Return to campus

Key things to know

This page outlines the timeline we are putting in place for the safe return of staff and PGRs to campus throughout the summer.

Returning to campus

Since Monday 19 July the Government directive has no longer been to work from home if you can. However, we do not expect all staff to return to campus in one go. We will use the quieter summer months to allow staff to get used to working on campus and to think through how our new remote working policy will apply in individual teams.

September onwards

We're working towards a refreshed, hybrid way of working and a vibrant campus that is ready to support a full new academic year from September 2021. Establishing a new way of working will take time and will evolve, and we will continue to listen, learn and reflect as we progress.

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 now?

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 scenarios for working on campus and how to book different types of spaces as your normal work location may not be available.

Our new multi-use outdoor space suitable for teaching, meetings and social events has opened on Campus West, by James College. The covid-secure space is the first of several opening over coming months. 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 to 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.

  • Over the summer, depending on the Government guidance, we will provide different types of Covid-secure spaces available to book for team meetings, writing-up space, or collaborative working environments.

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.