The University has announced plans to increase face-to-face teaching and room capacity next semester.
In response to feedback and progress made the University has decided to take a number of steps including the increase of face-to-face workshops and seminars.
A full list of the changes are as follows:
- seek to expand the number of seminars and workshops on campus.
- use lecture theatres for some classes, where appropriate.
- facilitate more on-campus one-to-one dissertation and small group project meetings.
- aim to increase our on-campus laboratory and skills sessions.
- increase room capacity by removing physical distancing with appropriate mitigations in place, including ventilation and face coverings. This increase will be balanced by limiting room occupancy to between 50-75%, depending on scale, ventilation and the shape of the room.
“Online and hybrid provision” will continue in the spring semester and the spring timetable looks set to be published on 17 December.
The University has acknowledged the “rapidly changing situation”, with six new cases of the Omicron variant of the covid-19 virus having been identified today in Scotland. They have asked for the university community to continue following all health guidelines and the university will “respond and adapt” their plans if required.
Safety measures such as wearing face coverings, encouraging of physical distancing, and the promotion of hand hygiene and sanitisation, will remain in place throughout the spring semester.
Students can request free lateral flow device testing kits across the campus at the following locations: the library, Logie reception, and the Students’ Union reception.
Free kits are also available at the receptions for Juniper Court, Beech Court, Alexander Court, Andrew Stewart Hall, Union Street, and John Forty’s Court.
In addition to this, the vaccination centre on campus will remain open and available to all.
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