Communicating with you

Communicating with you

There are a number of ways in which the University can communicate with you throughout your studies, these can be accessed by every student.

Social Media for Students of the University

Build your social network and find your community!

The University of Aberdeen has a presence across all major social media channels for current students. We use these channels to keep you up to date with all things related and of interest to current students, make sure you follow these channels - there may even be a competition or two! 

Central Student Channels (for current students of the University)

Follow the Central Student Channels to be in the know for everything current for students.

Something for everyone - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram StudentLifeUoA channels at the University

Student Facebook Groups

New Students can join out new student group which is jointly run by the Students' Union and the University. It's a forum for all things UoA!

Students who are residents in University accommodation can join the accommodation group where you can meet and chat with flatmates prior to arriving and throughout their stay.

Facebook Groups are a great way of interacting with your peers with similar interests or academic route.

Careers and Employability Service Social Media

Follow the Careers and Employability Service channels to hear about events, competitions and opportunities including exclusive internships and skills development opportunities.

ABVentures

ABVentures is the University of Aberdeen's dedicated advice and support service for starting a business or social enterprise, available to students, alumni and staff.

 

School Social Channels

Listed below are School specific channels which you may want to join, along with some related societies. For a full list of all Clubs and Societies visit the Students' Union website.

Biological Sciences

Related Societies

Education
Engineering

Related Societies

Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History

Divinity

History

Philosophy

Art History

Scandinavian Studies

Geoscience

Related Societies

 

Natural and Computing Sciences

Related Societies

Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Related Societies

Psychology

Related Societies

Social Science

Related Societies

Law
Student E-newsletter and Emails

University e-newsletter

During term-time, every week a Student e-Newsletter is sent. This responsibility is shared between the University and the Students' Union. See below for distribution dates, and how clubs and societies can submit content for the Students' Union eNewsletter.

Watch these short videos on Toolkit to find out how to access your email on Desktop, Android or iOS.

Distribution Dates for Student eNewsletters

Responsibility

Content Submission Deadline

Distribution Dates

University

28/05/2024 30/05/2024
University (Monthly) 18/06/2024 20/06/2024
University (Monthly) 16/07/2024 18/07/2024
University (Monthly) 13/08/2024 15/08/2024
University 24/09/2024 26/09/2024
University 08/10/2024 10/10/2024
University 22/10/2024 24/10/2024
University 05/11/2024 07/11/2024
University 19/11/2024 21/11/2024
University 03/12/2024 05/12/2024

 

Other Important University Communication

From time to time, the University’s Communication department may need to contact students to keep them informed about news and events on campus outside the schedule of the fortnightly e-newsletter.

These communications will be sent directly to your student email account.

Students' Union e-newsletter

To submit content for the Students' Union e-newsletter, please email AUSA Communications. If you have questions, please email the Students' Union.  

Your Student Experience Organisation (MyAberdeen)

Within MyAberdeen, you will find the Student Experience organisation. You will find a whole array of information, updates, news, events and promotions here. 

Ensure you check this regularly for any opportunities that have been announced.

Student Hub (formally Student Portal)

The Student Hub is the place to visit if you want to find out:

  • Exam results
  • Timetables
  • Your academic progress
  • Academic information, for example how many credits you have, your degree title etc.
  • Non-academic information
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

‘MyAberdeen’ is your very own virtual learning environment.

This is where you will find learning materials and resources associated with your courses and where you will be notified of any announcements about your courses or the University.

Guidance on using MyAberdeen is also available on the Toolkit web pages.

 

Too many emails from Blackboard?
Watch this video to find out how to manage the notifications you receive. 

The Student Channel - Blogs, Vlogs & Podcasts

Our creative, passionate and enthusiastic student content creators share their experiences of student life at the University of Aberdeen through blogs, vlogs, podcasts and social media platforms.

You can follow their student journey and interest as they develop within the University of Aberdeen community as they introduce you to all that student life has to offer, as well as key social media campaigns. Check out what our students have been up to here

Surveys and Feedback

Your ideas, expertise and feedback is a key part of driving change at the University of Aberdeen. We provide you with a number of opportunities to feedback and shape the University and your future.

If you want to find out more about forthcoming surveys or other feedback opportunities or to find out the results of previous surveys please visit the Feedback pages of the website.

Communications from the Careers & Employability Service

Communication from the Careers and Employability Service

All student and graduates have access to CareerConnect, a platform used by the Careers and Employability Service which allows you to connect with part-time work, internships, graduate jobs, careers events, and our team of Careers Advisers.

It is important that students keep their CareerConnect profile up-to-date so that you can receive targeted careers information, vacancies and events. Toolkit has a video all about updating your profile: Careers and Employability Service | University Services and Schools | Toolkit | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk)

You need to opt-in to these emails by ticking the box to say you want to receive useful emails from the University of Aberdeen Careers & Employability Service. 

The Careers and Employability Service will send the following emails to you from CareerConnect:

  • Career Readiness updates: Current students will be sent targeted information based what you have said you would like to take part in over the next 12 months and what areas of support you require. You told us this information as part of the online registration process at enrolment and you can update it at re-enrolment each year. We will send these updates weekly but it will depend on your answers as to how often you receive one.
  • Job and event alerts: When you set up your profile on CareerConnect you can choose to receive targeted emails, either daily or weekly, about relevant job vacancies and/or events.
  • Appointment and event information: when you book an appointment or onto an event you will be sent confirmation and reminder emails.


These communications will be sent directly to your student email account unless you choose to change your address on your CareerConnect profile. Emails will be sent from careers@abdn.ac.uk so please add this address to your safe senders. 

Confidentiality

The University of Aberdeen is committed to protecting your personal information and being clear about the information we collect and how we use it. We take our responsibilities seriously as the controller of your personal information under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018. Information on how the University manages student personal data is available at our Current Students privacy notice.

What is Confidential Information?

Confidential information refers to private information or anything that is not intended to be freely shared. There may be certain circumstances where the University or members of staff such as your personal tutor, lecturers or support services needs to disclose confidential information that the student has shared to support their wellbeing or academic journey.

If I share confidential information will it be shared with anyone else?

This will very much depend on the circumstances but we will look to obtain the consent of the student where possible and explain why there is a need to disclose the information and who will have access to this information – this may be to other staff in the school, Student Support, external organisations or family. Information will only ever be disclosed on a “need to know” basis with the welfare of the student at the centre.

Who has access to my personal information?

Students at the University are entitled to make their own decisions about who has access to their information and no personal information is divulged even to parents, unless there is a serious concern about their welfare. If a student is content for information to be shared with their parents or guardian, it is good practice to have this documented and written consent provided.  This will then be recorded on the Student Records System.

Sharing without your consent

There may be certain circumstances where the University feels it is necessary to share your information without your consent with internal support, external emergency services or next of kin. These may include

  1. 1. The student is considered likely to be a danger to themselves or others.
  2. 2. The student has a medical emergency.
  3. 3. The student is subject to a procedure resulting in their suspension, expulsion or removal from the University.
  4. 4. Disclosure is required by law and/or is in the public interest.
  5. 5. The University is made aware of an under 18 student or a vulnerable adult who is being abused or is at risk of abuse