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Updated 6th September 2021

In line with up-to-date guidance from the Scottish Government, Inverness College UHI is pleased to be welcome students back onto campus to study in the 2021/2 academic year.

As we introduce more people back onto our campuses, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our top priority. It’s important we continue to be cautious and a range of protective measures will remain in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our buildings.

To start the session, most of our courses will be delivered using a blended model, that’s a combination of face-to-face teaching and some remote delivery. Your timetable will show you when you should be on campus for classes and when you should access your classes remotely via a laptop or other device. All students have access to campus to use facilities including the Library, Learning Resource, The Bothy or Student Support Centre.

It is our intention to increase face-to-face teaching further as we progress through the academic year.

The Scottish Government has produced this e-learning resource for students, which we'd encourage you to look at..

The following COVID-19 guidelines remain under constant review in line with Scottish Government guidance: 

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What to do if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate or test positive

What to do if you have symptoms, need to self-isolate or test positive

COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or think you might have COVID-19, do not come on to campus, self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately by visiting nhsinform.scot/testing or by calling 119.

Symptoms include:

  • A high temperature or fever
  • A new, continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change in a sense of smell and taste

Notify your PDA or PAT if you test positive for COVID-19.

Please tell them:

  • What type of test have you taken - a voluntary LFD test or a PCR test. If you have taken an LFD test and it has come back positive, please log your result via the Government portal and book a PCR test.
  • When you were last on campus (if applicable)
  • If you stay in student halls
  • Email evidence of your positive COVID-19 test result (a photograph is sufficient)

You should also use the normal absence reporting procedure if your classes are taking place face to face and you cannot attend, or you feel too unwell to attend a remote class.

If you test positive it's important you self-isolate for 10 days to avoid infecting others and follow guidance from NHS Test and Protect. People you live with may also need to self-isolate - see guidance here.

Your PDA or PAT will work with you to support you to continue your studies remotely if you have to self-isolate.

You don't need to do anything else.

Your PDA or PAT will report your COVID-19 test result to our COVID-19 management team, who will contact any close contacts within the College setting (only if you have been on campus within the 48-hours before you received a positive COVID-19 test result).

Stay in student residences?

Your PDA or PAT will notify the residences team, who will ensure you have access to food and toiletry supplies. 

Close contact of someone with COVID-19

It's important to stay at home and self-isolate if you:

  • Live with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Live with someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test;
  • Are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19.

Follow this advice from NHS Inform.

If you have to self-isolate or you subsequently develop symptoms or receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please follow the reporting advice outlined above.

 

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Student residences

Student residences

Student accommodation on Inverness Campus is managed by the University. 

A shared flat is considered a household. You should follow this guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection.

It’s very important that you stay at home (self-isolate) if:

  • you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • you’ve had a positive test result
  • someone you live with has symptoms but has not yet been tested or received their test result

Household isolation will help to control the spread of the virus to friends, the wider community and the most vulnerable.

  • If you live in a household with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are a close contact and must self isolate and book a PCR test.

If you have to self-isolate, subsequently develop symptoms or receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please follow the reporting advice outlined above.

Your PDA/PAT will inform the student residences team, who will ensure you have access to food and toiletry supplies. 

Students are also encouraged to take a lateral flow test twice a week. Test kits are available from the main reception at Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or via NHS Inform.

Face coverings are mandatory when entering student accommodation and in all common areas, unless exempt.

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Physical distancing

Physical distancing

There is no requirement to physically distance on campus, however, we will continue to ask staff, students, and visitors to be respectful of safe distancing and personal space when on-site. Anyone exempt from wearing a face covering should maintain one metre physical distancing.

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Face coverings

Face coverings

It is mandatory to wear a face covering on campus, unless exempt, when eating or drinking, or the sole occupant of a room. This includes moving around our campus building, in study spaces like our library and learning resource centre, and in classes. Disposable face coverings are available from the main Inverness College UHI and Scottish School of Forestry reception and at various locations around our campus buildings. If you are exempt, we encourage you to wear a lanyard to identify your exemption. These are available to collect from our receptions.

The mandatory wearing of face coverings remains under review in line with any Scottish Government update and ahead of the October break.

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Ventilation and air quality monitoring

Ventilation and air quality monitoring

We will regularly monitor ventilation and air quality on site using CO2 monitors in occupied rooms to ensure this does not fall below acceptable levels.

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Hand sanitising and cleaning

Hand sanitising and cleaning

We will continue to encourage regular hand washing/sanitising. Please use sanitising solution provided in locations throughout our campuses to clean down shared work and study surfaces.

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Access to our campuses

Access to our campuses

Students can come onto campus to attend face-to-face classes or to access facilities including the Library, Learning Resource, The Bothy or Student Support Centre.

We will operate a digital sign in service in our Corrie Restaurant, Lochan Café, SSF Café, Library, Learning Resource Centre, The Bothy, and Student Support Centre, for contract tracing purposes. Students and visitors entering these areas will be asked to quickly and securely provide their contact details by scanning a QR code poster via their smartphone camera.  If your phone cannot scan QR codes, you can type the short URL printed on the posters into your phone’s internet browser.  If you do not have a mobile phone or cannot access the internet, staff in these locations will manually record your contact details.

Classrooms will be open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Students should enter the room and get seated prior to their scheduled class. There will be restricted access to specialist rooms such as workshops and laboratories, and lecturers will open these rooms prior to the start of the class. We would ask that you only go into rooms which you are timetabled to be in please.

Visitors and members of the public should report to reception.

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On site services

On site services

Corrie Restaurant, Inverness College UHI, will be open 8.30am to 2pm

Lochan Café, Inverness College UHI, will be open 8am to 4pm

Café, Scottish School of Forestry, will be open 8am to 11am and 12pm to 2.30pm

The Shop, Inverness College UHI, will be open 8.30am to 4pm

The Learning Resource Centre, Inverness College UHI, will be open 7am to 7pm, Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 7am to 9pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, for study. The Library is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, currently. We continue to offer Click and Collect and Postal Loans also. For more information, click here.

The Bothy (G36), Inverness College UHI, will be open 8.30am to 5pm for quiet study. It will be staffed by Education Support Advisers between 10am and 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Monday to Thursday, for drop-in study advice and learning support queries.

The Student Support Centre, Inverness College UHI, will be open Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4.30pm to help with any enquiries you may have and need support with.

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Testing

Testing

Staff and students are encouraged to participate in voluntary Lateral Flow Device testing twice per week. LFD kits are for anyone who does not have symptoms of Covid-19. They are available for collection, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, from the main Inverness College UHI reception. Students studying at the Scottish School of Forestry will be able to collect kits from the staff office, please speak to your lecturer.

What you need to know about Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing.

While these tests are voluntary, we strongly encourage staff and students to use them at home. If you are not coming onto campus, kits can be ordered and delivered to your home or collected from a pharmacy, details here.

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Vaccinations

Vaccinations

We encourage all staff and students to take advantage of COVID-19 vaccinations when offered as it’s the best way out of this pandemic. You can find information on how to book appointments here: The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot) Details of drop-in clinics are available here. The vaccine is now available to all over 16s and children age 12-15 who are considered at higher risk from COVID-19.

International students are strongly encouraged to access vaccinations on arrival in Scotland. Details here.

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Travel

Travel

Students who have changed household at the start and end of term are encouraged to take part in pre-departure and post-departure testing with lateral flow testing kits.

If you are moving into student accommodation on campus, please see further guidance here.

International students

It is not a requirement that international students are vaccinated in order to enter the UK to study.

You may need to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) before you travel or quarantine when you arrive in Scotland, depending on which country you are arriving from.

International students arriving in Scotland will have access COVID-19 vaccinations.

International students should follow national guidance: (Coronavirus (COVID-19): international travel and managed isolation (quarantine) - gov.scot (www.gov.scot), and any regulations that are in force for the whole population of Scotland, for green, amber and red listed countries before departure and on arrival in Scotland.

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Protect Scotland

Protect Scotland

Staff and students are encouraged to download the Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland's Test and Protect. This free, mobile app is designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Visit: Test & Protect | Protect Scotland for more information.

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Contact us

Contact us

If you have any questions related to COVID-19, please email covid.ic@uhi.ac.uk or speak to your PDA or PAT.

Key staff contact details can be found on our contact us page.

For student support and advice, please email student.support.ic@uhi.ac.uk

For education support, including study advice and learning support, please email thebothy.ic@uhi.ac.uk

For information about our residences, please contact student.accommodation@uhi.ac.uk