Covid-19 update for students (Fri 8 Jan 2021)
Published on 8 January 2021
A copy of the email sent to students confirming that the majority of teaching will now be online until the end of February at least
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, has announced today that the vast majority of University learning and teaching should now be held online only, until the end of February, as the country continues to operate under widespread restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19.
We will follow this guidance. Although we are still awaiting full details from the Government, we can confirm the vast majority of teaching will now be online until the end of February at least, with face-to-face teaching only where it is deemed essential for critical and time-sensitive learning. Those students on placements should also be able to continue with these.
Your School will able to give fuller details of all teaching activity next week once we have received the Government’s guidance.
I appreciate this will be disappointing for many of you, but we must collectively do all we can to limit the spread of Covid-19. As you will be aware, Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom this week entered a strict new lockdown in the face of the rapid spread of the new and highly transmissible variant of Covid-19.
The situation here in Dundee is concerning with our colleagues at NHS Tayside dealing with a high number of cases, as outlined by Dr Emma Fletcher, Director of Public Health.
We will constantly review provision of learning and teaching and work on the advice of the Scottish Government.
If you have not already booked or planned your return to, or arrival in, Dundee, then please follow the advice of the First Minister not to travel until such time as you have face-to-face teaching or an essential reason to be on campus.
Your School will keep you up to date as to when any on-campus activity is taking place but, as outlined above, this will only be where it is deemed essential for critical and time-sensitive learning. Again, we hope to provide more information early next week.
The UK Government has announced today that all international passengers will soon have to test negative for Covid-19 before travelling to the UK, a measure likely to come into effect around the end of next week.
People arriving by plane, train or boat, including UK nationals, will have to take a test up to 72 hours before leaving the country they are in. Those travelling from countries not on the UK `travel corridor’ list will also have to self-isolate when arriving in the UK.
Updates on travel to the UK are available on the UK Government website.
Covid-19 Asymptomatic Testing
If you are returning to Dundee we ask that you take advantage of the asymptomatic testing we are continuing to offer on campus, within the Institute of Sport & Exercise. The tests are free of charge.
You should bring a smartphone or similar device with you when you attend for testing, which will enable you to register. If you do not have a phone or similar device you will still be able to register via IT provided on site. Please also bring your student card. This helps to speed up the registration process.
If you have any queries related to your course, placements, or any aspects of your University life, you can get in touch with your School, or Student Services via the Enquiry Centre. You can also contact the DUSA Advice service at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a member of the support team.
I appreciate there is much uncertainty at the moment. That is felt by all of us, and we will try to give more detailed information as soon as it is available.
Dr Jim McGeorge
University Secretary & Chief Operating Officer
Press Office, University of Dundeepress@dundee.ac.uk