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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 trimester 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).

Symptomatic testing​

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, book a PCR test. You can have a test sent to your home or attend one of the testing sites located across Scotland. You’ll find full details of the process, how to book a test, and where the testing sites are situated, here.


There’s currently a walk through Covid-19 testing site at our Craiglockhart campus but this is not operated by the University and you must book an appointment through the link above.

Asymptomatic testing​

Many people have Covid-19 but have no symptoms, which is one of the ways it can spread quickly to different people. Being tested is so important as it protects everyone within your household and within our Edinburgh Napier community.


If you’re coming on to campus, you can arrange for regular lateral flow tests. You can attend the lateral flow testing centre we have set up in partnership with the University of Edinburgh at the Pleasance Sports Complex. Tests can be booked through the Edinburgh Napier app, or via My Workplace on the staff intranet, by clicking the tile marked "Book your Covid-19 test".


If you cannot attend the testing centre, you can order lateral flow tests online or collect them from an NHS test site.

Anyone attending campus that is not employed by the University, for example, a guest lecturer, should order a test online or pick up a test from an NHS test site in advance of their visit.​

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.

Free staff car parking

We’ve extended our free parking provision at Sighthill and Craiglockhart until the end of August 2021, and permits are not required at this time. Parking at Merchiston is also free of charge for this period, but you must apply for a temporary permit by emailing car.parking@napier.ac.uk.

Space allocation will be on a first-come, first-served basis.​ We’ll be monitoring demand for parking and will keep you updated of any changes.

Latest updates​

We're back! A Returning to Campus Life update from Staff Communications can be found here​ (17 June).

As more and more colleagues begin to return to campus life, an important update on shared workspaces, bringing visitors on campus, our iPoints, and Right to Work checks can be found here​ (20 May).

Research staff and students who wish to resume research involving face-to-face interaction for data collection can do so from Monday 17 May. Guidance on this is available here​ (13 May).

An important update on returning to campus life for Professional Services colleagues, from Interim HR Director Paddy Bennett, can be found here​ (6 May).

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).

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).

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​.


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​.