Testing update

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 will be in contact this week to provide details of how to get tested.  

If you are not contacted by Friday 27 November but believe you need to access the testing, please email   

More details about the testing programme can be found here.

Testing FAQ

To find out if you may need a test, please see the FAQ below.

The recent introduction of Tier 4 restrictions for 11 local authorities means there is an impact for our Oatridge, Ayr and Glasgow Botanics campuses. You can read the full briefing from Academic Director Jamie Newbold in the FAQ below. 

We will continue blended learning until the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

We took the decision to adopt this model, prioritising the delivery of practical sessions on our campuses, at the start of the year.

Together with our ‘pay what you need’ accommodation model, it has meant that we were able to minimise risk and keep colleagues, students and the wider community safe.

We have gone further than other institutions by making the decision to continue blended learning now because we are all well aware of how quickly things can change and we want to ensure we continue to keep everyone safe.

We continue to work within government guidelines to ensure both the welfare and safety of our students and colleagues together with ensuring business continuity.

If you develop symptoms, please email for advice and we will of course do our best to support you.

If you're a student or applying to study with us

Further information

SAC Consulting

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.

Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme

The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme continues as normal. Please report any stranded marine animals to 07979 245 893 or email

Veterinary and Analytical Services

The Veterinary Services team is now operating a skeleton staff at each of its sites, with work being prioritised for statutory disease, animal welfare, serious disease outbreaks, potential food safety incidents and potential new or emerging diseases.

Check the latest updates from Veterinary and Analytical Services