The 2020/21 academic session is scheduled to commence with Welcome Week on 21 September 2020, (20 September in Qatar) rather than the originally scheduled date of 7 September 2020.
Courses will commence on 28 September (27 September in Qatar).
- Term Dates
Last updated 1 June 2020
1. Does the change of term date affect all programmes?
The change of term start date applies to the majority of programmes of study, but there are a small number of exceptions.
- Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
- Undergraduate Medicine MBChB: New year 1 entrants will join the University on the later start date of 21 September, but separate arrangements are in place for continuing students entering years 2 to 5.
- Undergraduate Dentistry BDS: New year 1 entrants will join the University on the later start date of 21 September, but separate arrangements are in place for continuing students entering years 2 to 5.
- Postgraduate MSc in Physician Associate Studies: New Year 1 start is still to be confirmed. Return dates for Year 2 student placement will depend on when students are allowed back on wards. More information will be provided as soon as possible by the School.
- Postgraduate Person-Centred Counselling:
- PGT Person Centred Counselling 1st Year cohort –will commence ED50NA and will have an induction week first w/c 14th September.
- PGT Person Centred Counselling 2nd Year cohort - will commence ED50NC w/c 21st September.
Students on programmes and courses that are already required to start at different times of the year will be contacted separately by Schools to confirm their term date arrangements.
2. How are students being affected by Covid-19?
Continuing social distancing measures and travel restrictions across many countries, including the UK, as well as the closures of Schools and disruptions to the completion and grading of prior qualifications, are all causing concerns for our prospective students wishing to commence their studies in Aberdeen in September. At the current time, it is uncertain whether new and returning students, both from within the UK and internationally, will be able to be on campus in September for the commencement of the academic year.
For our international students especially, the continuing closures of English language testing centres and visa-processing centres present further challenges. As previously announced, we have already delayed the dates of our pre-sessional English programmes, and we are now making preparations for these programmes to be delivered wholly online. We are also preparing for more of our postgraduate taught programmes to have a January start date in addition to a September start.
Scottish and UK students
There is now clearer guidance on how our offer holders across the UK will be assessed, with the release of guidance at the end of last week by the SQA and Ofqual. This follows an earlier confirmation from UCAS that the May decision-making deadline for all UK applicant holding university offers has been extended by two weeks. These changed arrangements will present some challenges, but we are confident of our ability to adjust to the new timescales and the fair treatment of all our prospective students.
3. What does this mean for Welcome Week and the start of teaching?
If face-to-face activities can take place on campus in September, then Welcome Week activities will commence the week beginning 21 September, (20 September for students in Qatar), and teaching will commence the week beginning 28 September, (27 September in Qatar). We will also begin preparing online Welcome Week activities, in addition to planning those on campus activities, for students that are not able to travel to Aberdeen or face delays in being able to do so.
4. Why have you taken this decision now?
The decision to amend the September 2020 start date has not been taken lightly and has been informed by discussions at an institutional and sector level. The decision also recognises the unusual difficulties and obstacles that our new and returning students will face as consequences of social distancing and travel restrictions measures. Taking this decision now alleviates the additional pressures of an early start date and provides a basis on which returning and prospective students can begin to plan.
5. Will there be any further changes?
We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic is new and unpredictable, and there may be further reasons to seek additional flexibility in our teaching and learning delivery patterns. We will be responsive to further developments and will seek to ensure maximum flexibility in our provision to accommodate the circumstances of our staff, students and intending students. We will keep you all updated on any further changes, if they become necessary, as quickly and fully as we can.
6. What will the Blended Learning Task and Finish Group be tasked with?
The overall aim of the group will be to support Schools to put in place online delivery for the first half session for academic year 2020/2021. Key areas of activity will include: identifying the scope, scale and timelines for the activity; confirming programme exemptions to the start date changes; ensuring that a model for the development, support and delivery of universal online delivery is in place; and putting in place a transition and induction programme so that new and returning students feel prepared for online delivery of education. The Blended Learning Task and Finish Group will work with Schools to put in place a model of support for staff that will build on the support that the Centre for Academic Development provides.
- Blended Learning
Last updated 1 June 2020
1. What is Blended Learning?
The University of Aberdeen Blended Learning approach is a combination of face-to-face on-campus teaching and learning, where safe and possible, and online delivery where teaching cannot yet be in person. As part of our Blended Learning approach, you will have all the usual levels of support – whether you are on-campus or learning online - before joining us in person. We will be following national guidance, for our Aberdeen and Qatar campuses, so that we can ensure your safety when we are able to return to campus.
The specific learning and teaching experience will vary by discipline. All courses will offer students the opportunity to actively engage in the learning process through a variety of approaches that foster a sense of student community, and clearly demonstrate the learning pathways.
2. Will I have the same number of contact hours of teaching as I would under normal circumstances?
Our staff are preparing how to deliver teaching and student support next semester to ensure the best student experience for you. There will likely be adjustments to the way in which your contact teaching is provided, the course schedule, or the type of classes as appropriate to the individual course. For example, a course with an interactive class might instead have a shorter recorded session by the academic and an interactive class discussion board if the students are all in different time-zones and unable to attend a class at the same time. Schools will provide further details to you when available.
3. What will a typical week / course structure look like? Will there be lectures and tutorials?
This will depend in part of the advice from government, and the regulations which are in place in the next academic year (2020/21). Your week will look slightly different depending on the programme, the courses you choose, and what is the most effective way to deliver the learning experience. It could include, recorded lectures, interactive seminars, podcasts and small group tutorials. See the section on practical for further information. More information will be provided over the summer months.
4. I would like to understand more about studying remotely?
We will be open and ready for your return to studies in September. All new and returning students will be able to join us in their studies – no matter their circumstances – through the University’s blended learning approach.
You can find more guidance on what studying remotely at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/working-here/coronavirus/studying-remotely-10275.php
5. If I can’t travel to Aberdeen or Qatar for the start of the academic year, what does this mean for my learning?
We are looking forward to seeing many of students on campus for face-to-face teaching in September. However, you will be able to start or continue your studies with us no matter what your circumstances. If you can’t travel to your campus, you will be able to start your studies online and then join us when you can. In both Aberdeen and Qatar we are following government regulations and guidance to ensure the safety of our staff and student community. As restrictions are lifted, we very much look forward to welcoming all of you onto campus, as soon as possible into your academic studies.
6. Will I be at a disadvantage if I cannot arrive onto campus but other students can, and so benefit from in-person teaching?
No. We will be working to support the teaching and learning of all our students, regardless of where you are based. As part of our Blended Learning approach, you will have all the support that you need whether you need to study online to start with, or whether you are on campus.
7. If I can travel but am unable or don’t want to come for other reasons what does this mean for my learning?
We understand that this is a challenging time and that there are reasons why some students may not be able to return to campus even when guidance allows. You will be able to start your studies online and then join us when you can. As restrictions are lifted, we very much look forward to welcoming all of you onto campus, as soon as possible into your academic studies.
8. Will there be a point in the academic year 2020/21 when I will definitely need to be to campus?
Your health, safety and wellbeing are our primary concerns and have been the most important aspect of our planning for the new term and, of course, that planning is ongoing as the situation continues to evolve. As restrictions are lifted, we very much look forward to welcoming all of our students onto campus, as soon as possible into their academic studies.
9. What safety measures will be in place on campus?
Your health, safety and wellbeing are the most important aspect of the planning that is taking place. We will be following national guidance, for our Aberdeen and Qatar campuses so that we can ensure your safety on our campuses.
The University is working closely with Government and the wider University sector to ensure the measure we put in place support us to keep our community safe. This includes robust hygiene measures such as providing of hand sanitiser at key locations, detailed guidance for students and staff on physical distancing, and measures to ensure that building occupancy levels adhere to national guidance.
Further information will be provided as we develop the detailed principles and guidance for a safe return to campus.
10. What will I be able to do on campus if I am able to travel to Aberdeen or Qatar?
We are currently working with our staff community, in line with government advice to ensure we put in place measures to address physical distancing and any other requirements to support the health and safety of our staff and student community. If you are on campus, we expect you will have access to a range of teaching, learning and social experiences including:
- practical learning such as clinical, laboratory-based, or performance
- small group sessions with your lecturers such as seminars and tutorials
- small group study sessions organised by your lecturers and with your peers
- access to the library print collections
- access to study spaces and PC rooms
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association activities
- In-person access to our University services (e.g. Employability and Careers)
- Outdoor activities so that you can remain active and socialise safely
This will continue to be expanded, in-line with Government advice.
11. Will I be able to attend lectures if I am on campus?
It is likely that there will be ongoing restrictions such as physical distancing when we return to campus. With your safety of the utmost importance, this means that we will not be putting on large group sessions in a face-to-face setting, including in-person lectures because physical distancing is not possible in those circumstances. Lectures will be delivered differently, possibly in smaller bite-sized presentations with associated activities that you will access online.
12. What will my online experience involve?
You will have access to all of the teaching and learning activities that you need so that you can start or continue with your studies. If your course involves placements or practically focused teaching, your School will contact you directly when they have arrangements in place to inform you about how these will be managed.
13. What Student Support services are available and how will I access them? Student wellbeing is extremely important and the University continues to provide all of its support services which remain accessible to students studying off campus as well as those that may be on campus. You can find more information by visiting the Support & Wellbeing section of the website. 14. Will there be a 2-week examination in December 2020? A traditional on-campus examination diet will not take place in December 2020. Alternative forms of assessment will take place at various points throughout the half-session. Schools will be in touch with students with details about what form this will take and when it will take place in due course.
- Practical Learning
Our Academic Schools are committed to delivering as much hands-on, practical, skills-based work as possible, however, the health and safety of our staff and students is the most important consideration as we reflect on our approach to the delivery of practicals. We are committed to delivering as much practical work as is safe to do so, but this will be developed in line with wider health and safety guidance in the context of Covid-19.
Last updated 1 June 2020
1. I have laboratory-based teaching as part of my course. What will happen if I am able to be on campus?
Practical work in labs or clinical teaching will still take place, wherever possible and in line with government guidance. However, the safety constraints of on-campus working likely will mean we ,may not be able immediately to run the normal programme of laboratory classes. However, where and when it is possible, we aim to provide on-campus teaching sessions that focus on training in practical skills and techniques. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer.
2. I have laboratory-based teaching as part of my course. What happens if I can’t be on campus and have to study online?
The online teaching will be as comprehensive as possible, including where possible demonstrations of practical methods. Initially the exercises you are given are likely to focus more on data analysis and interpretation, rather than data-collection and practical methods. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer.
3. I have a field trip as part of my course. What will happen?
Physically-distanced outdoors working is possible. However, there are challenges to be overcome with transport, and with accommodation arrangements for residential trips. For both of these we are reliant on independent providers who are experiencing difficulties of their own. Schools are working on finding solutions in order to be able to run safely as many field trips as possible. Thus, it may be necessary to schedule trips at different times of the year, or change their duration, or delay some until second semester. In some cases, fieldwork may be replaced with “virtual” alternatives that will cover many of the learning outcomes until such time as an outdoor trip is possible. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer.
4. I have a school placement as part of my course. What will happen if I cannot be on campus and have to study online?
School placements which are a course requirement, will take place in line with guidance from the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS), following the placement setting requirements of social distancing. Schools will contact you directly with further guidance.
5. I have computer-based practicals as part of my course. What will happen with these?
The safety constraints of on-campus working likely will mean we may not be able immediately to run the normal programme of computer classes. However, where and when it is possible, we aim to provide on-campus teaching sessions in small groups. We anticipate delivering computer-based practicals through online tools in the first instance. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer.
6. I have a lab-based research project this year. Will that go ahead? What if I can’t be on campus?
Practical work in labs or clinical teaching will still take place, wherever possible and in line with government guidance. However, at this point it is unclear what laboratory work will be possible for final year projects in the new academic year, but we are working as hard as we can to address this very important issue.
For students who are unable to be on campus during the project period, a desk-based alternative will be developed and supported via online supervisory meetings. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer.
7. I have a field-based research project this year. Will that go ahead? What if I can’t be on campus?
Physically-distanced outdoors working is possible, however, at this point it is unclear what field work will be possible in the new academic year. If field-based projects prove not to be possible, desk-based alternatives will be developed and supported via online supervisory meetings. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer.
8. I have clinical skills-based teaching as part of my course. What will happen if I am able to be on campus?
We will use online delivery for clinical skills learning where appropriate and facilitate clinical skills teaching with physical distancing where that is appropriate. It may be that some of this teaching is rescheduled to later in the academic year than normal, but all students will be given opportunities for all core learning. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer; these decisions will be made in agreement with NHS partners and regulators.
9. I have clinical placements as part of my course. What will happen?
We are collaborating with our healthcare partners to ensure that the excellent clinical placements we offer will become available for students as soon as practical and appropriate. Our clinical placements and clinical activity will be restructured to reflect this and to ensure that students can demonstrate that they the required learning outcomes for their chosen healthcare profession. Your School will contact you directly with details for specific courses as the position on what is possible becomes clearer; these decisions will be made in agreement with NHS partners and regulators.
10. I am a Medical/Physician Associate student. What will my teaching and learning experience look like?
We are looking forward to welcoming all new and returning students to our healthcare programmes in the forthcoming academic year. Our priorities are to ensure optimal support and progression through your programme and to promote your wellbeing.
Therefore, as with all courses and programmes at the University of Aberdeen we are preparing for the delivery of teaching in a blended learning format. This means that your core curriculum will be available in an online format and we will also have on campus teaching where possible. Clinical skills teaching will be delivered with appropriate measures in place in line with national guidance, for example physical distancing.
We are currently working with the NHS to plan how we will manage your clinical placements, with priority for our senior students (Medical students due to move into years 4 and/or 5 of their Medical degree and Year 2 of the MSc in PA studies) who are planning the return to studies by September.
Regular updates on the progress towards face to face activities and clinical placements will be provided by the School to returning students and on the School admissions pages and via email for new students.
11. I am a Dental student. What will my teaching and learning experience look like?
We are looking forward to welcoming all new and returning students to our Dentistry Programmes in the forthcoming academic year. Our priorities are to ensure optimal support and progression through your programme and to promote your wellbeing.
We are preparing your teaching in the first semester to be delivered through our online VLE (MyBDS) using a blended learning approach utilising lecture recordings, podcasts, virtual tutorials with an emphasis placed on creating a strong on line learning community. When students can safely return to campus, it is planned that hands on clinical skills teaching and practical laboratory work will be undertaken with appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention measures in place.
For current students this will include periods of remediation and clinical skills training to ensure you are safe to return to patient clinics, when they reopen. Updates on the start of face to face activities will be provided by the Institute.
Direct patient contact will be resumed at the point that dentistry in Scotland is reopened in a safe manner. This is a decision to be taken by external stakeholders including CDO, NHS Scotland and Scottish Government.
12. I am a PGDE student. What will my teaching and learning experience look like?
PGDE programmes will start online on August 17th. Your teaching and learning experience will support you in your journey to becoming a teacher. Through your programme you will gain placement experience and join with other students online and, when appropriate, on campus. Prior to Covid-19, Aberdeen’s PGDE programmes already contained elements of online learning, by design, in its flagship Teacher Education programmes, in order to support students’ learning experience. The School of Education looks forward to welcoming you to your PGDE programme at the University of Aberdeen and the School will be in touch with further details prior to your start online in August.
13. How will I be able to access the library if the campus is open?
The University is planning extensively for a return to our campuses and taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety of students and staff. This includes robust hygiene measures such as providing of hand sanitiser at key locations, detailed guidance for students and staff on physical distancing, and measures to ensure that building occupancy levels adhere to national guidance. Access to the Library’s physical collections will be made available when it is permitted to do so under government guidelines and in line with wider University arrangements for reopening campus facilities. In the meantime, the Library’s staff will be available to support you online and you will have access to all of our digital resources.
14. How will I be able to access the library if I have to study online to begin with?
The Library provides a very large number of books, journals and other resources in digital form and these will be available to you online, wherever you are. Advice, support and training will also be provided by Library and IT staff to ensure that you can use our library services effectively. Library staff are available to answer your questions at email@example.com.
15. I am new to Aberdeen, how will I be able to get to know my classmates if I am studying remotely?
The University recognises the important of induction and getting to know one another. We are working hard to ensure we provide a wide range of opportunities as part of induction and orientation to allow you to speak to other students and get to know one another. More information will be available over the coming months.
16. What IT equipment will I need to access my classes remotely?
Guidance around IT requirements for learning is being developed and will be made available soon. This will include information about equipment and internet access. These requirements are likely to be discipline specific.
Accessibility and usability also being considered. Where there are particular circumstances that mean you cannot access the required equipment and internet access, the university will do all that it can to support you to gain access.
17. Will I need to attend teaching at a particular time if I am studying remotely or can I choose when to study?
Mostly teaching will be provided so that you will be able to choose when to engage with your learning materials. However, there may be activities (e.g. tutorials) which are delivered at a particular time. You will be encouraged to attend these at the scheduled time if you can however if this is not possible, these will normally be recorded to allow you to access them at a later date. Your course coordinator will provide guidance on what you will be expected to attend.
- Prospective Students
Last updated 1 June 2020
1. I have made an application to study at the University of Aberdeen in September 2020 and I have not heard back yet. Should I be worried?
We appreciate this is a very anxious time for everyone. We are doing our best to process applications as quickly as possible. Our Admissions Team is working remotely from home now, which will lead to some delays, but please rest assured that if you have applied you will receive a response as soon as possible.
2. I have a conditional offer, but my education has been interrupted due to Covid-19 (school closed, exams cancelled, classes missed, etc.). I am worried this means I will not meet the conditions of my offer - what should I do?
As announced by the UK and Scottish Governments, school pupils will be awarded a calculated grade for any exam they were entered for, even though formal face-to-face exams have been cancelled. We recommend that you contact your school for guidance, if you have not already received this.
The University of Aberdeen recognises the disruption caused to education systems and learner journeys across the world. The University is investigating options to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and is working closely with national and international partners. Offer holders are encouraged to send in their final documents as issued by their relevant education authority. The University’s Selectors will review these documents, taking into account any changes due to the ongoing crisis. The Selectors will be as flexible as possible while still ensuring that offer holders/applicants are academically qualified for their chosen course of study.
We understand that these are unprecedented times, but please be assured that, wherever you are from, we are looking at all options to support your future ambitions to join the University of Aberdeen. If you have any concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your Applicant ID number for us to discuss your circumstances.
3. I am studying for an HNC/D at College and have a conditional offer, but my education has been interrupted due to Covid-19. I am worried about joining University in Year 2/3 - what should I do?
As announced by the SQA college staff will use their own professional judgement to assess learner evidence and determine students grades. We recommend that you contact your college for guidance, if you have not already received this. College’s are currently working to ensure learners do not have gaps in their assumed learning which would prevent them from entering the year of study they have been offered and we remain in close contact with them. We will also be providing transition materials for our Offer Holders during the summer.
We appreciate students may be worried about the situation but would like to reassure students that we will be available to discuss changes of year once SQA grades have been issued. Students are encouraged to contact us at this time with any concerns or mitigating circumstances they wish to be taken into account. Please contact email@example.com with your Applicant ID number for us to discuss your circumstances.
4. Are you still accepting applications to join in September 2020?
If you are interested in studying at Aberdeen, whether in September 2020 or beyond, we would encourage you to still apply. We are processing applications as normal, but there will be some delays due to our Admissions Team working remotely from home. Even if you cannot currently leave your home country, we would still encourage you to apply.
5. What do I need to do about applying for accommodation?
Applications for accommodation should be made as usual. We have many accommodation options and continue to guarantee that all new entrants are offered a place in University accommodation, should they apply by the deadline. Please visit our Student Accommodation web pages for more information and to keep up to date: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/accommodation/.
6. Can I visit the campus?
For the foreseeable future, all campus visits and on-campus events are cancelled. If you have booked onto an event, you will be sent more information. We are hosting a series of virtual opportunities for prospective students to interact with our staff and students. You can find the details here. We would love to hear from you – keep an eye on our social media accounts for more information.
7. Will the University still attend recruitment events within the UK or internationally?
The University of Aberdeen is currently not travelling to any events or education fairs. We are hosting a series of virtual opportunities for prospective students to interact with our staff and students. You can find the details here. We would love to hear from you – keep an eye on our social media channels for more information.
8. Have there been changes to semester one start dates?
To allow more time to deal with the impact of Covid-19, the University has pushed back its start date. Welcome Week will now start on 21st September 2020 and teaching will start on 28th September 2020.
If you are concerned about arriving in time for the September start date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. I have an English Language condition as part of my offer to study at the University of Aberdeen but I cannot book an IELTS test - what should I do?
In light of the ongoing disruptions caused to English language test-taking by Covid-19, the University of Aberdeen has reviewed the methods it uses to assess English language ability. We are delighted to let you know that we now accept two additional English language tests for direct entry to our degrees. Both of these tests can be taken online, allowing applicants to meet the University’s English language requirements from the safety of their own homes. The University now accepts the following tests: Duolingo English Test, LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator, and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition.
At this stage we are unable to accept the IELTS Indicator test.
Full details on the University’s English language requirements and minimum scores can be found here.
The Language Centre has changed the start dates of both the 10 and 5 week pre-sessional programmes to support applicants. View further information on start dates for our pre-sessional programmes.
We will work with applicants and should you have any concerns or would like to discuss your options, please contact email@example.com.
10. I have an academic condition as part of my offer to study at the University of Aberdeen, but my university has indicated my degree certificate will be issued later due to extended closures - what should I do? There may be other documentation we can accept, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your circumstances. 11. Can I/should I defer my place for September 2020?
We are working hard to ensure that new students can start their studies in September 2020 as planned. Should this change we will contact all our applicants with further information. At this stage there is no need to defer your offer. However, if for whatever reason, you think you will be unable to join us in September 2020 you can request to defer your offer by emailing us: email@example.com for postgraduate applications.
For undergraduate applications, requests to defer will be considered, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offers of admission for PGDE study cannot be deferred to 2021 at this stage.
12. I had asked to defer entry from September 2020 to September 2021, but I have now changed my mind. Can I take up my offer in September 2020? 13. What is the last day I can arrive in the UK for classes?
The University will continue to support our applicants due to start in September 2020. The University will work to be as flexible as possible and will accept late registrations, and the current last date of registration is Monday 12th October 2020. It may be an option to defer to a later start date.
If you have any concerns or would like to discuss your options, please contact email@example.com.
14. I am due to attend the 5-week pre-sessional programme or 10-week pre-sessional programme but will not be able to provide evidence of my English level or apply for a Tier 4 visa because of the closure of IELTS and visa centre - What should I do?
The University of Aberdeen is monitoring the situation with regard to English Language providers such as IELTS and TOEFL unable to offer examinations at present. For those with conditional offers indicating English Language – the condition remains in place.
The Language Centre has changed the start dates of both the 10 and 5 week pre-sessional programmes to support applicants. View further information on start dates for our pre-sessional programmes.
We will to work with applicants and should you have any concerns or would like to discuss your options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
15. I cannot get an appointment at a UK Visa centre to organise my biometric testing - what should I do? The University is closely monitoring the situation. You should check the UKVI website for the most up to date information. If you have any concerns or are unable to get a visa appointment, you should contact email@example.com to ensure we are aware of your situation. 16. How can I contact the University?
Our phones are currently not in operation as we are working remotely from home. You can reach us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and by following us on social media:
You can also chat to our students and staff via Unibuddy: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life/student-chat.php.
17. I am hoping to apply to Medical School but my work experience has been cancelled due to Covid-19. What should I do?
We are aware that work experience opportunities have been impacted by Coronavirus. It is not essential that applicants have clinical work experience to apply for Medicine.
The Medical Schools Council have put together some useful guidance on gaining relevant experience in the time of Covid-19.
18. When the University opens for on campus teaching, how will the University deal with another peak/ second wave of COVID-19? What is the University doing to ensure the safety and health of students and staff on campus?
The University is continuously following Government advice. The health and safety of all students and staff is at the heart of all decision making. When it is safe to move to on campus teaching, the University will be following all guidance and rules from the Government regarding controlling the COVID-19 Pandemic and if there is to be a second peak of the virus the University will not hesitate to make quick decisions to ensure the safety of all staff and students (following government advice).
The Government is looking at how ‘normal life’ can resume and there will be plenty of guidance on how to safely bring back students and staff to the likes of Schools, Colleges and Universities, we will ensure to follow this guidance.
Last updated 1 June 2020
1. If I can’t start at the start of term due to travel restrictions what does this mean for my University accommodation and the amount I need to pay?
The University appreciated the challenges created by Covid-19 and are working to support our students as they consider their accommodation options. Students are encouraged to apply for their University accommodation, as normal, in preparation for the start of term.
All the support our student body has benefits from in our University accommodation will still be in place within our Halls of Residence, including our Student Resident Assistant time and night management and our campus staff can be contacted at any time 24/7 to respond to a query and/or an emergency situation.
Further information regarding the University Accommodation will be made available shortly.
2. If I can’t start at the start of term due to travel restrictions what does this mean for my privately-owned student accommodation?
It is important you consider all your options in terms of your accommodation. There is a range of privately owned student accommodation throughout Aberdeen.
You can find out more at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/accommodation/index.php. If you are planning on renting privately owned student accommodation, you should liaise directly with the landlord or company and ensure you fully understand any commitment you are making before signing your contract or pay any deposit.
- Tuition Fees
Last updated 1 June 2020
1. Will my tuition fees be adjusted in light of the announcement that some of my degree programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach?
The tuition fees remain unchanged. As restrictions are lifted, we very much look forward to welcoming all of you back onto campus in September or when you are able to return. In line with Government advice we will continue to provide a high-quality education experience that enables you to achieve your potential while meeting required academic standards through blended learning. There are some things that will not be possible while distancing and related restrictions are still in place, such as lectures and large group sessions. But you will not miss out on these experiences, instead teaching and learning activities will be available online so that you can engage with all the learning that you need for your studies.
The University is currently reviewing how we can best support our students through our range of scholarships, including the Aberdeen Global Scholarship for self-funded international postgraduate Masters students. This scholarship is worth a minimum of £2,000 and comes in the form of a tuition fee waiver that is automatically applied.