18 Nov 2020: Staff Update - Covid-19 Level 4 protection measures

Issued: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:20:00 GMT

Dear Colleagues,

In order to suppress the incidence of Covid-19 in Scotland, the First Minister has announced that Level 4 restrictions will be applied in 11 local authority areas, including Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire.  These changes will move the University’s Gilmorehill and Garscube campuses into Protection Level 4; the Dumfries campus remains at Level 2.

The new measures will last from 18:00 on Friday (20 November) until 18:00 on Friday 11 December. There are more details are available on the Scottish Government website.

The new measures will have some impact on campus operations, but this will be limited as the majority of staff are already working remotely and most teaching is delivered remotely.  

Officials have indicated that the Scottish Government is not proposing to stop ‘essential research’ activities; we await updated guidance on this and will update in due course.

In-person teaching continues to be permitted for the delivery of critical and time-sensitive learning, assessments and work placements that cannot be delivered remotely or postponed.

Library facilities and study spaces on campus will remain open and available for use.

As was the case in Level 3, you are advised not to make unnecessary journeys.  However, you can still travel in order to work, including by public transport, where the work cannot be done from home. There is no requirement for employers to provide ‘approval to travel’ letters. More guidance is available on the Scottish Government website.

The following facilities will close and/or operations will cease at or before 18:00 on Friday:

  • Sports facilities in the Stevenson Building and at Garscube
  • Gift shop(website remains operational)
  • Campus cateringoutlets
  • Glasgow University Union and Queen Margaret Union(already closed)
  • Hunterian museum and art gallery
  • In-person meetings of student clubs and societies

 

Although the new measures are temporary, I appreciate that they may cause concern and anxiety for staff.  Support for mental health and wellbeing is available free of charge and on a confidential basis to all members of staff; please make use of these resources if your wellbeing is affected or if you simply need someone to talk to.  Further information is available at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/

PAM Assist is an external and independent service that offers support at any time of day, including personal counselling, by phone, face-to-face, email or video.

We provide access for UofG staff to Togetherall, which offers peer-to-peer mental health support.  We also have a team of trained Mental Health First Aiders who are contactable via the Health & Wellbeing support pages.

Please continue to take care of yourself and those around you at this challenging time.

With best wishes,

David Duncan