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Coronavirus: Information for staff

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our priority.

We, together with our Universities, have worked hard to make our campuses and teaching facilities safe and in line with national guidance around Covid-19. It is important that we all work together, and in line with our values, to keep our community safe.

The information on this page provides guidance for staff at Hull York Medical School. If you have responsibility for supervising or supporting students, you should also visit our information for students page.

We are extremely grateful for the ongoing dedication and support of staff as we respond to the evolving Covid-19 situation.

Current restrictions

On Monday 4 January 2021 the UK Prime Minister announced a national lockdown in England. On Monday 22 February the Prime Minister announced the Government’s roadmap to ease restrictions in England. As the roadmap progresses, we are continuing to adapt our plans in line with current restrictions. You can find out more about current restrictions on the Government website.


What impact do current restrictions have on my working arrangements?

As of Monday 13 December 2021, the Government called for people to work from home if they can. However, in line with the guidance from the Department of Education, there are exemptions for some people working in education:

  • Staff who are critical to the continuation of research and in person teaching/education
  • Staff who supporting the delivery of this work, such as lab technicians or those providing specialist technical support
  • Staff who support essential campus and student support services

We ask that staff continue to work closely with their individual line manager to ascertain what work can be undertaken and where. For those who are required to be on campus, for the reasons outlined above, then they should continue to do so and should follow health and safety guidance issued by the University of Hull and University of York.

Those staff who need to work on campus for their own health and wellbeing, or because they do not have an appropriate working environment at home, can continue to do so.

What if I am unable to return to campus?

We recognise that there may be colleagues who may be unable to return to campus for example if they are shielding or due to caring responsibilities. We are committed to working with colleagues to understand their individual circumstances. Colleagues should speak with their line manager in the first instance.

I am a researcher and am worried about the impact of restrictions on my research?

We understand that researchers may be worried about the impact of Covid-19 on their research. Our Universities are continuing to closely and proactively monitor guidance from Government and are providing regular updates to staff as to what this guidance means for teaching and learning and research. Staff should contact their Research Group Head or the School’s Directors of Research Dr Dimitris Lagos and Professor Matthew Hardman in the first instance.

Staff should also visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus web pages for latest information.

How are our Universities keeping staff and students safe?

We together with our Universities have undertaken comprehensive risk assessments for all of our on-campus activity. This activity will be reviewed in line with any new Covid-19 health and safety guidance. Staff and students should look out for communications from the School and their University which will include information about the latest health and safety guidance as it arises, as well as guidance on keeping ourselves and members of our community safe.

What is the current guidance on face coverings?

Face coverings are now compulsory in all indoor public spaces including teaching and learning spaces and on public transport (except for a few exemptions) Therefore, staff should wear a face covering, in all of our buildings on campus in Hull and York, including in all of our teaching spaces. 

Our universities also have clear guidance on face coverings. You can read the full guidance on the University of Hull and University of York websites.

Staff at NHS sites should follow the guidance of their NHS Trust.

Self-isolation advice and reporting

When should I self-isolate?

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate straight away and get a PCR test (a test that is sent to the lab) on GOV.UK as soon as possible if you have any of these 3 symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You should also self-isolate straight away if:

You must not come to campus you should report to the Medical School and University that you are self-isolating.

When do you not need to self-isolate

If someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reason

If you live in the same household as someone with Covid-19 and you meet at least one of the above criteria, you can take daily lateral flow tests for seven days instead of self-isolating.

For the latest guidance on when to self-isolate and for how long, visit the Government website.

Self-isolation guidance for households with a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19

Self-isolation guidance for contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19 who you do not live with

Guidance on testing instead of self-isolating if you are fully vaccinated

For further information about how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 visit the Government website.

How do I notify the Medical School or University that I am self-isolating?

If you are self-isolating for any of the reasons outlined above, you should notify us by completing the University COVID-19 self-isolation form for University of Hull or University of York.

University of Hull self-isolation form

University of York self-isolation form

Staff should also notify their line manager.

Anyone self-isolating should also follow Government guidance for self-isolation.

What are the travel restrictions for staff and students?

For the latest UK Government travel guidance please visit the page here.

Can students still travel to and between clinical placement sites?

Medicine and PA students can continue to travel to and from their clinical placements. However, we ask that students consider the risk of travelling from their home/term time accommodation to their placement site where NHS accommodation is available to them, and adhere to government guidance on safe travel.

What should I do if I need IT support at home?

Academics, professional support staff, clinicians and students should visit for support and guidance on the systems and technologies deployed at the Medical School. If you cannot find an answer to your query then email


We recognise that over the last 18 months, staff have had to make adjustments to their way of working and living, and we and our universities are committed to supporting them.

What can I do to manage my health and wellbeing while working remotely?

Our universities have a range of resources and support available to staff to help them manage their health and wellbeing while working remotely. Please visit the links below for further information:

University of Hull

University of York

How can I keep in touch with colleagues at Hull York Medical School if I am working remotely?

Hull York Medical School is a strong community and throughout recent months members of the community have come together to support each other. Staff can keep up to date with what is happening at the school via the weekly Pulse newsletter, as well as following #hymscommunity on social media. Staff are also welcome to join the Our Community Team on Microsoft Teams where staff from across the school are sharing top tips on making the most of lockdown – from how to stay active, to the best banana bread recipe and how to manage home schooling.