Update for staff - 8 July 2021
Dear Colleagues and Doctoral Researchers,
Please find below an update on arrangements for working from our campuses over the coming months.
Covid arrangements from 19th July
As you may be aware the Government has announced the ending of most Covid restrictions from 19th July 2021.
Whilst the vaccination programme is having a clear effect, particularly in reducing rates of serious illness, Covid case numbers remain high locally and nationally. To minimise the risk of outbreaks on campus, we will retain many of the measures that are currently in place until rates recede. This means that you will still be required to wear face coverings in most buildings when moving around and you will also need to continue having at least one test each week when working on campus.
We shall update arrangements as the summer progresses, informed by the national and regional position.
Working from our campuses over the summer
All colleagues may work from campus for up to 100% of their time. You do not need to seek authorisation for this.
All colleagues should work from campus for at least some of their time over the summer. This is so that colleagues can familiarise themselves with arrangements and to prevent the situation of lots of people returning to campus for the first time immediately at the start of term. Additionally, some services and Schools will be holding team events on campus over the summer. Please discuss with your manager what is suitable for your role – we will not issue a single University wide prescription of the proportion because of the variety of operating circumstances we have across roles.
Colleagues whose work allows them to, may continue to work from home for some/most of their time over the summer. You should discuss with your manager or doctoral supervisors what is appropriate. It is your manager’s responsibility to make the final determination about arrangements.
Working from our campuses in the new academic year
Professor Andy Dainty, Dean of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, has been leading a piece of work looking at potential new dynamic working arrangements post-Covid.
Views from colleagues have been gathered and extensive input has been received. The potential benefits and impacts of dynamic working have been identified and considered. We recognise that for many staff the ability to work remotely for some of their time has been a positive experience. We also recognise the operating requirements of the University and the need to ensure that any changes to working practices do not undermine the things that make us successful.
Through this approach Professor Dainty and his team have developed a series of recommendations and generated a list of supporting activities. The recommendations will be further developed over the summer and guidelines for our initial approach to dynamic working at Loughborough will be published and in place for the autumn. The intention is that what we put in place will be reviewed after a few months and modified if required. The detail is still to be agreed but it is very likely that colleagues who are able to work effectively remotely will be able to do so, when agreed with their manager/doctoral supervisors, for some of their time under the new arrangements, within the constraints of what is needed to carry out their role effectively.
Please note these arrangements are separate to any remote working requirements as a consequence of Covid-19.
Finally, can I offer my thanks to all colleagues at the end of what has been a most challenging year. I know how hard colleagues have worked to maintain and advance our activities. It is genuinely appreciated.
Richard Taylor, Chief Operating Officer