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COVID-19: Information for Students, Staff, and Fellows

Last updated 26 April 2022

The government has removed all remaining domestic restrictions in England and if you test positive for Covid-19 (whether symptomatic or not), you are no longer, by law, required to self-isolate. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading Covid-19. The government has issued advice for living with the virus and you can find information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-safely-with-respiratory-infections-including-covid-19.

If you are unwell with respiratory symptoms the government advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19.

  • In summary, Government guidance and the NHS advice is that if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as Covid-19, and you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

If you’ve had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, you should consider taking the usual reasonable precautions to protect others – face coverings, good hand hygiene, social distancing, and ventilation when sharing an indoor space.

If you are a student and become extremely unwell with Covid-19, just as with any other illness, do notify the Lodge if you need assistance. If you are mildly unwell but staying in your accommodation and you tell the Lodge, we will notify the scouts and the works department so staff do not disturb you. Please ensure that your door is displaying a sign they do not enter your room by accident. Please also let the Lodge know when you end any period of self-isolation. 

If you are a member of College staff and do not feel well enough to come to work, please follow the normal absence reporting procedures, by telling your line-manager that you are unwell. You needn’t tell the Lodge you are unwell with Covid-19, but you should discuss the nature of your absence with your line-manager as usual.

  • For staff

    You can download further information for academic staff about COVID and also information for non-academic staff about COVID.

    Working from home

    Please make use of Microsoft Teams as much as possible (including for virtual coffee breaks!). The LinkedIn Learning courses provide useful introductions to a range of things, including a one-hour introduction to remote working, and the University has a site licence for everyone. David Olds has compiled a set of resources on the Queen's IT Office Blog that may help you adjust to remote working. (There is also a useful page of resources compiled by Oxford IT Services.)

    The University has created resources on the HR website to support those working from home.

    On a practical note, please use an out-of-office auto-reply message to let people know when you are / aren’t available if you’re following a different routine from usual.

    Special Leave Policy for COVID-19

    Until further notice the following arrangements will apply:

    In the event that you have symptoms of coronavirus:

    * You should contact your line manager, who will discuss with you whether and how you can work from home.

    * You will be expected to take a test for coronavirus as soon as reasonably practicable.

    If you test positive for coronavirus and have to self-isolate:

    * You will be expected to carry on working from home if possible, so long as your symptoms are mild enough that you would ordinarily continue to come in to work. If you are too unwell to work during the period of self-isolation, you should contact your line manager from home to let them know.

    * If you are unable to work from home, you will be granted special paid leave at the normal rate of pay for a period of up to 10 days. This absence will not be included in your sickness record.

    * If you are unwell beyond the 10 days of self-isolation required by Public Health England advice, then the resulting absence will be treated as sickness absence and the College’s normal sick leave policy will apply.

    If you are notified that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus:

    * If you are fully vaccinated (which for these purposes means you have received at least two doses of a covid-19 vaccination), or are exempt, you will be expected to carry on working in College as normal.

    * If you are not fully vaccinated, or exempt, your absence while you self-isolate will be treated as sickness absence and the College’s normal sick leave policy will apply.