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.”
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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.
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.
Yesterday in Parliament, the First Minister outlined new guidance and additional protective measures to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant.
As the end of semester approaches, many of you will be making plans to travel and spend time with loved ones. Here's some key information to help you to prepare for the winter break.
In planning for the spring semester, our approach has been informed by sector-wide discussions with Scottish Government and public health professionals, and by what is happening across other Scottish universities. We therefore plan to deliver an increase in face-to-face teaching, based on feedback and the progress made this semester.
Student life on the University of Stirling campus will be much closer to normal this autumn — with the majority of undergraduate students beginning semester on Monday 13 September and postgraduate students on Monday 27 September.
We have now received approval to support isolating students from red list countries, who arrive into Glasgow or Edinburgh International Airports, in our own university accommodation.
We're really looking forward to welcoming you to campus in the coming weeks. For many of you, vaccination, travel and quarantine arrangements will be part of your planning and we’re here to guide and support you to stay safe.
The First Minister has confirmed that there will be further easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland from Monday 19 July.
Message from the University Secretary: ‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre on campus
COVID-19: ‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre on campus
A new COVID-19: ‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre will be available on campus from 30 November in the Pathfoot Building. The free tests are specifically for students who aren’t displaying any symptoms (asymptomatic) but who could nonetheless be carrying Coronavirus. It is important that you do not attend the test centre if you have symptoms or have a current positive test.
By getting tested you will be able to plan with confidence for your safe travel home for the winter break – bringing peace of mind to you and your loved ones that you aren’t infectious and don’t pose a risk of spreading the virus to family or friends.
Part of a UK-wide initiative in partnership with UK Government and NHS Scotland the tests (you are required to take two) will be conducted using Lateral Flow Devices, with results being sent directly to you within 60 minutes of being tested.
Students living in university-managed accommodation as well as in private accommodation can get tested.
Book your tests
The test centre, accessed via the back entrance of the Pathfoot Building, will be open Monday-Friday (9.00 am – 5.00 pm) from 30 November to 8 December. Students should take two free tests – spaced three days apart—and it is recommended that your second test date is as close to your planned travel home date as possible. Should your first test be positive you should immediately self-isolate for 10 days in line with self-isolation guidance and should not attend for your second test.
The testing window, up to 8 December, ensures that should anyone test positive and be required to isolate, they will still be able to get home in good time for Christmas.
To book a time slot for your quick, safe, self-administered test please visit the Eventbrite booking page. Please bring your mobile phone to your appointment – this is necessary to complete the NHS registration process. To find out more information about the test please visit our no symptoms testing page.
Whilst voluntary, I would strongly encourage you to take up this opportunity to undertake testing before travelling, to enable you to make an informed decision about getting home safely for the holidays and to avoid the unnecessary risk of spreading the virus to family and friends.
University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
COVID-19 Response Lead