Find out the latest guidance and information about the impact of COVID-19 on the University.

COVID-19: Advice for Staff, Students and Community
Healthy and Safety

COVID-19

Health and Safety

Health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health and safety is the paramount consideration as COVID-19 restrictions ease. The University will continue to review and adapt all advice for students in line with the latest government guidance. Our campus environment has been adapted, with measures in place, and your experience on-site will continue to be different to a normal year. The changes are essential to protect the whole campus community.

What are the ‘golden RULES’?

The golden rules are in place to ensure that your experience at the university is as safe, authentic, and enjoyable as possible. These rules are based on current public health information and must be followed by everyone who visits the campus:

  • Social distancing signage must be adhered to and separation maintained.
  • Face coverings must be worn indoors (eating, drinking, exercising, presenting, and office seating exempt).
  • Coughs and sneezes must be covered with a tissue and the tissue bagged and binned.
  • Hands must be washed regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds to reduce transmission.
  • If displaying symptoms, you must self-isolate, inform your line manager or course lead, and contact NHS Inform.
  • RGU encourages full vaccination and twice weekly testing.

You can find information on twice weekly testing on our asymptomatic testing pages:

DO I NEED TO SIGN INTO BUILDINGS ON CAMPUS?

We have an online sign in procedure in operation for Test & Protect which you must use to sign in and out of all buildings. The RGU Test & Protect Check-In web app is fast, secure, and easy-to-use. You can access it from any internet-connected device. Remember to check out as you leave:

What should I do if I see someone not following the rules?

We must all respect and adhere to the rules on campus. It is equally as important to follow Government guidance when off campus. We have a duty of care to look after our own well-being and that of others.

The Golden Rules are being communicated and reinforced among all staff and students and these measures are in place to protect the health and safety of our community. However, Scottish Government guidelines provide exemptions to some groups of people who are not required to wear a face covering. Such individuals do not need to prove their exemptions and we ask people to be aware of the exemptions and treat each other with kindness. Individuals who are exempt can purchase an exemption lanyard from Student Life.

What should I do if I develop symptoms?

Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19—a new, continuous cough; fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste—should isolate straight away and arrange a test via NHS Inform or, if you can’t get online, call 0800 028 2816. In the event of a suspected COVID-19 infection on campus, also call extension 2088 to report the suspected case.

People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away.

If the test result for the symptomatic person is negative, and they are not already isolating as a ‘close contact’ of a confirmed case, they can end isolation and return to work or school when they are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours. The rest of their household can end isolation straight away.

If the test is positive, the symptomatic person should remain in isolation until 10 days from symptom onset, or longer if certain symptoms persist. The rest of the household should self-isolate and book a PCR test. If they are a partially or non-vaccinated adult, they will be asked to self-isolate for 10 days—whether or not they have symptoms. If they are a fully-vaccinated adult—provided they return a negative PCR test result and remain asymptomatic—they may end self-isolation as a close contact.

Fully vaccinated means having received both vaccine doses, with at least two weeks passing since the second dose. If they are younger than 18 years and 4 months or medically unable to get vaccinated—provided they return a negative PCR test result and remain asymptomatic—they may end self-isolation as a close contact.

Guidance on how to self-isolate effectively should be followed. Everyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be put in touch with the local contact tracing team so that other close contacts can be identified. These close contacts will also be asked to self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset in the symptomatic person.

WHAT CLEANING MEASURES ARE IN PLACE ON CAMPUS?

University Estates staff are working to a new cleaning specification in response to the COVID-19 situation. This specification has an increased focus on common touchpoints such as handrails, tabletops, door handles and lift controls. Virucidal cleaning products have been introduced to reduce the risk of transmission from surface contact.

This cleaning approach will be most effective where campus users frequently wash hands and wear face coverings. Students and staff will have access to materials to enable the cleaning of shared desks, tabletops, etc. between users. Please use these upon arrival and departure.

In the event of a suspected COVID-19 infection on campus, intense cleans of relevant areas will be performed to reduce risk. This may be coupled with a period of isolating the space to allow for natural decay of the virus. Call extension 2088 to report a suspected COVID-19 case.

What will my on-campus study experience look like?

Lecture and seminar rooms and other teaching facilities such as laboratories will be subject to restrictions to maintain social distancing at all times. Please adhere to signage and guidance from teaching or support staff.

Due to 1m social distancing and building capacity, study space on campus will be reduced.

Lifts will remain available for disabled users and essential purposes. However, access will be restricted to single occupants. Please use the stairs if capable of doing so to ensure lifts are free for those who require them.

Find out more: 

WHAT WILL MY EXPERIENCE be LIKE in UNIVERSITY ACCOMMODATION?

We will continue to place huge importance on the wellbeing of our students and staff. We have provided advice and addressed the most common queries in regards to accommodation on our Student Accommodation pages. However, government guidance is frequently updated.

Read more about the Scottish Government advice:

What steps would the University take if there was another peak of COVID-19?

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our number one priority. We regularly monitor government and public health guidance and have planned for a number of different scenarios which will allow us to respond swiftly to change in circumstance and safeguard the health and safety of staff and students. The university’s significant experience in digital learning will ensure that students will always be able to access a high-quality learning experience.

Will international students be eligible for vaccinations?

It is essential when you are living in Scotland that you consider your vaccination needs.

We appreciate that our International Students are coming from all over the world to study in Scotland and recognise that your home country may or may not have a mature COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. In light of this, RGU is working with NHS Grampian to deliver a vaccination clinic for our international students, which will be situated on campus in the Sir Ian Wood Building, from Monday, September 20.

To determine whether you are eligible and/or recommended to be vaccinated, please complete the NHS Grampian Student Vaccination Referral Form. The purpose of this form is to enable NHS Grampian to collate data on COVID-19 vaccination status and to enable COVID-19 student vaccination planning. This data will be held by NHS Grampian for the purposes of COVID-19 vaccination delivery and held securely for a period of one year. If you are eligible/recommended, then a member of staff from the NHS will be in touch with you to set up the appointment(s) and will be able to answer any questions you might have.

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