In line with official government advice, University of the West of Scotland has a robust approach in place, to monitor and mitigate the impact of coronavirus. Our University remains very much open for business as usual, while continuing to take sensible precautions.
Visit our coronavirus information hub for the latest information:
There has been a recent increase in the number of people diagnosed with mumps in Scotland.
The MMR vaccine protects against mumps (as well as measles and rubella) and has been given to children in the UK since 1998, meaning much of the population is protected.
However, if you don't think or are unsure if you have had this immunisation, we're encouraging students to double-check and make sure you’ve had two MMR vaccinations. You can find out if you’ve had all your routine vaccinations by contacting your local GP or practice nurse who should be able to find out for you.
The NHS has more information on mumps and routine vaccination:
Stay healthy and safe. Check out our tips for well-being, on and off campus.
Meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are rare but life-threatening diseases. Young people up to 24 are at the highest risk of getting meningococcal disease – so it’s important to be aware of the symptoms and know what to do.
Meningitis can strike quickly – check out this video about one student’s story.
Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. If you’re unsure whether you’ve been inoculated against measles, most commonly via the MMR vaccine, then it’s recommended that you talk to your GP to arrange this.
If you’re new to Scotland, read this factsheet about how to get health care while you’re here.
Whether you’re new to Scotland or just to the local area, be sure to register with a local GP. You can find details of local doctors’ surgeries and other health services here.
London students can find local GP services here.
Remember to register with a dentist too. Keeping up with check-ups can prevent the need for costly treatment.
UK residents can normally get a free NHS eye test every two years.
If you have a low income, you may be able to claim help towards costs for services such as dental treatment or spectacles. You need to complete an HC1 form. More details here.
You can find information on local sexual health clinics and free condom suppliers at these links:
SAUWS also distribute free condoms from the Students’ Unions at Ayr, Lanarkshire and Paisley.
Handle feelings of stress or anxiety. SilverCloud gives you secure, immediate access to interactive CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) modules.
Modules include Understanding Feelings, Facing your Fears and Managing Worry.
It’s easy to use and designed to be motivational. Access it anywhere on your computer, tablet or mobile. Learn more and sign up online.
If you hear the fire alarm on campus:
If you discover a fire:
Leave the building – walk quickly, don’t run.
There are trained first aiders on all the Scottish campuses. If you need first aid for yourself or someone else, call 0141 848 3505.
Give full details of where you are, including your campus, what the injury is and how serious it is. A first aider will come to you.
Keep calm and keep the injured person calm. Don’t let them leave until seen by the first aider. If you think that an ambulance is needed, ask for one when you request first aid.
All the campuses are no smoking areas. No one is allowed to smoke anywhere within the campuses, including buildings, grounds and vehicles.
This also applies to e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine dispensing systems.
The smoking policy is enforced by security and other staff. It’s supported by the university code of discipline for students.