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Durham University

Notice about the Covid-19 infection
  • Covid-19

    Covid-19

We're pleased to be welcoming our students back to campus this week, where they can expect a world-class education and student experience that prioritises their health, safety and wellbeing as well that of our staff and wider communities.

We continue to follow government guidelines for social distancing. Our first term will therefore involve innovative and flexible ways of teaching and learning where face-to-face lectures and student services such as support and wellbeing are combined with quality online delivery.

The wider student experience (enrichment and support activity) from student welfare and counselling, to the arts and culture, sport and volunteering will also follow a blended approach. It will take place in person where it is considered to be safe and in line with national guidelines, with the remainder activities delivered online where possible.

For more information, please visit the relevant page below.

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New / updated FAQs

We are regularly updating our FAQs with the latest information. Highlighted below are FAQs that were added / updated the week commencing Monday 28 September 2020.

List of FAQs

+How do I work from home alongside caring/childcare responsibilities?

Where possible, colleagues should be working from home, unless their manager informs them to attend the University.

During the period of schools closures, until September 2020, colleagues were asked to use their best endeavours to carry out as much of their role as possible with no impact on their pay. We asked that colleagues and managers adopt a flexible approach. While we would ask that all managers and colleagues continue to discuss any concerns about childcare, we do now anticipate that colleagues should be undertaking their full contractual duties and hours. However, arrangements regarding hours, days and arrangements for work may be varied. 

We note the need for children to potentially have to self -isolate and the potential impact of local lockdown on childcare arrangements (such as wrap around care). If you have any concerns about childcare, please raise them with your manager. For colleagues working from home, they should now undertake their contractual hours and duties. Managers should discuss the impact of childcare with their staff. If required, we would encourage flexibility in how a role is performed such as amending timescales, working patterns and hours of work, considering which duties are prioritised etc. 

Where colleagues are required to attend work and they have concerns about childcare, their manager will discuss potential options. This may include different working patterns and hours, potential amendment of duties to another role or undertaking some aspects of the role from home.

If there are still concerns about the colleague undertaking their role, the following options should be explored:

  • Requesting a period of annual leave;
  • Requesting emergency leave: https://www.dur.ac.uk/hr/policies/leave/emergency/
    Please note that the scope and duration of emergency leave has been extended for 2020.
  • Making a formal application for flexible working which, if approved, would permanently change the colleague’s working arrangements and may impact on their pay https://www.dur.ac.uk/hr/policies/wlbalance/flexible/ We would urge colleagues to think carefully about requesting changes which may have an ongoing impact during this time of significant disruption.

29 September

All staff and students: Our outbreak response plan

25 September

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Welcome to Durham - one community, Covid-safe

All students (returners and livers out): Welcome back

24 September

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

Staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

23 September

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Teaching and learning in Term 1

23 September

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Everything you need to know about identifying and reporting symptoms and self-isolating as a student

Staff and postgraduate research students: Everything you need to know about identifying and reporting systems and self-isolating

21 September

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Everything you need to know about health and safety on campus

Staff and postgraduate research students: Everything you need to know about health and safety on campus

18 September

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: How we’re managing Covid-19 and preparing for the return to campus

Staff and postgraduate research students: How we’re managing Covid-19 and preparing for the return to campus

17 September

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

Staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

Covid-19 Incident Control Centre

The Covid-19 Incident Control Centre (ICC) is operating 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm and can be contacted in the event of an incident by email or on 0191 334 0000. Outside of these hours, the telephone will be answered by Security.

Covid-19 cases

Find out how we're managing cases of Covid-19 on campus here.

Covid-19 community support

Visit our community support page for helpful resources, information and advice

General information

Information for parents or members of the public is available on our General Information and Advice page.