Message for students and PGRs
With new Scottish Government Covid-19 protection measures introduced on Monday and Aberdeen being placed in level 2, I wanted to get in touch with an update.
Firstly, I need to thank you all for the part you are playing in helping to suppress the number of positive cases of Covid-19 connected with the University and beyond. It is hugely appreciated.
These are challenging times and we recognise that you are not having the social experience normally associated with student life because of the restrictions we all face for our own safety, and the safety of those around us.
We are currently seeing a more encouraging picture around our own Covid-19 related figures – but of course we cannot and must not be complacent.
Just a reminder that you can see the latest numbers relating to positive cases at the University on our Covid-19 Statistics page which is updated every Friday.
I would like to thank all of you - particularly those who have had to self-isolate - for following the Scottish Government guidelines.
Please keep helping us to curb the virus by ensuring you follow all our Covid-19 guidance if you are on campus such as hand sanitising when entering buildings, and of course by following the Scottish Government guidelines on being in level 2.
In the meantime, you may be interested in some of the findings of the RBS Student Living Index, which gathers data to provide an insight into life as a student in cities across the UK in 2020.
Students across Aberdeen City were surveyed and the report found that:
- 16% of Aberdeen+ students signed up to the NHS volunteer programme - the fourth highest of all UK university cities surveyed
- Aberdeen students were almost twice as likely as the average to agree that they were ‘very supported’ during the Covid-19 crisis
- When asked ‘How well did your university support you and the continuation of your studies during the Covid-19 crisis’, Aberdeen students awarded the highest score of those surveyed across the UK
- Aberdeen are in third place in the UK when students were asked ‘how do you feel about your university’s mental health support resources’
- Aberdeen was joint top I the UK? with Glasgow for value for money when it comes to online teaching
- Aberdeen ranked the highest in Scotland for the enjoyment of degrees, coming in fourth of all those surveyed across the UK
Thank you again for your continued support of the Covid-19 requirements on our campuses and beyond. Remember, if you need any support, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Professor Ruth Taylor