Staff support

Information and support for staff during the coronavirus outbreak

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If you have coronavirus symptoms

As Test and Protect measures are now in place, if you have symptoms of coronavirus you must:

View guidance on reporting sickness absence due to coronavirus

If you have symptoms of respiratory illness that are not those specifically linked to Covid-19

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.

Accessing campus

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.

Our Covid code of conduct

Face coverings

Reporting non-compliance with Covid-19 rules

Moving around campus safely

Physical distancing – working and studying on campus

Learning and teaching facilities

Staff social and eating spaces

Dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak on campus


Reporting sickness absence due to coronavirus or other illnesses when working from home

Annual leave

Annual leave and using holidays when working from home

Annual leave and pay if you are self-isolating or shielding

Dignity at work

See the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion page for staff support materials including information on bullying and protected characteristics.


Information for staff who are furloughed

Health and wellbeing

Caring for children or dependents when working from home

Working on campus if you or a family member have an underlying health condition

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.

Home working

Health and safety guidance when home/remote working

Tax relief for staff when working from home

Access to software from home (via student remote desktop service)


Visa information for staff during the coronavirus pandemic


Maximise your online experience when remote working

Using the VPN for working from home

Forward your office desk phone to your mobile/home

Introduction to Microsoft Teams

Create an online meeting in Microsoft Teams

Create the best quality video content at home

Multi-factor authentication

Get Microsoft 365 for free on your own devices

Use SPSS on your own computer

Upload your files onto OneDrive

Data protection for remote working


Covid-19 Procurement updates

Rest Days

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.

Fixed-term contracts during the coronavirus pandemic