Working from home

All staff should now, where possible, be working from home.

You should only travel to work if your role or activity is essential to the business and you cannot do that activity from home. This would include but would not necessarily be limited to those providing

  • safety or security roles
  • essential animal care 
  • emergency or urgent care to patients
  • essential systems maintenance, cleaning or infrastructure operational support
  • essential transactional and business processes that cannot be done from home

The key in each case is that you must maintain distance even if you have to come into work - no sitting, drinking, eating or socialising together.

We will issue more guidance as we can. You should contact your line manager or Hospital Director if you are in any doubt as to whether you should be coming in - but please remember they will be acting, for now, only on the basis of information that is generally available.

The default position is that you work from home, as per the Prime Minister's direction.

Teaching continuity

Learning and Wellbeing are providing new resources on LEARN to assist staff with delivering teaching online.

  • Teaching and Learning Continuity
    This module contains information and advice on how to transition to teaching remotely by creating simple content, activities and assessments. It also helps you to understand what tools are available and how they can be used for remote delivery
  • Weekly Webinars to get you started
    A schedule of weekly webinars where you can get hands on support and ask questions. These will also include forums to share good practice.

LWB are also curating a selection of external resources as well as adding new guides and how-to sheets. So please check back regularly for new content.

For any queries or for help, please contact LEARN@rvc.ac.uk

Business travel

The College has suspended all but essential overseas business travel.  Any proposed or booked overseas travel should be discussed with your Head of Department.

Personal travel

If you are planning personal travel, you must consult Public Health England information pages before booking any travel to FCO-specified areas. When deciding whether to travel, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is my travel essential?
  2. What would the impact be for me if I need to self-quarantine for 14 days on return to the UK - or couldn’t return when planned due to airline/state travel restrictions?
  3. Am I more vulnerable to infection and could I be seriously affected by COVID-19?
  4. Does my travel insurance cover pandemic associated services and costs? (NB: The Association of British Insurers has issued Coronavirus Q&A but you will likely need to speak to your insurance company to check as this cover may depend on when your insurance was purchased and your travel booking made.)

Concerned about a colleague or student?

If you have a specific concern for a colleague, please do encourage them to read these pages and follow the advice appropriate to their circumstances. (NB: if you continue to have concerns, please let their line manager or Head of Department know of them as soon as possible.) Your report will be managed with the appropriate confidentiality and we will liaise directly with the reported staff member. We will not share personal information obtained from or about reported staff members unless required to do so for statutory or vital interested purposes.)

If you have a specific concern for a student, please do encourage them to read these pages and follow the advice appropriate to their circumstances. (NB: If you continue to have concerns, please report these to the Advice Centre as soon as possible.) Your report will be managed with the appropriate confidentiality and we will liaise directly with the reported student. We will not share personal information obtained from or about reported students unless required to do so for statutory or vital interest purposes.)

Alumni and our friends and supporters

I realise that we are all finding this very tough, but we also need to be mindful that our alumni are in an environment where many of them will be seeing real and dramatic impact on their businesses and livelihoods. I will be writing to them in the next 24 hours and I encourage any of you who are in contact with former students or members of staff to provide moral and emotional support wherever possible.

Social media channels and the contribution of the RVC to the wider community.

Keep an eye out for a number of posts and tweets on our social media profiles as we contribute our support to the local and wider communities with PPE, equipment, volunteering and scientific advice. If there is anything you would like highlighted, please do let me know.  

Restaurants and cafés

  1. We are moving towards closing café facilities.
  2. Restaurants will remain open but will be for take-away service only.
  3. For snacking and soft-drinks we are advising you to bring your own if you are required to come into work; we intend to scale back vending machines given the risks for transmission of viruses at these facilities.
  4. We will be issuing guidance on prioritisation of cooked food services – those who are in accommodation and those required to attend work will be receiving first consideration.
  5. Where possible and to keep interaction to a minimum please consider eating at home wherever possible.

SAWC and Gym

In line with Government statements, with regret our gyms are now closed until further notice. We will be posting advice on walking, running, cycling and home exercise in the coming days - hopefully, as the weather improves, there will be greater opportunities for getting outside.

Building works at Hawkshead

RG Carter have made the decision to suspend work on site following recent announcements and requirements of Government.

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