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UL COVID-19 FAQs for Staff


The latest Department of Public Expenditure and Reform circular in relation to working arrangements and temporary assignments across the Public Service is available here.

The student should be advised to report a positive diagnosis to and to follow Public Health guidelines. A course / module leader may inform their Head of Department that a student has been diagnosed positive without conveying any personal details about the student that could lead to their identification. 

The Department of Education and Skills issued revised arrangements in relation to COVID-19, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Arrangements for all Public Service employees available here.  Specifically, this addresses the general principles that apply to the management of COVID-19 which include the safety and welfare of employees along with the minimisation of the impact on teaching and learning.  

Special leave with pay should only apply in lieu of sick leave for COVID-19 when an employee is advised to self-isolate and is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or had a positive test. Medical or HSE advice should be followed. More detail on special leave with pay is available here or contact ULHR.

The HSE sets out the latest information on COVID 19 here

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are self-isolating because you are symptomatic, you should follow the advice of your GP and the HSE.  If you feel that you are well enough to work, the University may facilitate working from home instead of special leave with pay, if this is feasible and agreeable to both parties. 

Staff members are advised to check the HSE website for up to date information. 

Staff members are reminded of the availability of the Employee Support Service. Access to the free confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1800-201-346. Further details are available here.

If a staff member has any further questions or requires HR support, please contact

If the virus has affected you and the situation has caused anxiety or stress, staff members or members of their family can contact the Employee Support Service. Access to the free confidential helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1800-201-346. Further details are available here.

In line with the COTEC communication of 27th April 2020, there is now a recruitment freeze in place, all open positions will be reviewed by the recruitment sub committee to decide if a competition will still go ahead.  Externally funded positions, where funding is committed, will be unaffected. This process is expected to remain in place for the immediate future. Further updates will be issued as the situation evolves.