Covid-19: joint outputs with the trade unions

UCEA and the HE trade unions (EIS, GMB, UCU, UNISON and Unite) have worked together to provide the sector and its staff and students with a series of joint statements on return to work.

These include:

Raising a Concern - What to do if a health and safety concern is identified
During the pandemic, it is perhaps unsurprising that staff have become concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on their health and safety. This was discussed at the Higher Education Safety and Health (HESH) Forum, which brings together UCEA, the unions and the HSE, with input from the Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA). 
In response, USHA has developed a template escalation procedure to help HEIs ensure that staff utilise appropriate channels. In drafting the template, USHA consulted with HESH members and the final template has been endorsed by all parties, on the understanding that it is an example template which HEIs do not have to use if it does not suit them.  
It is hoped that HEIs will find the optional template (below) useful for discussing appropriate processes with their staff and their representatives, and for adapting into their existing H&S procedures if appropriate.   
 Raising a Concern - What to do if a health and safety concern is identified

Joint statement between UCEA and the HE trade unions on Covid-19 testing for Staff, published on 25 May 2021 which can be downloaded below
 Joint statement between UCEA and the HE trade unions on Covid-19 testing for Staff

a Joint statement to encourage the uptake of vaccinations across the Higher Education sector, published on 25 March 2021 which can be downloaded below
 Joint statement between UCEA and the HE trade unions on staff vaccinations

and the Principles for working safely on campus during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, published on 1 June 2020 which can be downloaded below
 Principles for working safely on campus during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic
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