The University takes its responsibility towards the health of its students and staff very seriously and in 2003 the Board of Governors approved the University’s smoking policy.

These requirements were added to by The Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Prohibition of Smoking in Certain Premises (Scotland) Regulations 2006 which came into force on 26 March 2006.

As a result smoking is banned:

  • In all University buildings
  • In all University vehicles
  • Within specified areas around the entrances of its buildings


Smoking in wholly or substantially confined spaces including work vehicles is illegal and can result in fixed penalties, fines and prosecution for both the smoker and the University. Therefore, breaches of the University’s Smoking Policy will be treated very seriously. Should you see anyone in breach of the policy you may report this using a Smoking Complaint Form available at all building receptions.

The University recognises the rights of all staff and students to work in a smoke free environment. However, it also recognises the rights of individuals who choose to smoke. Designated smoking shelters will be provided on all sites for your comfort and convenience and all staff and students who wish to smoke are encouraged to use these facilities.

The links below show the areas around each of the buildings where smoking is prohibited and how these areas are delineated with the use of coloured slabs or granite setts (blocks).

Please note that for Schoolhill and St Andrew St, the non smoking areas are clearly marked with signs and no smoking is permitted within 5 metres of any of the entrances.

How to make a complaint

If you identify someone smoking in a designated no smoking zone and wish to make a complaint please use the form below. Once completed the form should be sent to Ian Webster, Estates Services Manager at Garthdee Campus who will action further.

Smoking Complaint Form

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