HISA Statement on COVID-19 case in Fort William student residences

Tuesday 29-09-2020 - 16:23

In response to news that many students are self-isolating as a result of the confirmed case of COVID-19 at West Highland College UHI’s halls of residences, HISA WHC Depute President, Ciaran Gibson, said:

“Alongside West Highland College UHI, HISA strongly recommends that any students currently residing in the West Highland College UHI student accommodation self-isolate for the full 14 day period. Despite this, we want our students to know that there are various support services available to them during this difficult time. HISA is working with West Highland College UHI to ensure there is mental health support and access to all essentials, including food, for any students in self isolation as a result of this outbreak.  Students can get in touch with West Highland College UHI or HISA directly if they want to talk about any concerns they may have.

“HISA believes that the failure of the Governments to anticipate these outbreaks and the lack of testing infrastructure is a national disgrace. It has left students feeling abandoned after they were encouraged to return to campus and assured it would be safe. While many students wish to return home right now they will be, rightly, reluctant to do so without knowing if they are clear of the virus. HISA would also like to see the University of the Highlands and Islands follow suit of other Scottish Institutions and offer any students self-isolating in their student accommodation a month free of rent.”

Students can access direct support from West Highland College UHI at student.services.whc@uhi.ac.uk and HISA at hisa.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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