COVID-19: updates and information

COVID protection level in Stirling: Level 4 [gov.scot]

Updated: Friday 19 February 2021

To minimise the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, all of mainland Scotland is under tier 4 restrictions. All staff and students should continue to follow the latest public health and University guidance. This page will be updated regularly to reflect any changes in government guidance. Please check back often.

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Latest guidance on international travel and self-isolation (quarantine)

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of travel and quarantine requirements for international arrivals to the UK, some of the information on the University website may not reflect the latest official guidance. You should check the Scottish Government website for the most up to date information on travelling to Scotland including the requirements for managed isolation on arrival.

What to expect – restrictions summary

The current lockdown restrictions are designed to reduce the movement and interaction of people as much as possible. These heightened Tier 4 restrictions mean changes to study, work and campus facilities. We will update this guidance as/when the rules change. The current restriction implications are summarised by area below. 

Studying and working from home

  • Everyone who can work or study from home should do so.
  • Staff and students on the shielding list should not come to campus at all.
  • Clinically vulnerable people (who may not be on the shielding list) must complete a risk assessment before making an essential trip to campus.
  • Students can complete this semester fully online. (There are some formal exceptions outlined below).

Learning and teaching

  • Teaching and learning, for most undergraduate students, will remain fully online until 13 April 2021.
  • Postgraduate teaching will be online until at least the end of February, with a strong possibility this will continue into March.
  • There will be limited in-person teaching and essential placements for a small number of students, mostly on vocational courses. Students will be contacted directly about these arrangements. 
  • Timetables are subject to change because of the shifting restrictions. It's essential that students check their timetables regularly for any updates. 
  • Postgraduate research students can continue their research activity, where essential. Students should follow the COVID-19 protocols and guidance, for both laboratory and fieldwork. Building and laboratory access needs to be approved by your Dean.
  • The intention is to return to face-to-face teaching when it is permitted and is safe to do so.  

Travel to the University and returning to accommodation

  • Students who have not yet returned to term-time accommodation should remain in their current household until Government restrictions are eased, as far as is possible.
  • Students should only return to campus in exceptional circumstances: for critical attendance/placements or for serious wellbeing reasons. 
  • Students should not travel to Scotland until restrictions are lifted. International arrivals should be delayed if possible.
  • International students can return to their accommodation if their travel arrangements cannot be changed. 
  • From 18 January there are no longer any travel corridors. All international arrivals will need to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival, regardless of their country of origin or pre-departure test. 
  • Passengers travelling to Scotland from abroad will be required to have proof of a negative test taken a maximum of 72 hours before travel. This should be a PCR or another highly reliable test. This does not substitute or replace travel restrictions or the need to quarantine. Those coming from countries not on the quarantine exemption list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Find out more about testing for people travelling to Scotland.
  • Check with your airline or other passenger carrier about UK entry requirements and ensure you have all your paperwork before travelling.
  • Students who cannot travel back to their term-time accommodation will be entitled to an accommodation credit. Student tenants have been contacted directly with information about this. 

Facilities

  • Student accommodation remains open.
  • The Students’ Union services and Officers remain available for all students remotely. You can contact the Union at theunion@stir.ac.uk or visit their website.
  • The Library remains open, with restricted hours in place from Thursday (January 7): 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday; 10am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday. The click and collect service is in operation for print materials and study spaces must be booked online or via the University of Stirling app.
  • Some on-campus catering outlets are closed, others remain open for takeaway/delivery only. Due to new COVID regulations, we are unable to serve takeaway orders indoors.
  • Airthrey Park Medical Centre and Right Medicine Pharmacy are both open. 
  • Co-op in the Atrium remains open 8am – 10pm daily.
  • The Atrium study space is closed.
  • The Sports Centre remains closed.
  • The Students’ Union shop in the Atrium, as well as its online service, will remain closed until the situation allows them to reopen.

University staff

  • The Kindergarten will be open only for children of University staff classified as key workers.
  • Staff should work from home if possible. Buildings and offices are closed and can only be accessed by approval from your Dean/ Executive Director. 
  • Only essential research work may be undertaken in laboratories and other research facilities. 

Scottish Government Student FAQs

The Scottish Government has produced extra guidance to help students make sense of the current guidelines and the plan for returning to University. You can read the latest FAQS on the Student Information Scotland website

 

Changes to on-campus hospitality

The restrictions mean changes to hospitality provision on campus.

Opening hours
VenueDetails
Studio bar

Closed

Scran, the Atrium 

Due to new COVID regulations, we are unable to serve takeaway orders indoors. Please order via the app and we will bring your order to the collection point at your chosen time.

Collection Point
Atrium entrance doors at the Link Bridge.

Order and pay

Opening times

Monday – Friday: 08:00 - 22:00

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00

*please note from 5pm daily at Scran, orders for burgers and pizzas only. Our delivery service operates from 1700 – 2200 daily.

Refresh at Willow Court 

Due to new COVID regulations, we are unable to serve takeaway orders indoors. Please order via the app and we will bring your order to the collection point at your chosen time.

Collection Point

Patio doors at front of building

Order and pay 

Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 08:30 – 22:00

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 – 22:00

The Pod at Pathfoot

Closed

Nourish, The Sports Centre

Closed

Testing in Stirling

If you need a COVID-19 test, there are two centres you can visit. There's a mobile testing unit in the East Car Park on the University campus or a walk-through testing facility in Stirling City Centre.

If you're not sure what type of COVID-19 test you need, read our guide on choosing the right test

Mobile testing unit

The mobile testing unit (MTU) is located between the Innovation Park and Stirling Court Hotel. The unit offers walk-through and drive-through appointments from 10am - 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The MTU will also have appointments on three additional days. These are:

  • Monday 12 April
  • Thursday 15 April
  • Thursday 6 May

You can book your slot through the NHS COVID test referral portal. 

Mapi highlighting the car park between Stirling Court Hotel and Innovation Park

East Car Park

The mobile testing unit is between the Stirling Court Hotel and Innovation Park. The location is highlighted pink on this map.

Get directions to the mobile testing unit via Google Maps

City centre testing

A walk-through COVID-19 testing facility is open in Stirling City Centre, seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

The centre is in Forthside, adjacent to the Engine Shed and just over the bridge from the train and bus stations. It's open to University staff, students, and local residents who meet the criteria for a COVID-19 test.

More information about walk-through test centres and how to book a test is available via the NHS Inform website.

No symptoms testing

Some people with COVID-19 infection will have very few or no symptoms. Testing people with no symptoms can help protect family and friends. Please note the test centre is operating reduced hours until at least mid-February due to the delayed return to campus. 

Remember: you must not book a test, or turn up for a pre-booked test if you have symptoms. You must go to the walk-in test centre at the East Car Park. 

Latest updates

Other resources

Remember to check the NHS, Scottish and UK Government pages. They will contain the most up-to-date information and advice on the COVID-19 situation and what to do if you are affected by it. 

 

NHS Inform

Get the latest information and advice from Scotlands health information and advice service. 

Find out more on NHS inform 

GOV.SCOT

Get the latest information on the Coronavirus situation in Scotland from the Scottish Government.

Find out more from GOV.SCOT

GOV.UK

Get more Coronavirus information and the latest guidance and support from the UK Government. 

Find out more from GOV.UK

Universities Scotland

Keep up to date with the latest news, briefings and campaigns on higher education and COVID-19.

Find out more from Universities Scotland

Togetherall

As well as our own extensive Student Support Services, the University offers access to support through Togetherall. Togetherall is a digital mental health support service which is available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained guides monitor the community to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members. ​

​In addition to Togetherall’s online community, there are a wealth of useful resources you can work through, including tailored self-help courses on anxiety, sleep, depression and many more.​

This service is available to all students and staff. Find out more about Togetherall.