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Health and Safety in a post-coronavirus world.

Alongside Health and Safety and SafeGuarding, every team and facility are working hard to make the safety of students our number one priority. From the Oriam's fitness classes, to click and collect and online payment options at food and drinks services, to Accommodation Halls preparing for international arrivals and self-isolation, every part of your student journey has been designed with safety in mind.

Keeping you safe on campus, through:

  • Wash your hands: With hand-sanitiser stations around campus.
  • Wear a face covering: Wearing a face covering is no longer mandatory. However, in line with government guidance, staff and students are encouraged to do so when moving around the buildings and particularly in more crowded spaces. Following the latest Govt Guidelines, and see below. 

Covid Age Risk Assessment

Face Coverings

The legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces and on public transport in Scotland ended on Monday 18 April. The move brings Scotland into line with the rest of the UK; however, the Scottish Government is currently advising people to continue to wear face masks/coverings voluntarily and take sensible precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

As more of us return to on-campus working, please be aware, wearing a face covering is no longer mandatory. However, in line with government guidance, staff and students are encouraged to do so when moving around the buildings and particularly in more crowded spaces.   

Please note, if you are visiting the Health Centre at the Riccarton campus (as with any other NHS/healthcare buildings in Scotland) you are still required to wear a face covering.

Concern about symptoms/contact with others

If you have any concerns about symptoms or contact with others please contact SafeGuarding through SafeZone or on 0131 451 3500

Heriot-Watt University Global Community COVID-19 Pledge

During the coronavirus pandemic it is more important than ever that we act in a way that demonstrates our mutual respect for one another, consistent with our University’s values.

Together we will act in a way which demonstrates consideration and respect for those within and beyond the University community by following Government and University guidance related to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

SafeGuarding

SafeGuarding Officers on site 24/7 and the SafeZone App is available at all campuses.

  • SafeGuarding officers are available to help all staff and students on campus 24/7, 365 days a year
  • SafeZone App available for students and staff. Download the App and, wherever you are in the world, our SafeGuarding team will support you. Once the alarm is raised, officers can with you within 4 minutes

NHS University Health Centre

The NHS University Health Centre on our Edinburgh campus is open to all students living on campus or in the Edinburgh area, and there is no waiting list. Make sure you register as soon as you can on your return. Please note, that testing for Covid-19 will not be run through the Health Centre.

If you are visiting the Health Centre at the Riccarton campus (as with any other NHS/healthcare buildings in Scotland) you are still required to wear a face covering. Follow the guidance on NHS Inform on self-isolating and booking a test.  

Testing

Testing in Scotland is changing. This is because most people in Scotland are vaccinated and there are new coronavirus treatments available.

Testing is now only available for people with symptoms of coronavirus, and in a limited number of circumstances for people who do not have symptoms.

Most people no longer need to test regularly when they do not have coronavirus symptoms. Lateral flow device (LFD) tests are now being used in a targeted way, to protect the most vulnerable.

More information on testing is available on NHS Inform

Advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and self-isolation changed on 1 May 2022.

Individuals mid-way through a self-isolation period should follow the revised guidance from 1 May.

If you've tested positive you should follow the revised guidance to stay at home for 3 days if you're 18 years and under, or for 5 days if you're over 18 years. The way that we count these days has changed. Day 1 is the day after you took your test.

If you were identified as a close contact, you should end daily LFD testing on 1 May. You may leave self-isolation if you feel well. If you later develop a temperature or feel unwell with respiratory symptoms, you should follow the revised guidance to stay at home.

More information on self-isolation at NHS Inform

Read the latest guidelines from Scottish Government

We look forward to seeing you! Stay safe, and don’t forget we are here to support you, every step of the way.