Update on travelling to Scotland
More stringent border controls have been introduced to protect Scotland from new variants of Covid. From 04:00 on Monday 15 February, everyone who arrives directly in Scotland by air from outside the Common Travel Area (the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands), must:
- provide a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before travel
- book and pay for managed isolation in a quarantine hotel for at least 10 days from arrival. This applies to arrivals from all countries outside the CTA and includes British citizens. Book your managed isolation using this booking portal. If you are experiencing any difficulty booking through the booking portal, please ring +44 1274 726 424.
- complete an online passenger locator form before travelling, and provide contact details, travel details and the address of their final destination. You will need to enter the booking reference for your managed isolation package.
- be tested on day of 2 and 8 during of your 10 day quarantine
- follow the national rules on Coronavirus in Scotland
More information on these measures is contained within the Scottish Government guidance on international travel. You can also read more on general coronavirus in Scotland guidance and also visit NHSinform.
Please be aware that we are unable to provide travel advice as this is issued by the Scottish Government and is subject to change. You should ensure that you follow your own country’s travel guidance and that of the airline before travel.
Update from Jamie Newbold, Academic Director, on 20th January 2021
Before the academic year began, we asked you to let us know about your connectivity and access to a computer. We appreciate that, perhaps due to family members now home schooling or problems with your own machine, your circumstances might have changed and you may now need to borrow an SRUC device. If this applies to you, then please complete this form.
The Digital Services team will also be able to help you get the most from the devices.
We have also secured a small number of devices (Chromebooks/laptops and Ipads) and MiFi devices through the Connecting Scotland project and these will be available for students to keep.
The Connecting Scotland project supports people who are care experienced or who are in families with a limited number or no devices available to support the family.
We want to support as many people as possible but, unfortunately, the supply is limited. If you would like to be considered for the Connecting Scotland programme, please email email@example.com, titling it Connecting Scotland, by 29 January with details of your personal circumstances and how obtaining a device will assist you/your family long term.
Information for students
We will continue blended learning until the end of the 2020-21 academic year.
The Scottish Government is providing Covid-19 testing for all students who wish to travel home in the UK for the Christmas break. You will be able to get a test even if you are showing no symptoms. If you test negative, you will know you can travel home with minimal risk of infecting others.
We have collated details on all students we believe may be changing residence and have now been in contact to provide details of how to get tested.
If you have not yet been contacted but believe you need to access the testing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you develop symptoms, please email email@example.com for advice and we will of course do our best to support you.
If you're applying to study with us
SAC Consulting offices are open and operating, however we ask our customers to continue contacting us by phone or email. Whilst some staff are in the office, most are working from home and some are out on farms. We continue to have unreliable access to post so if you need to share information with us, please do so by e-mail or other digital tools rather than by post.
We recognise this is a critical period for our customers and we have been able to, and continue to, deliver our full ranges of services. SAC Consulting values the support and understanding of its customers at this difficult time.