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.

First Generation Students

Being the first person in your family to attend university can provide some extra challenges when you do not have someone in your immediate social network who can offer guidance. In this video, Dr Samantha May, extends a warm welcome to first generation students and offers some great advice on how to get involved in university life and the support services that are there to help you throughout your academic career at UoA.

 

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

A former student of University of Aberdeen, Shahid Khan reflects on his own journey to Scotland in this blog, A Refugee's Tale.

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

Students with Autistic Spectrum Condition

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and Scottish Government guidelines, studying at the university will need to be a little different.

 

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.
Physical 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

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: