Preparations for the new academic year

On Tuesday 7 September, a Q&A session was held for University staff on the return to campus. This is now online for those who could not attend or would like to watch again [session begins at 02:36].

The panel includes:

  • Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor
  • David Duncan, University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
  • Rachel Sandison, Vice-Principal, External Relations
  • Moira Fischbacher-Smith, Vice-Principal, Learning & Teaching
  • Chris Pearce, Vice-Principal, Research
  • Barry Morton, Director, Facilities Services
  • Elise Gallagher, Deputy Director, Human Resources

This also outlines guidance related to on-campus asymptomatic testing, face coverings and on-campus vaccination centres.


Even if you have been fully vaccinated and feel well, you can still get coronavirus and pass it on. The Scottish Government’s advice is to test using lateral flow devices twice a week; tests can be collected from pharmacies or ordered online. 

From Monday 13 September, staff and students can now also collect tests from the following locations on our campuses:

  • Fraser Building Level 1, Gilmorehill
  • Garscube Gatehouse 
  • School Office in Dumfries 

Please remember that in the event of a positive test result, you will be required to isolate. For more information, please see the Scottish Government guidance on testing.

On-campus vaccination centres

With the return of students to our campuses, the NHS are offering pop-up vaccination centres on campus and at some of our Student Halls of Residence for staff students to complete their vaccination courses. Please note that these are being operated according to the National vaccine programme and will not offer vaccines to anyone not currently eligible, for example to deliver booster jabs. Vaccines will be available at the following locations: 

Face coverings

With more colleagues returning to our campuses over coming weeks and months, we’d like to remind you about our rules around wearing face coverings.

Project Aurora have also produced a series of FAQs about face coverings on their Key Information page.

Please note that government guidance is still evolving and our policy may be updated in response to any changes in government policy, we will let you know of any changes as they happen.

Thank you for reading this update, and please stay safe.

First published: 2 September 2021