Health and safety measures for accessing campus

Updated on 4 March 2021

Information about hand sanitisers, face coverings, and other health and safety measures in place when staff and students access campus

On this page

This page is part of a collection of guides which explain the steps we are taking to keep staff and students safe when they are using our campuses.

Learn more about accessing campus

Coming to campus

Staff and students will be notified when it is appropriate for them to return to campus and you must not attempt to return before then. When you receive your instructions to return, you should only travel to the campus if you are symptom free. For students returning from a country outside of the UK you must check the Scottish Government Guidance regarding quarantine requirements and follow these. 

Hygiene and hand sanitisation

Everyone should maintain high levels of hygiene, especially hand hygiene. It is recommended that you wash your hands: 

  • at least six times throughout the day
  • for at least 20 seconds each time
  • before eating
  • after using a toilet
  • before touching any part of your face

Hand sanitiser dispensers are located at the entrances to all buildings on campus. In large and complex buildings, additional hand sanitiser dispensers are available at key locations within the buildings.

We strongly recommend that you wash your hands or use hand sanitiser every time you enter or leave a building.

Face coverings

How staff and students should use face coverings on campus to stay safe

Toilet facilities

Many toilet facilities on campus have become single occupancy with a “knock and enter” system operating and queuing locations where this is possible.

Some larger facilities (those with three or more toilet units) may be designated multiple occupancy (with the occupancy clearly displayed on the door) where physical distancing allows.

Disabled access toilets should be kept available for those with disabilities.


The University has implemented a cleaning regime that concentrates on cleaning of communal areas, with priority given to high-use touch points and toilets.

Additional cleaning activity during the day takes place across the campus with a focus on high traffic areas. However, cleaning between individual uses of areas cannot be undertaken by Estates staff alone. Cleaning materials are provided to allow self-service cleaning of shared and personal workstations, equipment, and table tops. This typically includes disinfectant wipes provided at key locations.

For staff this means a “clear desk” policy should be put in place to ensure areas are easy to clean and disinfect between uses. This should also apply to personal desks as the cleaners cannot move belongings to carry out a proper clean.

The University has developed specific protocols to deal with incidents of staff or students presenting a Covid-19 risk:

  • Specialist cleaning in the event of someone becoming ill or infectious while on campus will be undertaken by Estates, following government guidance.
  • Areas could be out of use for up to 72 hours, followed by a thorough clean.
  • Specialist external cleaning agencies may be used.