Plans for students wishing to leave Aberdeen over winter break

Update issued 12 November 2020

Dear student 

The Scottish Government has announced plans that will help those of you who wish to leave Aberdeen over the winter break.  

Many students will choose to remain in Aberdeen over the break - as is the case every year - and there is no expectation on students to leave if they don’t wish to do so. Activities for students in halls over the winter break are being arranged as usual, and we will be providing more details on the available University services for those in the city over the holidays.  

For undergraduate, taught postgraduate and postgraduate research students who will be departing over the break, Scotland’s Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Richard Lochhead, yesterday announced the following

  • Student welfare is of paramount importance and all students will receive early, clear advice on staying safe. Those staying over the holiday period will be well supported. 

  • There will be staggered departures for students from Scottish universities, achieved by the variation of each institution’s term end dates.  As this variation is already in place, there will be no change to our published term dates.  

  • Students wishing to head off for the break should take extra care and are asked to reduce social mixing two weeks before departing - only going out for essential reasons and exercise - particularly those in higher risk areas of Scotland and those with vulnerable family members. 

  • There will be access to tests using new technology with results due within an hour. This is likely to involve two tests five days apart. Testing will be based on local and logistical circumstances. 

  • All university and college students who are travelling will be given advice on safe travel.  

The University has been involved in discussions with the Scottish Government and the rest of the sector and we are preparing to deliver what has been announced. We will update you with what is happening here at Aberdeen as soon as we can. 

In the meantime, I encourage you to remember FACTS: face coverings, avoid crowded places, clean hands regularly, two metre social distancing and self-isolate, and book a test if you have symptoms. 

Meanwhile, we will be continuing with blended learning and if you have scheduled on campus classes, these will continue as planned until you are advised otherwise.  

We will provide further details over the next week, but meanwhile I wish you continued success with your studies.   

Best wishes, 


Professor Ruth Taylor 

Vice-Principal Education 


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