Covid-19 - Student Update - coronavirus in China & zero tolerance

Message to Students from the Principal - 20 February 2020

Dear Students,

The outbreak of coronavirus continues to affect much of China, and we are learning of more and more countries with confirmed cases.

Naturally this is a time of worry – particularly for our staff and students with loved ones in China.

At this time, I wanted to get in touch to remind you all of the support available to you. If you are concerned about relatives or friends back home and this is having an impact on your studies please reach out to your School or visit any of our Student Support Services.

The University of Aberdeen has a strong tradition of working with Chinese partners and proudly welcomes hundreds of Chinese students each year, and we will continue to do so. I am saddened to hear of cases of racial harassment in the UK; there is no place for such behaviour in our University, or indeed our society. Inclusiveness is a central pillar of our Aberdeen 2040 strategy. The University of Aberdeen has a zero tolerance approach to any form of discrimination or harassment and I would urge anyone who experiences this to contact our student support service.

Updates on coronavirus are being shared regularly by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). On their website you will find the most up-to-date advice for international students, including information on UK Visas and immigration. The University is also monitoring the situation, and will update you as developments arise.

With best wishes,

George Boyne
Principal & Vice-Chancellor