6 January: New Covid-19 protection measures for Scotland

Issued: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 09:24:11 GMT

Dear Students,

I hope you had an enjoyable holiday, with the chance to rest and recuperate, despite the Covid-19 restrictions.

As you will be aware, yesterday the Scottish Government announced new Covid-19 stay at home guidance, as a result of the increase in national transmission rates.

We are working hard to keep our students and staff safe and are considering carefully the implications of this for the University community.

I appreciate that many of you will be planning your travel to campus over the coming weeks. This email sets out how the latest guidance applies to you.

As always, full details can be found on our January Return to Campus webpages.

Return to Campus dates

We expect to receive more advice from the Scottish Government about student return to campus this week and we will continue to keep you updated. 

Currently, in line with guidance issued in December, the advice is:

  • Those advised before the Christmas break they have essential face-to-face teaching on campus are permitted to travel to campus from this week (w/c 4 January 2021) to attend classes or placements. Schools will contact you directly if there are any changes to these arrangements.
  • Students with no face-to-face teaching scheduled on campus, and who have not booked return travel, should delay confirming a travel date until further guidance is issued. 
  • If you have already booked your travel back to the University after 25 January, current advice is that you do not need to amend your travel plans at present.

We will update any changes in arrangements for Postgraduate Taught students and students arriving from abroad as soon as we have them. If students have any urgent queries about their teaching, they should contact their Schools for more information.

At this stage, the indication is that only essential research will be permitted to continue on campus. Again, this means that broadly the same arrangements will remain in place as last semester, and our Postgraduate Research students are being sent separate communications on this. 

Residences

A rent rebate will be available for students living in University residences whose return to accommodation is delayed. This will be calculated from 4 January 2021 and refunded to your accommodation account after you have returned to your residence.

Covid-19 testing

As we communicated in December, all students travelling back to University are asked to take a Covid-19 test on arrival, before returning to their term-time residences – testing is going ahead as planned for all those returning to University. There are more details including how to book on our Return to Campus webpages.

Student facilities and support

Most services on our campuses are closed due to the current Level 4 Protection measures, however the Library is operating in a reduced capacity to support students. Please note that Library access is restricted to only those who cannot study at home, and that all students should adhere to government health and safety guidance. More information is available on the Library webpages.

Our student support and enquiry services are on-hand, as always. You can find more details of these on our Student Services & Support webpages.

Thank you for your continued patience and perseverance during this difficult period and please continue to remain safe by observing local guidance.

With best wishes,

David Duncan

Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary