24 March 2020: Urgent update on coronavirus

Issued: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 08:24:00 GMT

Dear Staff and Students

The Prime Minister and the Scottish First Minister yesterday announced a series of measures which effectively create a state of lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The announcement could not have been clearer and has major implications for all of us. This is no longer guidance but an explicit instruction that for at least the next three weeks, everyone must stay at home or in residences. The only reasons to leave are as follows:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle– alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

Public gatherings of any more than two people are no longer permitted, excluding people you live with.

The above will be enforced by the Police if necessary.

The University has been moving towards this position through actions taken over the past few days. Now we can confirm that all of our buildings on campus are being secured. Details on this are contained in the note below. It will also be placed on the Coronavirus page of the University website.

Members of staff must remain at home unless you are in an essential category of worker and have been requested to come to work by your line manager. Colleagues in this category include some Residences and Estates staff, and a small number of research and technical staff and postgraduate personnel.

All building works on our campus development programme have ceased.

Students should not leave their residence or flat for any reason other than those listed above. As far as possible you should remain in your room and you should not gather with other residents. You should observe hygiene protocols and social distancing at all times. For students in Wolfson Hall, catering will be provided centrally for you to eat in your room. Please be aware that if you leave your flat or residence for a non-essential purpose or in a group, you are liable to challenge by the Police.



With immediate effect we are reducing the number of buildings that will be accessible by students and staff.  We will limit the numbers servicing buildings or accessing them for essential purposes to the absolute minimum. 

  1. Student Residences:The student residences will remain open. Warden support, cleaning support and deliveries will continue on a very limited basis.
  2. Criticalbuildings:A small number of buildings will be kept open because they house critical research activities (including vital research related to COVID-19); activities directly or indirectly related to the NHS; or essential systems such as IT equipment which must be maintained.   Very limited janitorial support, cleaning support and mail deliveries are envisaged in these buildings.  For access, please call Security on 0141 330 4282. 

3: Very Restricted access buildings: These will be open for a very limited period to essential users only. Heads of School, Directors of Research Institutes and Directors of Professional Services are asked to identify a list of authorised staff who require essential access to these buildings on  an ongoing basis and to send these to Security-Help@glasgow.ac.uk by 17:00, Tuesday 24 March.   If you are on an authorised list and have trouble accessing a building, please contact Security on 0141 330 4282.  

 4: Closed buildings: There will be no facilities support or deliveries to these buildings.  Very limited access will be permitted for colleagues  to collect essential items and for essential maintenance and periodic checks of essential equipment. This should be arranged in advance with Security – please call 0141 330 4282. 

The following is a list of buildings that are critical or have very restricted access. This will be kept under regular review. 



Critical Buildings: 

  • Boyd Orr
  • CCNI Hillhead street
  • Central Research Facility
  • Energy centre
  • Graham Kerr
  • James Watt North
  • Joint Research Facility
  • SaughfieldBuilding 
  • Security Gatehouse 
  • Sir Graeme Davies building – LN2 storage, CO2 incubator storage and freezers
  • Wolfson Medical School 


Very Restricted access: 

  • Anderson College  
  • Bower building
  • BHF building
  • Davidson building
  • Gilbert Scott building
  • Graham Kerr
  • HetheringtonBuilding 
  • Isabella Elder Building
  • James Watt Nano Centre
  • Rankine Building 
  • Joseph Black Building
  • Nursery - registered users only
  • Kelvin(essential checks only) 
  • Thomson building
  • Thurso street(garage) 
  • Wolfson link building 
  • 69,71-73 Southpark Terrace  
  • 63 Oakfield Avenue – Occupational Health
  • 70 Oakfield Avenue 



  • Henry WellcomeComplex 
  • JarretBuilding 
  • IanBotham Building 
  • Security gatehouse
  • Small Animal Hospital
  • Stoker Building
  • Veterinary Research Facility


Very Restricted access: 

  • Estatesbuilding  
  • Galloway building
  • McCall Building
  • WolfsonWohl 
  • Weiperscentre 

Other sites: 

Very Restricted access: 

  • Tay House
  • CochnoFarm 
  • SCENERowardennan 
  • Imaging Centre of Excellence(ICE) QEUH   
  • Lister building

Dumfries campus 

Arrangements for the Dumfries campus will be notified via the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. 

This is a period of national and international emergency. It is imperative for your safety, but also for the safety of those around you and of the key workers on whom we all depend that you adhere to the instructions issued by the UK and Scottish governments.


Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli

Principal and Vice Chancellor