Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 information 

The Abertay campus is open for teaching and library study with enhanced Covid safety measures in place.

Campus life will be affected the Scottish Government's five-level Covid Protection Framework and all students should read the guidance carefully. 

Guidance for students on asymptomatic Covid testing, travel and support arrangements related to the Christmas break is available here.

Everyone coming to Abertay (students, staff and visitors) must register their visit.

Walk-in Covid testing for students with symptoms is available at Park Place Car Park, Dundee, open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Tests must be booked in advance through NHS Inform and you must wear a face covering.

Covid Protection Levels Framework

What does the Covid-19 Protection Levels Framework mean for Abertay students? Find out more below. 

Dundee is currently at: Level 3 

LEVEL 0

Level 0 

  • Access to Campus –  Classrooms, Labs, Library, Library Cafe and Gym all open. Attendance Check-in required in class. Campus Check-in required in Library.

  • Teaching – Range of on-campus teaching and research permitted. Assessments on campus permitted.

  • Travel - Travel to Abertay permitted for teaching, study and work 

  • Student Support – On campus and online 

  • Socialising - 8 people from 3 households indoors. 15 people from 5 households outdoors. 

  • Hospitality (bars, cafes, restaurants) – Open (possible time restrictions) 

LEVEL 1

Level 1 

  • Access to Campus – Classrooms, Labs, Library and Library Cafe open. Attendance Check-in required in class. Campus Check-in required in Library.

  • Teaching – Limited on-campus teaching and research. Assessments online. 

  • Travel - Travel to Abertay permitted for teaching, study and work 

  • Student Support – On campus and online 

  • Socialising - 6 people from 2 households indoors. 6 people from 2 households outdoors 

  • Hospitality (bars, cafes, restaurants)  – Open (possible time restrictions) 

LEVEL 2

Level 2 

  • Access to Campus – Classrooms, Labs, Library and Library Cafe open. Attendance Check-in required in class. Campus Check-in required in Library.

  • Teaching – Limited on-campus teaching and research. Assessments online. 

  • Travel - Travel to Abertay permitted for teaching, study and work 

  • Student Support – On campus and online 

  • Socialising - Cannot meet other households indoors. Can meet 6 people from 2 households outdoors 

  • Hospitality (bars, cafes, restaurants) – Open (possible time restrictions).  

LEVEL 3

Level 3 

  • Access to Campus – Classrooms, Labs, Library and Library Cafe open. Attendance Check-in required in class. Campus Check-in required in Library.

  • Face coverings to be worn at all times when on campus for teaching or library study, unless exempt.

  • Teaching – Limited on-campus teaching and research. 3 hours of face-to-face teaching per week for most students. Assessments online. 

  • Travel - Travel to and from Dundee permitted for teaching, study, work, shopping and health reasons only. Public transport permitted but avoid if possible. 

  • Student Support – On campus and online. 

  • Socialising - Cannot meet other households indoors. Can meet 6 people from 2 households outdoors.  

  • Hospitality (bars, cafes, restaurants) – Open for food on premises (possible time restrictions). No alcohol sales.

LEVEL 4

Level 4 

  • Access to Campus – Classrooms and Labs open with Attendance Check-in required in class. Library open with Campus Check-in. 

  • Face coverings to be worn at all times when on campus for teaching or library study, unless exempt.

  • Teaching – Minimal on-campus teaching and research only. Assessments online.  

  • Travel - Travel to and from Dundee permitted for teaching, study, work, shopping and health reasons only. Public transport permitted but avoid if possible. 

  • Student Support – Mainly online. 

  • Socialising - Cannot meet other households indoors. Can meet 6 people from 2 households outdoors.  

  • Hospitality (bars, cafes, restaurants)  – Closed. 

FAQs

What activity is permitted on campus in level 3? At Abertay, the same on-campus teaching and lab work arrangements that have been in place since the start of Term 1 will continue, with the majority of activity online and one three-hour face-to-face session per week for most students. Our Library will remain open and student support will continue on campus.

What activity is permitted on campus in level 4? For universities in areas that are at level 4, teaching and lab work will be online, except for some very limited exceptions for activity that cannot be delivered remotely or be postponed. University libraries can remain open and student support will still be provided, but with the majority of student support online. If, in the future, Dundee is moved to level 4, Abertay will of course be following this guidance.

Dundee is in Level 3 or 4. Can I still travel to and from Abertay? Yes. Travel to and from Abertay for teaching, study and work is permitted at all levels of the framework, regardless of where you live or the level of restrictions in your local area. Although travel for education, work, shopping or health reasons is permitted, be aware there should be no non-essential travel into or out of Level 3 or 4 areas. This means you can’t travel into or out of Dundee to see friends or family (limited exemptions such as shared parenting apply). It is now breaking the law to travel out of a level 3 or 4 area for a non-essential reason.

I can’t get to campus without using public transport. What do I need to know? Travel to and from Abertay for teaching and study is permitted at all levels of the framework, with public transport running in all levels. You are still permitted to use public transport to come to Abertay in Levels 3 and 4 as education is deemed an essential reason to travel, however you should avoid using it if is possible to travel another way. You should not travel on public transport in Levels 3 or 4 for non-essential reasons. We believe in the value of face-to-face teaching to your academic and personal development and would encourage you to come to campus if you can. If you feel you can’t use public transport get in touch with the Support Enquiry Zone for further advice.

What will the University opening hours be in each level? The main campus will open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm in all levels other than Level 0, when opening will be extended to 9pm.  

In which levels can I access face-to-face counselling or mental health support? The full range of student support will run on campus in Level 0. In Levels 1-3 students can access frontline services on campus, including the Support Enquiry Zone, counselling, mental health support and the Advisory service. In Level 4 most student support will move online. If you need to access support please email the Support Enquiry Zone

Can Abertay sports clubs still train in Level 3? All indoor training has been suspended for the following clubs: Football (indoor 3G at RPC on Sunday), Basketball (indoor at RPC on Sunday), Dance (indoor at Douglas on Monday), Badminton (indoor at Ward Road on Monday), Netball (indoor at Mayfield on Tuesday), Volleyball (indoor at Mayfield on Friday). Non-contact outdoor activity can continue. For further information and guidance email Michael Devlin of Abertay Sport – m.devlin@abertay.ac.uk.

Which types of research will be permitted on campus in each of the levels? In Level 0 all research that usually takes place on campus will be permitted. In all other levels research must be Covid 19 risk assessed and approved before taking place. 

How will the changes related to socialising apply in student residences? Only your immediate flatmates are classed as your ‘household’ and you must keep this in mind when following the guidance on socialising. Please be aware that only in Levels 0 and 1 will students living in residences be permitted to socialise indoors with other households. 

What IT assistance will be available in each level? Online IT assistance will be available across all levels via the IT Service Desk. In Level 0 a full range of on campus IT support will be available. In Levels 1-4 a more basic frontline service will be available on campus, prioritised on a need basis. 

When will student placements and internships be permitted? Student placement and internships will be permitted in Level 0. In Levels 1-3 they will be risk assessed on an individual basis. In Level 4 no placements or internships will be permitted other than for students on healthcare programmes. 

When will student field trips and industry visits be permitted? Field trips and visits will be permitted in Level 0, with some local trips/visits possible in Level 1 depending on individual risk assessments. In Levels 2-4 trips/visits will be converted to online sessions. 

When will student exchange be permitted? Student exchange trips will be permitted in Level 0. Activity in all other levels will be risk-assessed on a case by case basis.

How will Abertay Students’ Association operate in each level? Abertay SA will provide support and advice to students at all levels. They will operate on-campus in Level 0. In Levels 1-3 they will have a minimal on-campus presence, operating mainly online. In Level 4 they will operate online only.  

Informal childcare is not permitted in Level 4 and I’m struggling to study while looking after children. What should I do? Please contact the Support Enquiry Zone who can arrange for advice and assistance with your studies. 

I’m worried about coming to campus in Level 3. What should I do? The safety and hygiene measures at Abertay are working well and there has been no evidence of transmission of the virus on campus. We understand that this is a concerning time and if you would like to discuss your attendance for on-campus teaching please contact the Support Enquiry Zone

I am on the shielding list. What does the Covid framework mean for me? While shielding remains paused, new advice has been issued for people who are on the shielding list to reflect the different protection levels. You can find this here. All of this is advice – please consider which level of protection is right for you. If you require assistance, please contact Occupational Health Advisor Sharon Jeffrey. 

I have a child who is on the shielding list. What should I do? In Level 3 areas, parents or guardians should discuss with their GP or clinician whether children on the shielding list should still attend school or formal childcare. In level 2 areas, the advice for the general population should be followed. 

Will the shops remain open in Level 3? All shops can remain open in Level 3. Customers and staff should continue to follow the public health guidance on face coverings and social distancing. Travel between council areas for shopping is permitted, but the latest Scottish Government advice encourages people to shop within their own area if they can.

What about leisure and entertainment in Level 3? Leisure and entertainment venues are not permitted to open in Dundee under the restrictions. Examples of this include cinemas, amusement arcades, soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs and adult entertainment.

When will the level change? The levels throughout Scotland will be reviewed weekly. However, it is likely that levels will generally remain in place for at least two to four weeks to give time for measures to have an effect on the transmission of the virus. 

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check the main Scottish Government Covid-19 Protection Levels Framework.

 

 

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