Class Description: Information about our work, our strategy, our policies for delivering functions and services, and information for our service users.


Description of functions, including statutory basis for them, where applicable

►The University of Aberdeen is a charity registered in Scotland No. SCO13683

►A general overview of the University's constitution is available here


►The University’s research main home page can be found here

►To showcase our research, and to give visitors the opportunity to access our research publications and activities, down to the level of individual researchers, we have launched a Public Research Profile, which highlights research activity within the University, available here

►Information on public engagement with research activities is available here

►Details on Research & Innovation support is available here and here

►Information on postgraduate research degrees can be found here

►Information on supporting career researchers is available here


►The Undergraduate prospectus is available here

►The Postgraduate prospectus can be found here

►Use the search tool available here to find a specific course

►Details of the University’s programmes which have been approved by Professional Statutory Bodies are given in the appropriate entries in the University’s Prospectuses, or can be obtained from the relevant Schools.

►Information on the Student Course Evaluation Form (SCEF) can be found here

►Details on the University’s participation in the National Student Survey is available here

►For specific information requests relating to Schools and Institutes please contact the relevant office, details are available here

Student Administration and Support

►Information for new students is available here

►Please also consult individual School or Institute webpages for specific registration and induction arrangements, available here

►General information on registration and induction is available here

►Registration guides can be found here

►Information on learning support provision is available here

►Information on student progression can be found here

►Information on arrival for new students is available here

►Information on accommodation is available here

►Information on all aspects of graduation is available here

►Information on resources available to students may be accessed here

►A helpful self help guide is available here

Aberdeen University Student Association (AUSA)

►Information about Aberdeen University’s Student Association (AUSA) can be found here

►The Aberdeen University Students Association is a separate body from the University and provides a recognised means of communication between students and the Court of the University and other relevant local and national bodies. Details of the Relationship Agreement is available here

►For specific information on the formal legal and structural basis of the University’s relationships with the Students Association please contact:
Mr B Purdon
Clerk to the University Court
University Office
King’s College
AB24 3FX
Tel: +44(0)1224 273949

External and Community Relations

►Information on the University’s Alumni is available here

►Information on using University facilities and venues for conferences and events is available here

►An overview of information which may be of interest for visitors has been collated and made available here

►Information on the activities of Aberdeen University Development Trust is available here

Strategies, Policies and internal staff procedures for performing statutory functions


►The University’s research strategy is contained within the University’s Strategic Plan which is available here

►A strategic overview can be found here

►Details relating to the University Research Policy Committee are available here

►Information relating to research ethics and ethical approval of research is provided in Section 3 of the Research Governance Handbook, available here

►The Academic Quality Handbook outlines the relevant information for research students, supervisors and Heads of School, available here


►The University’s Academic Quality Handbook contains the University’s policies, procedures and regulations relating to all aspects of teaching and learning, including research degrees, at the University of Aberdeen. An overview is available here.

►Details of the procedures governing the development, approval, modification and withdrawal of courses and degree programmes are available here

►Details on how we monitor and review our courses, programmes and teaching are available here.

►Information on how we engage with our students to ensure the quality of our learning and teaching is available here.

►Details on our assessment processes, degree classification, grading scale and exam arrangements are available here.

►Information relating to external examining and examiners is available here.

►Details on our partnerships and collaborative provision are available here.

►Information relating to our learning and teaching administration, including student discipline, appeals and complaints procedures, is available here.

►Our learning and teaching policies and regulations are available here.

 Student Administration and Support

►General information on exams can be found here

►Information on assessment and examination policy and procedure is available here

►Information on rules and responsibilities can be found here

►Information on the role of the Rector is available here

►Information on student feedback is available here

►Information on the remit and role of the Student Experience Committee can be found here

►The collection and maintenance of student records is managed by the University Registry

►The use of personal data and the principles governing the management of records in the University are governed by the University’s Data Protection and Records Management policies.

►Information on the student-staff partnership is available here

►Information on rights and responsibilities can be found here

►Information on the Code of Practice Student Discipline (academic) and Code of Practice (non-academic) is available here

►Student Guidance and Learner Support is available here

How to report a concern

►For all enquiries during office hours please contact
King’s college
AB24 3FX
Tel: +44(0)1224 272000

►For procedures on how to complain about the institution you may wish to contact the relevant School, Institute, in the first instance. Contact details for  Schools or Institutes are available here

►Information on procedures for dealing with student complaints and appeals is available here

Reports of the authority's exercise of its statutory functions


►The University’s performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) is available here


►The QAA undertakes a rolling 4-year programme of Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) of all HEIs in Scotland. The main focus of ELIR is to review our approach to improving the student learning experience, examines our ability to secure the academic standards of our awards and to manage the quality of the learning opportunities we provide for our students. Our Enhanced-led Institutional Review Reports (ELIR) are available here

Fees and Charges

►Information on student finance including tuition fees and association guidance can be found here

►Information on scholarships and bursaries is available here

University Services

Library, Special Collections and Museums

►Library, Special Collections and Museums are at the heart of teaching, learning, research and public engagement at the University of Aberdeen and form a single directorate headed by the University Librarian and Director of Library, Special Collections and Museums.

►Information about the University Library, Special Collections and Museums is available here

►For specific information or general enquiries please contact:

The Sir Duncan Rice Library
University of Aberdeen
Bedford Road
AB24 3AA

Tel: +44(0)1224 273330
Fax: +44(0)1224 273956

Head of Museums
+44(0)1224 274303

University of Aberdeen Museums
King’s Museum
Old Aberdeen Town House
High Street
AB24 3EN

Tel: +44(0)1224 274330
Fax: +44(0)1224 274302

Searching Catalogues
►Information on searching the library, archive and museum catalogues is available here

►Please note that material reference by catalogues will generally be exempted as “otherwise accessible” under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, since it is available in terms of the “Library Facilities” Class.


►Information about our Special Collections Centre can be found here
►Information on our museums and collections is available here

Statement of Public Task required by the ReUse of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015

The University of Aberdeen complies with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. These regulate how information produced, held and disseminated by the University Library, Special Collections and Museums is made available for re-use. Details relating to our public task, information assets, and contact details for requesting permission to re-use any of the information we produce, hold or disseminate are available here.

Public Events

►Information on the University's public events can be found here

Public Services

►Information on Aberdeen Sports Village is available here

Contact Details

►For specific or general enquiries regarding Research please contact
Research & Innovation Office
The University of Aberdeen
King’s College
AB24 3FX
Tel: +44(0)1224 272123

►All queries relating to the Academic Quality Handbook should be directed to Academic Services, Registry:
Tel: +44(0)1224 272926

►Student Advice & Support Office:
Student Advice & Support
The Hub
Elphinstone Road
AB24 3FX
Tel: +44(0)1224 273935

►Student Recruitment and Admissions Service:
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University Office
Kings College
AB24 3FX
Tel: +44(0)1224 272090/1

►Aberdeen University’s Student Association (AUSA):
Aberdeen University Students' Association

The Hub
Elphinstone Road
AB24 3TU


Tel: +44 (0)1224 272965