Update on Covid-19 outbreak in residences

We are aware of two significant clusters of positive cases of Covid-19 in our Murano Street and Cairncross residences, which we believe were largely due to social activity around 12-14 September (the start of Freshers’ Week).

We are working closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s public health team to manage these. The total number of reported cases since the start of term is 124 but the actual number is likely to be higher. Over 600 students are isolating across all residences. We are not aware of any students who have had to receive hospital treatment.

The student households affected are self-isolating and have access to food and other supplies. Advice on medical issues including mental health and wellbeing is being made available. We have also increased the number of support staff liaising with our residences.

Environmental health inspected the residences earlier today and reported that robust procedures are in place.

We have made very clear since before the arrival of students that the University will not tolerate behaviour that puts others at risk. No new disciplinary issues have been reported since the first few days of Freshers’ Week. Despite this we are expanding staffing numbers to help ensure isolation is observed universally and to support students.

Disciplinary action against any students who break the rules will include termination of student accommodation contracts and suspension from the University.


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