Coronavirus - information for staff

The health and welfare of our students, staff and visitors is our key priority as we continue to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and support our community. These pages are intended to support staff throughout, including updates on our plans for staff returning to campus, working on campus, help with working from home and support with health and wellbeing.

Updated 27 July 2021

The University COVID-19 risk assessment has been updated to reflect changes which came into effect from 19 July 2021 and is based on the Government’s Working Safely guidance.

Roadmap for staff returning to campus

As the Government continues its easing of lockdown restrictions, we have followed our roadmap for returning staff to campus and as of the 19 July 2021, any staff that wish to return are free to do so.

The final phase will start on  20 September 2021 when all staff are expected to return to work on campus from 20 September, albeit on an agreed hybrid working pattern (where possible) 

You can find more information about each phase and when staff will be welcomed back on campus on the roadmap for staff returning to campus page. 

Staying safe on campus

We are committed to ensuring all our staff can work effectively regardless of location and there is plenty of support available. As we begin our roadmap for staff returning to campus learn more about our safety measures on campus. Please continue to follow the Government guidelines set out above and ensure you follow Hands, Face, Space, Test guidance. 

Asymptomatic testing

Taking part in regular testing is an essential part of the Government’s strategy to combat the spread of Coronavirus.

If you are currently working on campus or accessing campus facilities having followed the latest Government guidance and are Covid-19 symptom-free, it is very important that you get tested twice a week. We are offering asymptomatic Covid-19 testing for University of Kent students and staff at both Canterbury and Medway. Booking for students and staff is  currently open at both sites. 

Working from home

As lockdown eases, we appreciate that the majority of our staff will still be working remotely. Our COPE Frameworkis designed to support you with this, including tips on identifying ways of working remotely that best suit you. We also have guidance on how to set up a work station, help using Kent IT services remotelyand support with mental health.

Wherever you are based, the University has committed that no member of staff is subjected to detrimental treatment in relation to their employment as a result of the impact of Covid-19. There is more information on this in our Covid policy statement for staff. 

Health and wellbeing

Ensuring the health and welfare of all our staff, wherever they are working, is our absolute priority. Support available includes our:

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you need to isolate immediately, book a symptomatic test and let us know. Find out more on our Coronavirus reporting procedure.

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