Staff support

Information and support for staff during the coronavirus outbreak

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The priority of the Human Resources and Organisational Development Directorate is to support colleagues across the University at this difficult time. We will continue to monitor UK and Scottish Government advice and to work in close contact with colleagues across the HE sector to respond to questions, concerns and suggestions raised by staff. We are also continuing to work closely with the campus trade unions.

Contact details for each School and Directorate can be found on the HR web pages. If you are unsure which member of the team you should contact, or have a general enquiry, please email

Health and Safety

The central Health and Safety team is liaising closely with the University’s COVID Groups, managers, and the network of safety representatives across the University to manage the issues raised by the current situation. Information relevant to all staff is published on the coronavirus web pages but you should contact your local representative with any urgent health and safety matters.

Payroll and Pensions

The Payroll and Pensions teams have put in place electronic processes for receiving payroll related information from managers and staff, e.g. overtime claim forms. Managers have been made aware of these arrangements and further information will be available on the Payroll web page. If you need to contact the Payroll team, please email

Pensions schemes information is available on the Pensions web page

The team can be contacted by emailing

Organisational and Professional Development

OPD is currently unable to run face-to-face activities, but staff are encouraged to take the opportunity to access the wide range of online development opportunities available through their web pages, which will be updated regularly with new information/training of relevance to the current situation:

If you would like advice on your learning and development, please contact the OPD team via

Occupational Health

Staff can continue to seek advice from OH nurses.

Consultations by phone can be booked by email

Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The EDI team is working remotely and will continue to support staff and EDI staff networks. You can fine the email addresses for the team on the EDI web page. Equality matters related to REF 2021 should be sent to


The guides below help you work from home.

Health and wellbeing

Government advice 

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)


Guidance on home/remote working for staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Remote working

Maximise your online experience when remote working

Using the VPN for working from home

Introduction to Microsoft Teams

Online meetings guidance and etiquette

Create an online meeting in Microsoft Teams

Create the best quality video content at home

Multi-factor authentication

Get Office 365 for free on your own devices

Use SPSS on your own computer

Upload your files onto OneDrive

Online teaching

Support for online teaching delivery

Library services

Library services during coronavirus pandemic

Research ethics

Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on non-clinical research projects involving human participants


Travel advice for staff - March 12 2020