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.
We are currently working on a phased programme to support staff with returning to campus, led by advice from the Government, Public Health England and Universities UK. Throughout this:
- 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
Staff who are eligible to return to campus will be contacted directly. Our initial priority will be those who need to undertake critical or essential work and those unable to work at home due to exceptional circumstances.
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.
Most staff will continue to work remotely for as long as it is practical, safe and realistic to do so. Our new 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.