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Guidance issued for college and university students' safe return to campus


By Lorna Thompson

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SCOTLAND’S colleges and universities have been issued with new government guidance on preparing for a safe and phased return to campus.

Advice has been developed in partnership with colleges, universities, the Scottish Funding Council, trades unions and student bodies.

Colleges and universities are planning for a phased return with a blended model of remote and limited on-campus learning in Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s route map.

Essential preparations can already take place, while on-campus university research and home moves for student accommodation can resume from June 29.

Moray MSP and Further and Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said: "Scotland’s colleges and universities are working hard to ensure the safest possible environment for staff and students returning to campus.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead.
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead.

"This guidance will support institutions to do that by setting out clear expectations and practical approaches to public health and health and safety, including physical distancing.

"Throughout the coronavirus crisis, Scotland’s colleges and universities have been at the forefront of supporting the country, most visibly in supporting the NHS and social care sectors.

"That has included thousands of students joining the health and social care workforce, the contribution of staff, equipment and resources to Covid-19 testing capacity, and the re-focusing of existing research capacity to address the pandemic across medical, engineering and other disciplines, as well as community efforts to support the most vulnerable members of society."

He added: "The flexibility colleges and universities have shown so far has demonstrated that they are well-equipped to provide a safe environment for staff and students while supporting their students in their studies and ensuring the highest quality of learning and teaching."

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