We hope that you and your family and friends are still coping well with the lockdown. After the confusion of Sunday’s announcement, hopefully we can give some clarity on what is happening specifically at the University of Leeds. Here’s some news that may be of interest to you:

  • Furlough – the University of Leeds confirmed they would be contacting a second group of staff to furlough this week. This will be staff who are unable to work from home due to the nature of their role. All furloughed staff will be paid 100% of their usual salary and pension contributions will also be paid as usual. Terms and conditions of contracts will not change. If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with one of our reps for a chat.
  • Return to campus – the University of Leeds sent out an email last week that hinted most of us would not be returning physically to work until autumn. All three trade unions are involved in ongoing discussions with the university about how this return will happen, to ensure the safety of staff is paramount in any plans. We will share information with you as we receive it, but we will be working hard in the background to ensure that all of us can feel secure when we do finally return to campus.
  • Mental Health Week – next week, 18-24 May, is mental health week and we will be sharing ideas and support through our social media channels. If you would like to follow us on social media or access our website, the details are as follows: Website, Facebook, Twitter
  • Rail to Refuge Scheme – Women’s Aid are running a scheme which offers free rail travel to anyone suffering from domestic violence. Further details, including how to book travel, can be found by emailing railtorefuge@raildeliverygroup.com. We have also requested the university to add this information to the CV-19 website.
  • Substance Abuse – the pandemic is causing a lot of stress and anxiety for most of us. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse issues during this time, you can contact one of our reps for advice. You can also find independent support and advice from Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and other organisations
  • Virtual Meet – Join us next Friday 22nd May at 11:00 for an informal catch-up with colleagues from across the University. This short and informal session will be guided by your union reps, giving you a chance to relax over a cup of tea and share your experience of working during Covid-19. You will also get a chance to ask for anonymous union advice from our reps if you want to. Click here to access the session. No prior registration needed. All you need to do is enter a name (e.g. your full name or a nickname) and join. And feel free to dip in and out, too!

In solidarity

Branch Committee