Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students


Covid-19 related information and guidance for University of Edinburgh staff, including key information regarding Semester 2 of the current academic year.

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. Detailed information can be found on the Scottish Government website. These measures are  to be eased on a phased basis starting with the phased reopening of schools from 15 March.  

If you have any concerns regarding the impact of these  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, full or part-time furlough or temporary paid leave.

Phased reopening of schools 

(Updated 16 March) 

There may be an impact for staff with caring responsibilities due to the phased re-opening of  schools and nurseries throughout March.

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 for staff around pay, furlough, annual leave, absence reporting, childcare and vaccination.

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 the use of furlough, recording absences, managing staff who are working from home or working on campus, recruitment and on-boarding new staff.

Supporting students

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

Respite days

The Senior Leadership Team have agreed that staff will receive two respite days over Easter weekend 2021.

Entering and returning to the UK

Information and support for staff currently living and working overseas and who will be entering or returning to the UK during enhanced travel restrictions, including the requirement to isolate at home or in managed hotel accommodation.