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Staff: frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak

The University is committed to the continued delivery of high quality learning, teaching and research throughout the next academic year.  Over the coming weeks, as the UK stabilises from the Covid-19 pandemic and some stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, we are planning the phased return of our staff to campus to support this.

The entire campus has now been deep cleaned and an audit of all teaching, research, office, meeting, and communal space has been completed, to ensure that current social distancing requirements can be adhered to. Additional hand sanitising stations have been installed across all buildings, as well as signage which reinforces social distancing guidelines and rules for moving round campus and spaces such as lifts and stairs.

The University has now moved into Phase 3 of its Recovery Programme, which is the partial reoccupation of campus for core services.  As a result, services such as Property Services, Campus Services, Health, Safety & Security, and some research colleagues have now started to return to campus, either for a specific task or to deliver a core service. 

Currently, all colleagues who can work from home should continue to do so.

The University is now developing a Return to Campus timetable, which takes into account different individual and team needs, to help us move through to Phase 4 (partial reoccupation including some non-core services) and eventually Phase 5 (complete reoccupation in a controlled manner).  Details of this will be shared as it becomes available.

This set of FAQs has been created to help and support you, either as a line manager or employee, with questions from yourselves or your teams regarding coronavirus. These FAQs are based on advice and guidance from ACAS and the CIPD and will be updated as required.

Throughout the FAQs are Line Manager Action and Employee Action points – please ensure that you act on these, as appropriate, to help the University manage and respond to the risk and management of coronavirus.

If you have specific questions regarding the furloughing of staff, please see our staff furlough FAQs

If you have specific questions regarding the academic calendar for 2020/21, please see our academic calendar FAQs.

For information on teaching or working remotely, visit the SharePoint site

If, after reading the below FAQs you have outstanding related questions, please contact us.

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