COVID-19: updates and information

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

Updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021

All of mainland Scotland is currently under level 4 restrictions. All staff and students should continue to follow the latest public health and University guidance.

The First Minister confirmed that all parts of Scotland will move to Level 3 from Monday 26 April. The remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted and travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose. See the Scottish Government website for further details and the timetable for further easing of restrictions. The First Minister said the aim was for the whole of Scotland to move to Level 2 on 17 May.

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.

The Scottish Government anticipates that the easing of restrictions to allow the full opening up of international travel will not be achievable before 17 May 2021 and, depending on the global transmission rate of COVID-19 at that time, might take longer.    

If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on travelling to Scotland including a requirement for managed isolation on arrival in a quarantine hotel. If you are travelling from overseas into another part of the UK, there is a requirement for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel if you are travelling from a country on the UK Government red list – please check the UK government website.

What to expect – restrictions summary

The current restrictions are designed to reduce the movement and interaction of people as much as possible. These mean changes to study, work and campus facilities. We will update this guidance as/when the rules change.

The tabs below contain area-specific restriction information.

  • Everyone who can work or study from home should do so.
  • Staff and students on the shielding list should not come to campus.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Teaching and learning, for most undergraduate students, will remain fully online until 13 April 2021. For most postgraduate taught students it will remain fully online until 16 April 2021, when classes are scheduled to finish ahead of the exam period.
  • 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. The Scottish Government anticipate that from mid-May universities will be able to carry out more in-person teaching and, as details and official guidance on this becomes available, we will get back in touch about what this means for specific courses. 

  • From 26 April, travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose
  • 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. If, by exception, any student meets the criteria for essential travel (please refer to the  Government’s website) you should inform the University of your plans by emailing accommodation@stir.ac.uk and book a free no-symptoms test via the website.
  • Students should only return to campus in exceptional circumstances: for critical attendance/placements or for serious wellbeing reasons. 
  • International arrivals should be delayed if possible.
  • International students can return to their accommodation if their travel arrangements cannot be changed.
  • If you are travelling directly from overseas to Scotland you must check the Scottish Government website for the most up-to-date information on travelling to Scotland including a requirement for managed isolation on arrival in a quarantine hotel.
  • If you are travelling from overseas into another part of the UK, there is a requirement for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel if you are travelling from a country on the UK Government red list – please check the UK government website.
  • 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.

  • 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 Union Shop in the Atrium will re-open from Monday 26 April and will be open Monday to Friday 12noon-3pm. The Union online shop is also open. Students can also order their free period products on the Student's Union website.
  • The library will extend its opening hours from 7 April to 8am-8pm, Mon-Fri; Sat and Sun opening times remain 10am-5pm. A click-and-collect service for hard-copy materials remains in place and study spaces must be booked in advance.
  • Catering outlets – Scran and Refresh remain open for takeaway/delivery only. From Monday 26 April Scran, Refresh and Nourish will resume take away collection indoors and operate a sit-in service. See the opening times and more details.
  • 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 University’s Sports Centre and pool will reopen for individual activity on 26 April – details will be updated on the website in due course. You can continue to stay active and involved with our varied programme of online classes.

  • 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.

The restrictions mean changes to hospitality provision on campus.

Opening hours
VenueDetails
Studio bar

Closed

Scran, the Atrium 

Open for takeaway orders. Please order via the app and we will bring your order at your chosen time to the outdoor collection point at the 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.

Arrangements from Monday 26 April

An indoor click-and-collect service and sit-in catering will resume. 

Opening times
Monday - Friday: 08:00 – 21:00

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 21:00

Delivery service will operate daily from 17:00 - 21:00

Refresh at Willow Court 

Open for takeaway orders. Please order via the app and we will bring your order at your chosen time to the outdoor collection point at the patio doors at front of building. Order and pay.

Opening hours
Monday - Friday: 08:30 – 22:00

Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 – 22:00

Arrangements from Monday 26 April

An indoor click-and-collect service and sit-in catering will resume. 

Opening times
Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 20:00

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 - 20:00

The Pod at Pathfoot

Closed

Nourish, The Sports Centre

From Monday 26 April an indoor click-and-collect service and sit-in catering will be available.

Opening times
Monday - Sunday: 07:00 – 18:00

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 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.