Covid-19 - Staff as critical workers

As outlined by the VC in her recent email, according to the Government guidance university staff are classed as critical workers and some staff have been classed as front-line workers who may be required to work on campus. Your Line Manager or Head of Department will be able to confirm with you individually whether you are required to work on campus or can do your work from home.The departments who are regarded as having some front line staff are:


  • Estates

  • IT

  • Student Wellbeing Services

  • Library and Learning Services

  • Administrative and Technical Services


Staff deemed to be critical workers may be able to access school education for their children during this lockdown, however, this is also dependent on the number of places the school can make available

UCU's guidance, which can be found here, outlines what being a critical worker does and does not mean, with particular reference to staff with school aged children. The guidance also covers what steps individuals and branches should take for critical workers who do not wish to send their children to school, and what those who are not classed as critical workers should be offered with regards appropriate working arrangements to allow them to undertake home-schooling. The guidance also covers what you should do if you have any concerns about working onsite/on campus. We will be seeking agreements with employers to facilitate such arrangements, and we would encourage you to contact us if any of this applies to you.

UCU has centrally produced a series of template letters for use by members who reasonably believe that a request or demand that they return to on site working would place them in serious danger from Covid-19, in order to raise their concerns directly with their manager. The letters are drafted for use by members in different circumstances. The template letters can be found here (you will need your UCU member log in details to access them).

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