COVID-19: updates and information

Current COVID protection level in Stirling: level 4

Updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020


To minimise the second wave of COVID-19 Scotland has entered into a tier system. This is based on the current threat level in each local authority. These restrictions are in addition to nationwide restrictions announced by the Scottish Government in September.

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Students should

Students should not

  • Host or attend house parties

  • Meet anyone who is not in your household indoors in your home or in their home

  • Meet with more than one other household outdoors and only in a group of up to six people

  • Play team sports

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

  • Travel home until the end of the three week Level 4 restrictions period

Restrictions summary

Scotland currently has a system of COVID protection levels with varying protections and restrictions. The Stirling local authority area will move to Level 4 restrictions from 6pm, Friday 20 November, until Friday 11 December.

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:

What to expect

  • The University remains open to students and staff.
  • Student accommodation remains open.
  • Students are asked to remain at their term-time address and not to travel home until the end of the three week restrictions period.
  • You are allowed to travel to the University for work and study. Avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary.
  • The vast majority of learning and teaching will be delivered online for the next three weeks.
  • The study zones in the library and Atrium are open, with a booking service in place.
  • The library will continue to offer a click-and-collect service for hard-copy materials; the vast majority of resources are also available digitally.
  • The pharmacy and Co-op will operate normal opening hours.
  • Student Support Services remain available to all students.
  • Scran, Refresh and The Pod at Pathfoot will be open for takeaways only. Take away food must be consumed either outside, or in your student accommodation.
  • The Sports Centre will be closed for three weeks. Extra online fitness classes are available.
  • The Students' Union services remain available remotely. The Union Shop in the Atrium will close for three weeks.
  • The Macrobert Arts Centre is temporarily closed.
  • Existing restrictions on visiting other households remain.

Study Zone - revised opening access hours

The University is continuing to take important steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and from 16 November is revising the opening access hours for the Study Zone, located in the Atrium. Access is now permitted 9am-5pm on weekdays, and 10am-5pm on weekends. Ongoing deep cleaning is taking place within the space.

In addition, food and drink is no longer permitted in the Study Zone and the wearing of face coverings is compulsory.

In the wider University environment, please continue to follow the latest public health and University guidance: Wear face coverings, avoid crowded places, clean your hands regularly, maintain two-metre social distancing and self-isolate, and book a test if you have symptoms.

Going home for the winter break

We know many students are keen to return home for the Christmas holidays. The Scottish Government has announced plans for helping students to return safely, through a programmed of testing, staggered departures and additional support. A new programme of 'no symptoms' testing will run from 30 November to 9 December. Find out how to get an on-campus no symptoms test for changing households at Christmas. 

Students who wish to return home are also encouraged to voluntarily reduce socialising for two weeks before they leave. This is particularly important for households with vulnerable family members. 


Changes to on-campus hospitality

The new restrictions mean changes to hospitality provision on campus.

In line with Level 4 restrictions, take away food must be consumed either outside, or in your student accommodation. Eating inside at our food outlets is not permitted. Thank you for your understanding in this matter and we are sorry for any inconvenience.

Measures for the duration of the heightened restrictions
Studio bar

In line with Level 4 restrictions, the bar remains closed 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 (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




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.

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. We're offering lateral flow 'no symptoms' tests to students planning to change their household over the holidays.

Note: 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 


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.