Safe return to campus

2021 Return to Campus and Travel

The Scottish Government has announced increased measures to reduce the further spread of the Coronavirus. Most students should not travel to term-time accommodation at this point. The Scottish Government will confirm when it is safe for you to return to campus, but advise that it is unlikely travel will be permitted before the beginning of March.

As a result of the increased measures we can confirm;

  • The vast majority of students will start or restart their course from January 25 online, when teaching commences
  • International students, including incoming exchange students, whose programme does not require them to be on campus should also commence their studies online, unless notified otherwise. We are in the process of communicating directly with these students
  • Students whose programmes do require on-campus teaching or who have essential placements will have received a separate communication. If you are one of these students, we strongly recommend you book a COVID test at our Student Test Site on your return to Glasgow
  • We will commence increased face-to-face on-campus teaching as soon as Scottish Government public health guidance permits

The changes above will not impact your ability to start, or continue, your chosen course at GCU.


International Travel

The Scottish government has announced new rules for international arrivals, aimed at helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The new rules come into force from Monday, 15th February. Here is a summary of what you need to know:

  • All incoming passengers have to fill in a passenger locator form before they arrive, listing their contact details, departure country and their UK address
  • You will need to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to be allowed entry. The test must have been taken in the 72 hours before travelling
  • You will still need to quarantine for a period of 10 days in hotel accommodation (called ‘managed isolation’)
  • All international travellers arriving directly into Scotland from within the Common Travel Area but have been in a country not on the acute risk list  in the 10 days before arrival, must self-isolate. There is advice on how to isolate in accomodation on the Scottish Government website.
  • Travellers arriving anywhere within the Common Travel Area from a country on the acute risk list, must quarantine in a hotel from arrival for at least 10 days. You should book this online and 1,300 rooms near Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have been secured. Book your accommodation  
  • This accommodation will cost £1750 for each traveller, which includes food and two tests, on days two and eight of quarantine.

If you have any queries regarding this, please contact 



The majority of classes will be online until at least the end of February.

Our online learning platform, GCULearn, is in place for your programme, and we would expect all new January 2021 students to have registered and started online learning with us no later than the 25th January.

When on-campus learning is possible again, or if you return to a blended learning model, we will inform you what lectures, classes and labs are in person and which are online only.


As of Monday 25th January, the Sir Alex Ferguson library opening hours will change. The building will be open from 10am to 1pm and then again 2pm to 5pm, seven days a week. The building will close for cleaning between 1pm and 2pm. Students will be able to book two three hour slots per day though spaces will be limited as they are aimed at those who don't have access to a suitable study space at home. Please also wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing at all times when in the buidling.


The people you share a flat or student halls with are now your new household. If you moved out from your family home, or used to live with different housemates, they now count as a separate household.

Please remember that if you are not required to attend face to face teaching you should not return to your term time accommodation for the moment. Exceptions to this will include students who need to return to Glasgow for wellbeing reasons.

If you remained in Caledonian Court over the winter break we will continue to support you to remain in the residence.

If you have reserved accommodation in Caledonian Court is important that you advise the accommodation team of your intended arrival date by emailing . If this date changes you must let us know. Also, for those traveling from home back to Caledonian Court, including those who are travelling internationally, you will need to follow all advice from the Scottish Government, including quarantine requirements for International travellers.

We understand that these are exceptional times, if it your intention to terminate your lease, your condition of lease details your obligations under the contract. This is contingent on you returning your keys to allow us to process your request. We advise that no notice period payments will be deducted from your advance payment or rent agreement.

In light of the Scottish Government’s requirement for universities to stagger the return of students to University at the start of the year, it is the University’s intention, for Trimester B, to offer rebate on rent calculated on a case by case basis, dependant on your individual academic timetable and revisions to your travel plans. To ensure accuracy please advise of arrival date. We will work with the Finance team during February to review and confirm all rebates.


These are difficult and overwhelming times - especially when you have to think about studying, coursework and exams on top of everything else that is happening in the world. We recognise that students now have additional pressures including caring responsibilities as a result of the pandemic.

We want you to know that GCU is here for you and will support you in any way we can. For example;

If you need an extension for course work, then speak to your Programme/Module Leader.

As per our normal procedures, we will be reviewing module performance for Trimester A compared to previous cohorts.  Where anomalies are identified, there is a process in place to consider adjustments that may be applied.

Each student will have mid-year progression reviews, should support be needed at that point, you will be referred to the appropriate team for support.

Student can apply for MITs - information on how to do this can be found on the following website

If you need any other help or support, you should can contact

If you are struggling financially please email for financial advice and support.

If you are struggling to pay your fees email for help and advice.

If you have IT equiptment issues, such as sharing IT equiptment with other household members, then contact 

If you have any questions about your programme, timetable or assessments please contact your Programme/Module Leader.

We are here to help so please do get in touch.

As you will be aware, we are operating in a rapidly changing environment at the moment and our plans are subject to alteration as Scottish Government guidelines change.   If we need to make any further changes to the arrangements for January we will of course let you know. So, please do check your university email account or this website regularly to keep up to date with the latest information for Trimester B.

Coming on campus

The University has been working hard on our safe return to campus plans for 2020/21. The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff continues to be our highest priority. We’ve made some changes on campus and there are important guidelines that you will have to follow. We expect all students to take responsibility for their own safety and that of others in the GCU community and sign up to the GCU COVID-19 Pledge

GCU COVID-19 Pledge

The Short course has been produced to explain what we have put in place and what we except you to do when you come on to campus.