The University of Aberdeen aims to provide a safe and welcoming environment.  In 1495 we were founded on the principle of being open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the services of others. We still have that purpose and continuously work towards a more inclusive community. This page provides students with resources and contacts on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Reporting and Feedback

We are committed to enhancing your student experience by listening to your opinions and implementing change. Use our  online feedback form to share your views quickly and easily. Let us know how we can improve our service or what you love about the University.

There is support available to you if you experience or witness harassment on or around campus. You can report harassment anonymously through our Reporting Tool.  

You can also speak confidentially with a Support Adviser at the Student Advise & Support Office, a Counsellor from our Counselling Service or a Chaplain at the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy.

Student Support Services

If you would like to speak to someone confidentially about anything, our Student Support Services are available. Student Support Advisers at the Student Advice & Support Office can offer practical support and signpost you to relevant outside organisations that can offer you support.

Our Multifaith Chaplains are available if you would like to speak confidentially with someone. If you feel that you would benefit from counselling, our Counselling Service is available as well.

Support for LGBTQI+ Students

Pride

Grampian Pride is the annual LGBTQ+ Pride festival in Aberdeen. This festival is an opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas to come together, provide a safe space and celebrate. The festival has grown year on year and consists of a march, various stalls, information about LGBT+ organisations and services, entertainment, key speakers, safe spaces, and a family area.

During 2020 Pride month, while under lockdown, our alumni, staff and students came together to "Share the Pride". Watch this video to see how we celebrated... 

 

Changing your Gender Marker or Name

You can change your gender marker or first name by simply emailing studentrecords@abdn.ac.uk You don’t need to provide any proof to do this.   

Gender Neutral Toilets

We have a growing number of gender neutral toilets available across Old Aberdeen campus including at the Sir Duncan Rice Library and William Guild Building. We now have around 100 gender neutral toilets on campus and we are working to add more all the time.  

Here is what our Principal, George Boyne, has said regarding gender neutral toilets during the 2019/20 Open Ask Session:

‘Last year following an exercise where we surveyed the entire WC provision across our campuses Estates & Facilities identified 116 toilets, (12%) of our total provision, that could fulfil Aberdeen City Council Building Control’s interpretation of the Building Standards Scotland of a unisex/gender neutral toilet. This was discussed with AUSA and reported to the Student Experience Committee where it was agreed that Estates & Facilities would progress the re-designation of these toilets. Further survey work on the replacement of signage is nearly complete and we expect to start the changes early in the New Year.’

Student Channel

Hear from current students, alumni and staff through blogs, vlogs and podcasts on the Student Channel. Below are some examples of blogs that have recently been published.

National Coming Out Day: Pros and Cons

What is Intersectionality?

LGBTQI+ in Religious Spaces

LGBTQI+ Book Recommendations

Podcast: LGBTQI+ Mental Wellbeing in Education

Are you interested in becoming a Student Content Creator for the Student Channel? All current students are welcome to join, simply fill out this form to request further information. 

AUSA Forums and Societies 

LGBTQ Plus Students Forum

Trans Students Forum

Women and Non- Binary Students Forum

Support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students

Black History Month UK 2020

October marks the start of Black History Month in the UK, a time to celebrate the extraordinary contributions that black people have made in the UK and beyond. Black History Month was initiated by historian Cater G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALH) in 1926 in the US to promote the study of Black history and acknowledge achievements of black people. It is now observed across the world and continues to inspire new generations of people. 

This year the University developed a programme of events, blogs, podcasts and talks which provide opportunities for our community to engage with the objectives of this celebration – to dig deeper, look closer, think bigger.

Student Channel

Hear from current students, alumni and staff through blogs, vlogs and podcasts on the Student Channel. The blogs and podcast below were created in celebration of Black History Month UK 2020.

Black Mental Health (podcast)

Promoting Solidarity Within our Diverse Communities

History as 'Meanwhile'

An Introduction to Black History Month

Exploring the University's Historic Links to Slavery

Are you interested in becoming a Student Content Creator for the Student Channel? All current students are welcome to join, simply fill out this form to request further information. 

AUSA Forums & Societies 

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Student Forum

Support for Disabled Students

Neurodiversity Celebration Week 

March 15 - March 21 

Info graphic reads Proud to Support Neurodiversity Celebration WeekNeurodiversity refers to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information. This week we challenge stereotypes and misconceptions by recognising and celebrating the many strengths of being neurodivergent. For information on support available to neurodiverse students please explore the Disability Service and the Disabled Students' Forum - details found below.

As part of the University of Aberdeen’s support for Neurodiversity Celebration Week, the Library would like to highlight materials from our collection that contain a wealth of resources and research on neurodiversity and its impact. You can read this here.

Disability Support Services

The Disability Service provides advice, information and practical study-related support to prospective and current students who have sensory and physical impairments, mental health conditions, long-term health conditions, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexia and other specific learning differences (SpLD) and students who have an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). They are available to assist undergraduate, postgraduate, full time, part time and online distance learners.

The Assistive Technology Service supports students and staff with a disability, specific learning difference, mental health or any other medical issue through the use of technology. We help people find the right tools to develop complimentary strategies in order to become confident in their studies, research or role and to develop lifelong skills that enable them to achieve their potential in their time here at the university, and in their future endeavours. 

Student Channel 

Hear from current students, alumni and staff through blogs, vlogs and podcasts on the Student Channel. Below are some examples of blogs that have recently been published.

How to Respond when a Friend come to You with a Mental Health Problem

Covid-19 and Losing my Mind

A Disabled Student's Guide to Getting Around Campus

Podcast: Accessibility for Disabled Students

Are you interested in becoming a Student Content Creator for the Student Channel? All current students are welcome to join, simply fill out this form to request further information. 

AUSA Forums & Societies 

Disabled Students Forum