Statement: Covid-19 Update
We have been informed today (28th September 2020) that a student who attended a face to face class at Inverness College UHI, 1 Inverness Campus, last week has tested positive for COVID-19.
As a result, five students and one lecturer have been asked to self-isolate as part of the NHS Scotland Test and Protect process.
The student, who is well, is self-isolating at home.
Following discussions with the local Health Protection Team, we have asked staff and students in the affected area to go home today to allow a deep clean of affected areas. They will be able to return to campus once this has been done.
We have also been in touch with students who may have been in contact with the COVID-19 case last week, for their information.
At Inverness College UHI, the majority of students are studying remotely in semester one. A small number of our further education students and apprentices are coming onto campus for face to face delivery, where this is important.
We’ve been working closely with the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association (HISA) in Inverness to ensure a safe learning environment for those students and staff coming onto campus. Further information is available here: www.inverness.uhi.ac.uk/coronavirus
We continue to ask all our students and staff to remain vigilant and to follow the Scottish Government guidance.
Dedicated student support staff continue to work with students to provide help and advice.
- The confirmed case is not connected to our student residences at Inverness Campus.
- The University of the Highlands and Islands partnership has over 20 years’ experience delivering through blended learning combining video conferencing, inventive online technologies, real-time support from lecturers and local staff and some face to face teaching. This has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and we are well placed to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and our staff – this is our priority.
Updated Friday 2nd October:
Following deep cleaning of the affected area, face to face classes in the affected area resumed on Thursday 1st October. Five students and one member of staff remain in self-isolation after being contacted directly by NHS Scotland Test and Protect. As of today, we have received no information to suggest transmission within our campus building, with all tests returning negative results thus far. We continue to ask staff and students on site to remain extra vigilant and follow the Scottish Government guidance.