Coronavirus: Resources for Staff and Students

This page was last updated on 7th April 2020.

See below a summary of some useful resources to support staff and students through this period of disruption. The Equality Policy Unit (EPU) will continue to add to this list as new resources are made available.

Page Contents

Carers

Disability

LGBT+

Religion and Belief

 


Carers

      • Face-to-face sessions with Carers Leeds have been cancelled until further notice but free and confidential one-to-one telephone appointments can still be booked for Thursday 23 April and Wednesday 20 May. Email the Equality Policy Unit to book.
      • The University of Leeds coronavirus mini-site Staff Advice pages provide further information for staff with caring responsibilities.

Disabled Students

      • The University of Leeds coronavirus mini-site Student Advice pages  provide useful advice for disabled students, including information about access to one to one support from Disability Services.
      • The University of Leeds student counselling, wellbeing and mental health support service will reopen from Monday 30th March and this service will be delivered via remote online support by telephone, email and /or by Zoom.
      • ‘Change for Disabled Students UK’ have produced a comprehensive Googledoc Coronavirus Guide, with advice covering the following areas; stress and anxiety, housing/finance, personal and social care, assignment deadlines and DSA issues.

Disabled Staff

      • The University of Leeds coronavirus mini-site Staff Advice pages provide information about the support and wellbeing available for staff including advice about working from home, personal support and keeping active and healthy.
      • The University of Leeds Staff Counselling and Psychological Support service are providing some remote staff counselling via video or phone. They also have online resources to help staff deal with the uncertainty and potential isolation of the current events.

Mental Health

      • The Leeds University Union (LUU) COVID-19 Community Facebook Group has compiled some of the most useful mental health and wellbeing resources for students in one helpful post.
      • The LUU Health & Wellbeing team has launched a weekly Happiness Newsletter. The team will be sending out blogs, mini podcasts and other online resources, to help keep people’s spirits up.
      • Mind have provided some practical advice to support you with taking care of your mental health whilst staying at home, including a useful checklist.
      • AnxietyUK have compiled a list of dedicated resources and extended their helpline hours.
      • The Mental Health Foundation have tips about looking after your mental health during the disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
      • NHS Every Mind Matters has released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.
      • Calm is offering ‘soothing meditations’, a ‘calm masterclass’ and other free mindfulness resources.
      • Headspace are also offering free online mindfulness resources, including meditations, sleep and movement exercises.

Autism

It is important to support autistic staff and students through these uncertain times as changes to routine, the sensory challenges of increased handwashing and the general anxiety surrounding the uncertainty of current events can have a big impact on the lives of autistic people.

Blind and Partially Sighted

  • Sight Advice FAQ have Covid-19 webpage including information about how to be guided safely and how to get shopping delivered during the pandemic. 

Hearing Awareness

  • As staff and students get used to changes to working arrangements it is still important to practice good hearing awareness particularly when using online remote working tools.  Microsoft Teams has a live captioning tool and recording feature, allowing people to review information that wasn’t heard the first time.
  • It is important to continue to use good meeting etiquette, taking turns speaking, making sure speakers face the camera and speaking clearly to assist with lip reading. It is also important to provide a supportive approach that allows for requests for repetition if anything has been misheard or is unclear.
  • Useful guidance for using Microsoft Teams effectively has been summarised in this PDF document, including advice for team meeting chairs.

LGBT+

Religion and Belief

  • The Chaplaincy have suspended their group activities and drop in sessions until further notice but you can still contact them via email (chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk) and phone (0113 343 5071).
  • The Church of England has provided guidance on managing your mental health and spiritual communion.
  • The observance of Ramadan and Eid celebrations will be impacted by Government restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The restrictions will impact on who is able to take part in daily fasting and restrict people from participating in communal prayers and meals at their local mosques.  The Muslim Council of Britain advises people to stay at home, keep connected via social media/phone calls and to support the community.