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Absence related to COVID-19

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive you should not attend work. Please contact your manager to let them know and to discuss arrangements.
Symptoms of COVID-19, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhea, feeling sick or being sick

If you feel well enough to work from home and this is agreed with your line manager, then you can work and this will not be classed as sickness absence. If you do begin to feel unwell and need to stop working from home, please alert your manager and follow the usual sickness reporting process.

If you are unwell, or your role does not allow you to work from home, then please follow the usual sickness reporting process to record your absence.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 you should contact the University Rapid Response Hub even if you can work from home.

If you are off sick for longer than seven consecutive days with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 you should provide your manager with a fit note or medical certificate or isolation note. More information on obtaining a fit or isolation note if you are off work because of COVID-19 can be found on the NHS website.

If you are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 you can still work on campus if required. You should make your manager aware, and they will advise you on any mitigating steps you should take, such as wearing a face covering if possible, and following hygiene guidance.

There is further guidance on the University website, and information on the Government website and NHS website regarding what to do if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19.

Further guidance to support Managers about working on campus can be found here.

Staff can contact the Occupational Health team for health advice and guidance, and can access the University’s EAP provider, Spectrum Life for additional support.