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.
Roadmap to easing lockdown
On 22 February, the Government announced its roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England. The roadmap, combined with follow-up guidance from the Department of Education, confirmed that students on practical or practice-based courses that require access to specialist equipment or facilities can return to campus from 8 March.
Under the roadmap guidance, all staff are still required to work from home unless deemed as critical or essential workers. If you are working on campus, we suggest you carry your Kent One card (or equivalent University ID) with you.
As of 29 March, the lockdown restrictions state:
- You may spend time socialising in outdoor public spaces in a group of up to 6 people (the 'Rule of 6') or with one other household.
- Socialising indoors with those not in your household is not permitted.
- You may participate in group outdoor sports and activities. More information is available on the Kent Sport website.
There will be a Government review in mid-April, and we will be working on plans for the Summer Term and its implications for staff return to campus over the coming weeks.
Working on campus
In line with the roadmap 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 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.
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:
- COPE Framework to help you work effectively, wherever you're based
- Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) giving you easy access to expert help with both personal and work-related issues
- Occupational Health team who are on hand to help with any physical and/or mental health concerns.
To provide some short-term relief from additional, Covid-related pressures, the University has also suspended the requirement for formal probationary paperwork (with the exception of academic probation plans) and RPD paperwork for this academic year.