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Coronavirus information for staff

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our priority.

We, together with our Universities, have worked hard to make our campuses and teaching facilities safe and in line with national guidance around Covid-19. However, we all have a role to play in keeping ourselves and our communities safe.

The information on this page provides guidance for staff at Hull York Medical School. If you have responsibility for supervising or supporting students, you should also visit our information for students page [link to info for students page when live]

We are extremely grateful for the ongoing dedication and support of staff as we respond to the evolving Covid-19 situation.


FAQ

What does teaching look like for the 20/21 academic year?

For the academic year 2020/21 teaching will be via blended delivery. This will comprise – online synchronous (those sessions where students are engaged in learning at the same time) and asynchronous (not real time) learning activities, face-to-face activity on campus, practical teaching sessions in our specialist facilities and a supportive and engaging learning environment, complemented by online delivery of our lectures.

There will be reduced campus-based teaching until the end of this calendar year, organised in line with social distancing guidelines.

As Government guidance changes, we will continue to adapt our delivery plans accordingly. 

How will teaching be delivered next term?

We are committed to providing students with a high-quality teaching and learning experience. We are already planning for next term which will commence on the date previously publicised and planned. You can view term dates here.

As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we are planning to continue our blended learning approach, with lectures taking place online, and as much other teaching and learning taking place face to face where possible. We will continue to review this in line with Government guidance.

We will provide an update to students as to the specific delivery plans for their individual programme as soon as we can.

What impact do the new restrictions have on my working arrangements?

Staff currently working from home should continue to do so.

Those colleagues who are required to be on campus are able to continue to do so and should follow health and safety guidance issued by the University of Hull and the University of York. Colleagues should continue to work closely with their line manager and raise any concerns they have with them in the first instance.

What if I am unable to return to campus?

We recognise that there may be colleagues who may be unable to return to campus for example if they are shielding or due to caring responsibilities. We are committed to working with colleagues to understand their individual circumstances. Colleagues should speak with their line manager in the first instance.

I am a researcher and am worried about the impact of restrictions on my research? 

We understand that researchers may be worried about the impact of Covid-19 on their research. Our Universities are continuing to closely and proactively monitor guidance from Government and are providing regular updates to staff as to what this guidance means for teaching and learning and research. Staff should contact their Research Group Head or the School’s Directors of Research Professor Barry Wright and Professor Matthew Hardman in the first instance.

Staff should also visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus web pages for latest information.

How are our Universities keeping staff and students safe?

We together with our Universities have undertaken comprehensive risk assessments for all of our on-campus activity. This activity will be reviewed in line with any new Covid-19 health and safety guidance. Staff and students should look out for communications from the School and their University which will include information about the latest health and safety guidance as it arises, as well as guidance on keeping ourselves and members of our community safe.

What is the current guidance on face coverings?

Our Universities have clear guidance on face coverings, which should be worn by all staff and students in all indoor learning environments. You can read the full guidance by following the links below:

University of Hull guidance on face coverings.

University of York guidance on face coverings.

Staff at NHS sites should follow the guidance of their NHS Trust.


Self-isolation advice and reporting

When should I self-isolate?

You must self-isolate if you:

  • have any Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new or continuous cough, loss of or change to your sense of taste or smell)
  • have tested positive for Covid-19 (you can book a test through the NHS COVID-19 app, or the Government website or by telephoning 119)
  • Share a household with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive
  • are contacted and asked to do so either by the Medical School or your University or NHS Test and Trace
  • have travelled to the UK from a non-exempt country.

You must not come to campus you should report to the Medical School and University that you are self-isolating.

How do I notify the Medical School or University that I am self-isolating?

If you are self-isolating for any of the reasons outlined above, you should notify us by completing the University COVID-19 self-isolation form for University of Hull or University of York.

University of Hull self-isolation form

University of York self-isolation form

Staff should also notify their line manager.

Anyone self-isolating should also follow Government guidance for self-isolation.

What are the travel restrictions for staff and students?

On 5 November the UK Government introduced new national restrictions. As for everyone under the new national restrictions students should stay in their current home. This means you should not leave your term time address to return to your parents’ or carer’s home and should continue to learn at university for the remainder of this term. As for everyone, under the new guidance you are allowed to leave your home for specific purposes. A list of these can be viewed here.

Students who commute to University are still able to do so, taking account of all public health guidance on safer travel. And Medicine and Physician Associate students on full time clinical placement are still able to travel to and from their clinical placements, although we ask that students consider the risk of travelling from their home/term time accommodation to their placement site where NHS accommodation is available to them, and adhere to government guidance on safe travel.

All overseas University travel is suspended until further notice for both colleagues and students.

For guidance as to personal travel staff and students should visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Can students still travel to and between clinical placement sites?

Although current national guidance restricts travel for most people, medicine and PA students can continue to travel to and from their clinical placements. However, we ask that students consider the risk of travelling from their home/term time accommodation to their placement site where NHS accommodation is available to them, and adhere to government guidance on safe travel.

What should I do if I need IT support at home?

Academics, professional support staff, clinicians and students should visit howto.hyms.ac.uk for support and guidance on the systems and technologies deployed at the Medical School. If you cannot find an answer to your query then email help@hyms.ac.uk

How can I keep in touch with colleagues at Hull York Medical School if I am working remotely?

Hull York Medical School is a strong community and throughout recent months members of the community have come together to support each other.Staff can keep up to date with what is happening at the school via the weekly Pulse newsletter, as well as following #hymscommunity on social media. Staff are also welcome to join the Our Community Team on Microsoft Teams where staff from across the school are sharing top tips on making the most of lockdown – from how to stay active, to the best banana bread recipe and how to manage home schooling.