Jan 06 2022

Following the staff and student updates at the end of Term One, some updated information is provided below ahead of our return to campus for Term Two. As a College, we are continually monitoring the latest guidance and will be updating all students and staff with more information, if the situation changes.

In person teaching

Our aim is to continue to provide safe in-person, on campus teaching as timetabled.

The measures we have put in place to minimise the transmission of Covid-19 on campus means that, as planned, and in line with instruction from the Department for Education, we will continue to deliver on campus all modules that are timetabled as in person during Term 2, and we look forward to welcoming students back to campus for the start of term on Monday 10 January 2022.

Requests from students to stay at home and study online

As explained at the end of Term 1, we ask that all students continue to make arrangements to return to study in-person for the start of Term 2 on Monday 10 January 2022.

We recognise there are still some challenges around international travel and if a student is unable to travel as planned, please see the information availble on the student intranet

If a student is required to self-isolate due to Covid-19, please report this via the Covid Absence Form at Playing your part - Royal Holloway Student Intranet. The student should also contact their School Office as soon as possible. We will seek to provide the student with online access until they are able to re-join on campus.

Prioritising space on campus

Our aim is to continue to provide in-person, on campus teaching as timetabled.

In order to provide as much space as possible on campus to support in-person teaching and student support services, colleagues who are not responsible for in-person teaching, student support service delivery, services in support of campus safety and security or the maintenance of the campus estate are asked to follow UK government guidance for England and work from home where possible.

Working in shared / open plan office spaces

Unless you are exempt, face coverings must be worn when moving around indoors.

As per government guidance, students, unless they are exempt, are currently required to wear face-coverings during in-person teaching. Colleagues working in shared offices and / or open plan office spaces must work two metres apart or, where this is not possible, wear a face covering while working, unless you are exempt.

If you are exempt, you are asked to wear a sunflower lanyard which can be obtained from the Student Support Centre in the Emily Wilding Davison Building or School Offices.

If you do not have a face-covering, these will also be available at the Student Services Centre, School Offices or Café on the Square from Monday 10 January.

All colleagues should continue to ensure that they have registered a negative lateral flow test taken within 24 hours of coming to campus.  Lateral flow test results can be registered here and if you are struggling to get hold of a lateral flow test, a small supply will be available from school and department offices as a short term measure. 

Staff Covid-19 reporting form

If you test positive for Covid-19, or are required to self-isolate, please ensure that you let us know using this form. You should also contact your line manager so that they can support you, record the sickness absence and make arrangements for the time you may be absent from work.

Covering absence due to Covid

Managers should follow the standard arrangements for managing staff absence which may include:

  • Defer: The work could be rescheduled for a day after the staff member has returned to work. Managers should de-prioritise other work where necessary to ensure workload is manageable.

  • Cover: Alternative arrangements may be made for the work to be covered by other colleagues. Managers may need to de-prioritise other work for those colleagues to ensure workload is manageable. 

  • Cancel: If the work isn’t a priority, or is no longer relevant, a manager can decide that the work no longer needs to be done.

In addition, with Covid absences a colleague may not be sick or may no longer be sick, but they are still required to self-isolate. In such cases, it may be that work can be done from home. This is not an option if the colleague is on sick leave.