4 August - Update for students on easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Dear Students,  

We hope you are doing well and looking forward to the new academic year. This week the First Minister updated on plans for continuing to ease COVID-19 restrictions beyond Level 0 across Scotland. 

We are writing to update you on the next stages of the University’s COVID-19 recovery programme. This email will include information about: 

  • Vaccination  
  • Physical distancing 
  • Testing 
  • Managed isolation 


Currently, rates of COVID-19 are falling, and the vaccination programme continues to roll out to more groups. Today the First Minister confirmed vaccinations will now be offered to everyone over the age of 16 in Scotland. Please ensure you are registered to get a vaccine, it's the most important thing we can all do to protect our own health and that of the wider community.  

Your local NHS Board will send you details of your vaccination appointment in the post, or by text if you have registered on the NHS Inform portal. Please ensure your GP has up to date contact details. You can also check to see if an appointment has been scheduled for you online, or you may be able to visit a drop-in clinic.  

International students will be able to receive vaccinations when they reach the UK; more information will be released in due course. 

Physical distancing 

The Scottish Government has confirmed that physical distancing restrictions will be lifted from 9 August, and the University will lift physical distancing measures on our campuses from 1 September. Please note that one-metre physical distancing will remain in place in teaching spaces in Semester One, with the intention of lifting all physical distancing restrictions from Semester Two.  

You can read more about our plans for learning and teaching on our webpages. 

In additional to physical distancing in teaching spaces, we will continue with various other safety measures on our campuses in Semester One. These include: 

  • No large classes of more than 50 people.
  • Ensuring adequate airflow in our buildings; maximising fresh air in both our naturally and mechanically ventilated buildings. 
  • A requirement to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) when moving around indoors. These can be removed when seated at a desk, provided appropriate physical distancing can be maintained. 
  • Enhanced cleaning, focusing on heavily used areas. 
  • Hand sanitising stations throughout our buildings. 


In yesterday’s briefing, the First Minister outlined the requirement for students to undertake a PCR test before travelling to term-time accommodation. Once you have arrived, you should continue to undertake twice-weekly lateral flow tests. 

You can order lateral flow tests via NHS Inform. We will also be operating on-campus collection points for lateral flow tests and will confirm details of these soon. 

Managed isolation 

The University has committed to covering quarantine costs for students who are resident in countries on the UKVI red list and who are joining the University from this September. We will inform you of any updates relating to international quarantine as soon as we are able to do so. 

We are also pleased to confirm that students arriving from amber list countries who are staying in University of Glasgow residences may be able to arrive at their residence up to 10 days prior to the contract start date of the 10 September at no additional accommodation cost. You can find out more on our undergraduate news pages. 

Thank you for taking the time to read these updates and help us ensure the safety of students, staff and wider community.  

First published: 4 August 2021