Latest information and guidance on Covid-19

Your health, safety and wellbeing is our number one priority and we've made some changes to our campuses to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. The University is continually monitoring the situation and following advice provided by Health Protection Scotland. We are in regular contact with Health Protection Scotland and will continue to follow and act in accordance with their advice.

On this page you'll find the latest rules and guidelines related to Covid-19. Please take the time to read them carefully to make sure you stay informed and up to date on the latest guidance and restrictions.


Important information for Trimester 2

If you are joining the Edinburgh Napier community for the first time or are returning to study, we want to help you understand our plans for your education and experience going forward.

The Scottish Government issued an update regarding Covid-19 and from Monday 17 May the majority of Scotland (including Edinburgh) will be entering Level 2 restrictions. You can read the full details of what Level 2 restrictions are on the Scottish Government website.

If you have timetabled classes and assessments in Trimester 3, these will not change as a result of the change to Level 2 restrictions.

Please remember that our campuses remain open and you can access PCs and bookable study spaces using Resource Booker. Read about reserving PCs and bookable spaces on My Napier.

Here are the main features of Level 2 restrictions:

  • The vast majority of teaching and learning will continue to take place online, with the exception of a few essential in-person classes, including specific practical activities and workshops. Only a very small number of courses will have some elements of in-person teaching on campus. You can view these courses here on our Essential Teaching page.
  • Your timetable for Trimester 3 will not change. Assessments and reassessments will continue to take place online.
  • If you are moving in or out of term-time accommodation, please arrange for a Covid-19 test before you travel. This is to protect those around you while you make your journey. Once you have completed your journey, you will also be able to have a lateral flow test. You can find out more information about testing on our Covid-19 Testing page.
  • Our campuses are open for essential in-person teaching taking place and our research activities. The campuses are also open to provide bookable study spaces for students who cannot access suitable study space, internet, or technical equipment such as computers and laptops. Our libraries will operate a limited service which will include a click and collect book service.
  • Postgraduate Research students can access on-campus facilities where these are essential to progress research. These students are permitted to return to Edinburgh to undertake this work.
  • All exams for the 2020-21 academic year will be held online.
  • We have contacted our students living in our Student Accommodation to explain our new plans for leases and respond to concerns.

We have extensive experience of delivering education online and we are working hard to finalise the details of how every course will run so that all quality programme outcomes are met. Read about how we are ensuring that our students are not academically disadvantaged by the pandemic on My Napier.

This situation is fluid and we will be working to add in more on-campus activities to complement online learning when Scottish Government guidance allows us to do so. We will update you with any further changes as soon as possible. Please continue to read our emails and follow our social media channels for updates.

Click here for Covid-19 Return to Campus Life Student Health & Safety guidance.

Covid-19 FAQs

We understand there's a lot of information and guidance regarding Covid-19, and you may be finding it difficult to find the answers you're looking for. To make things easier for you, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions for various areas across the University to help you find the information you need.

Read our Covid-19 FAQs

Covid-19 Testing

We are doing everything we can to make our campuses and communities safe and Covid-19 free.

We need your help for this and being tested is an important step. There are two different tests available which you should have depending on your circumstances.

Find out about getting a Covid-19 test
Students with masks sitting socially distanced on bench outside Craiglockhart campus

Protect Scotland app

We encourage students to download the free Protect Scotland app to help protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus.

Find out more about the app on the Protect Scotland website.