Human Resources

Remote working and wellbeing during Coronavirus

The global outbreak of Coronavirus can be anxiety provoking for some of us. During this time, it is more important than ever to look after our physical and mental wellbeing. We will all face different challenge at different times including remote working, caring for others, adapting to self- isolation as well as dealing with new ways of communicating and coping with uncertainty.

Below we have provided you with some resources that will help you get through these ‘unprecedented’ times. If you are struggling to cope at any point then please speak to your line manager so they can offer support. If you are not able to talk to your line manager for any reason then please speak to a colleague, HR or use any of the signposting options provided below.

Remote working

Staying productive while working remotely with Microsoft Teams
Tips on how to stay connected and productive during this challenging time.

A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers
specific, research-based steps that managers can take without great effort to improve the engagement and productivity of remote employees.

Don’t forget the human side of homeworking
Think about the human element when connecting via technology.

Tips from Advance HE onhow to cope with childcare and home working


Online Wellbeing Workshops

Government guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Heales - Health and wellbeing portal

The University's Occupational Health provider has given staff and students access to their health and wellbeing portal - please copy and paste the following link into your web browser 

Employee Assistance Programme

Care First are a specialist highly professional organisation that can provide a range of help at difficult times. There is a 24 hour / 365 days-a-year telephone help line that can provide counselling and specialist advice on a range of matters.  Register with Care First now (username: lifestyle1234 / password: carefirst) or call the EAP helpline on 0800 015 5630.

An evidence based smart phone app providing in-depth tools and support for anyone to improve their mental wellbeing. The link provides details of how to download this.

Thrive Webinars [PDF 78.15KB]

MIND - Coronavirus and your wellbeing
How to cope with a range of issues during the Coronavirus pandemic

Five ways to wellbeing when working from home

Wonkhe blog applying the Five Ways to Wellbeing an evidence-based model for wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation, to working from home in HE.

Video: meditation exercises by Christopher Mcdermott, Lead Chaplain
These meditation exercises provide some practical strategies for sustaining a non-anxious presence amid the pervasive anxiety now weighing heavily on so many people.

Enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this difficult time.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The EDI webpage provides advice for staff with a disabilityincluding resources from national disability charities and organisations.