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Infectious Diseases (including Covid-19)

Covid-19 guidance

The government released a ‘Living with Covid-19’ plan in February 2022 which details that the remaining legal requirements linked to Covid-19 have been removed.

The safety and wellbeing of all members of our community is always our utmost priority so we will continue to share information and guidance on this page that will help keep us all safe.


What to do if you feel unwell

You are strongly encouraged to stay at home, or in your student accommodation, if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or any other infectious diseases, or if you test positive for Covid-19. Please follow NHS advice. You should let your manager know and follow normal sickness absence reporting procedure, including reporting on SuccessFactors.


Face coverings

Unless there is a specific situation or risk assessment which requires the wearing of face coverings, it is a matter of personal choice whether face coverings are worn.

Please respect other people if they decide to wear a face covering or continue to follow other safety measures that were previously in place.


Vaccinations

The high vaccination rate nationally and vaccine uptake within our university community has played a key part in being able to return to campus, face-to-face teaching and other in-person activity.

It’s really important to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and have a booster when you’re eligible, to help keep everyone safe on campus.

On campus

Vaccinations will be available at the Health Centre later in term one. We will add the clinic dates and times here once available.

Off-campus

Find out more about Covid-19 vaccinations on the NHS website.

Information regarding Flu vaccinations at the University can be found on the Health and Wellbeing pages.


Ventilation

In many spaces across campus we have automated ventilation, which provides appropriate circulation and use of fresh air.

In spaces with opening windows, staff and students are encouraged to open doors and windows it is felt necessary, and where it is reasonable, safe and comfortable to do so. Every effort must be made to close doors and windows when such spaces are left unoccupied.


Support

Please reach out for support if you need it, either through the Staff Wellbeing Hub, your department or the Employee Assistance Programme. You can also find guidance on supporting students through Wellbeing Support Services.

If you are concerned about working on campus

All staff are now able to work on campus, and, where roles allow, to also work from home under hybrid working arrangements.

If you are worried, whatever the nature of your concern - work-related and/or other/personal reasons - we advise you to contact your line manager in the first instance so that these can be discussed.

  • If your concern relates to caring responsibilities, then we can potentially support you in a variety of ways, including via the University’s flexible working guidelines.
  • If you have caring commitments which are long-term, or apply to specific situations where the need is significant, you may qualify for paid carer's leave.
  • If you have child care responsibilities you may be interested in the working parents staff network.

In all cases, you should in the first instance talk with your line manager.

If you prefer not to discuss your personal circumstances with your line manager, you can speak to your HR Business Partner. You can also access support and wellbeing services.


Guidance for leaders and managers to support staff

Read our guidance to assist managers in supporting staff concerned about a return to working on campus (March 2022).

You can also use the flowchart for supporting staff with Covid-19 related concerns (March 2022), to help managers deal with different scenarios where team members have concerns about returning to work on campus.

HR Business Partners can offer further advice and support, both to managers and to staff with concerns, on request.

 

Risk assessments

Infectious Diseases Risk Assessment (including Covid-19)


Department risk assessments

Health and Safety Services have created a template general risk assessment which departments will be responsible for adopting and adapting to reflect their respective operational activities.

General information regarding Risk Assessments