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Union update 30th August

The latest news and info to prepare you for the upcoming term.

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As the autumn semester draws closer, we want to ensure we're providing you with the latest information to keep you up-to-speed.

Latest University information
The University continue to liaise with relevant bodies and aim to provide you with all the up-to-date information ahead of the new term. The very best place to ensure you're in the know is to head to their dedicated Coronavirus website

Pre-arrival testing for COVID-19
The Scottish Government is encouraging students starting or returning to university in Scotland to make sure they have tested negative for COVID-19 before forming a new student household, either in University or private accommodation, by booking a PCR test or using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) self-test kits.

International students should follow the pre-arrival testing guidance for overseas arrivals prior to travelling. You can learn more about pre-arrival testing for international arrivals here.

Where to book a test
Students coming to university in Scotland can now book a free PCR test without COVID-19 symptoms. If you live in Scotland, you can book a free PCR test by using the “How to book a test” guide on the NHS inform website. If you live elsewhere in the UK, you can book a free PCR test via the gov.uk website.

Self-test LFD kits are available for free from pharmacies – find your nearest participating pharmacy. You can also order LFD kits for free online.

Testing during the semester
Everyone in Scotland is being encouraged to take a LFD test twice weekly to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Once you’ve arrived at the University, you can pick up free LFD kits from our on-campus pharmacy and in Juniper Court, Alexander Court and Union Street student residences.

In our last update, we advised that red-list countries are now able to complete their quarantine in a University managed accommodation at no cost. You can read more about this and the important role your Union Officers played to help secure this in our news article.

Further information on what's happened at the University to welcome in the new semester can be found on the dedicated induction website. We'll be involved in sessions for those in quarantine so be sure to check out what's going on in the programme and get involved.

Vaccinations
COVID-19 can be serious whatever your age and the vaccine is your best protection against its effects. Read more about why NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the COVID-19 vaccine when offered it. The on-campus vaccination centre is now open. Anyone living in Scotland who requires a first or second dose of the vaccine can attend the new vaccination centre. Further information on the centre can be accessed on this dedicated page.

Freshers 2021
In our last update, we told you about our exciting daytime programme and we've now launched our programme of evening events to
welcome the new term. In providing for these events, the safety of students and our staff is our top priority so please ensure you are familiar with the full details on tickets. 

You will be required, with no exceptions, to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test, taken on the day of the event. Check the ticket page info for this and other info.

Keep checking back on the Union's Freshers mini-site as we'll continue to provide the latest information there as changes may prove necessary as we continue to move forward.

With a packed programme of in person events from free Domino's pizza to Fayre's for clubs, societies and Sports, a thrift Fayre, meet and greets and so much more, you'll want to check it out now!

We'll also have our virutal platform where you'll be able to find out all about what the Union has to offer and check out loads of students deals and offers - we're excited to share this with you in the weeks to come.

Don't forget to look out for the F Team - a group of current students who are best placed to help guide you through all the need to know info at the start of a new term. 

If you've not already, join our official Freshers group on Facebook.

Car parking
The University  have advised that as we transition back to campus, it has been agreed that car parking charges will be suspended until Wednesday 5th January 2022. A new car parking system has been implemented and the permit system will be accessible from early December 2021 for permit applications, in time for staff and students returning to campus following the festive break.

Whilst there are no car parking charges at the moment we need to remind all staff and students that you must park in a designated parking space. Parking in hatched/service areas, on double yellow lines, causing an obstruction or parking in an accessible space without the appropriate badge may result in a private parking notice (PPN) being issued.

How to contact Officers
As we continue towards the new semester, please remember you can check out the Union’s advocacy service and the University’s Student support services should you need to contact these services. You can also get in touch with the Officer team or email us at theunion@stir.ac.uk  

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