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 regulations
In line with the new national lockdown regulations (planned to run between 5 November and 2 December), we have updated information for furloughed staff, as well as FAQs (dated 5 November) within our sections on returning to campus, working from home and health and wellbeing.
During this national lockdown, people are encouraged to stay at home except for specific reasons. You may not gather with people you do not live with, except for specific reasons. Certain businesses, services and venues will also be closed.
The Government has stated that education is a priority, therefore universities will remain open during this time. However, there will be changes to how some services are delivered.
People are being encouraged to stay at home unless they are essential workers or for one of the following exception:
- For educational purposes
- To exercise outdoors with people in your household, or, with one person from a different household
- To shop for basic essentials (this should be as infrequently as possible)
- For medical reasons.
People should not meet indoors with family or friends unless they are part of the same household.
Returning to campus
We have been implementing a phased programme to support staff with returning to campus, led by advice from the Government, Public Health England and Universities UK. With the announcement of a national lockdown between 5 November and 2 December 2020, we are committed to ensuring all our staff can work effectively regardless of location.
Throughout our planning process:
- We will put the safety of our people first
- We will only proceed once risk assessments have been agreed and necessary changes to workplaces have been made
- We will be open and inclusive, ensuring everyone is given confidence that they will be returning to a supportive environment
- We will follow advice from the Department for Education and local public health partners.
Staff should discuss their working arrangements with their line manager.
To ensure everyone stays safe, it is essential that all staff who are returning to campus read our Covid-19 Code of Conduct for Students and Staff.
Working from home
We appreciate that some of our staff will work remotely during the national lockdown period. Our COPE Framework is 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.
There is also information on access to campus for those working from home, including how to arrange collecting equipment as buildings start to be reoccupied. This has been updated to reflect any processes that have changed in accordance with lockdown measures.