Information for staff
Stay smart, supportive and safe
Lots of work has gone into making our campus and facilities covid-secure, but every one of us has a role to play in keeping ourselves - and those around us - as safe as possible. As well as the staff-specific information on this page, we've also published guidance on the actions that all of us can take to stay smart, supportive and safe.
The University is still operating during the lockdown in England as Government guidance allows you to travel/leave your home for the purposes of education. We will continue to provide a blend of online and in-person teaching, as well as library and support services, and we'll continue to keep you updated.
The University moved to the Department for Education (DfE) Tier 2 on Monday 2 November.
We've put together some more information about what you can do on and around campus during lockdown, to make sure you get the most out of lockdown life, as well as a list of ideas of things to do to keep busy, entertained and engaged while things are a bit socially distant.
The University will be closed from Monday 21 December to Friday 1 January inclusive. For most staff this will mean not working on these days, although you may be required to work on a rota basis depending on your role.
If you choose to work over this period and this involves coming to campus, whether to work in a lab or an office, you should be able to do this provided all covid-secure mitigations are adhered to. You should discuss this with your department or line manager if you're planning to work on campus over the break. Read the FAQs from HR about the extended Christmas period.
You must self-isolate if you:
have any Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste or smell)
have tested positive for Covid-19
share a household with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive
are contacted and asked to do so by either the University or NHS Test and Trace
have travelled to the UK from a non-exempt country.
You must let University know that you are self-isolating by telephoning your line manager.
Resources, guidance and policies
The Covid-19 Community Charter outlines what our community can expect from the University and what the University expects from its staff and students.
Students are also asked to take the online Covid-19 Community Safety Module in the VLE.
As a research intensive University, our community remains committed to the quality of our research, which is carried out to the highest standards. Our staff research pages contain:
Teaching, learning and assessment
Our Working at York page covers:
It also includes guidance on technology and data protection.
More guidance can also be found on the Working remotely (Skills guide) page.
Pay and working arrangements
From 1 September, whether you're working at home or you've returned to campus, you should be working your contracted hours using flexible arrangements as necessary.
shielding and health conditions
Information on tax relief while working at home is available on the HMRC website.
The People and Organisational Development team has pulled together resources to support your wellbeing while working remotely.
If you need to talk to someone:
for medical concerns, contact your GP/medical specialist or NHS 111.
for non-medical concerns, talk to your line manager or Head of Department in the first instance. If you have a concern you do not feel comfortable discussing with your line manager, you can contact email@example.com.
You can also call Health Assured, our confidential employee assistance service, 24 hours a day.
For most queries, please contact your department in the first instance, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
External information sources
In addition to University sources, you should also consult these official sources of information: