Health and safety measures on-campus

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, non-exempt individuals must wear face coverings while on campus.

  • when moving around in buildings
  • outside, in congested areas
  • in libraries and study spaces
  • in classrooms (including teaching labs)
  • in offices and other workplace settings, where one metre distancing is not possible

Face coverings are not required:

  • when eating or drinking
  • when exercising
  • when seated in offices and other workplace settings, where one metre distancing is possible

Individuals may, at their own discretion, remove face coverings temporarily while teaching or presenting, provided they are distanced from others.

Specialist research settings are subject to bespoke risk assessments; local rules should be followed in these areas.

Physical distancing

From 1 September, the need to physically distance will be removed on our campuses. The exception to this will be in classrooms, where staff and students should observe one metre physical distancing. This will be the case in Semester One, and we will be reviewing this before the beginning of Semester 2.

Test & Protect and self-isolation

Scottish Government advice is to test using lateral flow devices twice a week; tests can be collected from pharmacies or ordered online. For more information, please see the Scottish Government guidance on testing.

Over coming weeks, we will provide workplace lateral flow test kits on our campuses for both staff and students. We will be operating pick-up points on Gilmorehill, Garscube and Dumfries.

The Scottish Government recently amended the guidance on self-isolation for those who are double-vaccinated or are under 18 years and 4 months, and have taken a negative PCR test. You can read more on the Scottish Government guidance on Test & Protect and self-isolation.

To ensure that Public Health Scotland (PHS) can track rates of the virus, everyone should download the Protect Scotland app. This also helps identify where people may have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and so helps break the chain of transmission.