New Students

Campus safety (Covid-19)

We are working hard to ensure all of our buildings are accessible and safe for your arrival. Please familiarise yourself with the following health and safety measures which will be in place when you arrive.

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 two 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.

Extended teaching day

Our teaching day will be extended by two hours, to 9am-8pm, Monday to Friday, where required. While the majority of classes will take place within our usual hours, you may notice that some classes will be a little later.

Queuing outside buildings

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.

Reopening of buildings

We are implementing a phased approach to the reopening of our University buildings, and the majority of these are scheduled to reopen for the start of semester one.

Libraries and study spaces

Our libraries and study spaces are now open for use.

Study spaces will have a reduced capacity due to physical distancing, but we have increased the number of rooms and buildings available for studying.

You can pre-book the majority of study spaces through a webform.

Library services update 2020-2021

Book a study space

Face coverings

In line with Scottish Government guidance, it is now mandatory that face coverings are worn in all of our libraries and study spaces.

If and when this guidance becomes stronger, we will adjust accordingly. We are already expecting everyone to wear face coverings in all University buildings unless individuals have good reasons for not wearing one.

Face coverings can be as simple as a scarf or soft material covering your mouth and nose.

Wearing a face covering does not replace the need for physical distancing. You should still stay at least two metres away from others, and follow all local signage and guidance.

We are following Scottish Government advice, which may differ from UK Government advice.


Access to suitable handwashing facilities (or to hand sanitiser) will be available close to the entrance of building premises.

All those entering are expected to use these facilities as they enter, as well as at very regular intervals during the day.

On-campus catering

All of the University’s catering services will resume in line with the start of semester one. Catered accommodation will also re-open in line with the start of student arrival for semester one.

Health and safety in catered accommodation

Covid-19 shielding

Shielding was paused by the Scottish Government on 1 August 2020.

If you received a Covid-19 shielding letter from the NHS you can now return to campus, with physical distancing and health and safety measures in place. However, you should discuss this with your school’s student support team or your personal tutor/supervisor. 

Further information on shielding can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Scottish Government shielding advice

Contact your school about shielding

You do not need to disclose medical information to your school. However, you must let them know that you have received Covid-19 shielding advice. They will explain what measures they have in place to support teaching and in-person interactions, such as meeting your personal tutor or supervisor.

We will do all that we can to implement any additional measures needed to protect your health, support a return to campus or look at alternatives to being on campus.

If it is not possible to implement the necessary adjustments, alternative options can be explored, such as: 

  • an interruption of study or deferment 

  • identifying alternatives to being on campus

  • help to move to a different course that supports digital learning  

Travelling to Scotland

If you are travelling from outside the UK, specific travel and self-isolation measures may also apply. Please ensure you check out the Scottish Government's website for the correct information.


Good Citizen Guide

Read our guidelines for how our community will stay safe, protect ourselves and each other during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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