Information for staff

The information on this page relates specifically to staff at the University.

If you have responsibility for supervising or supporting students, you should also read our information for students.

Stay smart, supportive and safe

On Saturday 17 October, York moved to level 2 of the government's three-tier restriction system, alert level: high. The change introduced additional restrictions, and will be reviewed in 14 days.

On Wednesday 21 October, we announced that the University is moving to the Department for Education (DfE) Tier 2. There will be a transition week beginning on Monday 26 October, and we will move officially to DfE Tier 2 from Monday 2 November.

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.


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

Our information on covid-secure measures includes:

  • how we will deal with cases on campus

  • covid-secure leads

  • returning to campus and concerns about returning

  • policy and management procedure, and risk assessments

  • ventilation

  • face coverings

  • business travel and business critical spend

Community Charter

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.

Working remotely

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.

You can also request access to campus, for example if you need to collect equipment.

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.

Human Resources have published information on supporting staff as campus reopens, including frequently asked questions on:

  • working arrangements

  • caring responsibilities

  • shielding and health conditions

  • self-isolation

  • wellbeing

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

  • You can also call Health Assured, our employee assistance service, 24 hours a day.

Additional contacts

For most queries, please contact your department in the first instance, or email

For the University coronavirus information line, call 01904 809571

External information sources

In addition to University sources, you should also consult these official sources of information: