Road map for returning to campus
The three phases of our road map
The Returning to Campus Working Group has identified three phases in the road map:
- Phase one: ‘Essential access’ - while government restrictions remain in place (until at least 19 July 2021), onsite access is prioritised only for those activities and/or services which need to continue or resume onsite. Departments are currently being asked to develop plans for working arrangements in advance of Phase two. We expect departments to trial new ways of working in a new, hybrid manner, working in cohorts, operating rotas, and trialling shared space arrangements within or in partnership with other departments.
- Phase two: ‘Transition and learn’- the College’s phase two started on 19 July 2021, in line with the government’s roadmap and England’s move into Step 4 on that date. This new phase is when more of our community are able to safely work on campus. We do not expect all staff to immediately return to campus at the beginning of phase two. Increased presence on campus will be incremental and driven by departmental and safety requirements. In this second of three phases, departments have been bringing additional teams back on site based on particular needs. We have not expected all staff to immediately return to campus during this phase. Managers in your department will determine the pattern of return to campus, with consideration to College-wide safety guidelines, local-level risk assessments, and personal circumstances.
- You will be expected to return to campus at some stage as determined by your department – any new requests for permanent home working are not going to be approved in the short term. We expect to move towards a more hybrid model as we come out of our Transition and Learn phase – the timing of which will be decided by safety and on-campus capacity guidelines.
- 'Transition and Learn' is a learning period where new flexible working policies will be tried and tested, technology enabling more flexible and hybrid working will be introduced and work to establish the optimal use of space and space sharing will be carried out. All of this will inform and allow for the planning required for the third phase.
- Phase three: ‘Ambition’ - we know that there are many potential benefits to more flexible ways of working and that the lessons learned during this period may inform our working practices and the use of our space and of technology. As we continue to learn and improve over the coming year, and as we listen to the experiences and views of the College community, we will establish our future ambitions for working arrangements and investment in space and technology. These changes may be significant – so we will take time to understand the impact and implications of any potential changes as we move through the first two phases. Further, it is important to note that significant changes to our spaces may require considerable investment, both in financial and time-commitment.
It should be noted that changes that rely on technology changes may take time, simply because of high demand and the timescales involved in procuring and introducing new technologies.