PropTech platform can help student housing providers monitor COVID-19 threat level

A proptech platform has launched a COVID-19 monitoring tool for student accommodation providers trying to develop a picture of infection levels across their estate.

Arthur, a cloud-based building information management platform, has developed an additional service which allows students to connect and alerts their property managers of COVID-19 related information.

The app features options to confirm if they are self-isolating, have symptoms, been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days, or if there is anyone in the household who is considered at risk.

Currently, there are more than 40 universities across the UK which have been affected by outbreaks of the coronavirus, forcing many to lockdown, and cutting off students from their communities. Significant outbreaks and clusters linked to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen universities have led to major disruption across Scotland’s largest higher education estates.

Marc Trup, CEO for Arthur, said: “The new Covid profile on our platform is a further demonstration of how we continually seek to innovate for our valued customers. It is our mission to provide easy to use, effective features, to maximise efficiency for our property managers and this confidential tool will provide a hassle-free and useful solution for our users.”

Scotland’s Higher Education Minister said this week that universities must ensure students self-isolating on campus receive the highest possible standards of support to maintain their physical as well as their mental wellbeing.

Richard Lochhead updated Parliament on the latest Government measures to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the university sector.

Mr Lochhead also said every possible effort is being made to allow students to return home safely at Christmas if they wish to do so, and that the Government is now exploring the merits of some ‘targeted surveillance COVID testing’, to better understand the level of asymptomatic cases of the virus among the student population.

Universities Scotland, which represents Scotland’s 19 universities and higher education institutions, has now confirmed a package of 10 measures it will be using to support student wellbeing.

Universities have made major adjustments to the way that teaching and wider forms of the student experience are delivered this semester and are offering a mix of digital and in-person learning and support. All student services, including support for mental health, is available through a variety of routes, including online.