Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

Intention to travel

We’re asking all students who need to return to Edinburgh, or who are local to Edinburgh and have a need to travel to campus, to complete this intention to travel form. You can also use this form to tell us you are back in Edinburgh and will receive confirmation you had a valid reason for return.

Given the current pandemic situation, we should all be staying at home and avoiding travel. Under the relevant Scottish Goverment guidance, travel to or from Scotland without a reasonable excuse is not permitted:

Guidance on travel and transport

Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students – including international students – must not return to their term-time accommodation until such time as on-campus teaching resumes, other than in specific special circumstances. Unless you have specific special circumstances, please don’t return to Edinburgh until you have been told to by your School.

Postgraduate Research students can return to Edinburgh, if they need to, in order to conduct research.

Intention to Travel form

If you need to return to Edinburgh for a specific reason, we are asking you to complete the Intention to Travel form before doing so.

This form allows you to explain why you need to travel back to Edinburgh. It asks you to confirm that, if you travel and return, you will comply with all the relevant Scottish Government and University rules and guidance in place during the current pandemic. The form also gives you the option to ask for more support from the University. Some students e.g. vets and medics were able to return at the beginning of semester 2; you can use this process to obtain a confirmation you are eligible to be here in Edinburgh.  Similarly if your home location is Edinburgh and you need to travel to campus because your teaching has recommenced, you can also use this process.

On completion of the form you will receive an email summarising the information you have provided. You will be able to show this email if challenged (e.g. by the Police) about the reason for your journey.

Those who are local to Edinburgh and have a need to travel to campus should also complete this intention to travel form. You can also use this form to tell us you are back in Edinburgh and will receive confirmation you have a valid reason for return. 

A number of you have contacted us to say you want to return to Edinburgh because:

  • Your home Wi-Fi set-up is not suitable for online study. If this is the case, please contact EdHelp to arrange loan of a mobile Wi-Fi device from the University, which will give you high speed internet access. You should not return to Edinburgh simply because your home Wi-Fi is poor. Contact EdHelp: 

EdHelp  

  • You have left study materials in your Edinburgh accommodation. Please note that the Library now offers Scan and Deliver which allows you to access hard copy materials, in addition to the wide range of e-resources available to all students. You should not return to Edinburgh simply to access or collect study materials. Find out more: 

Scan and Deliver

When you complete this form your data will be stored within Data Protection Guidelines and if you choose to leave your phone number, it will only be passed to our support services who will be in contact to help you.

Complete the Intention to Travel form