The First Minister has announced a new suite of targeted restrictions in response to a surge in Coronavirus cases.
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.
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
- 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
Closed from 10pm 8 October until restrictions ease
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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.
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Opening times (takeaway):
Monday – Friday: 8am – 3pm
Follow the government guidelines that apply to all
Only socialise with their household
Book access to campus facilities and home deliveries online
Download the Protect Scotland app
Contact Student Support Services if they feel anxious
Visit the mobile testing centre in the East Car Park, if needed
Read the Scottish Government information listed above
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.
East Car Park
The mobile testing unit is between the Stirling Court Hotel and Innovation Park. The location is highlighted pink on this map.
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
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.
Professor Gerry McCormac
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
You can find out more information and advice on our Changes at Stirling for 2020 page. This includes information on:
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.
Get the latest information and advice from Scotlands health information and advice service.
Get the latest information on the Coronavirus situation in Scotland from the Scottish Government.
Get more Coronavirus information and the latest guidance and support from the UK Government.
Keep up to date with the latest news, briefings and campaigns on higher education and COVID-19.
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.