Staying on campus

Government level of our campuses 

All our Scottish campuses have moved out of the levels system. Everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious.  Follow Scottish Government guidance on what that means.

For the start of term, in University buildings:

  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times at a minimum of 1m.
  • Face coverings must be worn (unless you are exempt) at all times except when eating, seated and a minimum distancing of 1m is maintained. This requirement includes all teaching settings, library and study spaces.
  • Additional cleaning will be in place, including the ‘Power Hour’ at lunchtime in all teaching spaces.
  • Keep left in all corridors and staircases and follow the one-way signs.
  • Lifts should be left for people who need them.

Keeping you safe – services and reporting requirements:

  • All buildings on campus will be open, but some smaller classrooms and study areas will remain closed because of their size.
  • You do not have to register your attendance in lecture theatres or classrooms, but please observe social distancing and the capacity shown on the door of each room.
  • You do need to follow reporting requirements in laboratory and practical teaching settings – your School will advise you of local arrangements.
  • Our libraries in Edinburgh and Galashiels will be open.  You must book access to study spaces in the library and learning commons areas.  You can do this online from the myHWU student portal.
  • Catering facilities are available on campus with new layouts, click and collect and enhanced cleaning regimes.  You will need to register when sitting in – we use the Scottish Government CheckInScotland app.
  • Edinburgh campus outlets and opening hours 
  • Borders campus outlet and opening hours 
  • We would encourage you to carry out regular self-testing before coming on to campus and to continue to do so. Scottish Government recommend up to twice a week and information on accessing lateral flow tests (LFDs) can be found on their website
  • Wash hands and use the sanitiser provided to maintain good personal hygiene and support our cleaning staff who continue to provide our high standards of cleaning.
  • Wear warm clothing – we will be ensuring room ventilation is maximised by keeping windows open during the day and keeping extractor fans and the air conditioning on (this has been set to deliver fresh air). Help us by closing windows at the end of the day. 

Remember to download the SafeZone app to keep yourself and others safe by helping suppress the spread of coronavirus.

Library Services

All Library opening hours are subject to change at short notice due to the current situation and the need to comply with government and university guidelines.  The information on the website is being updated regularly.

Please check the Information Services social media channels - we will update our twitter and facebook pages daily.

For enquiries and the latest opening hours, contact the Library Service Desk 0131 451 3577 or email

Library max occupancy limit is 360. Face coverings are required at all times, including when seated at 1m socially distanced study spaces, unless exempt.

  • Students must book study spaces through ResourceBooker in advance of coming to the Library.
  • Study spaces are clearly marked with green YES or red NO and are numbered – see floor plans
  • Face-coverings are mandatory at all times.
  • In Resource Booker, you can filter to locate a study space with a PC and can filter on available times
  • Please confirm your booking at the Service Desk on arrival at the library - bookings are provisional until confirmed
  • Please only book for the times you need for essential study
  • If for any reasons you do not intend to use your booking, please cancel via the booking email – don’t be a ‘no show’
  • Be considerate of other students and help us make best use of the available space.
  • Staff are always happy to help with any booking enquiries

Support for students required to self-isolate

Who do I contact if I feel unwell/ have tested positive/ have to self isolate. What support would I have access to as a resident student? 

If you feel unwell / have tested positive / have to self-isolate, please contact the SafeGuarding team immediately. SafeGuarding team will liaise with the Health & Safety, Reslife and the Residential and Cleaning Services teams to make sure that you are fully supported during this challenging period. 

What happens if I have to self isolate?

  • You will need to contact SafeGuarding or Reslife as soon as you can.   
  • Health & Safety will then contact you to discuss your self-isolation and Reslife will email you with the self-isolation protocol and what kind of support you will get from Reslife   
  • Reslife will email you daily to see if you are ok, and if we have not heard back from you on three consecutive days, we will come for a visit – just to make sure you are ok.   
  • Health & Safety / Reslife will deliver and collect PCR for you   
  • Health & Safety / Reslife will deliver urgent medication from the medical centre for you   
  • If you are struggling to get food delivered to you, Reslife can provide you with emergency food supplies.