Building Community Immunity
The safety of students as they return to, or join, our campus is a priority and we wish to clarify, as simply as possible, the actions students can take to ensure safety for Strathclyde’s campus community.
Here is a statement about Community Immunity from your Student Exec Team:
"The past year has been tough, but things are finally moving in the right direction. In a couple of weeks students from all over Scotland, the UK and the world will return to our campus. This is an exciting time for all of us but it is also a fragile moment, as unfortunately Covid-19 still persists within our society, so it’s vital we take the steps to ensure we keep moving forward.
Throughout the pandemic the media has scapegoated students. They have blamed us for outbreaks, surges and lockdowns. These criticisms were never fair or justified and ignored the lived reality of the student experience. Make no mistake, articles are already prepped ready to blame us for the next wave - it’s time to prove them wrong!
Receiving your Covid-19 vaccine when offered is more than just a personal choice, it is a social responsibility. The vaccine keeps you safe as well as those around you, including the most vulnerable such as the medically exempt. Widespread adoption of the vaccine amongst students can build community immunity and minimise the risk to us all; it’s the right thing to do.
Only by ensuring widespread adoption of the vaccine can we truly begin to slow and weaken it. If all of us do our part, by receiving the vaccine when offered, we can build community immunity and make our campus safer. The sooner we beat this virus, the sooner we can return to normal.
Equip yourself with the tools to build community immunity. Wear a mask in indoor spaces, be conscious of others personal space, wash your hands often, get tested regularly, install the Protect Scotland and Check In Scotland apps, and crucially go get the vaccine if you haven’t already done so. You can find your local drop-in vaccine clinic via NHS Inform; it couldn't be easier."
- Your Student Exec Team 2021/22
Covid-19 Vaccine Information:
You can find information about the nearest vaccine drop in clinic here.
Protect Scotland App:
You can find out more about the Protect Scotland app via the NHS Test and Protect website.
You can download the Protect Scotland app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
Check In Scotland App:
The Check In Scotland App will be used in the various comercial venues within the new Strath Union including our bar and coffee shops.
It allows you to log your contact details with any business or venue displaying the Check In Scotland Test and Protect QR code poster. Check In Scotland works with NHS Scotland's Test and Protect contact tracing system. The service is designed to take as few details from you as needed.
You can find out more about Check In Scotland via this Scottish Government Guide.
You can download the Check In Scotland app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
Ensuring a Safe Strath Union:
We are incredibly excited to welcome you to the new Strath Union this September. Here are some of the steps we are taking to keep you and the rest of the Strathclyde community safe:
- As mentioned above, all visitors to our commercial spaces (including our new bar and coffee shops) will be asked to use the Check In Scotland app on their arrival and departure.
- Singage will be displayed to remind students and staff that they are in an area with no social distancing - we ask that you remain concious of the personal space of others.
- Everyone, including our staff, will be required to where a mask when moving around the venue - unless they are medically exempt.
- Table ordering will be available in order to reduce queueing at our bar - it is super easy and conveniant, please try it!
- Hand sanitising stations will be available throughout the Union - please make sure to wash your hands and use hand sanitiser throughout the day!
University Covid-19 Information for Students:
On the 5th of August 2021 the University confirmed physical distancing measures would be in place on our return to campus in Semester 1 of the 2021-22 Academic Year.
On the 15th of July 2021 the University set out the Strathclyde Student Pledge which sets out their commitment to students for the 2021-22 Academic Year.
On the 24th of June 2021 the University outlined preparations for the 2021-22 Academic Year with the confirmation of both on-campus and online activities.
We would encourage you to check out the recently updated Univeristy Covid-19 FAQ's for more information related to the year ahead.
If you test positive for Covid-19 you should let the University know via their Symptoms Reporting Form.
Coronavirus Update - 27th August 2021:
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