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As you will be aware, there has been a outbreak of coronavirus at the Murano Student Village in Maryhill, part of Glasgow University. Given the scale of the outbreak, I am concered about the welfare of students and the wider community. I have today (Friday 25 September) written to Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Glasgow University.

You can read this letter here

Further updates

The university had previously been in touch to advise me about the situation. They have told me:-

"I am writing to let you know that we are currently managing an outbreak of COVID-19 across three of our student residences (Murano Street, Cairncross and Queen Margaret).

"All of those who have tested positive, their flatmates and other close contacts who have been identified are now isolating, with the University providing all necessary support to ensure they can do so.  Students affected have access to advice on medical matters, including mental health and wellbeing.

"The University is working very closely with public health and Scottish Government officials and is following all relevant advice and guidance.

"We have been in constant communication with students to reiterate the necessity of abiding by all of the Scottish Government’s guidelines and have again conveyed this message today.  I have copied below our most recent communication to all students.  

"As you will see, we have made clear that the University will undertake robust disciplinary proceedings against any students who are found to have breached guidelines within our accommodation or on our campus.  Colleagues in our security team are working hard across all of our accommodation to ensure there are no gatherings which breach the guidelines, and are being supported by community policing in their efforts.

"The vast majority of our teaching is being undertaken virtually, with only very small numbers of practical sessions taking place on campus which cannot be done remotely, and so the number of students on campus will continue to be low.

"We will of course keep in touch with you in the coming days to ensure you are fully updated"

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