Information for students, faculty and staff regarding COVID-19. (Updated: 1 July 2020)

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For staff

(Last updated: 17 June 2020, 15:20) On these pages, members of staff including doctoral students find information about working at Umeå University during the outbreak of COVID-19.

All employees over the age of 70 are urged to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and limit their contacts with others, and hence avoid visiting the university’s campuses and workplaces.

Conducting work remotely

According to the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations and general advice, valid until 31 December 2020, employees should make sure that staff who can work from home. The University hence continue to urge its staff, in agreement with their supervisor, to work fully or partially from home with tasks that can be carried out remotely. Returning to campus-based education naturally means that more work tasks cannot be performed remotely. And for staff needing to work at their workplace, the Public Health Agency of Sweden’s regulations and general advice must be adhered to.

Employees who experience symptoms – even mild ones – must stay at home and avoid social contacts.


Physical meetings must be exchanged for alternative solutions to the extent possible. The Public Health Agency of Sweden has produced a guide to risk assessments due to covid-19 that can be useful when planning a meeting (available in Swedish only) Riskbedömning av evenemang och sammankomster med anledning av covid-19

Restrictiveness and caution must be taken when considering holding planning days and internal conferences. If any such are organised, the directives and general advice of the Public Health Agency of Sweden must be adhered to.

Work environment

More information on work environment when working remotely can be found on Aurora.

No new calls for travel grants before August

From 7 April, all foundations tied to Umeå University, including the Kempe Foundations, are recommended not to make any new calls for travel grants before August or possibly September. A new recommendation may be required further on depending on how the travel situation has progressed due to the spread of COVID-19.

Please contact the University using with all questions related to COVID-19 within all university areas – research, education and collaboration included.