22 February 2021 - Update for Registered Students: Updated COVID Guidance and Graduate Immigration Route

Issued: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 15:53:00 GMT

Dear Student, 

We hope you are doing well despite these continuing challenging times.  We’re writing to update you on the latest UK and Scottish government guidelines and what they might mean for you in terms of teaching, travel, testing and the support available for all students. 

For our international students, we have included information about the Graduate Immigration Route, which will be launched in Summer 2021. 

Mainland Scotland (and the rest of the UK) remains in COVID-19 protection level 4, which we expect to be reviewed by the Scottish Government in March 

The latest guidance advises that most students should not plan to travel to term-time accommodation at this point. There are some exceptions to this advice, for example those whose attendance is required for their course and whose education cannot be delivered remotely or postponed, for essential placements, or for reasons of student wellbeing. 

If your course has essential teaching, placements, or assessment that mean you need to travel to the University, you will already have been advised by your School or College.  

We understand there is still a lot of uncertainty about the latest travel adviceOur 2021 Travel and Return to Campus webpages contain information for those travelling domestically and internationally, with specific advice on managing isolation and quarantine 

Our International Student Support Team is here to support our international student community, and new Postgraduate students may wish to view our International Student Orientation programme.  

We require all students arriving in Glasgow to undertake a free COVID-19 testPlease see the 2021 Travel and Return to Campus webpages for more information. 

Once in Scotland, you must follow COVID-19 regulations. Travel is not permitted to or from Scotland, or between local authority areas without a reasonable excuse.   

We would reiterate the Scottish Government advice that you should not travel to our campuses at this time unless you are in one of the exempt categories detailed above. If you have travel booked and do not fall into one of these categories, you should contact your airline to reschedule your travel.    

Graduate Route/Post-Study Work Opportunities 

The Graduate Immigration Route is scheduled to be launched in summer 2021. 

Students will normally be expected to undertake their studies in the UK to be eligible for the Graduate route. However, if students are required to either continue their current studies or commence a new programme remotely due to COVID-19, they will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate route on a concessionary basis if they spend some time studying in the UK 

Students who are completing their course in summer 2021, including those who commenced a one-year Masters programme in September or November 2020, will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK on or before 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK.  

Students who commenced a one-year Masters programme in January 2021 will benefit from this concession if they enter the UK before 27 September 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies in the UK. 

Any changes to these dates will be communicated to students as soon as possible.  


Student support 

As always, your health and wellbeing remain our top priority. If you would like to speak to someone about how you’re feeling, there are a number of support services available to you on our Counselling and Psychological Services webpages. You can also seek support via the UofG Helpdesk. 

With the assistance of the Scottish Government, we are continuing to offer an enhanced package of financial aid for all students. In addition to hardship, discretionary and childcare funding, we are operating a COVID-19 Emergency Hardship Fund for the remainder of February and March 2021. If you are struggling to cover rental costs, or other payments relating to your wellbeing, or suffering other forms of financial hardship due to the pandemic, this might be of assistance.   

Research students may also access this funding. 

Study spaces 

We are aware some students may also struggle to find a suitable study environment. The University’s main Library on Gilmorehill remains open with reduced capacity to assist only those students who cannot study at home. Limited study space is also available in other buildings on our campuses, however it is vital that you only come to campus if essential, and check the UofG Life app before you visit the Library. If there are no spaces available, please do not come to campus.  

As the nationwide vaccination programme continues to roll out, we hope restrictions to be eased as 2021 progresses. Please be assured that we will keep all students updated by email as this guidance changes.  

Please note that your School will also be in touch with you directly to provide more detailed information relevant to your courses 

Best wishes and stay safe. 

David Duncan


Additional resources: 

  • The Student Services Enquiry Team is working, to assist all students with any issues they may be facing, please get in touch if you need to. 
  • Support for those in University residences can be found on our 'UofGLiving' webpages. 
  • If you are still looking for accommodation, contact ourAcommodation Servicesfor details on the options available.