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.


Our plans for Trimester 1

We are confident that the outlook for learning and teaching in the 2021/22 academic year is much better than the situation faced last year.

This is due to vaccinations and recent announcements from the Scottish Government on the easing of restrictions this summer. As a result, we are planning for more face-to-face teaching and opportunities for in-person learning.

We will be offering as much face-to-face on-campus teaching in Trimester 1 as possible. This will be guided by Scottish Government guidelines and the course the pandemic takes in Scotland.

We have agreed with the Scottish Government that our on-campus classes will take place with one-metre physical distancing in place. This is similar to the majority of Scottish universities. This means that our campuses will start to look more like they used to do, but there will still be some limitations to the numbers we can accommodate in classes at any one time.

We expect that all students will experience a mixture of online and in-person learning. For example, we plan to deliver lectures for more than 50 students online, whereas smaller group and practical work is mainly planned to be on campus.

We have had very helpful feedback from our students over the past year that has helped us to identify which aspects of blended learning (a mixture of face-to-face and online) have worked well and we are using this information along with the enhanced on-campus learning that we are able to offer in the coming year, to provide a varied and valuable teaching experience for all our students.

As is the case in all academic years , the quantity and frequency of on-campus activities will vary by subject, programme, and year group. Our programme teams will share specific details of this with you just as soon as information becomes available later in July. We are currently working to optimise our timetables and develop our learning spaces ahead of the new academic year.

The module Timetable will be available to continuing students from Monday 9 August, regardless of whether you have completed the re-matriculation process.

New students will be able to access the module timetable once they have successfully completed the matriculation process, which starts on Monday 16 August. Individual student timetables will start to become available for all students from Monday 30 August, with the exact date of availability dependent upon matriculation, module choice (where necessary) and completion of module enrolment.

In addition to increased face-to-face learning, our libraries, gym, and catering on campus will be open and more social events will be possible at our campuses as restrictions ease further.

We really appreciate the flexibility and patience of all our students during these difficult and challenging times, and we will continue to update you as further government guidance is released and our plans for 2021/22 develop.

We can’t wait to see more of you on campus, more often.

Read about how we're ensuring students are not academically disadvantaged by the pandemic Learn how to access PCs and bookable study spaces using Resource Booker Download our Covid-19 Student Health and Safety Guide (PDF)

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
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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.