GCU COVID Community Pledge

Glasgow Caledonian University is hugely grateful for the commitment students and staff have demonstrated in helping keep our campus as COVID-19 safe as possible. 

We are therefore asking all students and staff to help keep our university community COVID-19 safe by committing to our Pledge. Although the Scottish Government has lifted most restrictions in society, it is recognised that a proportion of the student population may not yet be fully vaccinated by January 2022. With this in mind, colleges and universities have been strongly encouraged by Scottish Government to go beyond the minimum protective measures on campus for the start of the new academic year.  Around the campus you will see health a safety guidance clearly displayed.  You must adhere to this guidance, and we will communicate with you if any of the detail changes.

We have developed the GCU Community COVID Pledge to which, by registering as a student at GCU, you are signing up.

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‌Stay informed ‌

Stay informed, with regular updates on the University website, monitor your @gcu.ac.uk email address and check the Scottish Government guidance, at the link below for more information.

Learn more about the measures we have put in place at GCU as a result of COVID-19 

View the Scottish Government guidance‌

Wear a face covering

In line with Scottish Government guidance, staff and students will be required to use face coverings inside all buildings unless eating/drinking or covered by a Scottish government exemption.

The legal requirement to wear a face covering in an indoor communal area is only removed when an exemption applies:

  • When people seated in a hospitality setting (which includes workplace canteens).
  • When people are eating or drinking.
  • When individuals have a physical or mental health condition which means they are unable to wear a face covering.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list of exemptions. View more information about face covering exemptions.

Keep your distance

Our approach to physical distancing is voluntary, however we do expect students and staff to keep a reasonable and sensible distance from each other and be respectful of individual personal space.

Wash your hands

Hand hygiene is one of the best ways to help limit spread of the virus wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitiser which is widely available around the campus.

Follow the signs and guidance

Follow the signs and guidance in place on campus‌‌‌.

Book a test

Take a PCR test before you return to campus

Test yourself twice weekly – free Lateral Flow Tests are  available for students and staff from the Arc reception, our on campus gym and the Accommodation Office at Caledonian Court. Lateral Flow tests are also available online to order and free to pick up from local pharmacies.

if you have symptoms of Covid-19, such as a new, continuous cough, a fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste book a test immediately

You must self-isolate

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately, as well as arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-isolate, you must book a PCR test and if your result is negative and you have received two doses of an MHRA approved vaccine you may leave self-isolation.  If your PCR test is positive, you must remain in self isolation for ten days from the date of your test.  If you are aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


All staff and students are strongly encouraged to get fully vaccinated‌. You can book and arrange to be vaccinated at numerous drop-in clinics.  We also have a mobile vaccination centre on campus on nominated days – currently 21st September and 28th September – just turn up and speak to a clinician who will advise you on what vaccination you need, dependent on your personal circumstances. 

Respect all others in our community‌

By continuing to act responsibly together we can keep each other safe and well.

Please respect your fellow students and staff. If you are unsure of what is allowed or acceptable please email the coronavirushelpline@gcu.ac.uk or phone +44 141 331 3130

Breaches of our guidance will be treated seriously and may lead to disciplinary action in line with the Code of Student Conduct.