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.

Reconnecting on campus
We have made plans so that staff who have been working remotely can rejoin colleagues who are already on campus. Find out more about our plans for new ways of working as we look to the future.

Returning to campus and the Government's roadmap


Our plans to return to campus are guided by the Government's roadmap, and our own term structure and requirements. If guidance on lifting restrictions or social distancing changes, these timescales are subject to change.

Step 3 (since Monday 17 May)

Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap saw more restrictions eased, and we outlined typical circumstances and scenarios under which staff can now return to campus, including:

  • Supporting new activity allowed under Step 3, such as indoor hospitality, indoor group sports and exercise classes, and in-person community building activities to support students to form better connections with peers or develop their skills.

  • Supporting your personal wellbeing.

  • Training or team building sessions, on an ad hoc basis.

Step 4 (expected Monday 19 July)

The implementation of Step 4 has been delayed from Monday 21 June. It is now expected that from Monday 19 July the Government directive will no longer be to work from home if you can. The decision will be reviewed on Monday 5 July. We will then review our own institutional risk assessments accordingly.

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.

We continue to listen to the feedback on our ‘Covid Keeps’ community forum and also to feedback we received from staff in our return to campus survey.

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. You can also find out more about our plans for new hybrid ways of working as we look ahead to the future.

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.

  • Term ends on Friday 25 June. 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.