As a University, we are committed to supporting all of our students, and we recognise that the student experience will vary greatly for each of you.  We have a team of Student Support Advisers who are available to discuss your individual circumstances, and work with you to ensure that you have all of the necessary and relevant support in place to ensure you can make the most of your studies and have a great experience too. 

If you would like to discuss your personal circumstances in confidence, and find out about the support we can offer, please make an appointment by emailing student.support@abdn.ac.uk.  We can provide advice and support about University processes and help to ensure that you have practical, study-related, support in place when you need it.  We can also provide information about the financial assistance available to you, and provide details about other support services within and out with the University.

Carer

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Care Experienced

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Educational Maintenance Allowance

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Estranged

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Low progression schools

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Parents in the military

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Parents who have had a custodial sentence

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Refugee/Asylum Seeker

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact Student Support or Professor Abbe Brown, the Dean for Student Support.

Students with children

Are you looking after a little one while studying? We are aware of the extra stress that this can put on you, and we have various initiative in place to help you through your studies.

Parent and carers factsheet

Helpful information for parents and carers of students at the University of Aberdeen can also be found in our factsheet.

Parent’s Network at the University

Parents, parents-to-be and carers who work or study at the University are invited to join the University of Aberdeen Parents and Carers Network. The group is open to ALL staff and students with caring responsibilities and was set up as a way to connect with others to share experiences, ideas and provide support in the University community.

Information, support and advice for parents, parents-to-be and carers who work or study at the University of Aberdeen

Our online chats and meetings via Facebook and Teams (Parents and Carers Network) provide a supportive setting where members can share parenting stories, doubts and tips, and discuss any topics, from the impact of Covid for us to going part-time, self-care, returning to studies after maternity or paternity leave, life/work boundaries, you name it. One-to-one mentoring around parenting issues is also on offer.

Members can also browse the resources, files and links uploaded in this group which provide information to help navigate the challenges around parenting while working or studying at the University. The network is also one of the University’s Equality Networks, and as such reports to EDIC (the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee) and feed back our views on policy. For more information find us on Facebook or look for ‘Parents and Carers Network’ on Teams.

Childcare Fund

The Childcare Fund provides assistance with the formal childcare expenses for dependant children.  Formal childcare includes registered childminders, after-school clubs, and providers of day care and education.

Am I eligible to apply to the Childcare Fund?

If you wish to apply please read the Childcare Fund Guidelines, complete the Childcare Fund Application form and email along with your evidence to student.support@abdn.ac.uk.  If you are unable to edit a PdF form please complete and submit this word version Childcare Fund Application Form.

If you have any queries please read our FAQs.  If your query is not listed please email student.support@abdn.ac.uk.

Please note that the childcare fund can assist with costs during term-time only.

Closing Date 5th February 2021.

Parental Spaces

Where can you take your child on campus?
We welcome you and your child to all of the public areas of our campus

Baby Changing Facilities
Baby changing facilities can be found across our campus.

Old Aberdeen

  • Butchart Centre
  • Elphinstone Hall
  • MacRobert Building
  • Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • Students’ Union Building

You can find further information on the accessibility of our campus from our Accessible Map.

Nursing Facilities and AUSA Parents’ Room
We welcome breastfeeding across all public areas of our campuses. If you would prefer a quiet, private area to feed or express you can find a number of first aid rooms throughout both Old Aberdeen and Foresterhill.

AUSA offers a Parent’s Room, located in room 007 of the Students’ Union Building. This is a quiet place for student parents or staff parents to feed their child. In the Parent's Room you’ll find highchairs, places to sit and a microwave to heat up food.

Old Aberdeen

  1. Cruikshank – G14
  2. Edward Wright – G93
  3. Fraser Noble – 068
  4. MacRobert Building – 033
  5. Meston – 037
  6. Sir Duncan Rice Library – 130
  7. University Office – Crush Hall
  8. William Guild – G20
  9. Zoology – G03

Foresterhill

  • Institute of Medical Sciences – 1.56
  • Medical Research Facility – G007
  • Polwarth – 0.004
  • Rowett Institute – 2.043
  • Suttie Centre 117 (First floor)
University Nursery
The University has a nursery on campus – The Rocking Horse Nursery. You can find listings for other childcare providers in the local area on the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council websites. You may also wish to consider using a childminder.
Veteran

For details of the support which can be provided, please contact: