Enhanced ventilation on our campuses

Over the course of the pandemic, we have learnt about how important ventilation is in protecting against the spread of the virus.

In the past year, we have been working hard to enhance ventilation, where we can, and put in place improvements where possible.

Assessments have been carried out on all workspaces across our campuses, involving an audit of over 12,000 spaces with the help of a specialist consultant.

In newer buildings this could be as simple as adjusting the air conditioning system to maximise fresh air flow, however many of our historic buildings lack mechanical ventilation systems, meaning we must look for other ways to ensure good ventilation.

While it’s not the season for it, the most straightforward way to improve ventilation is open windows and doors to ensure a flow of air. In some cases, we have introduced maximum occupancy limits in rooms, which will be displayed on the door, if in use.

We are also continuing to use CO2 monitoring via CO2 sensors and a programme of spot-testing in locations where we wish to measure the ventilation rate on an ongoing basis.

Under the current COVID-9 guidance, colleagues are asked to continue to work from home if they can do so, with our campuses remaining accessible for any research, teaching, operational and technical roles.

We have published information about our Ventilation assessments on our webpages https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/coronavirus/ventilation/.

You can also see more information about ventilation on the Scottish government website https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-ventilation-guidance/.

First published: 18 January 2022