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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for HR related queries.
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.
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.
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.