Information and support for staff during the coronavirus outbreak
As Test and Protect measures are now in place, if you have symptoms of coronavirus you must:
- self-isolate straight away
- contact NHS Inform or call 0800 028 2816 to arrange a test
- tell your line manager or Nominated person
- report your situation to the University
If you have symptoms of respiratory illness that are not those specifically linked to Covid-19, you do not have to get a test or isolate. However, you should consider other members of our community since your symptoms may be caused by an infectious agent that you could pass to others. There are also heightened anxieties for many people who may be nervous at being close to someone showing cold or flu-type symptoms, even if they are not linked to Covid.
We ask you to:
- Take a LFD test to help rule out Covid-19.
- Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and bin it.
- Be mindful of the sensitivities and vulnerabilities of others to whom you might pass an infection.
- Be aware that you may be challenged on campus regarding respiratory illness symptoms.
- Work/study remotely if you have a serious cough or cold, even if you believe it does not meet the criteria for Covid-19. Those with a mild non-Covid respiratory illness can attend study/work if able.
- Seek medical advice if you are unsure or if your symptoms become severe.
Information for staff on how each School and Directorate is operating can be found in the Returning to Campus SharePoint pages and will be updated as necessary.
Dignity at work
See the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion page for staff support materials including information on bullying and protected characteristics.
Health and wellbeing
OPD are still offering a professional development programme running as webinars so do please check the online booking system for upcoming opportunities. There is also some helpful guidance for staff to working productively and for managers who are now managing remote teams.
Access to software from home (via student remote desktop service)
Rest Days are to alleviate some of the pressure for those staff who are physically at work (whether working from home or on campus); they are not extra annual leave and are not contractual. This means that staff on furlough, staff on sick leave or staff on parental leave when the Rest Days fall do not get these.
If for operational or part-time work pattern reasons it is not possible to take the day as a Rest Day, then you should take them as agreed by your line manager, on another date as soon as possible thereafter. Part-time staff at work should take the Rest Day on a pro rata basis.
Working hours and contracts
Staff have the option of temporarily reducing working hours as a result of coronavirus. You should agree the changes in advance with your line manager, including the duration.