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Returning to Campus Life

The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our key priority and our return to campus is being managed in such a way to adhere to public health guidelines and protect our University community.

What do the latest Covid restrictions mean for our staff and students in trimesters two and three? Get all the details here​.

You'll find updated guidance regarding working from home for all colleagues here (updated 6 January) and guidance for managers here​ (updated 6 January).

Please contact HR if you require a statement of eligibility to evidence you are permitted to travel during Tier 4 restrictions for the purpose of education in line with SG Guidance. Note that this is different to having key worker status to enable access to childcare, which is currently being reviewed by the Scottish Government.

Asymptomatic testing​

The Scottish Government has agreed to extend voluntary asymptomatic testing to colleagues and students who need to be on campus. Staff and students can now receive twice weekly testing, facilitated by the University of Edinburgh, free of charge at the Pleasance Sports Complex until 30 June.


Tests can be booked through the Edinburgh Napier app and clicking on the tile marked "Book your Covid-19 test" or by visiting My Workplace on the staff intranet. Students can also book through My Napier. If you test positive, you and members of your household will need to self-isolate immediately and you should get a follow-up PCR test provided by the NHS. 

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding this asymptomatic testing can be found here​.


If you have any technical difficulties booking a test, please get in touch with our IS Service Desk by emailing isservicedesk@napier.ac.uk or phoning 0131 455 3000.

We're aware that, elsewhere in the education sector, testing at home has been implemented and we, along with other universities across Scotland, continue to lobby the Scottish Government to extend this to higher education.​

Latest updates​

An update from Library and IT Services regarding library opening hours and the reopening of our library helpdesks can be found here​ (19 April).

A very important update regarding Professional Services colleagues working from home until January 2022, asymptomatic testing for staff, and how to enrol for IS's managed laptop service, can be found here (8 April).

A peronal message from the Principal, in which Andrea shares the latest on our safe transition back to campus and flexible working, can be found here​ (1 April).

Our on-campus catering services will begin to re-open from Wednesday 7 April. Get all the details here​ (30 March).

An update from Alyson Tobin on guidance for teaching in 2021/22 can be found here​ (25 March).

Due to ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, we'll be unable to host our usual graduation ceremonies in the Usher Hall in July 2021 - more info here​ (19 March).

The latest update from the Prinicpal on what the latest announcements from the Scottish Government regarding ‘opening up’ mean for us - and how planning is going for 2021/22 - can be found here (4 March).

A personal message from the Principal regarding Returning to Campus Life can be found here​ (18 January).

An update from our Health & Safety team on lone working, reporting accidents and working from home can be found here​ (11 January).

Important information

It’s mandatory for all staff and students to wear a face covering when in learning and teaching spaces on campus – even when two metre distancing can be maintained. Get all the details here.

If a student or staff member, or someone in their household, displays Covid-19 symptoms, they should:

  • Stay at home, or go home wearing a face covering if already attending campus
  • Follow the advice on www.nhsinform.scot and seek to be tested at the earliest opportunity 
  • Let our Health & Safety team​ know you are displaying symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19, or if a student confirms to you they have tested positive for Covid-19
  • Only leave home when they have been told it is safe to do so 

You’ll find the latest guidance on safe practices to adopt when teaching here​ and guidance on working in a multiple occupancy office here​.

Looking for information on the student check in process? You'll find a guide here and answers to FAQs here​.

Any questions you may have can be submitted to staffcommunications@napier.ac.uk.

Getting on campus

We've changed the process for accessing our campuses - you'll find full details of what you need to do to get on site here​. Full details on signing in to campus via iNapier and a QR code can be found here​.

Some colleagues will be returning to work on campus on a regular basis and we’ve developed the following guidance and FAQs to help them do so:  

Guidance for colleagues and students regarding resuming research activities can be found here.​

Getting to campus

If you need to travel to the University, please plan ahead. Visit Transport​Scotland​ for the latest Scottish Government advice and up-to-date guidance on public transport and active travel.


However you travel, be clear on the facilities available and rules in place before you start your journey. Keep in mind that many public transport operators are running reduced services.


For more information on the different travel options for getting to campus, visit our transport and travel pages for staff and students.​

Coronavirus information

New updates will now be published on this page. You'll find our coronavirus information archive here​.