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Scottish Universities Exploring Quarantine Accommodation

Posted by Richard Ward

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The Scottish Government is to trial the use of quarantine accommodation to allow students from red list countries to return to campus.

Pending the success of a pilot scheme, universities in Scotland will be allowed to quarantine students arriving from red list countries after the government gave the plan the green light.

Under the plans, international students will stay in on-campus accommodation, with safety measures in place akin to those used in quarantine hotels.

According to Universities UK International (UUKI), more than 100,000 international students are due to come to the UK in September from red list countries.

Whilst UUKI described the pilot as good news, there is nothing similar in the works for English universities.

The Government hasn't named those universities taking part in the pilot but it is understood that Aberdeen, Stirling, St Andrews and Glasgow universities have all expressed an interest.

A spokesperson for St Andrews University said: "The University of St Andrews is working with The Scottish Government and clinicians to find a sensible approach to providing managed isolation at the University in an environment where students can be supported by the full range of university services."

"The University has demonstrated a solid track record of managing quarantine since the pandemic started in March 2020 and remains hopeful that this will be supported by the Scottish Government to allow managed isolation to be provided within our University residences."