Return & resume
Staying safe on campus
Please note: Glasgow moved beyond Level 0 on 9 Aug 2021. Please ensure you read our Beyond level 0 web page. Information on this page will be up-to-date with the most recent developments.

Returning to campus

The University has taken action to ensure adequate risk assessments and control measures are implemented to minimise the transmission of coronavirus on campus and create a low risk environment wherever reasonably practicable for staff returning to working on campus.

Return to working on campus is by application and approval only while working from home remains the default position for those who can. Return to campus assurance arrangements are in place for building and people safety checks to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of the University community before return to working on campus.

Staff who have been authorised to return to working on campus in line with the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 route map, will be required to complete a Covid-19 Staff Return to Campus Agreement. The checklist includes completion of induction training and the strictly confidential Covid-19 Return to Campus Health Self Assessment and this will help your line manager determine the appropriate steps to take prior to your return to campus.

Staff will also be required to have read and understood the arrangements within the Covid-19 Staff Return to Campus Leaflet and relevant COVID-19 related risk assessments and new health and safety procedures in place to protect themselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All staff are expected to adhere to NHS guidance for washing your hands regularly, catching a cough/sneeze in a tissue or your elbow, avoidance of touching your face and adherence to social distancing measures.

Central Pool Teaching rooms

Have a look at the new layouts of our Central Pool Teaching rooms.

You'll need to log on using your DS username.

Return to Campus Learning & Teaching

Find information and forms related to the return to campus for learning and teaching.

Covid-19: Tracking Attendance

To keep track of who is in the room for face-to-face teaching events, we are using QR codes to monitor who is in attendance at all scheduled on campus teaching events.

Face coverings

Please take a look at our Guidance on the use of face coverings on campus

Face coverings must be worn in the circumstances mentioned in the document above (except where someone is exempt from wearing a covering):

Face covering exemptions

Strathclyde has joined the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme and Strathclyde branded sunflower lanyards, badges or cards will be available for any staff, student or visitor who requires one.

Further information on safe return to campus

Safe return to campus information, including approval process documents, can be found on our staff return to campus web pages. The pages include the following:

  • return to campus agreement
  • individual health risk assessment
  • return to campus leaflet
  • assurance checklist
  • risk assessment

Take a look at more of our safe return to campus information from our Safety, Health and Wellbeing team.

Recommended routes on campus

Our campus has a comprehensive security infrastructure and is monitored by 300 CCTV cameras, with our 24/7 team conducting proactive security patrols.

These recommended routes on campus have good existing street lighting and visibility, and they are well covered by our CCTV system. Avoid poorly-lit shortcuts, especially at night.

Frequently asked questions

References to ‘campus’ in these FAQs refer to all physical University locations where University staff routinely work including AFRC and NMIS, though additional local guidelines may be in place in certain locations as a supplement to this guidance.

It does not include third party sites where staff may be called upon to work or visit for a short period for certain assignments. However, if colleagues feel that the third-party sites have not made suitable provision to reduce risk, they should raise their concern with their line manager or the third-party stakeholder.

Monitoring health

No. Government guidance does not require temperature testing before people are permitted to enter a building.

Temperature testing has been shown to have limited success in identifying where someone is infected with Coronavirus and can give false assurance, leading to people relaxing their compliance with safety measures. As with all safety measures, this will be kept under review as government and scientific guidance develops.

Staff and students are encouraged to access lateral flow tests by ordering them online from the Scottish Government's website or picking them up at a community collection point.

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result, or have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate, or you are displaying symptoms, please notify us via the Covid-19 Notifications Webform. If you are notifying on behalf of someone else, or have an enquiry in relation to notification please contact covidnotifications@strath.ac.uk

If you are at home when you first notice your symptoms, you must stay at home and not return to work on campus for at least 10 days. Inform your line manager as soon as you can as you would with any sickness absence.

If you are on campus when you first notice your symptoms, you should immediately stop work and return home. Where possible you should wear a face covering and avoid public transport when travelling home. Where possible and without causing unnecessary delay in your departure, you should immediately inform your line manager of your concerns so that arrangements can be made to deep clean your workstation and items you have been touching.

You should follow Government guidance on self-isolation and you should request a test as soon as possible after experiencing symptoms to confirm whether you have the virus.

Current guidance from Test and Protect states if you have a negative test results you can stop isolating and return to work when you feel well enough.

If you receive a positive test result, you should give the Government’s ‘Test and Protect’ contact tracers the details of any colleagues you have been in close contact with. The contact tracer will advise what constitutes ‘close contact’ in line with in-force government guidance at that time. Please inform your line manager of your test result so that your manager can support you and plan for your period of absence.

You should immediately leave work on campus, or if you are already at home, you must not return to campus. You should inform your line manager as you would with any absence and you must self-isolate for at least 10 days.

If you can, you should work from home during the period. For further guidance see the latest government guidance on self-isolation. If you subsequently develop symptoms you should contact the NHS to arrange to be tested. Do this online at NHS Inform, or call 0800 028 2816.

It is important you feel safe in your workplace but it is also important that we continue to be respectful and kind to our colleagues. We should all try to avoid our anxieties about Coronavirus causing us to behave in a way which is not collegiate and people-oriented.

If you have concerns, you may wish to calmly ask your colleague if they are feeling ok, explaining your reasons for asking. Make it clear that you are concerned for their welfare. You should not be accusatory. If you do not feel comfortable raising this with the person or you still have concerns after speaking to them, you should speak to your line manager immediately.

No. The Scottish Government and the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) made a joint statement on fair work expectations at the start of the pandemic, which still applies now. As a people-oriented employer, the University has been consistently supportive of these fair work expectations, which are closely aligned to our People Strategy.

Accordingly, no member of staff will be disadvantaged for following medical advice, and any absence from work due to the need to self-isolate will be treated as paid leave rather than sick leave and will not affect future sick pay entitlement, result in disciplinary action or count towards any future sickness absence related action.

It is understandable to feel anxious at this time. You should be assured that the University is taking all necessary measures to minimise the risks of working on campus. You can help manage this risk by washing your hands regularly, maintaining social distancing and wiping clean surfaces you touch (see Staying safe on campus section of the Hub).

If your anxiety is troubling you, you can access a range of support on the Positive Health & Wellbeing section of the Wellbeing Hub. You can also speak in confidence to your line manager to discuss whether there are any adjustments at work which may ease your anxiety e.g. changing your start time to avoid public transport at rush hour.

Follow the latest quarantine advice on the Scottish Government's website.

There is also advice and guidance on self-isolation on the Scottish Government's website.

Observing the guidance

It is important you feel safe in your workplace but it is also important that we continue to be respectful and kind to our colleagues. We should all try to avoid our anxieties about Coronavirus causing us to behave in a way which is not collegiate and people-oriented.

If you have concerns, you should calmly ask your colleague to increase their distance. If you do not feel comfortable raising this with them, or you still have concerns after speaking to them, you should discuss this with your line manager.

If you are in an immediate situation where you feel unsafe and this is not resolved by asking the person to increase their distance, you should step away from your workstation and speak to your line manager.

It is important you feel safe in your workplace but it is also important that we continue to be respectful and kind to all those who share our campus. We should all try to avoid our anxieties about Coronavirus causing us to behave in a way which is not collegiate and people-oriented.

If you have concerns, you should calmly ask the person to increase their distance. If you do not feel comfortable raising this with the person or you still have concerns after speaking to them, you should speak to your line manager.

If you are in an immediate situation where you feel unsafe and this is not resolved by asking the person to increase their distance, you should step away from your workstation and speak to your line manager.

Your safety at work is our number one concern. If you feel unsafe, you should speak to your line manager in the first instance. If you still have concerns, you can raise these confidentially with Safety, Health & Wellbeing.

Cleaning & hygiene

As well as the hand washing facilities located in toilets around campus, hand sanitiser stations have been installed at entrances to buildings.

An enhanced programme of cleaning is being undertaken, including increased frequency and focused cleaning on touchpoints (e.g. handles and other areas that are touched frequently). Cleaning stations have also been installed, and materials provided around campus to allow room users to clean their work areas before and after use. More information on cleaning can be found here.

Yes, a thorough clean and disinfection would be undertaken by Estates Services cleaning staff. More information on cleaning and disinfecting an area where a person is suspected of having COVID-19 can be found here.

Emergency arrangements

There has been no change to the procedure for evacuating a building in an emergency, although you are expected to socially distance where possible, especially at the assembly point.  Where an area has an insufficient number of Fire Safety Marshals returning to campus, returning staff will be required to undertake the online Fire Safety Awareness Training

Covid-19 Guidance for First Aiders has been issued and details additional precautions that may need to be taken when responding to an incident requiring first aid.