Coronavirus guidance for universities or colleges and student accommodation providers

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What does this involve?

This guidance is for the college, university and student accommodation sectors in Scotland. This includes student associations, halls of residence and Purpose Built Student Accommodation Providers.

The guidance emphasises the importance of undertaking robust and ongoing risk assessments with full input from trade unions and student associations. All risk mitigation measures must be kept under regular review so that staff and students continue to feel, and be safe.

Your primary concern should be the health and wellbeing of students, staff, visitors, contractors and the wider community in which the accommodation is located.

The accommodation setting is an important factor in student life; it is their home for the academic year. Overly restrictive settings can have a negative impact on student mental health and wellbeing.

Providers should ensure that all students have access to Wi-Fi in accommodation. This will help them access college and university wellbeing and counselling services as well as online learning.

This guidance is extensive and includes sections on: 

  • health and safety
  • hygiene and cleaning
  • Test and Protect
  • supporting staff and students
  • returning to campus
  • student accommodation
  • contractors, visitors and deliveries
  • facilities and estate management
  • compliance

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

How long does this take?

It takes around 90 minutes to read the full guidance. It is split into sections for ease of reference. 

Important information

Each institution must work with trade unions, staff and students to work out what actions to take in order to apply this guidance. 

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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