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 which will affect how your courses are delivered. You can read the full details of the statement on the Scottish Government website. This announcement has meant that we have had to change our plans for delivering education for Trimester 2.

Here are the main changes:

  • The vast majority of teaching and learning in Trimester 2 will 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 timetables have been updated and are now available. For more information, visit our My Timetable page.
  • Please do not return to your term-time address if you have not yet done so. This is contrary to the advice we previously issued, but the guidance we are now receiving from the Scottish Government has meant that this must now change. Only return if you have essential face-to-face teaching or if you face issues such as mental health concerns or parental estrangement.
  • If you are based outside the UK and you do not have any essential face-to-face teaching, you should start your studies online in your home country. If you have already booked your travel, you should consider first whether this can be re-arranged. If you cannot re-arrange your travel due to the cost being prohibitive, then you can continue to travel to Edinburgh. However, you should be aware of the lockdown restrictions now in force here. From Monday 15 February, all international arrivals to Scotland will be required to book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels to help protect against the transmission of Coronavirus (Covid-19). There is also a requirement to take two Covid-19 tests during your quarantine in addition to the test taken pre-departure. Full details are available on our Travel FAQs page.
  • Our campuses will remain open in a limited capacity to support the essential in-person teaching taking place and our research activities. We will also open 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 know that these changes are different from what was communicated previously, but we are adapting to Scottish Government guidance and sharing these changes as quickly as possible.

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.

We are planning to resume more in-person teaching and learning in Trimester 3, particularly for our Postgraduate Masters students. This will be dependent on Scottish Government guidance.

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 pleased to be offering Covid-19 tests to students for the start of Trimester 2.

These tests are aimed at new and returning students who will be living at a term time address that is different from where they spent the festive break.

We've got all the information you need to know about how to get tested, what it involves and what you should do when you get your results.

Find out more about getting tested
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.