Our priority is the health, safety and well-being of students and staff. That means life on campus will look a little bit different this year. We need to make some changes to the usual on-campus experience to comply with government regulations on social distancing and to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Getting around safely
We want you to enjoy the full student experience at Stirling – but we have to make sure you are safe and well. We are implementing new health and safety measures on campus to minimise the risk of transmission.
Health, hygiene and safety measures
We'll adhere to all Scottish Government guidelines as a minimum. On campus this means:
- There will be new signage, dedicated entrances and exits, and a pedestrian traffic management system across campus.
- There will be temperature checks at main building entrances.
- We'll be cleaning more throughout our buildings to make sure all study, teaching and social spaces are as safe as possible. We will clean and disinfect to government-advised standards.
- In line with Scottish Government guidance, we recommend face coverings in enclosed spaces, as these may help prevent transmission.
- We will provide additional hand sanitising stations and cleaning materials throughout campus.
- Sanitising wipes will be available for safer use of electronic equipment.
If you develop Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
If you develop Coronavirus symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolate. Most people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you can't smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
What you need to do next
If you develop any one of these symptoms you must:
- return to your residence – on campus or otherwise
- self-isolate for 14 days
- arrange a test within 5 days
- let your line manager or faculty administrator know about your situation
If you test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
If you test positive or if you are identified by the contact tracing service, you need to self-isolate at home. Students living in university accommodation will be supported to self-isolate with food and or medical supplies necessary. You will need to cover the costs of your food and medicine.
Test and protect
Scotland has an NHS test and protect service. This is the government test, trace, isolate and support strategy. This aims to prevent transmission in the community by:
- testing to identify Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases
- tracing people who have come into contact with positive cases
- supporting close contacts to self-isolate so they are less likely to transmit the disease
You must get a test within the first five days of developing symptoms. There are local test centres throughout the country. You can also order a home test kit if you are self-isolating.
Access to health care
Healthcare is available through the National Health Service (NHS Scotland). If you're new to the area, you will need to register with a general practitioner (GP). There is a medical centre on campus, or you can find your own local doctor.