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In February, six weeks before Britain’s coronavirus lockdown began, I started a new job as the deputy head of the Department of Life & Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University, UK, having moved from the University of Southampton, UK, after 11 years. I had a head start in getting to know my new role in ‘normal’ circumstances, but the coronavirus restrictions created some significant challenges during a period in which I was just finding my feet. Drawing on my experience, here are some tips for those in a similar situation.