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Coronavirus (COVID-19): universities, colleges and student accommodation providers

Published: 21 Dec 2020
Last updated: 16 Apr 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for higher and further education institutions and student accommodation providers to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): universities, colleges and student accommodation providers
Related information

Related information

The Scottish Government website contains links to the most up to date sectoral guidance. It is important the latest version of the guidance is read.

Scottish Government advice and support

Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance 

Health Protection Scotland has prepared information and guidance on COVID-19 including guidance for (non-healthcare) settings.

Please refer to relevant sections of the NHS Inform website, in particular the advice on physical distancing, shielding, Test and Protect, and symptoms. Each of these sections notes the date last updated, so please take particular note of whether some of the above guidance has been updated since your draft guidance was produced to ensure this guidance remains aligned.

Transport Scotland has published a Transport Transition Plan and advice on how to travel safely.

Student accommodation travel guidance is also available on the Student Information Scotland portal.


Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977

Fair Work during the COVID-19 crisis

Please see the Scottish Governments joint statement with the STUC

Other sources of COVID-19 information

The following UK-level guidance may also prove useful:

The Health and Safety Executive has produced COVID-19 advice. The following may provide useful sources of information:

See also the Universities and Colleges Employers Association and Trade Unions statement on working together and the Universities UK paper on principles and considerations for emerging from lockdown.

Further information

For queries relating to college or university academic start dates, admissions etc. students should be directed to their specific institution who will be able to offer the correct support.

Student Information Scotland Portal

Information for students can be found at:

Scottish Funding Council


Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

SDS have enhanced their online content and resources available for all learners. They offer a phone helpline for individual learners who have COVID related concerns on the My World of Work website. This includes advice and support on a wide range of issues including support for individuals of all ages whose employment, learning, or career development has been impacted as a result of the pandemic. These enhanced services are complemented by a new career education programme that young people can undertake at home.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produced guidance for employers to aid in discussions about return to work.

First published: 21 Dec 2020 Last updated: 16 Apr 2021 -