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General Coronavirus guidance for staff

University information and guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for staff.

Introduction

This page contains general University information and guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for staff. For more staff advice, as well as advice for students, visitors and our local community, please visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

Learning and teaching have gone online

Our learning and teaching have gone online until the end of Semester 2, which ends on Friday 29 May 2020. We have not made this decision lightly. However after consultation and careful consideration we felt it was in the best interests of our students and staff to take this step.

Teaching and learning

  • For undergraduates and those taking taught graduate courses, we will deliver all teaching online for the remainder of Semester 2, which ends on Friday 29 May 2020. The details and timing of teaching online will be announced by Departments.

  • Guidance has been produced for teaching staff on teaching and learning online and information about booking lecture capture.

  • More details will follow on any necessary assessments yet to take place, but there will be no examinations on campus.

  • We hope this will enable students to make informed decisions about whether to stay on campus or to relocate elsewhere.

  • It is appropriate to replace face-to-face meetings with placement students, and others working away from Bath, with remote means.

  • It is important that students feel that they are being fully supported, as for some, this may be a particularly difficult time. As a result, it will be important to make sure that support, including face-to-face support, can be provided to students both through student services and academic departments.

University campus and services

  • Please see the latest information on campus facilities

  • Many of our international and UK students will continue to live on campus as their home, so providing retail, catering, cleaning and other services continues to be vital.

  • Activities led by all other job families, including student recruitment and student wellbeing support will need to continue.

  • We recognise that decisions concerning major events need to be taken separately and further information will be provided on this topic in due course. for more info on Applicant Visit Days, please see the Applicant Visit Days webpage

  • Some provision has changed in light of government advice. Details can be found at the appropriate locations on campus.

  • Payroll has made some changes to its operations, including deadlines for submitting payroll claims, please see the Payroll: FAQs for staff.

Working arrangements

Our aim is to enable our staff to work from home where possible, using online resources and other adjustments where needed, to protect them, their colleagues and our students.

Managers and staff will be expected to reconfigure and reprioritise work to fit around current circumstances to ensure that the University can continue to function.

Our default should be to provide services online unless it is not possible to do so. If you can work from home, please ensure you are set up to do so.

Staff with caring responsibilities

If you are affected by the confirmed closure of a school, nursery, care home etc. due to the Coronavirus outbreak and are unable to arrange alternative care arrangements, you should contact your Head of Department or line manager to agree one of the two options below:

a. Working from home - If your role, time and IT arrangements enable you to work effectively from home, your HoD / line manager can agree for you to do so. To enable this to work, it may be necessary to consider if you can work during different hours if these can be accommodated to allow you to fit your work around your caring responsibilities. If home working is agreed, you will receive normal pay and should follow the University’s guidance on working from home.

b. Taking Emergency Leave - the University has agreed to exceptionally allow your Head of Department / line manager to grant Emergency (additional) Paid Leave to our employed staff on an initial basis. This would be subject to you making alternative caring arrangements at the earliest opportunity if these become available, utilising any annual leave already booked over the School holidays, sharing caring responsibilities with your partner (if applicable) and undertaking as much work as possible, around your caring responsibilities.

Emergency Paid Leave will be paid to staff in this situation until the end of the School current term and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. It will be reviewed no later than 3rd April 2020 to determine if these arrangements continue or other leave would need to be taken. The University recognises that normal school holiday arrangements may also be disrupted.

Travel and visas

We have suspended all travel on University business, other than commuting to campus and University buildings. Forthcoming Applicant Visit Days and public lectures before the Easter break have been cancelled.

The UK Government has said that most people in the UK whose immigration status is affected by the coronavirus outbreak will get an automatic extension of their visa until 31 March 2020. You should read the GOV.UK guidance to find out if your visa will be automatically extended or whether you need to contact the Coronavirus Immigration Helpline (0800 678 1767, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, calls are free of charge) or CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk.

Further questions, advice and support

If you have any other concerns or questions that about Coronavirus that are not covered here or on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, please contact your HoD or your line manager, email the Coronavirus enquiries email email address. This will pass your question to the most relevant individual to answer it.

If you are seeking emotional support and counselling at this time please contact our staff counselling services, which are both free and confidential.