Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

Reporting sickness absence

Guidance for staff who contract the virus.

(Updated 27 April 2022) 

Changes to Covid Testing and Self-Isolation rules

On 1 May 2022, test sites close and people with symptoms are no longer advised that they need to arrange a test. The public health advice for people who feel unwell is to stay at home until they feel better, to reduce the risk of infecting other people.

If you have symptoms, you will not know whether you have Covid-19 or not. We are therefore urging a considerate and common sense approach, and ask that you do not come onto campus if you believe you may be infectious to others due to having symptoms of a respiratory infection. You must refrain from coming onto campus until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you no longer feel unwell.

Symptoms of Covid-19, flu and other common respiratory infections include:

  • Continuous cough
  • High temperature, fever or chills
  • Loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • Muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • Not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • Sore throat, stuffy or runny nose

All staff must follow the Scottish Government guidance including all those who have access to tests and do test positive.

More information on the updated guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website.

You must inform your manager/designated contact in your School/Department. It may be possible to work from home if you have the equipment, access and approval to do so. If you cannot work from home whilst you have symptoms or feel unwell, you must follow the usual absence reporting procedures and your absence will be recorded as sick leave.

Please refer to the Absence Management Policy for more information.