Covid Guidance

September 2021 content

September 2021

In line with Scottish Government Guidance for Colleges in current 'Beyond Level 0' restrictions, Shetland UHI is continuing to operate and deliver courses remotely, with some exceptions for some courses and student support. It is important that you keep in contact with your lecturer, so you know what the specific arrangements are for your course.

Please do not attend College sites if you are feeling unwell, especially if you are experiencing any Covid symptoms: 

  • A new or continuous cough or difficulty breathing
  • A fever or raised temperature
  • A change or loss of taste or smell

In addition, Shetland UHI are asking all students on site to note the following: 

* Mandatory wearing of face coverings in all areas of campus unless you are eating and drinking in Da Haaf or Briggistanes

* Frequent hand washing and sanitising

* Social distancing of 1m minimum

* You should only be on site when you have scheduled classes

* Students attending the Lerwick Campus should use the QR codes for Track and Trace (Scalloway are using different system)

* In order to catch any outbreak as soon as possible we highly recommend that everyone uses the free lateral flow tests twice a week and report results online. These can be picked up at reception at both campuses.

Shetland UHI would also like to encourage all of our students, who are eligible, to get vaccinated.

You can find out more about Coronavirus on the NHS Shetland Covid page. 


Lateral Flow Testing

Shetland UHI are dispensing lateral flow testing (LFT) kits. This is a completely voluntary scheme, for staff and students to test for Covid19. You can collect a kit from both the Lerwick Campus Reception and Scalloway Campus Reception. 

Regular testing, along with the other protective measures we are implementing to keep our college community safe, will help to further reduce risks for staff and young people in our college.

It will do so by helping to identify asymptomatic individuals in college environments at the earliest possible opportunity and asking them and their close contacts to self-isolate, thus minimising the likelihood of them passing on the virus.

General Advice content

General Advice

General Advice

We are working closely with NHS services and Health Protection Scotland who are taking the lead in responding to this situation and we will take direction from them. Please continue to go to the NHS Inform website for the latest health related information, including advice on self-isolation if you develop a cough or fever.

Meanwhile the following information might be of use:

  • The Scottish Government Covid19 page is full of information and advice about Covid19
  • The NHS Scotland app Protect Scotland is now available to help reduce the spread and avoid further lockdowns. It uses bluetooth so is totally anonymous and doesn't require setting up an account. We would encourage you to download and use this to help keep you and your communities safe.
  • If you have any concerns about your health in relation to suspected coronavirus, please contact NHS24 by calling 111 for advice.
  • You might find the current situation around coronavirus difficult and stressful in terms of how it will affect you. This information from MIND, the mental health charity, is useful and reassuring.
  • If you are a student with Shetland UHI you can also contact your personal academic tutor or Student Support for further advice.
Information for students based outwith Shetland content

Information for students based outwith Shetland

Information for students based outwith Shetland

Following Scottish Government, NHS Shetland Test and Protect and NHS Shetland Public Health advice, students traveling back to Shetland from mainland Scotland under essential travel for study do not need to self-isolate, although we would encourage students who are traveling back to Shetland to take up the opportunity available to students to have a test arranged on a voluntary basis. Please contact Gemma MacGregor our Operations Manager to make arrangements on 01595 771321 or If travel is from outwith Scotland, we would ask that your check the Scottish Government website for further information on what you are required to do.

Visiting Shetland UHI campuses content

Visiting Shetland UHI campuses

Visiting Shetland UHI campuses

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Shetland UHI have worked very hard to keep our staff, students and visitors as safe as possible.

Before visiting either the Scalloway or Lerwick campuses, please familiarise yourself with the following documents:

 Covid19 Pre Screening Declaration Form

Covid19 Procedures for Students