As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and Scottish Government guidelines, studying at the university will need to be a little different. We will be open and ready to welcome you in September offering what’s known as Blended Learning. The academic year 2020-21 will commence with Welcome Week on 21 September, Blended Learning will start on 28 September.

Blended Learning

Blended Learning will provide a mix of on campus teaching alongside online delivery of teaching and activities with support from staff. Face to face teaching will be made available to small groups of students (tutorials and seminars) as an opportunity to gain some practical experience. This will all be subject to physical distancing (see below) requirements. All lecture materials will be delivered online in a flexible way allowing you to engage with your studies at your own pace.

We recognise that some students may not be able to come onto our university campus. If this situation applies to you, then you will be able to study fully online until such time that you can join us on campus. Please get in touch with us via email – student.support@abdn.ac.uk and we will be glad to chat through your options.

Orientation Programme

Our online Orientation Programme will introduce you to the University and all the different services and departments available to help you settle in and access any support you need.

Autistic Spectrum Condition Guide

Please download and read our Autistic Spectrum Condition Guide.

Social Distancing

Physical distancing is important and needs to be adhered too when on campus. A 2-metre space (this is approx. two arm’s length’s away) from the person closest to you. One-way systems will be in operation across campus to ensure physical distancing. This system will be supported by signage at entrance doors and signage on flooring. Please do not worry if people aren’t following the direction of the arrows or strictly observing social distancing rules; everyone is trying hard and may get things wrong until everyone becomes familiar with the new process. If you feel anxious around these changes then please make time to de-stress and focus on something positive. You can also talk with staff in our Student Advice & Support Team; please email: student.support@abdn.ac.uk

Adaptations will also be made to teaching spaces, libraries, student spaces to ensure social distancing is practical and allows you to participate in as safe a learning experience as possible. Cafes, dining areas and shops will have physical distancing measures in place (entrance and floor signage), allowing them to open and provide a safe and friendly service. There will also be additional cleaning schedules especially within communal areas and touch points (counters, tables, door handles, exits etc).

Hygiene

Regular cleaning will be in place across all University buildings.  Hand sanitising gel will be available for use by students at the entrance to all buildings and within each of the cafe and dining areas. It is also important to wash your hands with soap and water on a regular basis (after blowing your nose, eating food and/or using the toilet). If you become aware that you are about to cough, or sneeze, try to use a tissue. Throw the tissue in the bin as soon as possible. If you do not have a tissue, then cough or sneeze into your inner elbow area. Try to avoid touching your face (eyes, nose or mouth) until your hands are clean (immediately washed with soap and water).

Forehead strip thermometers will be available should you want to check your own temperature. The average normal body temperature is 37 degrees centigrade. If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (a temperature higher than 37 degrees centigrade), a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste you should stay at home or in your student accommodation. Please arrange to have a Coronavirus test as soon as possible. You can do this through:

Face coverings

The University will provide all students with two, 3-ply face coverings and most students will be expected to wear these. A face covering can be any covering for your mouth and nose that’s made of cloth or other materials, that allow you to breathe through. Religious face coverings that cover the mouth and the nose count as face coverings for these purposes. You can use a face visor (clear, plastic shield), but this must cover your nose and mouth completely. We recognise that not everyone can wear a face covering. Individuals can be exempt from wearing a covering if:

  • they have a disability or health condition that means they cannot put a covering on
  • a covering will cause them severe distress or anxiety
  • they need to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading
  • they have a reasonable need to eat, drink or take medicine.

It may be helpful to buy an exemption card (£0.55) for use should someone challenge the fact that you are not wearing a face covering. These exemption cards can be bought from Hidden Disabilities. You can also attach this card to a special lanyard which will be made available for you instead of collecting your face coverings. You will be able to collect one at no cost from Elphinstone Hall from the 21 September. If you have any questions around any of this information then please contact-: student.support@abdn.ac.uk