Staff Advice


Last updated: 21 May 2020, 14:00 


We are keen to assist colleagues with advice following the exceptional circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve done our best to anticipate your key questions. 
No one knows how long the alternative arrangements for working will need to last, as things change updates will be made available as quickly as possible. USW employees can find additional advice and guidance on Connect

This is a period of change for us all; we continue to operate our business, albeit working in a different way, and it’s likely that we’ll all need to flex further over the coming weeks. 


Policies and Procedures

We are keen to assist colleagues with advice following the exceptional circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. If you are a member of USW staff, you can find a comprehensive list of HR Guidance relating to coronavirus and the current working arrangements on Connect.This includes guidance about flexi time, annual leave, pay and sickness absence, recruitment and selection, working from home and many other topics.  


If you are unable to find an answer to a query that you have on the above page on Connect, or in these FAQs, please email coronavirusadvice@southwales.ac.uk or hradviser@southwales.ac.uk for HR related queries.  

Your health and wellbeing

Please follow public health advice. You can find the latest information on the Gov.uk website. Please inform your line manager by phone or email and keep them updated. If you are unwell and unable to work, your sickness absence will be recorded as: Sickness absence – Coronavirus related.  You can find further HR Guidance on Connect

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of: 

  • new continuous cough and/or 
  • high temperature 
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of taste 

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. 

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information) 
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. 
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See the ending isolation section on gov.uk for more information). 

if you have coronavirus symptoms: 

  • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital 
  • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home 
  • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home 
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. 



Please follow public health advice. You can find the latest information on the Gov.uk website. Please inform your line manager by phone or email and keep them updated.  


If you are well and can work during the self-isolation then you should continue to do so, in line with the current home working arrangments. If you are unwell and unable to work, your sickness absence will be recorded as: Sickness absence – Coronavirus related.  


You can find further HR Guidance on Connect



Please follow public health advice and the guidance on self-isolation which can be found on the gov.uk website. Following the period of self-isolation you should return to work. 

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation for more information) 
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. 
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See the ending isolation section on gov.uk for more information) 


Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 16 March, the University’s senior leadership team made a decision to immediately move to remote learning for students, with staff working from home where possible. 

The government is advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. 



Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 16 March, the University’s senior leadership team made a decision to immediately move to remote learning for students, with staff working from home where possible. 

The government is advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, this includes pregnant women. 

Research

A comprehensive list of FAQs have been published for USW staff who are involved in research, whether as researchers, managers of research active staff. You can find them on Connect.  


Updates made to this page 

21 May 2020 
Updated to reflect changed advice on the most common symptoms of coronavirus 

27 March 2020 
FAQs for researchers

25 March 2020  
Updated to reflect the Government’s stay at home guidance. 

19 March 2020 
Introduction of links to comprehensive HR guidance on Connect for USW staff and deleting FAQs which are now superseded by this guidance. 

18 March 2020
Removal of need to record self-isolation on ESS if you are well enough to work from home. 

17 March 2020
Updated public health advice, links to government information pages, immediate suspension of all face-to-face teaching suspension, start of home working for staff where possible and remote learning to begin from Monday 23 March. 

16 March 2020 
Update about face-to-face teaching and assessments stopping at the end of this week, with online teaching starting from Monday 23 March, and clarification for students on a Tier 4 visa.  

13 March 2020 
Updated public health advice about self-isolation and when to contact 111, travel advice, and updated links to government information pages.