Information for staff
Working from home
On campus? Get tested regularly
It is crucial that staff who visit campus get tested regularly. We can all help protect vulnerable people in the community and on campus, and help drive rates down.
You should get two tests a week, three days apart. You can book your tests at our campus testing centres, or collect home-testing kits from locations across campus.
Not sure what to expect at the testing centre on campus? We take you through the process step-by-step in this video produced by YSTV.
We have maximised ventilation. Buildings across our campus have a range of ventilation systems, so we use a mix of strategies, including running mechanical systems at full capacity and encouraging staff and students to keep windows open to let fresh air in.
Exact levels of ventilation in a space vary depending on factors including outside temperature and wind speed.
The ventilation we have in place is considered in combination with our other control measures, such as face coverings, vaccinations and testing. All these reduce risk within our overall institutional risk assessment which covers all our indoor spaces on campus.
Because of the recent drop in temperatures, we have had to make some changes to the way we are continuing to deliver and manage our ventilation services to keep our buildings warm and operating reliably. Estates Services have made adjustments to the mechanical ventilation systems to improve and maintain temperatures while keeping good rates of ventilation and limited recirculation of air. It is unavoidable that some areas will remain colder than usual due to high amounts of fresh air being introduced.
We have some buildings without mechanical ventilation to introduce fresh air into rooms and spaces, hence the reliance on opening windows. In cold weather, and particularly if it is windy, windows don’t need to be opened as wide to achieve ventilation rates similar to those we have in summer. Opening the windows just a little, so you can feel a draft, and ensuring the room does not feel stuffy, can go a long way towards providing adequate ventilation.
Working arrangements and pay
HR have published guidance for staff to support your working arrangements as restrictions end, encouraging a supportive and empathetic approach.
See guidance on absence associated with Covid-19 vaccinations.
Information on tax relief while working at home is available on the HMRC website.
Our new remote working policy comes into effect from 27 September 2021.
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.
We have 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. If you have a concern you do not feel comfortable discussing with your line manager, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call Health Assured, our confidential employee assistance service, 24 hours a day.
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:
For most queries, please contact your department in the first instance, or email email@example.com.
External information sources
In addition to University sources, you should also consult these official sources of information: