Following Government advice relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, BSU has moved to online provision and will be operating as a virtual university for the remainder of the academic year.
Up-to-date information on the University's situation can be found here
Most notable decisions affecting staff include:
REF2021: the Ref exercise will be delayed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. More details can be found on the REF2021 website.
Graduation: BSU graduation is being postponed from July 2020 until a later (as yet undecided) date; student marks and degrees will be conferred as normal.
All examination periods have been cancelled and replaced by alternative assessments
No-Detriment Policy: a no detriment policy for the Semester 2, Trimester 2 and 3 Assessment Period has been announced. More information here. The University has not yet addressed staff concerns about increased staff workloads during the normal summer (August) holiday period.
Working from Home: Academic staff told they are expected to manage working and parenting at home by adopting a flexible approach to working that focuses on outcomes of work rather than a fixed 9-to-5 schedule.
Workload concerns: academic staff have been advised to rebalance workloads by prioritising teaching, supporting graduate students and recruitment activities and parking normal time allocated to research and scholarship "as an immediate concern."
Annual leave: the University has noted it has no plans to change academic leave yet, with all allowances for the current year 2019/20 to be taken by July 31st, with a maximum of five days carried over.