Building access and safety measures

We are working hard to ensure all of our buildings are accessible and safe.

Physical distancing measures

We want to ensure that our campus is a safe environment for everyone. We are working to introduce additional health and safety measures for the start of term, based on the 2 metre physical distancing as required by the Scottish Government as well as good hygiene.  

These will vary by building, but will include the introduction of:

  • hand hygiene facilities near entrances
  • one way systems and circulation spaces
  • screens at all reception areas
  • clear health and safety signage
  • increased cleaning regimes for all shared spaces and equipment
  • reduced occupancy and reconfigured layouts in shared rooms

We would expect all students to follow these measures as much as possible.

Attending on campus teaching activities

If you have an on-campus lecture, class or seminar, you may now need to queue outside of the building until it begins. Queuing areas will be clearly signposted and physically distanced.

Scottish weather can be very variable, so make sure to pack an umbrella or jacket.

Face coverings

Information on wearing face coverings on campus can be found on our Health and Safety webpages:

Covid-19 hygiene measures


Access to suitable hand washing facilities (or to hand sanitiser) will be available close to the entrance of building premises and all those entering are expected to use these facilities as they enter, as well as at very regular intervals during the day. 

Guidance for students with shielding status (updated 1st August) returning to campus

‘Shielding’ was paused by Scottish Government on 1st August 2020. Please see the latest advice from the Scottish Government:

Changes to shielding advice

Students who received a shielding letter are now able to return to campus with appropriate and current physical distancing and health and safety measures in place. If you have received a letter from the NHS advising you to take additional measures to protect yourself from the Coronavirus, you should discuss this with your School’s student support team, or your personal tutor/ supervisor. 

You need not disclose medical information to your School. You must, however, advise them that you have received medical advice to take additional measures to protect your health.  

Safety measures will be in place for all campus activity, such as one-way systems, hand gel stations, management of numbers of students and staff in buildings, online teaching and online meetings/ tutorials. Your School will provide information on what measures they have put in place to support teaching and in-person interactions, such as meetings with your personal tutor or supervisor. If you feel that you will require more than is in place, then you should speak with your student support team, supervisor or Personal Tutor regarding what more can be done. 

The University will do all it can to implement any additional measures/ adjustments needed to protect your health and support a return to campus and/or look at alternatives to being on campus.  However, if it is not possible to implement the necessary reasonable adjustments, alternative options will need to be explored, such as: 

  • an interruption of study or deferment 
  • help to move to a different course that supports digital learning  
  • identify alternatives to physical presence on campus (alternative assessments, digital teaching or group work).