We are currently operating under the Scottish Government's  “beyond level zero” protection level. Though Scottish Government guidance does not require social distancing at this level, a number of other mitigations remain in place, including continued use of face coverings, enhanced hygiene / cleaning in high traffic areas, availability of routine lateral flow testing, attendance recording for outbreak management and enhanced ventilation with routine and regular monitoring. We encourage students and staff to keep a distance from each other and are helping facilitate that through signage, classroom layout  and a 'keep left' policy etc.  

The campus is freely open.

On this page you will find more detailed information on the status with various aspects of campus life.


Campus access and use (including face coverings rules)

Open access with capacity managed at room / location level.

No prescribed physical distancing but base mitigations retained across all areas/activities:

  • Enhanced hygiene / cleaning in high traffic areas.
  • Student attendance recording for outbreak management.
  • Enhanced ventilation with routine and regular monitoring.
  • Routine and regular lateral flow tests.
  • Facing coverings: as of 10 September, our policy on face coverings is as below, based on the latest advice from the Scottish Government. 


In line with Scottish Government guidance, anyone on campus is required to use face coverings when inside the buildings. This includes in classrooms, in the atrium and LRC and other indoor spaces. 

Exceptions are as follows:

  • Residents within their flats in student accommodation.
  • When seated in the open plan staff offices, where a minimum distance of 1m is maintained.
  • Staff who are delivering a class, where a minimum distance of 1m from their students is maintained.
  • Staff in meetings where they are keeping at least 1m apart from others in the room.
  • When eating or drinking.
  • Where you have a legal exemption. The government have outlined a number of'reasonable' reasons for not wearing a face covering.  If you need advice on exemptions (eg if you think you cannot deliver a particular specialist class with students wearing face coverings) please email Health and Safety (hs-staff@qmu.ac.uk).

The requirement to wear a face coverings on campus will be reviewed mid-semester and will take account of government guidance prevailing at that time.

Taught programme delivery

Blended Delivery

In-person teaching via seminars and practicals with lectures online.

Upper capacity cap of 50 people recommended except where supported by risk assessment.


Taught programme preparation

On-campus activity in line with office based working guidance and room booking procedures.

Learning Resource Centre

Rooms subject to recommended capacity limits.

Personal responsibility for hygiene cleaning between desk / room use.

Standard (pre-COVID) operational capacity, standard operational hours (with restricted zoning for 24/7 access).

Liaison Librarians

Return to in-person services supplemented by remote support.

For more information, see our Library website.


In-person research activity in line with basic mitigations and subject to any professional body, clinical or research council recommendations and requirements.

Administrative and student support

Return to in-person services supplemented by remote support. 

Student Services

Return to in-person services supplemented by remote support.

Students' Union

Sports and Societies fully operational with no restrictions on travel.

Managed events subject to remaining events sector guidance and to take account of retained recommended mitigations.

More information on the Students' Union


Service support

Return to in-person services to support staff and student activity.

Localised protective screens at service positions on in-person service desks.

Office based working for staff

Return to office-based working to support delivery of in-person support services and face to face teaching and learning.

For information on campus induction procedures, please see the Campus Induction section of our COVID intranet site.

Meetings/room bookings

Return to face to face meetings for smaller numbers (30 and under). Larger University committees to be held online.

Observe room capacity recommendations with consideration given to hybrid meetings where rooms support that.

Personal responsibility for hygiene cleaning between meetings.


Managed events subject to remaining events sector guidance and to take account of retained recommended mitigations.

Larger scale events to have cross-institutional coordinated planning led by Events Team (events@qmu.ac.uk).

Hospitality and catering

Return to operations in accordance with standard (pre-COVID) operations, licensing conditions – late licences and events permitted.

For more information, see our Eat and Shop on Campus page.

Accommodation and RES:LIFE

Emphasis on support, positive behaviours and engagement with asymptomatic home testing programme. Mitigations include:

  • Managed arrivals.
  • Quarantine arrangements and support (amber countries)
  • Proactive management of behaviour issues.
  • Enhanced cleaning of communal areas.
  • Clear support framework for self-isolation.
  • Res-Life engagement programme including in-person managed events.

More information on Accommodation.



Return to standard (pre-COVID) sports activity.

More information on Sports.

Keeping you safe: COVID advice for you from the University

Coronavirus advice from the Scottish Government 

Student Information Scotland website (Scottish Goverment coronavirus information for students 

NHS Inform 

QMU route map to normal operations 

QMU University Wide COVID risk assessment (intranet link)




Our dedicated COVID email is now open for students who want to speak directly to someone at QMU about any COVID-related questions or concerns. 

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