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The National Union of Students for Scotland has called for support to be in place for all students across the country who are having to self-isolate.

Commenting Matt Crilly, NUS Scotland President, said:

“We are concerned by the reported spike in cases of Covid-19 across the country. As we see hundreds of students in self-isolation it is essential that institutions are supporting them, not only with basic necessities like food and drink, but also by making sure that mental health and wellbeing services are offered.

“We continue to appeal to all students to follow public health guidance and keep each other safe as the virus is still out there as recent outbreaks have shown.”

In response to calls from UCU Scotland, the National Union of Students for Scotland urged the Scottish Government to issue stronger guidance in relation to remote learning.

Commenting, Mr Crilly said:

“The Scottish Government and our institutions must do all they can to ensure students are able to learn safely. We want to see online learning being recommended as the default position except lab based and practical courses which must take place in person.

“The health and safety of university students is too important to gamble with and we back these fresh calls for the Scottish Government to issue updated guidance that makes this crystal clear.”

Scottish universities must stop hiding behind unclear government guidance

UCU has today (23 Sept) written to the Scottish government calling for urgent leadership to address Covid-19 outbreaks on university campuses, and to put the health and safety of students and staff first.

The union accuses universities of hiding behind the Scottish government’s guidance for universities and calls for stronger guidance that clarifies that remote and online working for universities should be the default position, and that all activity that can be done remotely should be done so.

In the first few weeks of term there have already been outbreaks on university campuses in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. UCU said it was deeply concerned about the health and safety of students, staff and local communities, given the virus was spreading so rapidly, especially among young people.

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