Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

What to do if you need to self-isolate

Please make sure you understand what you should do if you are required to self-isolate.

What to do if you have to self-isolate

Letting the University know

You should let the University know if you need to self-isolate by completing our self-isolation contact form.

Self-isolation contact form

If you have informed the University that you are self-isolating and then subsequently test positive for Covid-19, you will need to resubmit this form and let us know about the positive test.

Your period of self-isolation

In line with the national guidelines, you need to self-isolate for at least 10 days after your symptoms started.

You will also need to self-isolate for 10 days if:

  • someone in your household has symptoms or tested positive
  • you've been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Protect
  • you have just arrived from a “non-exempt” country.

NHS information on when to self-isolate

How long do I isolate for?

Government self-isolation guidelines

Self-isolation means you must not leave your accommodation and should not go to work, university, public areas or use public transport. You should not go out to buy food or other essentials.  You must stay at home except for medical emergencies or to take a Covid-19 test.

Please be aware that you can have and transmit Covid-19 even if you don’t display symptoms, so the guidelines on self-isolation still apply, even if you feel fine.

NHS Inform has detailed information about the steps you need to take to self-isolate effectively.

NHS Inform

Self-isolating more than once

You will still need to self-isolate every time any of the situations above apply to you, which may mean that you will need to self-isolate a number of times over a given period.

This applies even if you have recently finished a quarantine period having arrived from overseas or if you recently self-isolated due to a member of your household testing positive for Covid-19 as there is a high risk that the virus has been or will be transmitted to others within the household.

You will need to inform the University each time you are required to self-isolate.


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.

If you have a job

If you are self-isolating, you will not be able to leave your room in order to go to work.

You should contact your employer as soon as you can and explain you have been asked to isolate for 10 days. Your employer should ensure that you receive at least Statutory Sick Pay for the time you are unable to work because you are self-isolating. Depending on your employer and your contract, you may be offered more than the Statutory Sick Pay.

If you have any difficulties with your employer and need help resolving them, please contact the Students’ Association Advice Place who can provide free and impartial support to you.

The Advice Place

Being vigilant and stopping the spread of Covid-19

Covid-19 infection rates are on the increase so you should be particularly vigilant and self-isolate immediately if you get symptoms or are asked to do so by NHS Test and Protect.

It is really important that you understand the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 regulations:

  • Do not break self-isolation rules.
  • Do not meet with another household within your home (this includes student accommodation).
  • Do not meet with more than 2 households at a time (up to 6 people in total) outdoors or in a public space such as a pub, restaurant or café.
  • Do not host or attend parties in private or student accommodation.

Please be aware that if you fail to follow these regulations, you may be subject to a Police fine and disciplinary action from the University. If you are unsure what standards the University expects of you with regard to Covid-19 behaviours, please read our Good Citizen Guide.

Good Citizen Guide