Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

Respite days

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

The normal working days of Friday 2 and Monday 5 April 2021 will be “respite days”Please read the FAQs below.

"Respite days" FAQs (Updated 23 February 2021) 

Will Friday 2 and Monday 5 April be classed as annual leave days?

No, these days are being given as “respite days” and do not impact on your annual leave entitlement.

What about those members of staff who cannot take off the two respite days?

We are aware that 2 April is a teaching day, and some staff may be required to work to keep the essential work of the University running. You will be able to take equivalent time off before the end of April 2021, as agreed with your line manager, and ideally this would be taken as a long weekend.

How are the respite days being recorded?

In order to keep things as simple as possible for staff and managers, we are not recording these days in People and Money or any other systems. 

If you have already booked leave for either or both of these days, you should cancel it through People and Money.

I work full-time but on a compressed basis and don’t normally work on a Friday or Monday. What time off do I get?

You will be able to take 2/5th of your normal working week as respite hours. 

If you work Monday-Thursday, you will not work on Monday 5 April and can take the remainder of your respite hours at some other time before the end of April 2021, as agreed with your line manager. Similarly if you work Tuesday-Friday, you will not work on the Friday 2 April and take the remainder of your respite hours at some other time before the end of April 2021, as agreed with your line manager. 

I work part-time and don’t normally work on a Friday or Monday. What time off do I get?

You will be able to take 2/5th of your normal working week as respite hours. 

If you work Monday-Thursday, you will not work on Monday 5 April and can take the remainder of your respite hours at some other time before the end of April 2021, as agreed with your line manager. Similarly if you work Tuesday-Friday, you will not work on the Friday 2 April and take the remainder of your respite hours at some other time before the end of April 2021, as agreed with your line manager. 

If you don’t work Mondays or Fridays, you can take 2/5th of your normal working week as respite hours to be taken at some other time before the end of April 2021, as agreed with your line manager.

I’m currently on furlough, do I get to take these additional days?

No, these respite days are to provide a break for staff who are currently working and therefore staff on full furlough will not get any additional days off.

If you are on flexible furlough, you will be able to take the pro-rata equivalent respite time off from your worked time. If your manager needs you to work on these days then you will be able to take the equivalent time off at another time.  

I’m currently not working due to being on sick leave, maternity etc. Do I get to take these additional days?

No, these respite days are to provide a break for staff who are currently working and therefore only staff who should be working on these days will receive them as additional days off.

I’m a GH member of staff, will my annual leave allowance be increased?

No. The two days are respite days, so there will be no increase in anyone’s contractual leave entitlement. If you would have been scheduled to work on any of the two days, you will be paid for the work you were scheduled to do.  If you are required to work on any of the two days, then you will be paid for the work you do and you can record respite hours at some other time before the end of April 2021, as agreed with your line manager.