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Message from the University Secretary - Impact of Level 4 restrictions

Dear Students and Colleagues

Under the Scottish Government’s latest COVID-19 guidance, the Stirling Council area will move into Level 4 restrictions from 6pm today, Friday 20 November, until Friday 11 December.

The University will remain open to students and staff during this time; however, the new restrictions will impact certain aspects of campus activity, the delivery of some teaching as well as research laboratory work– details are outlined below.  

Travel

Under the Level 4 restrictions students are asked to remain at their term-time address and not to travel home until the end of the three week restrictions period.  Travel back to a family home is permitted only in exceptional circumstances as outlined in the Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance

While travel restrictions have been introduced, there are some formal exemptions for educational and work purposes. Students are permitted to commute to and from the University, to access the library and study spaces, attend classes where in-person teaching is deemed critical, and complete student placements categorised as critical.  Staff are also able to commute to campus for work where they are unable to carry out their substantive roles at home.

Teaching and learning

The vast majority of learning and teaching will be delivered online for the next three weeks with some limited exceptions for critical and time-sensitive learning, assessments and work placements that cannot be postponed or delivered remotely. Faculties will be in touch directly with students via Canvas to confirm any changes to scheduled on-campus teaching or placement delivery.   

Research

Faculties are reviewing all current laboratory-based work against the emerging guidance on ‘essential work’ and will be in touch with researchers in due course. Research fieldwork is also being reviewed to establish whether it can continue in accordance with the restrictions in place.  The Institute for Advanced Studies will provide information to postgraduate research students once further guidance has been received – hopefully early next week.

Campus services between 20 November and 11 December

  • Student accommodation remains open.
  • The library will continue to offer a click-and-collect service for hard-copy materials; the vast majority of resources are also available digitally. Opening hours and further details are available on the library webpages.
  • The study zones in the library and Atrium will remain open, with a booking service in place for both spaces.
  • The pharmacy and Co-op will continue to operate normal opening hours.
  • Student Support Services will continue to be available online, with face-to-face support arranged by appointment. Email the team, phone 01786 466022, or live chat via the Portal.
  • Scran, Refresh and The Pod at Pathfoot will be open for takeaways only. Opening hours are available here. Please note, The Pod closes on Friday 4 December for the winter break. Nourish is temporarily closed.
  • The Sports Centre will be closed for three weeks, however, the provision of online fitness classes will increase. For more information visit the Sport webpages.
  • The Students' Union services remain available remotely. The Union Shop in the Atrium will close for three weeks, please visit the Students’ Union website.

Wellbeing and support

Please remember we have a range of support services for students and staff. Students can contact our Student Support Services team, and also access the anonymous online wellbeing platform togetherall. Colleagues are able to use togetherall and the University’s Employee Assistance Programme, which is available 24/7.

If you have any questions or concerns around how the new restrictions may impact your studies or work, please contact your programme director or line manager in the first instance.

Please continue to follow the Scottish Government’s general public health advice and guidance, look after one another and stay safe.

Eileen Schofield

University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer

COVID Response Lead

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