Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students


Covid-19 related information and guidance for University of Edinburgh staff, including new information for preparing for Semester 2.

Staff are strongly encouraged to keep up to date by regularly reading this dedicated information on staff and employment matters, additional guidance for managers and the additional information on health, safety and travel.

Latest Scottish Government guidance 

On Monday 4 January 2021 the Scottish Government announced further restrictions across Scotland following the emergence of a new, highly contagious strain of the Coronavirus. 

From midnight on Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 restrictions to a temporary lockdown, with new guidance to ‘stay at home’ except for essential purposes. These new measures are expected to last until at least 31 January, and will be reviewed after two weeks, i.e. on 18 January. Detailed information can be found on the Scottish Government website.

If you have any concerns regarding the impact of these new measures on your ability to work, please  speak to your line manager as soon as possible to discuss and agree the options available to you, which could, for example, include flexible working arrangements or furlough.

Extended school closure in January 2021

There may be an impact for staff with caring responsibilities due to the announcement that  schools and nurseries will remain closed until 1 February at the earliest, with teaching delivered online. 

Staff with caring responsibilities are expected to undertake best endeavours during this period and are advised to raise the challenges they are facing with their manager as soon as they arise so that reasonable adjustments to workload and priorities, working hours etc can be discussed and put in place. This could include being placed on furlough – in full or in part - or on temporary paid leave.

Informing the University if you're self-isolating

Please let the University know if you (or someone you line manage) are self-isolating and/or have tested positive for Covid-19.

Covid-19 reporting

Pay and employment policies

Information regarding pay during the Covid-19 pandemic, including Guaranteed Hours (GH) staff and staff with caring responsibilities.

On-campus, home, and hybrid working

Information and guidance for staff around working arrangements due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Support and guidance

Information and resources to support staff including health and wellbeing, visa and immigration and support for research staff.

Additional guidance for managers

Guidance for managers including recording absences, managing staff who are working from home, recruitment and on-boarding new staff.

Supporting students

Information and guidance for staff in teaching or student support roles.