Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

Support during self-isolation

University, Residence life, and external sources of support during your period of self-isolation.

Tell us if you are self-isolating

If you’re self-isolating, you will need to let the University know by completing our self-isolation contact form. We can then ensure you receive all available support to help you during this period.

Self-isolation contact form

While you are in self-isolation, your Resident Assistant (RA) will check in with you with a daily call or email depending on your wishes. 

Residence Life team

If you’re in private accommodation, our Covid-19 Support Service will support you while you are self-isolating. Once you’ve let us know that you’re self-isolating, our team will contact you once a week, however if you need additional support while self-isolating, you can let us know and we’ll arrange for more regular contact.

Covid-19 Support Service

Meal deliveries

Three packed meals are provided daily, with vegan and gluten free options, with additional allergen requirements met. A hot meal is being introduced very soon.

Meal deliveries

Hygiene and supplies

Delivery of essential products such as cleaning materials, toilet roll or sanitary products be ordered as part of your daily check-in call/email. 

Hygiene, supplies and medicine

Staying involved with University life while self-isolating

We have a virtual program of self-directed activities that is shared with students in self-isolation. Most ResLife events are virtual and self-isolating students will continue to have access to these.

Visitors

Family and friends are not allowed to visit you while you are self-isolating. The only people who are allowed to visit would be anyone who is providing you with essential care.

Mental health and wellbeing support

We recognise that self-isolation can be hard. If you are struggling, please speak in the first instance to your RA or warden. They can help you access other services if needed.

You can also access a number of central University services remotely.

If you need urgent mental health support, call the NHS on 111.

The Listening Service

Operated through the University Chaplaincy for students, or staff, who want to touch base on any concerns or anxieties, or are looking for a timely or purposeful conversation.

The Listening Service

Nightline

Run by student volunteers, Nightline is an anonymous and confidential helpline for students in Edinburgh. The team are available every night of term between 8pm and midnight via online chat.

Nightline

The Counselling Service

Counselling can be provided remotely by telephone or email if needed. 

The Counselling Service 

Togetherall

Using your University email address, you can access Togetherall which is available 24/7 and monitored by trained clinicians.  It is a safe place online to get things off your chest, have conversations, express yourself creatively and learn how to manage your mental health.

Togetherall

Feeling Good App

The app contains a safe and effective programme, Positive Mental Training, that is widely used within the NHS in Edinburgh, for increasing wellbeing and recovery from stress, worry and low mood.

Feeling Good App

Online courses and workbooks

There is a further range of self-help resources for your mental wellbeing from the Counselling service. Allowing you to take courses at your own pace, by working through online slides or downloading a workbook.

Online courses and workbooks

Exercise

Physical exercise is also great for mental wellbeing. Sport & Exercise have a range of online exercise classes every day that you can get involved in during your period of self-isolation.

View this week’s timetable

Further wellbeing support

Breathing Space

Pick up the phone and speak to Breathing Space on: 0800 83 85 87.

A confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed.

Breathing Space

Clear Your Head

Tips and advice on things you can do to help clear your head.

Clear Your Head