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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Please note, all arrangements are being reassessed in line with new Scottish Government guidance are are subject to change.

On Monday 4 January the Scottish Government announced further restrictions that are being brought in across Scotland following the emergence of a new, highly contagious strain of the Coronavirus.

The University has a dedicated website with the latest information for prospective and current students, staff and visitors to the University about Covid-19. It is regularly updated and we would urge anyone who may be concerned about their studies, work or visit with the Law School to check this site first for the latest information.

Visit the University Covid-19 website
Law School buildings

The Old College premises remains open for essential access only (e.g. essential research activities).

Due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding the outbreak of Covid-19, there is an expectation that staff and students will not visit our premises under any non-essential circumstances.

All law school staff who can work from home are working remotely and are contactable via their usual email addresses. View our people pages.

We will continue to keep in touch with our current and prospective students, and staff during this challenging period. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Law School in due course.

The Law Library

The Law Library will be closed between 11 - 22 January. The Information Services Group (ISG) has reviewed the opening of libraries across all campuses, and planned a revised opening programme in line with the staggered return of students throughout Jan/Feb 2021.

Browsing and borrowing of physical/print collections is unfortunately not permitted, however digital library services continue to be available online via DiscoverEd.

Students will have to find alternative bookable study spaces elsewhere on the University campus.

Quad Café

The Quad Café will remain closed until further notice. The café was due to reopen on Monday 25 January but in line with the new guidance, Uni cafés will only reopen when Government advice allows. Seating has also been closed off so this cannot be used as an ad-hoc study space.

What this means for Semester 2 phased return

Semester 2 runs from 11 January - 21 May 2021.

In line with Scottish Government guidance, UG and PGT students should not return to their term-time accommodation until such time as on-campus teaching resumes, other than in specific special circumstances.

Following the Scottish Government's announcement for universities on Friday 8 January 2021, our law students have been informed of further guidance as we begin semester 2.

There is now a delay for all other undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who were due to resume the in-person, on-campus elements of their programme on or after 25 January 2021.

Learning and teaching for this group of students will remain digital until further notice and in the vast majority of cases we expect that to be throughout January and February at least.

Information about Semester 2
Asymptomatic testing

Booking is now open for on-campus asymptomatic Covid-19 testing that will be available to students returning to Edinburgh in Semester 2. Testing will be offered from Thursday 7 January to Friday 12 February 2021.

Book a test
'How-to' online information sessions

The University’s online 'How-to' information sessions are a great way to prepare to get started in the New Year.

With practical information shared from a variety of professional support services, these practical live 'bite-size' online sessions will provide students with a reminder of how to access support and gain more advice on 'how-to' make the most of Semester 2.

Book an upcoming 'How-to' session