Staff and faculty information portal
Updated 22 April 2022
- 1 April 2022: Free mass testing has stopped, the government has ended legal restrictions in England and is instead asking the public to practice specific safe and responsible behaviours
- 24 February 2022: You will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people. You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme will end. If you were told to self-isolate before 24 February you can still make a claim up to 6 April. Order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests on the following link.
- 21 February 2022: The government has published its plan for living with COVID-19.Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to test twice a week.
- 11 February 2022: If you’re fully vaccinated, you no longer need to take a COVID-19 test either before or after you arrive in the UK. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.If you are not fully vaccinated, you need to take a pre-departure test. After you arrive, you need to take a PCR test on or before day 2, but you only need to quarantine if it’s positive. You still need to complete a passenger locator form.
While the UK Government has published a ‘Living with COVID-19’ plan which has removed the remaining legal restrictions, it is important to continue to protect people most vulnerable to COVID-19. To ensure the safety of all members of the University community, we shall be retaining our current procedures, and shall review these on a monthly basis:
- Wearing of face coverings in all indoor communal areas, including classrooms, is encouraged but is no longer mandatory.
- Work from home rotas shall continue, as advised by your line manager.
- You are asked to test regularly, especially if you show symptoms of the virus.
- The University will not be supporting overseas student travel or events this semester.
We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated if you have not already done so, and take your booster as soon as it becomes available to you.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, do not come onto campus.
If you do test positive for COVID-19, please let HR and the NHS know as soon as possible. If you have any COVID-19 related questions, here’s a link to our FAQs which includes advice on what action you should take. The latest Government guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be found here.
The rules for Covid testing have changed in England.
It is now only possible to qualify for a free Covid test if:
-you are eligible for Covid-19 treatment as recommended by your GP
-you are being admitted to the hospital
-you work for the NHS or in adult social care
-your GP has asked you to get a test
If you do not fit any of the categories above, you can still order and pay for tests online or visit a clinic. You can find a list of walk-in and bookable clinic appointments, pharmacies and other retailers by location using the NHS Track and Trace search function HERE.
Any questions or suggestions for useful information? Contact HR team: HR@richmond.ac.uk