Keeping on top of your general health
At SRUC there is nothing more important to us than your safety. Please read the information below on how to stay safe throughout your work or studies.
Meningitis is always of concern and should be taken seriously. It is inflammation of the lining of the brain caused by different types of organisms which are either viruses or bacteria.
One in ten people at any time are carrying the bacteria which cause these diseases. We pass them between each other by regular close contact, such as kissing. Mostly these bacteria don't make us ill, but in a very few people they get into the blood stream and cause meningitis or meningitis blood poisoning. Nobody knows who is at risk, so make sure you know the symptoms.
It is strongly recommended that you get vaccinated before coming to college or university. Further information on vaccinations, symptoms and treatments can be found in our leaflet or by visiting the NHS website or the Meningitis Research Foundation website.
This disease can kill in hours if not treated, if concerned call the 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 3344.
Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
The MMR is an effective combined vaccine that protects against Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles).
These highly infectious conditions can easily spread between unvaccinated people. Getting vaccinated is important as these conditions can lead to complications including meningitis, hearing loss and problems during pregnancy. Two doses of the MMR vaccine provide the best protection against MMR and it is important to check you have had two doses before you start college or university. Your GP surgery can book or arrange an appointment. For more information visit the NUS website.
We continue to take all reasonable steps to protect staff, students, and stakeholders from COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccination and boosters
If you aren't vaccinated, you should consider getting vaccinated. The Government vaccine program is open to all students. SRUC strongly encourages all staff and students who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or booster. See the NHS Scotland website to find out how to arrange a vaccine appointment.
As part of the Scottish Government's Test and Protect Transition Plan, people with COVID-19 symptoms are no longer advised that they need to seek a PCR test. The public health advice for people who feel unwell will be to stay at home until they feel better, to reduce the risk of infecting other people. SRUC encourages any students who would like to continue LFD testing to do so. Asymptomatic LFD kits will remain available while we have stocks.
Testing positive for Covid-19
If you test positive for coronavirus, you should follow the revised guidance from NHS Inform and stay at home for 3 days if you're 18 years and under, or for 5 days if you're over 18 years. NOTE - Day 1 is the day after you took your LFD test.
The public health advice for people who feel unwell is to stay at home until they feel better, to reduce the risk of infecting other people. and should follow guidance on staying at home if unwell.
We are here to support you if you test positive or need to self-isolate. Your year tutor or faculty office will be able to advise you and signpost you to sources of support if you are unable to engage with your studies or cannot attend campus for in-person classes.
We strongly encourage all staff, students and stakeholders to keep 1 metre physical distancing when transiting inside buildings, such as through corridors, communal areas, libraries and canteens. Please keep to the left when moving down corridors.
Staff, students and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to still wear face coverings whilst transiting inside SRUC buildings, such as corridors, communal areas, libraries and canteens.
Hygiene and cleaning
Staff, students and stakeholders must continue to follow good hand hygiene procedures on arrival and leaving the work/study area, as well as before eating, drinking or smoking. They must wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water and dry them thoroughly, or use alcohol-based sanitiser.
Shared equipment and frequently touched surfaces must be disinfected at the end of each use and again before the next use.
Buildings must continue to be ventilated, by the opening of doors and windows, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Students in SRUC accommodation have a personal responsibility to comply with this guidance and adopt and maintain safe behaviours to protect themselves and other people.
Our Covid-19 policies and procedures page has full details on all steps SRUC is taking against Covid-19.
Free period products
In 2018, the Scottish Government committed to providing access to free sanitary products for students in schools, colleges, and universities. Scotland has subsequently become the first UK nation to offer free sanitary products for all, as part of the 2020 Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill.
SRUC continues to deliver on the Scottish Government requirement to provide access to free sanitary products in our premises, to support equality, dignity, and rights for those who menstruate, and to ensure that lack of access to products does not impact on an individual's ability to fully participate in education at all levels.
Products are promoted and made available to students in a variety of ways which can depend on where students are located within SRUC. As well as being available in toilets and residencies across our estate, products (single use, reusable and bulk orders) can be collected or ordered:
- Using the mySRUC app
- through student welfare services
- as part of SRUC’s welcome week
- at the SRUCSA (student association) office
- via a QR code on posters
- at wider local or council pick up points.
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