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Conservation Research Institute


Key Principles of Returning to Work

The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute will consider any change to Government guidance and the impact on the Institute’s business continuity plans, including the return to on-site working programme. It is recognised that recently relaxed Government restrictions might be tightened again in the future. The Conservation Research Institute will need to respond to any changes and continue to comply with Government and Public Health England guidance.

The following principles outline The Conservation Research Institute’s key principles for Returning to Work:

  • Staff currently not working on University premises should return to the workplace only after they have completed their Departmental risk assessment and had a RTW conversation with their Head of Group, who will inform the Head of Department.
  • Social distancing is the fundamental protection mechanism used to ensure the safety of all staff.
  • The University expects all staff, students and visitors to wear a face covering inside University spaces where it is not possible to maintain social distancing of at least two metres.  These coverings protect others from the wearer.
  • Masks should be worn at all times outside the CRI space when circulating around the David Attenborough Building, except when eating or drinking.
  • Equity, flexibility, fairness, openness and collaboration are fundamental to the implementation of the RTW Protocol and to ensure trust is maintained with staff.
  • Any member of staff who has symptoms, however mild, or is in a household where someone has symptoms, should not attend work and should inform their line manager.