Return to campus

Key things to know

This page outlines our plans for the safe return of staff and PGRs to campus.


Working from home

As of Monday 13 December, the Government called for people to work from home if they can. However, there are exemptions for some people working in education:


  • Staff deemed critical to the continuation of research and in-person education

  • Staff supporting this work - such as lab technicians and specialist technical support

  • Staff supporting essential campus and student support services


You should continue to work with your line manager to understand what work you can do where.


If you need to continue working on campus for your own health and wellbeing, or because you do not have an appropriate working environment at home, you can do so.

Returning to campus

We have established a hybrid way of working and we are developing our workplaces to fit more closely with how we want to work in the future, with a vibrant campus that supports our staff, postgraduate researchers, students and visitors.

Take a look at our health and wellbeing resources for staff, to find out more about the help and support that's available to you.

How can I book work space on campus?

We continue to work with our covid-secure leads to safely manage the return of more staff to campus in the space we have available. You can find out more about our plans for reconnecting on campus and how to book different types of spaces as your normal work location may not be available.

Our multi-use covid-secure outdoor spaces, suitable for teaching, meetings and social events have opened on campus. The spaces will have full IT capability, flexible furniture and are bookable through Planon. And don't forget the Tipi at Piazza is also available for students and staff to drop in (during the day) or book (in the evening).

You can also book space as follows:

  • For teaching, departments should continue to liaise with timetablers to submit requests.

  • For labs and research facilities, we continue to operate under the current working practices.

  • For work to support restarting activities on campus, where your usual workspace is not available or there is insufficient capacity because of social distancing measures, our bookable spaces through the PSS Hubs can be used.

  • For other meetings, staff can book covid-secure space around the timetable. Please email your request to roombookings@york.ac.uk.

  • For PGRs, we have several hundred socially-distanced single study spaces available on campus, which you can book up to three days in advance.

If home working is affecting your physical or mental wellbeing, or your environment is not suitable for home working, speak to your line manager to review your current arrangements.