Be ready this semester


Getting Ready for 2021/22

We are getting ready for academic year 2021/22 and over the next few months we will be in regular contact about the arrangements in place to meet different COVID restrictions across our global campus network. Please do look out for our emails between now and September to keep you updated of our plans on each campus.

We have learnt a lot over the past year which is helping shape our plan for the next academic year and we are hoping to welcome you onto campus for more on-campus / in person activities.

As a global University we are very aware that COVID restrictions have, and will continue to, affect our student community and our campuses in different ways, often at short notice, as governments around the world lift or impose restrictions.

We are expecting to continue to live within changing levels of restrictions and are planning what we can do to support you with your studies whilst keeping the health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff, visitors and the wider community our top priority. We will keep you informed of our plans and of course inform you as soon as possible should anything have to change.

What we know already:

  • We will follow our published calendar for academic year 2021/22,
  • Teaching week 1 begins on Sunday 12 September 2021 in Dubai and Monday 13 September in Scotland and Malaysia.
  • Induction and return to campus sessions will run in the weeks prior to week 1 of teaching and will be locally arranged by campus and subject areas. It will take place in a mix of online and on campus offerings, with social and community-building in-person activities where appropriate.
  • For 2021/22 we are enhancing the student induction for both new and returning students, making materials available during August to prepare for a return to / arrival on campus.
  • Our Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) model allows us to combine active, supported online learning with context appropriate on-campus learning opportunities in a creative and safe manner.
  • To meet expected local restrictions no on-campus teaching event will be larger than 50 people in Semester 1. This means that some course content will be delivered online, but we are working to design the teaching timetable so as much as possible can be delivered in person on campus.

We are working with our Student Associations to ensure we provide you with the best student experience possible and will continue to keep you updated as we adapt to latest local circumstances and develop our plans over the coming weeks and months.

Covid Age Risk Assessment

Latest Government guidance

The Government has published further information and FAQ’s for students.

Before you travel you must undertake a valid Covid-19 test no more than three days before departure to the UK and present a certified negative result in order to board the plane

The Scottish Government have restricted travel further with the introduction of managed quarantine for all international travellers; there are ​currently no specific exemptions for student travellers within the regulations and guidance. 

Managed quarantine involves staying in a designated hotel for the 10 day isolation period at a cost to the traveller of £1,750; details published by the Government here and booking of the hotel quarantine will be through the UK portal

There are strict penalties for anyone failing to comply with the UK and Scottish Government restrictions and it is important that you fully understand these before travelling. 

Students and other passengers arriving elsewhere in the Common Travel Area from countries not on the UK red list and travelling onto Scotland are not required to go to a quarantine hotel.  They will be required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in Scotland.  This is being kept under review.  We will provide further details of the quarantine scheme generally as soon as this is available.  If they arrive from a red list country into England, Wales or NI then they will need to go to a quarantine hotel in one of those countries and only be allowed to travel on to Scotland after they have done so.

Further information regarding the current restrictions within Scotland, can be found on the Scottish Government’s website which is updated regularly. The Scottish Government has announced that they will be setting up a welfare fund for those who cannot meet the cost of the managed quarantine, details will be published on their website.

Financial support is available to eligible students through the Student Hardship Funds.


How are you limiting contact and the spread of the virus within onsite University accommodation?  

  • In 2020/2021 we made the decision not to allocate any non ensuite rooms.  Removing the stock of shared bathrooms from sale assisted with our low numbers as reduce contact by not using shared bathroom facilities  
  • Students can only arrive by a pre booked time slots. This ensure students arrived in safe numbers. We shall use this process again for 2021/ 2022 and for the retrieval of student belongings  
  • Each student provided with a free starter kitchen and bathroom cleaning pack plus instructions on use and how to clean various areas.
  • Residential and cleaning services continue to ensure our residences are cleaned to a high standard and increased cleaning in high touch point areas to reduce the risk in our residences. 
  • Hand sanitisers at entrance to each block 
  • Hall of residences are mask zone – all staff and students (with the exception on sunflower lanyard holders) are required to wear their masks out with their household area. 

Visit our Accommodation pages to see what we can offer in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney.


The Scottish Government encourages everyone to test themselves regularly. Please see below for more information.

Lateral flow testing – regular testing without symptoms

PCR testing – if you develop symptoms or are requested to test

  • book a PCR test 
  • The NHS advise that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus should get tested within the first 3 days of symptoms appearing, although testing is effective up until day 5
  • Individual should also book a test if they have been asked to by a Health Protection Team, have been asked to confirm a positive LFD result, or you have been identified as being in close contact to someone with Covid-19 through the Test and Protect or Protect Scotland apps.

If you need to self-isolate, please contact the Safeguarding team who can provide support and guidance on the latest Scottish Government rules regarding isolation periods. Our Safeguarding team are available through the SafeZone app or by calling 0131 451 3500.