April 26, 2021

Covid update

Regular Covid Testing now available to RCS staff and students Recognising that access to regular Covid testing can be reassuring for members of our community, we’re pleased to let you know that a regular asymptomatic Covid testing facility is now available to RCS students and staff on the GCU campus. This service is open Tuesday

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January 5, 2021

Start of Term 2 updates

Dear students and colleagues, A very Happy New Year to you all and a warm welcome back to RCS. I hope that you have had a good rest and some fun over the winter break. As you may have just seen First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made a statement to the Scottish Parliament this afternoon

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Download the Test and Protect App

The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Using the Protect Scotland app, along with sticking to current public health measures, will help us to stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

Downloading and using Protect Scotland will never be a requirement. However, as we see the rate of infection start to rise, it is important that we all download and use the Protect Scotland app to help stop the spread of coronavirus. We know the more of us that do, the more effective it will be.

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Remember FACTS for a safer Scotland
  • Face Coverings
  • Avoid Crowded Places
  • Clean Your Hands Regularly
  • Two Meter Distance
  • Self Isolate and Book a Test if You Have Symptoms


NHS inform

The NHS inform website contains the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including physical distancing measures and advice for infected households


Mass asymptomatic testing for Covid-19

Mass asymptomatic community testing is coming to Glasgow in your area and we’re looking for your help in beating Covid-19 so everyday life can get back to normal for all of us more quickly.

You can have Covid and not know about it – people don’t always get symptoms.

Getting a test will make sure you don’t have it, make sure you can’t pass it on, and make sure we get Glasgow out of level four quicker.

You can help your friends, neighbours and local community by taking a quick, simple, safe and effective test – near where you live, and get the results in less than 48 hours.

As this is a pilot scheme initially, two mobile testing centres have been set up in Pollokshields and Dalmarnock – two areas of Glasgow with higher than average Covid infection rates. If we can understand why infection rates in these two pilot areas are higher than elsewhere, it will help us take measures to drive down infection rates across the city. You may have seen in the media details of a similar scheme running in Liverpool.

We only want people to get tested if they have no Covid-19 symptoms at all.  This is particularly important so if you have any of the main Covid -19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a separate test immediately at NHS Inform.

If you have no Covid-19 symptoms please book a test.  It’s free and will only take a few minutes.  We’ve set up mobile testing centres near you in Pollokshields (in the large car park on Albert Drive, opposite the Tramway Theatre) and Dalmarnock (in the Emirates Arena car park.)  They’ll be open from 9am – 5pm every day until December 9.  If you can, please book a test or you can also simply turn up and get a test on the spot if that’s easier for you.

Understanding how many people in your community have Covid-19 but with no symptoms will help everyone.

Contact information


International and Student Experience – welfare@rcs.ac.uk

Counsellor and Disability Adviser – j.balmforth@rcs.ac.uk

Student Union – supresident@rcs.ac.uk



Welcome Home Support Team (to assist students arriving in Glasgow to begin their studies) – welcomehome@rcs.ac.uk 


Togetherall is an online support community that RCS students can join for free. It’s completely anonymous and can be accessed at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. On the website, there are trained counsellors making it a safe place to express how you’re feeling. To join, go to Togetherall, pick Organisation and then Universities from the drop-down menu. Put your email address in, then create a username.



If you have any concerns or questions, please contact either Russell Brown, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager at r.brown@rcs.ac.uk or the Human Resources dept. at humanresources@rcs.ac.uk.


General Contact

RCS Switchboard: 0141 332 4101



Linda Robertson – l.robertson@rcs.ac.uk



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