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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

WATCH: Phasing back to campus

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

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Phasing back to campus

The Health Minister has recently taken the decision to remove the outstanding Covid-19 Regulations, however, most guidance remains in place, including working from home. While the current political context provides uncertainty as to when this guidance will be removed, there is increasing pressure from the wider business Northern Ireland community to withdraw this guidance. In light of this, the University has taken the decision to independently review our position regarding working from home in order to provide clarity and stability for staff.

Important update: Teaching arrangements from 31 January 2022

From Monday 31 January 2022, the University will transition back to in-person teaching. The arrangements which applied in Semester One will, in most cases, be reinstated from 31 January. Modules will continue to be taught through a combination of in-person and online lectures and tutorials, depending on the programme of study. Schools will advise students on the details.

Teaching and learning during 2021-22

At its meeting on Thursday 12 August 2021, the Northern Ireland Executive agreed that there will be a full return to face-to-face on-site delivery in Universities, Further Education Colleges and Non-Statutory Contractors for the new academic year.

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.

On-campus asymptomatic testing

Update on provision of at-home test kits

The University has been notified of planned changes to Northern Ireland's Test and Trace arrangements, with routine asymptomatic testing in most educational settings (including mainstream schools, early learning and childcare, universities and further education colleges) to cease at the Easter break. In line with this policy, the distribution of LFD Home Test Kits for asymptomatic testing by staff and students ceased on Friday 15 April.

Visit the NHS website to find out more about rapid tests and other ways to access them. 

Further changes to Northern Ireland's Test and Trace arrangements came into effect on Friday 22 April.

Further information: NI Direct website: Information on testing

Vaccinations

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).

Introduction of NI COVID status certification scheme on campus

The NI Executive has introduced a new Covid status certification scheme, which became guidance from Monday 29 November 2021 and legally enforceable from Monday 13 December 2021.

While guidance is still be developed, it is our understanding that some spaces on campus will be impacted - specifically licensed spaces or where alcohol is being served. In these cases, customers or users will be required to show evidence of their Covid status to gain entry. We expect this to include venues serving food and drink, cinemas, theatres, concert halls and conference centres, including some of our campus spaces.

Contact Identification/tracing

From 1 November 2021, the Public Health Agency (PHA) took over on-campus contact tracing across all of Northern Ireland’s higher education institutions, including Queen’s.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms

COVID-secure taxi

Self-isolation 

At present there have been no changes to the rules on self-isolation and Northern Ireland’s testing and contact tracing system also remains in place.

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.

Travel

Staff Wellbeing and Support

Covid-19 Information and updates

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