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Working from home

We want to ensure your set up at home is both safe and effective and have developed guidance for managers and colleagues, which includes information and guidance on how to set up your home workstation along with other sources of advice relating to homeworking. Our Information Governance Team has also created guidance on how to complete your work safely, securely, and in line with our data protection policies so please do take the time to read this guidance. And, with many of us now having a likely increase in our daily screen time it’s also important for you to take regular breaks away from your work screen.

Working on campus

We are currently developing our plans to enable a further managed and COVID-19 secure return to work on our campuses for more of our colleagues. Detailed guidance for managers and information on what to expect and what support is available, can be found on our 'working on campus' website.

Teaching on campus

Our vision for learning and teaching this year is based upon a need for flexibility and resilience, so that whatever this year throws at us we are prepared to provide our students the best possible opportunity to learn and succeed. For information and FAQs about teaching on campus, please see our 'information for teaching safely on campus’ webpage.

Wellbeing

Your wellbeing, and the wellbeing of our students, is our overriding priority and we have a range of resources available to support you. Our Staff Wellbeing Services have a number of tools that can help, and every colleague has access to Spectrum Life, which we would encourage you to use if you need to – it is vitally important that you look after yourself. As always, your manager will listen to any difficulties you’re having, and can explore any working adjustments that may be necessary.

Green restart and recovery

We’re working across the institution and with our partners on a ‘Green Restart and Recovery’ so we can continue to deliver on our commitment to the Environment and Climate Emergency agenda in terms of our return to campus by minimising our carbon impact. There are six green goals including: promoting continued home working, committing to a 50% reduction in travel carbon, including Climate Emergency considerations in funding and procurement decisions, minimising printing, providing reusable cups to all colleagues and students (removing non-recyclable single use cups from our campuses), and launching a Student Climate Emergency Companion pack – this will detail how students can get involved and understand the our Climate Emergency agenda.

These initiatives have been put in place to help us reduce our carbon footprint as we restart activities on our campuses.

Guidance for managers

Planning is underway to enable the return of more colleagues to on-campus working. We are managing this process carefully to ensure everyone is protected and remains safe. Guidance has been developed for managers to enable teams to return and this includes a step by step process that managers will need to follow. Please read this carefully and undertake any actions required. 

Managers should also read and understand our guidance for all staff.

 

Regular testing

All colleagues are expected to get tested when they return to campus and then undertake regular, COVID-19 tests after this to help prtect our University community.

It's really easy to get tested - we have a number of different venues on and off campus, and you can now collect a home test kit to test yourself regularly in your own home.

Find out more about regular COVID-19 testing for colleagues.

REMEMBER, if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms however mild, you must follow a different test process to ensure we can prevent onward transmission. Book your test through our Rapid Response Hub.

Frequently asked questions

Our community

We emphasise the need to show respect, kindness and compassion for all during this uncertain time. Internationally, nationally and locally there have been incidents of xenophobic and racist behaviour and abuse, particularly at the start of the outbreak. Inappropriate behaviour or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. This is a hate crime and is against the law.

If you experience, or are witness to, any behaviour of this type, please report it to the police immediately. You can also report it to the University via our Speak Out web pages. We will investigate this and, where necessary, disciplinary procedures will be followed.

If you are feeling anxious during this time, further support is available via our wellbeing webpages.

We have signed an open letter with partners across Exeter on tackling hate crime and racism in our community, particularly in light of recent incidents in relation to coronavirus. This is a time when we must work together and support each other - not create more division and hurt. Read the letter in full​

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss of taste/smell), please immediately self-isolate and contact the Rapid Response Hub. This applies even if you are displaying only mild symptoms.

Please see our Rapid Response Hub webpage for further information about what to do.

The University’s Rapid Response Hub will give you advice, support you to self-isolate if you receive a positive result, and let you know how and when you can return to campus safely after isolation.

Anyone with symptoms who requests a test must self-isolate immediately by law. If there is high demand at the Hub you can also request a test via the NHS national test scheme. If you do use the NHS test scheme, please let the Rapid Response Hub know if you have COVID-19. This will ensure the university can support you. You can do this by phone or email – visit the Rapid Response Webpages for details.

Make sure you alert your manager or supervisor of your test result. The University will support you through any illness and time in self-isolation.

Positive Results

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate for ten days – information for staff on self-isolation can be found within the Information for colleagues who are self-isolating section on this page.

You will also need to let us know you have tested positive by contacting the Rapid Response Hub and completing a copy of the relevant COVID-19 results form so we can ensure you get all of the support you need.

The Rapid Response Hub will contact you to talk about your health and wellbeing and also to work with you to identify those you’ve been in close contact with on campus. Those who you’ve been in close contact with will be asked to self-isolate, to prevent any ongoing spread of infection. You may also be contact by the NHS test and trace team. It’s important that you engage with both the university and NHS test and trace.

If you receive a positive result, anybody you live with, or anyone in your support bubble or someone you have been in close contact with must self-isolate for ten days. More information is available on the NHS webpages. The Rapid Response Hub will support you through your self-isolation period.

Negative Results

If you receive a negative test result, you do not have coronavirus and may return to work, unless someone else in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. If you live with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive you must self-isolate for ten days from the onset of their symptoms. A negative test does not release you from this obligation. Remember to continue with good COVID secure practices such as keeping a 2m social distance, wearing your face covering where required and washing your hands frequently.

Unclear, Void, Borderline or Inconclusive Test Results

An unclear, void, borderline or inconclusive result means it's not possible to say if you had coronavirus when the test was done. If you receive an inconclusive test result you must follow the advice you are given by the test and trace service and continue to self-isolate. You may be advised to have a further test. You can seek advice from the Rapid Response Hub.

You can find more detail about what happens when you get your test results on the Rapid Response Hub website.

The NHS Guidance on what to do if you get coronavirus symptoms for a second time is as follows:

If you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) again, you must self-isolate immediately and ask for a test. The symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. If someone you live with gets symptoms again, you must also self-isolate immediately. You must self-isolate again even if you've had a positive test result for coronavirus before. You probably have some immunity to coronavirus but it's not clear how long it will last.

You can request a test for coronavirus via the Rapid Response Hub.

Information for self-isolating colleagues

If you are not able to work for any of the following reasons please report your absence from work to your line manager, or in their absence the nominated manager, as soon as possible - either by email or telephone. You should state the reason for your absence, for example:

  • Sickness (any reason where you are unwell and unable to work as normal, including relating to coronavirus)
  • Self-isolation: In all cases, employees should follow the latest Government guidance
  • Emergency leave (e.g. childcare)

If you are reporting absence because you are self-isolating, you must also report that you are in self-isolation. You can use our self-isolation absence notification form to do this.

Information about pay arrangements can be found online.

Your manager will record your sickness absence in the usual way via iTrent – more details are available on the sickness recording web page.

During this time, it is important that you remain in regular contact with your line manager and/or supervisor, as well as those you manage, even if you are not working in your normal workplace.

If you are a manager and you become ill, please let your team know so they are aware of who they can liaise with in your absence, for example your line manager or another appropriate member of staff.

One of the measures we’ve put into place to keep all colleagues and students safe, is our Rapid Response Hub. If you are working on campus and begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you will need to self-isolate and contact our Rapid Response Hub. Find out more online.

If you have a specific concern or query about being absent from work please email: humanresources@exeter.ac.uk

How long you need to self-isolate depends on if you have COVID-19 or you've been in close contact with someone who does. We recommend you refer to the full NHS Guidance, but the key points are summarised here:

If you have symptoms or tested positive – you must self-isolate for at least 10 days if:

  • you have symptoms of coronavirus and you tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test
  • you tested positive but have not had symptoms

If you have symptoms, the ten days starts from when the symptoms started.

If you have not had symptoms, the ten days starts from when you had the test. But if you get symptoms after your test, self-isolate for a further ten days from when your symptoms start.

If you live with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive you must self-isolate for 10 days if they:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test
  • tested positive but has not had symptoms

The ten days starts from:

  • when the first person in your home or support bubble started having symptoms
  • the day they were tested, if they have not had symptoms – but if they get symptoms after they were tested, self-isolate for a further ten days from when their symptoms start

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus if you get symptoms while you're self-isolating. If your test is negative, you must still keep self-isolating for the rest of the ten days.

If your test is positive, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. This might mean you're self-isolating for longer than ten days overall. You can stop self-isolating after ten days if you do not get any symptoms.

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 App - you must self-isolate for 10 days if either:

  • you get a text, email or call from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate
  • you get an alert from the NHS COVID-19 app telling you to self-isolate

This is because you've been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus and there's a chance you might have caught it. You need to self-isolate for ten days. If you go on to develop symptoms, anyone you live with must then self-isolate and you must report your symptoms and get tested. It is crucial that you complete your 10-day self-isolation period if you’ve been identified as a contact, even if you get a negative test result. This is because you may have the virus, but it cannot yet be detected by a test, so you could unknowingly spread the virus if you leave the house.

You must advise your line manager and report that you are in self-isolation, using the self-isolation absence notification form. Please refer to the FAQ “Reporting Absence – When and how do I report absence?” for further guidance. 

If you are well but are unable to work because you are self-isolating, this will not be recorded as sickness absence.

If you become ill whilst you are in self-isolation, please report this to your manager and follow the sickness absence procedure – further information can be found on our webpages Pay Arrangements and Sickness Recording. If you cannot work as you are unwell owing to COVID-19, your period of self-isolation will be recorded as sickness absence.

If you have any further queries on this, please contact your line manager or the HR Team

You must advise your line manager and report that you are in self-isolation, using the self-isolation absence notification form. However, if you feel well enough to work from home and you are able to do so, then you can continue to work. Your time in self-isolation will not be recorded as sickness absence. If you do begin to feel unwell and wish to stop working from home, please alert your manager and take sick leave as required.

Information for colleagues in a vulnerable group

Government guidance states that clinically extremely vulnerable people should now follow the same guidance as everyone else. However, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you should think particularly carefully about precautions you can continue to take to lower your risk of infection and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Information for clinically extremely vulnerable people can be fouind on the Government website

All collegues who are defined as clinically extremely vulnerable should also following the process below:

  • The individual should complete the Personal Risk Assessment and Action Plan prior to working on campus,
  • They should discuss any concerns that they may have with regards working on campus with their manager.,
  • Managers should review the building risk assessment and workplace risk assessment with reference to any particular needs of the individual putting extra measures in place to keep the person safe;
  • Managers should consider temporarily changing the individuals working patterns if this will reduce contact with others at peak travel times,
  • Occupational Health and/or the Health and Safety team may be contacted if specific health, wellbeing or safety advice is needed by either the manger or the individual,
  • Once working on campus, the individual should ensure that they book twice-weekly COVID-19 tests even if they have already been vaccinated to continue to protect themselves and others.

Staff should discuss their situation with their line manager as soon as possible. Further information and support is available if you have any concerns regarding this.

If you are not clinically extremely vulnerable yourself but are living with someone who is, then you are still able to attend work on campus. You should discuss your individual circumstances with your manager to agree where you should work, with support from Occupational Health if needed.

We know for some that coronavirus is of increased concern. Those with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, may feel particularly vulnerable. If you have an existing or underlying health condition and you are worried about your health regarding the coronavirus, we would encourage you to speak to your GP for advice.

If you have any concerns about returning to on campus working on account of your health or a disability (regardless of your vulnerability level) then please discuss your situation and condition with your line manager, if you have not already done so, so that the correct support can be put into place. Additional support and advice is available from Occupational Health if necessary.

Additional information and guidance on who is extremely vulnerable and who is at moderate risk can also be found on the NHS website.

If you, or anyone you live with, has any relevant underlying health conditions we need to be aware of, please inform your line manager and contact the Rapid Response Hub if further guidance is needed.

The government advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people was updated on 1 April 2021. Although the government still advises clinically extremely vulnerable people to work from home where possible, they no longer advise that clinically extremely people should not attend the workplace.

The University therefore advises that all clinically extremely vulnerable staff continue to work from home if they are able to do so, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

Where clinically extremely vulnerable staff cannot carry out their role from home, or if their manager requires them to work on campus then the process outlined for clinically extremely vulnerable staff should be followed.

Further information and support is available if you have any concerns regarding this.

If you are not clinically extremely vulnerable yourself but are living with someone who is, then you are still able to attend work on campus if you have been requested to do so. You should discuss your individual circumstances with your manager to agree where you should work, with support from Occupational Health if needed.

For students

For students - our AccessAbility team is available for you to discuss any concerns you may have around your disability. You can find information on how to access this team on our website.

For staff

A guide has been developed specifically for disabled colleagues working from home which addresses some of the challenges faced by those who need to self-isolate and maintain prolonged social distancing. The guide also provides signposting and guidance towards additional support. If you are contacted by your manager about returning to work on campus, you should discuss with them whether any additional adjustments are required. If you have a condition which makes you clinically extremely vulnerable or vulnerable please see the sections above and refer to government advice regarding shielding. If you require additional support or advice please contact your line manager who can arrange a referral to occupational health or contact a disability adviser in confidence.

If you are not clinically extremely vulnerable yourself but are living with someone who is, then you are still able to attend work on campus if you have been requested to do so. You should discuss your individual circumstances with your manager to agree where you should work, with support from Occupational Health if needed.

Ensure you follow the guidance from Public Health England (PHE). If you or the person you live with/care for become symptomatic then ensure you follow the PHE guidance on guidance on shielding vulnerable people from COVID-19.

If you are self-isolating or currently unable to complete your work, please refer to the FAQ “Reporting Absence – when and how do I report absence?”

If you have any further queries email us on humanresources@exeter.ac.uk

Questions on returning to your workplace

Work is underway to enable a managed and COVID-19 secure return to work on our campuses for more of our colleagues. Detailed guidance for managers and staff on how to manage returning to campus, and what support is available to you, can be found on our 'working on campus' website.

We understand that whilst some colleagues would like to return as soon as possible, others may be more hesitant or anxious about returning. We also understand that it may take some time to adjust to returning to work on campus and that colleagues may need to resolve practical, technical or workplace issues. We have a range of support available to colleagues returning to campus including the Spectrum Life service, which can be used to access 24/7 telephone counselling via our online portal.

Details of all the support available including our online cognitive behavioural therapy programme, Silvercloud, can be found on our website. Support is also available from the NHS talking therapy services.

You can discuss any concerns that you have with your line manager who can support you with adjustments to your work or make a referral to Occupational Health if further advice is needed. If you are experiencing significant symptoms you should contact your GP for advice and treatment if required.

If you are pregnant, please follow the current Government guidance

It's also important to follow advice about how to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19, such as washing your hands regularly.  If you are more than 27 weeks pregnant, or if you are pregnant and have an underlying health condition that puts you at a greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19 at any point in pregnancy, you may want to consider limiting close contact with with people you do not normally meet with regularly in order to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19. 

Please ensure that you complete a maternity risk assessment with your manager as soon as possible in your pregnancy. This should be reviewed each trimester or more frequently if appropriate and upon your return to work.

Please also look at the Parents and Carers webpages for information on notifying the university that you are pregnant, maternity leave and pay and other important information. If you are working on campus please ensure that you complete the COVID-19 age individual vulnerability risk assessment and an Action Plan with your manager.

If you are pregnant or considering pregnancy and haven’t yet been vaccinated, you are advised to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and to book your second dose as soon as you are eligible. You can find further advice on pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination on NHS.UK

Teaching on Campus

For information and FAQs about teaching on campus, please see our 'information for teaching safely on campus’ webpage.

Health, wellbeing and work

Face coverings will no longer be required in outdoor areas. However the University has a strong expectation that students and colleagues will continue to wear face-coverings in shared indoor spaces to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Government guidance is that face coverings remain mandatory in healthcare settings. This will apply to colleagues and students using our RILD building and other hospital sites in Cornwall and Exeter. Please also be mindful that there may be different guidance in place if you are in a shared setting, such as an NHS building.

Please also remember and be sensitive to the fact that some members of our community are unable to wear face coverings.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you are travelling to one of our test sites to take a test, you must wear a face covering at all times, keep a safe distance from others, use sanitiser gel on your hands and avoid touching surfaces.

In summary, guidance is as follows:

  • All persons are strongly recommended to wear a face covering inside the buildings.
  • There is a strong expectation that we will continue to wear face coverings where we cannot keep a safe distance from others.
  • If you are in an individual office you do not need to wear a face covering  but you are strongly recommended to do so if you’re moving around your building or wider campus.
  • You are asked to test yourself before coming to work as this is another useful way to control infection and protect others
  • Face coverings will continue to be made available to all staff, students and visitors  from the face covering stations. Transparent face coverings and visors are also available from University receptions.
  • Some tasks, based on the local risk assessment, may require staff who will be required to work in very close proximity to other staff, students or members of the public, to continue to wear a face covering for the time being. 
  • In the event of a change in government policy or local outbreaks requiring public health intervention, at the request of a competent body, all staff, students and visitors will be required to wear face coverings if requested, unless exempt.

Face coverings remain available from the following locations:

Streatham Campus: Forum Street (entrance to Devonshire House, and Sanctuary / Blackwell’s foyer); Building:One; Peter Chalk Centre; Old Library

St Luke’s Campus: X-Keys café; InfoPoint

Penryn Campus: Glasney Porter’s Lodge; Masters suite (for Masters students only); ESI reception (for staff only)

Some members of our University community are exempt from wearing face coverings. The reason may not always be obvious however, whilst not being a requirement, these members can request exemption cards or badges to highlight their exemption. Obviously, whilst we should all strive to respect everyone’s privacy.

Exemption cards, lanyards and badges available for colleagues and students who choose to use one and these are available from:

· University Main Reception, Streatham Campus
· Info@St Luke’s
· Cornwall: Glasney lodge for students, ESI reception for staff
· Our campus Here2Help team (Exeter) and Marshalls (Cornwall)

“Please give me space” cards and badges are also available at the above locations.

We are offering free three-layer face coverings to everyone who is using our campuses during lockdown. These face coverings are available to people who choose to upgrade their single layer / loose fitting face covering – the disposable face coverings have 3 layers and have a snug fit on the face which when worn correctly with both the nose and mouth covered, will perform effectively to provide a good barrier to respiratory aerosols and small droplets.

The face coverings will be available at stations in following locations:

Streatham Campus:

• Forum Forum Street, entrance to Devonshire House, and Sanctuary / Blackwell’s foyer)
• Building:One
• Peter Chalk Centre
• Old Library

St Luke’s Campus:

• X-Keys café
• InfoPoint

Penryn campus:

• Glasney Porter’s Lodge
• Masters suite (for Masters students only)
• ESI reception (for staff only)

Please remember to sanitise your hands and the hand sanitiser station before collecting your mask, and remember to queue in a safe and socially-distanced manner.

Students

Your wellbeing is extremely important to us and we would like to highlight the resources that are available to support you, if needed. This includes our self-help tool, SilverCloud and our Wellbeing Services at both our Exeter and Cornwall campuses. Also see our COVID-19 welfare webpagesNightline is available from 8pm-8am to talk or instant message.

Staff

There are a number of support services available to staff during this period. Our self-help tool, Spectrum Life, can be used to access 24/7 telephone counselling via our online portal, as well as a range of well-being resources and guides. You can also talk to your line manager if you have any queries. Also see our COVID-19 welfare webpages.

Information from Human Resources

If you or someone in your household develops symptoms, please refer to the relevant questions above. You will be eligible for a test via the Rapid Response Hub.

If you work and get paid via eClaims or the Temporary Resourcing Unit, you should notify your manager and e-Claims@exeter.ac.uk if you are unwell or unable to attend work for any reason connected to coronavirus.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay from the first day of your illness. If you are not unwell but are self-isolating under Public Health England advice, the University will, as an exceptional measure, pay you for any work that has been agreed and scheduled. 

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants will continue to be paid if their work is cancelled or rescheduled, and should claim for their hours in the usual way via Trent. Please contact the manager who normally assigns work to you, to clarify the expectations of your role and whether you can undertake work from home.

If a member of your team is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 you should advise them to stay at home, self-isolate and request a test

If they are on campus, ask them to leave the workplace immediately, using a face covering (if tolerable). Remind them not to touch any surfaces if possible and to strictly obey social distancing rules. If the member of staff needs to await transport home, please ensure they are isolated a good distance from other people, preferably outside until the transport arrives.

Ask the staff member to make a note of the names of those they have had close contact with whilst at work and what type of contact was involved. This information will help the Test and Trace process if a staff member does test positive. You should not inform the close contacts yourself as contact tracing will be followed up NHS test and Trace and the University Rapid Response Hub in the event of a positive result. You can find out what constitutes a ‘close contact’ on our Rapid Response Hub Pages.

Keep in touch with the staff member and offer advice and support if required. Ask the member of staff to contact you once the results are known. Staff who have been at work with the person with COVID-19 symptoms are not required to take any action at this point and can remain at work until the test result is known.

If the staff member has developed symptoms while at work within the 48 hours before symptom onset, contact the cleaning team via facilitiesmanagement@exeter.ac.uk and arrange for the cleaning team to respond. Managers/Supervisors should identify the particular work area that has been used.

If a member of your team subsequently receives a negative test result for COVID-19, the staff member can safely return to work if:

  • symptoms are gone and they are feeling well to work
  • no-one else in their household has tested positive or is displaying symptoms of COVID-19

Where appropriate, you may wish to reassure other staff members in your team that there are no positive cases in your area.

In the event that a member of staff in your team tests positive, please ask them to report this to the University Rapid Response Hub. They may also be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. You may need to keep staff informed about COVID-19 cases among colleagues or students. However, you should not name the person or provide any information that could identify the person. If a staff member or student is at risk because of close contact with the positive case, then they will be notified to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service or the University Rapid Response Hub.

Any member of staff who has been defined as a close contact will be required to stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days, and must get tested if they develop symptoms. Staff who have been defined as close contacts who are now required to self-isolate do not need to alert their close contacts. Contacts of close contacts do not need to self-isolate unless they develop symptoms.

If the staff member feels well enough, they may choose to continue to work from home during self-isolation if this is possible. Guidance for Managers and Staff on Absence and Pay arrangements related to coronavirus can be found here.

You should also contact the cleaning team via facilitiesmanagement@exeter.ac.uk for a full clean if the staff member has been in the work area in the 48 hours before symptom onset. The manager/supervisor should inform the cleaning team if the staff member has tested positive for coronavirus. The area should be kept isolated until it has been cleaned.

When the individual is ready to return to work, discuss with them whether the illness has resulted in any post viral health issues that might require reasonable adjustments to work arrangements. If so, you should consider whether a referral to Occupational Health is required; the HR Advisor Team can facilitate management referrals.

Vaccinations

Staff and students will be contacted by the NHS when it is time for them to take their vaccination. You can find details of the Government vaccination programme on the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination website.

The UK Minister for Universities, Michelle Donelan, has confirmed that international students studying in the UK will be eligible for the vaccine while in the country, in the same way as they can access other health services. 

The UK’s NHS (National Health Service) is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccination to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine will be offered more widely as soon as possible, to people in order of age and risk.

International students who live in the UK and are registered with a GP (general practitioner) will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccination in the UK, just as they are currently able to access healthcare. This means that older international students or those with underlying medical conditions will fall into priority categories, in the same way as anyone else in the UK.

Students do not need to do anything and will be contacted when it is time for their vaccine. Find out more on the British Council's COVID-19 FAQs.

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective – some people may still get COVID-19 despite having a vaccination, though this should be less severe. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have received a positive test result, you should still self-isolate even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This will reduce the risk of spreading infection and help to protect other people.

Although the COVID-19 vaccinations can offer significant protection from the disease, we do not yet know whether taking the vaccine will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. Once you have had a COVID-19 vaccination, you will therefore still need to follow the current Government guidance and you should also adhere to University rules about Coming to Campus.

It can take several weeks for the vaccine to offer maximum protection from COVID-19. Furthermore, we don’t yet know whether individuals who have been vaccinated could still transmit COVID-19 disease to others. Therefore, any student or staff member currently using our campuses should to continue to get tested twice per week. Book your tests through our testing pages for students or staff.

No. The Lateral Flow Device test used in the University mass testing programme detects a different protein of the virus than the one encoded in the vaccine. The HALO PCR tests used for testing symptomatic cases detect different genes of the virus than the one included in the vaccine. There is no possibility that the vaccine will cause you to test positive for COVID-19 if you have not contracted the virus.

Updates and actions

Please go the Research Toolkit to read further guidance from our main research funders and frequently asked questions.

We also have useful information for PGRs from the Doctoral College, this is available online.

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