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COVID-19: People and Culture guidance

For HR guidance for managers and staff relating to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the People and Culture website

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Colleagues from across the University on phasing back to on-campus working.

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Phasing back to campus

Mitigation measures in place on campus, in teaching spaces and in offices



Social distancing on campus

The requirement to have defined distances between colleagues’ workstations has been removed. This means that rooms will return to normal occupancy capacity and the temporary ‘one-way’ requirements and other signage are being removed. However, when working on campus, colleagues are encouraged to be respectful of one another and maintain social distancing where possible.

Face coverings on campus

Staff and students are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while moving through buildings and within teaching, learning and study environments, as well as moving around shared occupancy and open plan office spaces.

Asymptomatic testing

Update on provision of at-home test kits

The distribution of LFD Home Test Kits for asymptomatic testing by staff and students ceased on Friday 15 April.

For further information on asymptomatic testing, please visit the NI Direct website.


Vaccination offers the most effective way to protect against serious illness from Covid and we are strongly encouraging all students and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to come forward for your booster as soon as you are eligible. Remember to download the COVIDcertNI app and apply for your vaccination certificate.

Please be aware that previous COVID-19 infection does not protect against the Omicron variant.

On-Campus Walk-in Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics 

Queen's is working with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and the Public Health Agency to support and encourage all within our community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

To make this as easy as possible, we have arranged on-campus walk-in vaccination clinics for anyone - students, staff or members of the public - who has not yet received their first jab.

  • No appointment necessary.
  • Just bring your photographic ID and proof of address (for example, a bill or letter from the University).

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms / are identified as a close contact

Sickness absence procedure for students

Students have been advised that they should now follow the normal procedure for reporting sickness absences from study due to COVID-19.

Regulations for Students 5.11 states that students must inform the relevant School Office of absence due to illness within three working days of returning to studies. Medical evidence will be required for absence longer than five working days.

If a student is absent from campus due to self-isolation but well enough to continue with their studies, they do not need to report sickness absence but should advise their School that they are not able to attend in person. Students have been advised that Schools will do what they can to support students who are well enough to study while isolating.


If you experience symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, you should not come onto the campus and should instead work from home if you are well enough and able to do so. You should continue to follow the self-isolation guidance available on the NI Direct website.

Covid-19: Information and guidance from the Estates Directorate

For guidance from the Estates Directorate, visit the Estates Directorate website.


Staff Wellbeing and Support

Covid-19 Information and updates