COVID-19: updates and information

Updated: 19 January 2022

Scotland has moved out of the Scottish Government's COVID-19 (Coronavirus) levels system, but important protective measures remain in place – find out more on the Scottish Government website. All staff and students should continue to follow the latest public health and University guidance.

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

If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on international travelas advice on travelling to the UK may be subject to change. 

Find out more about self-isolation (quarantine) information for international arrivals.

 

Latest updates

19 January: Message from the University Secretary: COVID 19-update

The First Minister informed Parliament yesterday (18 January) that the COVID-19 restrictions imposed in Scotland before Christmas will be lifted on 24 January. This follows data showing a reduction in infection in the community. The First Minister stated that while pressures remain on the health service, “the latest data gives us confidence that we have turned the corner on the Omicron wave.”

13 January: Message from the University Secretary – spring semester

In Parliament earlier this week, the First Minister updated that while the situation for the NHS remains challenging, there is reason to be optimistic – given protective measures, behavioural change and vaccination has mitigated, to some extent, the spread of Omicron. She confirmed that some restrictions will begin to be eased from Monday 17 January.

21 December: Message from the University Secretary – additional COVID-19 restrictions

Our on-campus operations over the Christmas break remain largely unaffected by today’s statement. In light of the First Minister’s comments, we would ask that for the next three weeks, you use the Stirling app to order and pay for all food and drink orders at campus outlets and respect 1m distancing between groups – with groups encompassing a maximum of three households.

More information and updates

Taking a COVID-19 test before coming to university 

The Scottish Government is encouraging students starting or returning to university in Scotland to make sure they have tested negative for COVID-19 before forming a new student household in university or private accommodation by using free Lateral Flow Device self-test kits. Taking a COVID-19 test before coming to university.

Visas

The UK Government has indicated that international students who hold a student visa to study here and are unable to return to the UK because of COVID-19 related travel restrictions can continue learning remotely from overseas until 6 April 2022. Find out more about Visas and COVID-19.

Changes at Stirling

See details about how you'll be taught next semester, campus facilities, induction information and more on our Changes at Stirling webpages.

COVID-19 testing and vaccination

An on-campus vaccination centre is now in operation, allowing students, University staff and members of the public to receive their COVID-19 vaccine.

Find out more

COVID-19 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 car park beside Airthrey Park Medical Centre on the University campus, or a walk-through testing facility in Stirling City Centre.

Find out more about COVID-19 testing in Stirling

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 Scotland's 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.