Coronavirus update

Published: 18 February 2020

Latest update: Facebook Live Travel Advice

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases.

We want to again reassure colleagues and students that the risk here in Glasgow remains low. We should all continue to pay attention to good hygiene, washing hands regularly.

Do contact us on our dedicated email address or call the Gatehouse on 0141 330 4444 if you are on your own and need to talk to someone or require help and assistance during this time.

Please do not worry about missing classes or assessments because you are following the above guidance. You will not be disadvantaged and we will - where necessary - use our ‘Good Cause’ process to mitigate the impact; or, if you are a research student, we will offer appropriate flexibility in terms of deadlines. In such circumstances, students should complete an absence report in the usual way. In the case of students that have a mandatory attendance requirement, students are advised to contact the course convenor or school office to discuss the situation. Students who have stayed at home should engage with learning materials that are accessible remotely if they feel well enough.

We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide as much advice, care and support as we can to our University community along with regular updates as and when we get more information.


A Facebook live broadcast was held on Tuesday 28 January with colleagues and students, including those from our Chinese community. Click  here for the 30 minute broadcast which addresses what the virus is, the precautions we should all take and what contingencies the University is putting in place.

A University group has been set up to monitor the situation and is meeting daily.


First published: 18 February 2020