Many months on since the start of the pandemic, it is important as ever for us to consider whether our work environments are meeting our needs and what we can do if they are not.
Maintaining your workspace
If you require additional assistance in setting up your work station to work remotely, and do not already have adaptive equipment, please speak with your line manager in the first instance to ensure that any reasonable adjustments can be considered. You’ll need to ensure you have an up-to-date Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessment.
Whilst back on campus you can find a range of guidance on how to book a desk space and work safely.
Making use of the technology
Make effective use of collaborative tools such as MS Teams, SharePoint, Zoom and Mural, to minimise email and lengthy online meetings. Ensure materials are in an accessible format and agree on etiquette with colleagues for any video calls - including the use of live captions and video. Virtual interactions should not create unnecessary barriers for colleagues with disabilities.
As we return to campus, many of you will continue having virtual or hybrid meetings with colleagues from your desks. To ensure you can participate in these meetings effectively, and to reduce the impact on those around you, UCL provides all the users of Microsoft Teams with headsets.
Staying connected via online and local networks and groups
Communities of Practice
The UCL Communities of Practice (CoPs) bring together groups of staff from across UCL who perform similar functions, work in defined practice areas, and need to build similar capabilities – regardless of their line management structures. All CoPs have created online spaces for support and collaboration to support members during remote working.
- Parents and Carers Networks
We understand the additional pressure parent and carers may be facing. You can join the UCL Parents and Carers Network on Teams and via the UCL website.
- Alumni groups
If you are a UCL alumnus you can connect at UCL Alumni as well as joining your alumni university/work communities.
- Staff Equalities Networks
UCL’s staff equalities networks are places where people with shared identities and backgrounds can connect with colleagues and make positive change across the university.