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 working on campus, help with working from home and support with health and wellbeing.

Asymptomatic testing

As part of the Government’s testing programme 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.  

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. 

National lockdown restrictions

The Government have announced a period of national lockdown from 5 January 2021. This means that we are all subjected to tightened Covid-19 restrictions. Unlike the last lockdown period, universities are to suspend face-to-face teaching until the end of February with a few exceptions. This means we will be providing mainly online teaching during this period apart from to those students studying medicine, pharmacy or social work.  

Under the national lockdown guidance, all staff are required to work from home unless deemed as critical or essential workers. Any staff who fall into this category will be contacted by their line manager. Many staff working at home also come under the critical worker category. If you need to have your status confirmed to enable children to go to school, please contact hrcovid19@kent.ac.uk. If you do continue to work on campus, we suggest that you carry your Kent One card (or equivalent University ID) with you as you travel to and from work.  

We will continue to provide essential services and support to those students who are already living on campus. We await further guidance concerning students’ delayed staggered return in February. 

Brexit 

Meanwhile, we are aware that some of you who are working on campus may experience delays and disruption to your normal road journey linked to Brexit.     

Under our Brexit Short Term Travel and Pay Policy, you are expected to attend work in the normal way during any period of disruption and make all reasonable efforts to identify alternative travel routes. If agreed by your line manager, the University will consider claims for reasonable additional expenses if you have to use public transport instead of your normal road journey. If you are unable to get to work, please notify your line manager as soon as possible. 

Working on campus

In line with national lockdown guidance, all staff should be working from home unless deemed critical or essential workers. We are committed to ensuring all our staff can work effectively regardless of location and there is plenty of support available. 

Staff should discuss their working arrangements and personal circumstances with their line manager.  

To ensure everyone stays safe, it is essential that all staff working on campus read our Covid-19 Code of Conduct for Students and Staff. 

Working from home

We appreciate that the majority of our staff will work remotely during the national lockdown period.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 remotely and support with mental health.

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