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Department COVID-19 Information

The purpose of this page is to keep you informed on how the Department is responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and to provide useful links and resources. 

The government has now issued new guidance on living safely with Covid-19 and other respiratory infections.

It has also published guidance on reducing the spread of respiratory infections in the workplace. 

The current Government approach to dealing with COVID is to move away from legal requirements to an expectation that people will act in a responsible way so to avoid spreading the infection.

The University's approach will be to follow this general line, and the Vice Chancellor has issued a statement about the University's response. 

Despite the removal of the specific legal requirements in relation to COVID, the University continues to have a general duty in law to protect staff and students from risks to their health.

The University's Safety Office has published its own guidance on managing the spread of communicable diseases, including Covid-19. It is also a helpful resource for line managers, and covers good practice in relation to ventilation, hygiene and other ways of minimising infection.

Those who have been largely working from home are now encouraged to return to the work in the Department. Line managers will be responsible for making specific arrangements with members of their teams.  Individual PIs will determine the pattern of work in their own areas. Face-to-face group meetings, seminars and lectures are permitted, although it is recommended that these are held in sufficiently large and well ventilated spaces.

The Covid Helpdesk, now renamed the Communicable Disease Helpdesk, will remain open to advise staff and students (and can be emailed on 

Staying safe in the Department

Face coverings remain a highly effective way of limiting the spread of respiratory diseases so for the time being we will continue with our policy of requiring face coverings (unless exempt) in all public areas. Good ventilation and social distancing are also highly effective at reducing the spread of infection. Please continue to pay attention to these matters.

Action in the case of suspected infection

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection - typically some of coughing, sore throat, sneezing, runny nose, fever, head aches - then you should not come into work but should stay at home until the symptoms subside. If you are able to, and feel well enough, you should continue to work at home - if not, you will need to take sick absence in the usual way. When you do return to work we strongly advise that you continue to wear a face covering when you are in close proximity to others for a few extra days.

The University Covid testing pod is now closed and LFTs are no longer freely available, so it will not be possible for most of us to find out whether we have a cold or Covid.

It is no longer necessary for members of the Department to report a suspected or confirmed Covid infection.

Useful links

Risk assessment tools

Departmental policies and procedures

If you feel any information is missing or needs updating, please contact: Chloe Barker

Page updated: 19.04.22