Coronavirus staff update - campus closures

Published on 24 March 2020

Most of our buildings are now effectively closed, including to staff and students

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Dear colleagues,

The announcements from the UK and Scottish Governments last night move us into a state that is close to lockdown.

The only reasons you should now leave your home are as follows:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

We urge you to follow these direct instructions as the country tries to prevent the further spread of coronavirus.

Now that the vast majority of staff are working off-campus, Estates & Campus Services are bringing all vacant buildings into a ‘standby’ mode to keep them safe for the duration of the pandemic period.

This means that most of our buildings are now effectively closed, including to staff and students.

During this time, the only staff who will be permitted entry are those undertaking essential compliance monitoring of water hygiene and fire alarms or essential maintenance of infrastructure, including IT systems and those required for a limited number of approved research projects related to COVID-19 or other aspects of national security. Entry will only be granted if you have pre-registered with Estates & Campus Services.

To pre-register you should contact Rose Jenkins, Director of Estates & Campus Services, on

All swipe access will be deactivated and locks will be changed on buildings where necessary. Intruder alarms and CCTV will be on at all times. If you require access to a building in the coming weeks, you should call Security on 01382 385850 and arrange an appointment to be escorted to the building. Due to critical staffing levels only essential access will be granted and on an exceptional basis.

The Ninewells School of Medicine Library is operational for Medical and Nursing students (year 4 and 5 MBChB students and years 3 and 4 Nursing students only) who are preparing to join the fight against COVID-19, as well as University staff and our partners in the NHS who are also engaged in essential medical work. Other Students and Staff not involved must not be present and not visit the Ninewells campus. Access to all other specific areas require prior approval by Richard Scrivener of School of Medicine.

The Kirkcaldy Campus is closed to staff and students at this time. There is no permitted access in place for staff or students. The only use of the building is by NHS Fife.

Whilst we are still receiving post it will not be delivered except where we have made a specific arrangement. All post will be held until staff return to work. We are not collecting any outgoing mail at this time. If you require assistance with an urgent postal item please contact Security who will endeavour to help you.

It is vital we maintain security of our buildings throughout this period. In doing this we appreciate your help and your patience in following the guidance above.


Professor David Maguire
Interim Principal & Vice-Chancellor

Dr Jim McGeorge
University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer


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