COVID-19 Update – 26 March 2020

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to develop the University will do its utmost to keep Staff updated in relation to university services and NHS advice. The latest updates and information are as follows:

University of Liverpool support for the NHS

As the spread of coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for the city region, the University is working in a range of ways to offer support local NHS acute hospitals. The University will be giving access to NHS colleagues to several of our car parks in central Liverpool over the coming weeks; a growing number of staff and students are volunteering and the University is contributing specialist health and research expertise, equipment and facilities. A  senior group of University colleagues, led by Professor Louise Kenny are working together to help facilitate the institutions response to this urgent need and Staff will hear more in the coming weeks.

REF 2021 on hold

It was announced this week that REF has been put on hold until further notice to allow institutions to prioritise research in clinical and health-related fields. Professor Anthony Hollander will be emailing Staff tomorrow (26 March) with more detailed information.

Working from home

Colleagues in HR and CSD have put together guidance and resources to help Staff manage the change to working from home. Technical advice from CSD on working from home is available here. Detailed guidance from HR is also available here. Please ensure you are familiar with our Health and Safety Guidance which is available on working from home, particularly the guidance on use of Display Screen equipment. It is important that all staff conduct a risk assessment in relation to their home working arrangements and guidance on this is also available here. For those colleagues who continue to need to come into the office during this period, a number of further measures have been introduced, in line with the latest Government advice, regarding limiting non-essential contact and your line manager can advise on these.

Health and Wellbeing

Supporting your mental health and well-being during these difficult times is of paramount importance. Please remember to visit the support and guidance pages of the intranet, where Staff can access online self-help modules and more. Staff are also reminded that the University Employee Assistance Programme is available to offer support 24/7, free of charge and on a confidential basis.  The service offers various types of support, including counselling support and various information services.

Further information

Further information and guidance for both Staff and Students on COVID-19 is available on the FAQ pages at: