The library, Students’ Union and other services on campus are due to close amid the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus pandemic.
An announcement from the university yesterday informed students that the library would be closing on Friday March 20 and would be operating on reduced opening times of 8am to 5pm. All library resources will have to be accessed online.
The student services hub has closed and will be working entirely online until further notice. Students who require their help can find the email and phone number as well as contact hours online.
The Students’ Union announced that all commercial spaces (Studio Bar and Coffeeshop) would be closing on Wednesday 18 March.
Union commercial staff have been told that casual shift work is no longer required and that they will be paid two weeks’ notice to help them in this difficult time.
All campus sports facilities closed on Tuesday March 17 until further notice.
Only one catering outlet will remain open on campus. Refresh in Willow Court will be open from 9am to 9pm, but all other outlets will remain open until 5pm on March 20.
The on-campus Nisa shop will be remaining open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Sunday.
Students will still be able to access the pharmacy, which will operate from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday but will be closed from 1:30pm and 2:30pm each day for additional cleaning.
24-hour accommodation staff will be available at the Union Street accommodation in Stirling city centre and Beech Court reception on campus.
All classes were moved online last week and if any students require support they have been told to reach out to their faculty.
A statement from Principal Gerry McCormac read:
“Our main priority is to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students and staff at this time. The situation we face is unprecedented and presents difficult, complicated challenges for everyone.
“As a University, we are continuing to work through these, and your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please do not take any risks and continue to take care of yourself and look after those around you.
“We will continue to share any new information as it becomes available and I encourage you to keep checking our dedicated COVID-19 webpage for updates.”
Any students who are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus; a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly, are to stay at home and self-isolate for seven days.
The Government has warned against making any contact that isn’t necessary and to stay at home.
It was announced today (Wednesday March 18) that schools in Scotland and Wales would be closing because of the virus.