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Guidance on supporting wellbeing during return to campus

22 Sep 2020

As staff start to return to campus in greater numbers, supporting wellbeing and mental health remains a critical task for our people managers

Our guidance provides some information and suggestions for supporting wellbeing during this time.

It is important that managers familiarise themselves with this guidance and we recommend these simple steps: 


  • Make sure that staff who work for you are familiar with all of the steps that the University is taking to ensure safety on campus. This is regularly updated on StaffNet
  • Engage with staff returning from furlough, who may have particular concerns about returning to work or who may not have been able to keep up to date with University communications. 
  • Staff may have a range of concerns about returning to campus. Make sure you help signpost them to answers or other sources of information. 


  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of poor mental health – this short video provides more information. 
  • Staff support services available include our Counselling Service and online platform Togetherall.
  • There's a range of activities to support staff with their wellbeing including fitness classes, learning opportunities to online webinars.  


  • Check in with people regularly to encourage them to talk to you if they need wellbeing support.
  • Promote our wellbeing activities to your team on a regular basis.
  • Talk to your team proactively about their wellbeing and work life balance. 

More resources and information

Register to attend

  • Book a place on our online training event for managers - mental health during coronavirus