Face coverings at Stirling

Physical distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene, including wearing face coverings, are the most important and effective things we can all do to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In keeping with Scottish Government guidance, the University is making it mandatory to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where physical distancing is not possible unless an exemption applies. We are asking everyone to commit to the Stirling Campus Pledge which includes wearing a face covering. 

Please note: a limited number of face masks will be available in buildings. We encourage our community to bring their own face coverings. For more information on face coverings please go to the Scottish Government website. You can also see specific guidance on how to wear face coverings and how to make your own.

Mandatory face coverings in enclosed spaces

Face coverings should be worn in:

  • teaching and learning spaces (required if Stirling is in Level 3 or 4 of the Scottish Government COVID protection levels)
  • Macrobert Arts Centre
  • library and on-campus retail outlets
  • on entering student flats and room
  • prayer rooms
  • corridors
  • toilets
  • when receiving first aid (where and when possible)
  • at fire assembly points (where two metre distancing cannot be achieved)
  • in any other specific areas indicated by signage

Face coverings should also be worn in all catering outlets (both sit-in and take-away outlets) where there is no table service.


The following Scottish Government exemptions apply to face coverings:

  • If you have a health condition or you are disabled, including hidden disabilities, and a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause difficulty, pain or severe distress or anxiety to the wearer, or because you cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently
  • When you need to eat or drink
  • When you are taking medication
  • When you are communicating with someone else who relies on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate

In common with Scottish Government’s guidelines, we ask all members of our University community to be aware of the exemptions and to treat each other with kindness.

We will continue to keep this guidance under ongoing review in line with government guidance.