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.
Student Facebook Groups
New Students can join out Freshers' 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.
- UoA Accommodation (Entry 2023)
Facebook Groups are a great way of interacting with your peers with similar interests or academic route.
Careers & Employability Service Social Media
Follow the Careers and Employability Service Channels to hear about graduate, part-time and internship opportunities as well as careers events and competitions.
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
- Facebook (School of Biological Sciences main channel)
- School of Biological Sciences UG Students and Staff Page
Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History
- University of Aberdeen Divinity & Religious Studies (private Group)
Natural and Computing Sciences
Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
- Student E-newsletter and Emails
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
Content Submission Deadline
University 10/10/2023 12/10/2023 University 24/10/2023 26/10/2023 University 07/11/2023 09/11/2023 University 21/11/2023 23/11/2023 University 05/12/2023 07/12/2023 University 12/12/2023 14/12/2023 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
- 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.
- Student Hub (formally Student Portal)
The Student Hub is the place to visit if you want to find out:
- Exam results
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so please add this address to your safe senders.
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. The student is considered likely to be a danger to themselves or others.
- 2. The student has a medical emergency.
- 3. The student is subject to a procedure resulting in their suspension, expulsion or removal from the University.
- 4. Disclosure is required by law and/or is in the public interest.
- 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