Staff support

Information and support for staff during the coronavirus outbreak

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Latest staff announcements

If you have coronavirus symptoms

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

View guidance on reporting sickness absence due to coronavirus


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

Returning to work on campus if you or a family member have an underlying health condition

Looking after your physical and mental health

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

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

Data protection for remote working


Covid-19 Procurement updates

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