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

Published: 21 Dec 2020
Last updated: 1 Jun 2021 - see all updates

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

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): universities, colleges and student accommodation providers
Where we are now

Where we are now

Our updated Strategic Framework sets out how we plan to restore, in a phased way,  greater normality to our everyday lives. This includes a planned further return to in-person learning and teaching. This will be kept under regular review, with decisions informed by the data on virus prevalence.

On 26 April, following a period of national lockdown in all mainland areas, Scotland returned to a local levels system of Covid restrictions with the entire country initially moving to a modified version of the current level 3 restrictions.

On 17 May most of Scotland moved from level 3 to level 2, with some of the country moving to level 1

Click here to use the postcode checker to check an area’s local COVID-19 protection level. The protection level tells you what you can and cannot do in that area.

Universities and colleges will operate within protection level guidance of their local authority area. Those in levels 0-2 will operate a blended learning model and those in levels 3 and 4 will operate a restricted blended learning model.Controlling levels of community transmission plays an important role in ensuring that our colleges and universities can remain safe for staff and students - this approach is reflected in the Scottish Government’s updated Strategic Framework which sets out how we plan to restore, in a phased way, greater normality to our everyday lives.

A range of factors, including the current state of the pandemic, future projections, more general control measures and their impact and the roll out and impact of the vaccine will all be taken into account in considering further amendments to this guidance.


First published: 21 Dec 2020 Last updated: 1 Jun 2021 -