Health and Safety on Campus

Please see below for information on Health and Safety on Campus.

Do I need to report if I have Covid-19?

All students who receive a positive Covid-19 result or who are required to self-isolate must report this to GCU via our dedicated student helpline on +44 141 331 3130 or email coronavirushelpline@gcu.ac.uk.

The helpline is available Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.

Please note: if you have covid-19 symptoms you should not come onto campus and should arrange a PCR test (even if you have a positive lateral flow test) as soon as possible. 

If I get Covid-19, how long will I need to self isolate for?

If you test positive the initial advice is still to self-isolate for 10 days, however you now have an option to end self-isolation after seven days as long as you, firstly, have no fever and, secondly, you record two negative lateral flow tests, one no earlier than day six after testing positive and another at least 24 hours after that.

For close contacts of those who test positive (including household contacts), who are either under the age of 18 years, four months, or who are older than that and fully vaccinated - defined as having first, second and booster or third doses – you are not now required to self-isolate, but are required to take lateral flow tests every day for the seven days. If one of these tests is positive, self-isolation will then be required from the day you test positive.

Anyone identified as a close contact who is over 18 years, four months, and not fully vaccinated will still be asked to self-isolate for 10 days and to take a PCR test. 

What's the latest advice on testing?

For those who have symptoms of COVID-19, the advice remains to book a PCR test, even if you have a positive lateral flow test.  

However, if your lateral flow test is positive, and you do not have symptoms, you will no longer be required to take a PCR test to confirm the result.  Instead, you must immediately self-isolate and also report your result online so that Test & Protect can commence the contact tracing process and give you advice as quickly as possible.

You will also receive an online form that you must fill in, as would happen with a PCR positive result to ensure your contacts are notified.

The Test & Protect system in Scotland will now start contact tracing on the strength of a reported positive lateral flow result as well as a PCR, so treat a positive lateral flow test as confirmation of COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms.

Do I need to take a Covid test before I return to campus for the January 2022 trimester?

All students should take a lateral flow test immediately before travelling from home to term-time accommodation (and only travel if negative) after the festive break, and thereafter test twice a week and any time before socialising with people from another household or travelling.

Lateral flow test kits are still available from the Arc reception desk on our Glasgow campus (Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm).  You can also order online and test kits should be available to pick up from your local chemist or test site.

Please note: if you have covid-19 symptoms you should not come onto campus and should arrange a PCR test (even if you have a positive lateral flow test) as soon as possible.

Will I need to take regular Covid tests in Trimester B?

Lateral flow tests kits are freely available and we ask students and staff to test themselves twice-weekly. 

Lateral flow test kits are available from the Arc reception desk on our Glasgow campus (Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm).  You can also order online and test kits should be available to pick up from your local chemist or test site.

Order lateral flow tests online.

Please note: if you have covid-19 symptoms you should not come onto campus and should arrange a PCR test (even if you have a positive lateral flow test) as soon as possible.

 

Will the use of facemasks be required in buildings?

In line with Scottish Government guidance, staff and students will be required to use face coverings inside all buildings unless eating/drinking or medically exempt.

This includes when in class, studying in the library and sitting down for a catch up with friends in one of our social spaces.

If you forget to bring a face covering, you can pick one up from the Govan Mbeki reception (located on the first floor as you enter the building) or the Students' Association Building reception.

Will social distancing be in place at GCU for academic year 2021/22?
Our approach to physical distancing is voluntary, however we do expect staff and students to keep a reasonable distance from each other and be respectful of individuals personal space.
 
We’d recommend getting to classes on campus on time to avoid overcrowding in corridors.
Will we be operating one way systems in buildings?

We are carefully reviewing our one-way systems, especially those that were put in place where corridors weren't wide enough to support two-metre social distancing, to ensure that routes remain safe and practical.  Some may change or be removed during the course of the academic year.