COVID-19: updates and information

Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2020


As the UK COVID-19 threat level has increased, new measures are being taken to minimise virus spread. This page contains guidance on the new restrictions, a message from the Principal, a mobile testing unit map and other helpful resources.

This page will be updated regularly. There is a Google translate button to assist those who would prefer to read this content in another language. 


On Wednesday 7 October, the First Minister announced a new suite of targeted temporary restrictions, with extra measures for five central belt areas. These have been implemented to slow the spread of the virus following a recent increase in cases and come into effect from Friday 9 October 2020.

Existing restrictions

The restrictions announced are in addition to the Scottish Government measures implemented on Sunday 27 September. These imposed nationwide restrictions on visiting inside other households and guidance for students on visits home.

Read the Scottish Government guidance on:

Latest updates

What to expect

  • Access to your studies, the University library and other on-campus services remain unchanged
  • You are allowed to travel to the University for work and study 
  • In the five areas with extra restrictions, you should avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary
  • The Studio bar in the Students' Union will be closed from 10pm 8 October for the duration of the extra restrictions
  • The gym is only open to individuals – all fitness classes are suspended 
  • Extra online fitness classes will be available soon
  • Comprehensive support remains available to all students
  • Existing restrictions on visiting other households remain


The new restrictions mean that there will be changes to hospitality provision on campus. Please see the table below for details


Measures for the duration of the heightened restrictions
Studio bar

Closed from 10pm 8 October until restrictions ease

Scran, the Atrium 

Opening times (takeaway and delivery):

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 10pm

Free delivery on campus: 5pm – 10pm every day

Refresh at Willow Court 

Opening times (sit in and takeaway):

Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 10pm

Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm

*Please note alcohol is not available and, after 6pm, Refresh is only open to student residents. After this time, student identification will be required before service is provided.

The Pod at Pathfoot

Opening times (takeaway):

Monday – Friday: 8am – 3pm




Students should

Students should not

  • Host or attend house parties

  • Meet with people outside of their household

  • Play team sports

  • Use public transport unless it is necessary for work or study

Testing in Stirling

If you require a COVID-19 test then you have two centres which you can visit. There's a mobile testing unit in the East Car Park on the University campus and a walk-through testing facility in Stirling City Centre.

Mobile testing unit location

A new mobile testing unit opened on campus on Wednesday 30 September in the East Car Park. This is located between the Innovation Park and Stirling Court Hotel. The unit offers walk-in and drive-through appointments from 10 am – 5 pm every day.


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.

Message from the Principal – new mobile testing unit on campus

Wednesday 30 September 2020

Dear Students

A new mobile COVID-19 testing unit has arrived on campus, providing rapid access to testing for students, staff and members of the public.

Located in the East Car Park (across from the bus hub) from today (30 September), anyone experiencing symptoms of coronavirus can book a test at the mobile centre via the NHS Inform website. Test results will be available within 48 hours.

The unit is operated by the Scottish Ambulance Service and we have been working closely with them, the local authority and NHS, to get this mobile service up and running. The facility will provide improved access for walk-in and drive through appointments and will be operational 10 am to 5 pm.

The unit plays an important role in NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect programme which is controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the community. It is specifically to provide testing for symptomatic cases; those people experiencing a high temperature or fever, new continuous cough or loss of or change in sense of smell or taste. It will ensure that testing is as accessible as possible for everyone and will help the University to continue to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Please continue to check this webpage, which we are updating regularly with the latest information relating to COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued efforts to make sure our campus remains a safe environment for everyone.

Best wishes,

Professor Gerry McCormac
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Principal Gerry McCormac

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 


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

Find out more from GOV.SCOT


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


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.