Back to campus for new academic year

Dear student,

It’s been great seeing so many of you back on campus. 

I hope your studies this half-session have gone well and that if you have time off, you are able to relax and enjoy the Spring break. 

With Scotland’s further lifting of Covid restrictions, we can now update you on our planning for the next academic year 2022/23. 

I am delighted to say that at this stage we are preparing for a full on-campus experience and are looking forward to seeing you all on campus for the new academic year. 

Your School will provide you with more information over the summer on what to expect for your teaching and learning experience. This is expected to include tutorials, lectures, seminars and practical teaching depending on what is most relevant for the courses that you are taking.  

Being on campus also brings the benefits of peer assisted learning and socialising with other students, meeting staff, accessing our facilities and the opportunity to join student clubs and societies. 

As we look forward to welcoming all students onto campus, the opportunity to make an exceptional request to study online will no longer be available. This option was introduced in recognition of particular difficulties that some students faced as a result of the pandemic, however as we prepare for a return to a full on-campus experience with far less emphasis on online learning, this is no longer considered a necessary measure.  

We believe that your learning – and the learning of your fellow students – significantly benefits from direct peer-to-peer interaction which is best delivered through on-campus teaching and learning. 

In the meantime, in line with Scottish Government guidance, our Community Testing Centre at Old Aberdeen will start winding down with lateral flow testing available until 15 April and the last day of PCR testing on 29 April. 

Finally, just a reminder that our Wellbeing Toolkit provides information on the help available if you feel you need a little extra support. 

It includes details on the Student Helpline, which gives you access to trained counsellors 24/7 by calling 0808 196 2707 (in the UK) or 00353 1518 0277 (from outside the UK) or use WhatsApp by texting "Hi" to 00353 87 369 0010.  

We hope that you can make the most of what remains of the academic year and that your studies are going well – we are very much looking forward to welcoming you back next year. 

Best wishes

Ruth 

Ruth Taylor 
Vice-Principal (Education) 

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