The SAMS facilities are officially closed until further notice. Only our student residence remains open. Most of our teaching, research and enterprise activities continue as many staff work from home.

Our buildings remain operational, as we provide some essential services, for example monitoring for food safety and to give access to the emergency recompression chamber. We also have to continue our care for the living organisms in our aquaria and algal and microbial collections. Any building issues should be reported to the maintenance manager, Iain MacCorquodale. For health, safety and environment issues, please contact our business continuity officer, Christopher Clay. The security phone number is 07767 245 164. 

The following measures have been taken to help reduce the risk of spread of coronavirus within our community and will remain in place until further notice:

1.) All face-to-face undergraduate teaching has ceased and teaching is delivered online. 

2.) Staff and research students work from home.

3.) The Ocean Explorer Centre is closed. 

Be sure to check in on one another and follow the advice of Health Protection Scotland and NHS Inform

Email is our main form of communication with staff, students and tenants regarding Covid-19 and SAMS. We thus expect you to check your emails regularly.

For the latest information from the University of the Highlands and Islands on Covid-19 please visit

The SAMS Covid-19 response is coordinated by our deputy director, Prof Axel Miller (Mob: 07824 777732). 

For the latest information from the university on Covid-19 please visit

Most communication between UHI, SAMS and our students will be sent by e-mail. It is the students' responsibility to check their e-mails reguarly.

If you, or someone you live with, has symptoms, you must ALL remain at home in isolation for 14 days. After 14 days without symptoms you can return to following the general government advice. If someone in 'group isolation' develops symptoms during the 14 day isolation period, they must remain at home for 7 days from the start of symptoms, consequently they may be isolated for longer than 14 days. Please inform Polly Crooks (undergrads) or Anna Kane (postgrads) if you develop symptoms or are self-isolating. More on self-isolation...

Current undergraduate students including Erasmus students at SAMS UHI

Face-to-face teaching of the BSc Marine Science BSc and its associated streams in Arctic Studies and Oceanography and Robotics has stopped, but the programme continues to be delivered making use of distance learning tools and methods. Your learning will continue via the Brightspace Virtual Learning Environment.  Your module leaders are in touch through Brightspace run the module including assessments.

If you normally access student support, this will also continue via Polly Crooks and / or your Personal Academic Tutor.  This will be through telephone or Skype.

Students can stay at home in Oban or elsewhere. Please inform John Howe, Polly Crooks and your PAT should you plan to leave the area before the end of term.

Any potential incompletion of data for final year dissertations caused by the measures to manage Covid-19 will not be affecting students' marks for this module. Please discuss your circumstances with your supervisors. 

We are making alternative arrangements for your May exams and are being communicated via Brightspace and/or e-mail.

We work hard to ensure that this pandemic is not detrimental to your education and grades. You will receive module grades and degree classifications that represent your achievements fairly. 

SAMS UHI students on exchange at UNIS or VHL

Please follow the arrangements and advice of your host university.

Postgraduate research students

Please follow instructions for staff. Keep your supervisor and the SAMS graduate school (rather than line-manager and HR) informed about any issues and changes in cirucumstances.

Student accommodation

Student accommodation will remain available for our students at the current rate and in line with existing agreements. Accommodation in the Margaret Barnes Building can be made available over the summer should students not be able to return home. Please contact the accommodation team at SAMS for more details regarding accommodation in the Margaret Barnes Building.

Students at Distillery Apartments in Oban should contact West Property if they have any queries regarding their accommodation, as this is property not owned or managed by SAMS. 

Students with private rental agreements will need contact their landlords, if any issues should arise. 

Our main communication avenue with staff is by email, and email updates supercede any information given here.

If you suspect you or someone you care for might have contracted Covid-19, you must follow NHS advice. Please inform HR and your line manager and add sick leave to Ciphr. You must not return to work until you are fully healthy.

Staff who are feeling well should protect themselves against infection by following government advice.

Since the closure of the building all staff are to work from home. If you have not already done so, please discuss your circumstances with your line manager and HR. 

Information of technical setup for homeworking 

Homeworking protocol

All overseas business travel for SAMS staff and students is suspended and any UK travel must only take place if deemed essential.

Tenants share the facilities with SAMS and if you require acceess for essential maintenance or service delivery please let us know.

Please inform your liaison person and the facilities manager if your needs for accesssing the facility change.

See the front tab for emergency contact details.

Our stores remain open for deliveries.

Essential contractors will be able to access the site - please liaise with your host.

Our Ocean Explorer Centre is closed.

Our teaching and facilities are closed and we thus cannot host visits from academic colleagues and research students at this time. Please contact your host to make alternative arrangements.

Our subsidiary company SRSL continues its operations and can be contacted through email.