29 May: Update for staff – Return to campus project

Issued: Thu, 28 May 2020 13:19:35 BST

Last week the Scottish Government published its COVID-19 Roadmap, which outlined how it intends to relax some lockdown measures over the coming weeks and months.

The roadmap includes guidance which will influence our operations in the short and long term, including the progressive easing of lockdown for University staff. We want to keep you updated about our work to prepare for a gradual return to campus.

The senior management group has established a working group led by Ian Campbell, Executive Director of Estates, and me.  The group includes representatives from each College and from University Services. So far, we have concentrated on developing a set of principles which will frame our approach; we will make these available early next week. 

We are now working on a set of guidelines setting out how the campus will operate in a practical sense; we will use this to develop guides for different groups – in particular, students, staff and line managers.

Even at this early stage, it is clear that physical distancing guidelines will significantly reduce the number of staff who can be on campus at any given time. Therefore, members of staff will continue to work principally from home where this possible. The details of who needs to return to campus, when they should do so and how much time they should spend there is currently being worked through and will be communicated to you in due course.

Please be assured that we will put health and safety first at all times.  We will undertake extensive risk assessments on our buildings and spaces, as well as making the necessary modifications to ensure they are safe to reopen. We will also publish an updated list of operational buildings and will roll out signage to help enforce physical distancing across the campus.

We will share more information as our plans develop and we will also run further Q&A sessions for staff.  In the meantime, if you have a specific question, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes,

David Duncan

Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary
University of Glasgow