Staying on campus

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? 

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

If you have symptoms of Covid, even if you have taken an LFD test that has produced a positive result, the advice is that you should still book a PCR test. It is only if you have no symptoms and your LFD test is positive that there is no need to take a PCR test.

Lateral flow testing – regular testing without symptoms

  • By ordering online for home delivery.  A box of 7 lateral flow test will arrive within 24-48 hours.  Additional booking slots are added throughout the day
  • At over 1,000 Community Pharmacies.  People will be able to collect one pack of 7 lateral flow tests. Pharmacies can receive a box of around 60 packs of lateral flow tests each day.
  • At over 60 Testing Sites.  People will be able to collect one pack of 7 lateral flow tests from any regional or local test site in Scotland.
  • View how to take a lateral flow test

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

Those who test positive for Covid will still be advised to isolate for 10 days but there is now an option to end isolation after seven days as long as you have no fever and record two negative lateral flow tests. One must be no earlier than day six days after testing positive and the other must be at least 24 hours after that.

Close contacts of positive cases, including household contacts, the requirement to self-isolate will be replaced by the requirement to take a lateral flow test every day for seven days. Those who are not fully vaccinated will still be asked to isolate for 10 days and be asked to take a PCR test.

University and college students are asked to test before travelling to term-time accommodation and thereafter twice a week and before socialising with other households.

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

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.

Students who the University are aware are isolating as a result of Covid will be contacted with regular welfare checks and support will be provided, if required.

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. 

Government guidance of our campuses 

Everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious.  Follow Scottish Government guidance on what that means.

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