not visit the campus.

    Some staff are required to be on campus and we are now able to offer these colleagues lateral flow tests in line with the Government’s recommendations. These staff have been contacted directly by their manager.

  2. Vaccination

    The government have published information on who can get the Covid-19 vaccination, which includes guidance on the vaccine.

    Time off to attend a vaccination appointment during working hours will be supported and you should inform your manager and discuss with them any arrangements to provide appropriate cover, where this is required.

    Having a vaccination does not alter the current government guidance on social distancing and those colleagues who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised to continue to take extra precautions such as minimising the number of social interactions they have.

our key principles are:

  • Social distancing on campus – using the 2 metre rule
  • Colleagues continuing to work remotely
  • Risk assessments
  • Cleaning and hygiene
  • Adherence to Government and NHS guidance on return to work and self-isolation