Current Students - Covid-19 updates

Latest Covid-19 information for current Abertay students.

Updates

Below is a summary of the latest position. Scroll down to see more detailed information in our FAQs. Information for current students is also on the intranet.

Latest update

The University is closed following UK and Scottish Government instructions. Students should not come to campus.

All teaching and assessment has been moved online.

Students can apply for extensions of up to 10 working days on assessments, or choose to defer to the next assessment opportunity, without needing to provide supporting evidence.

All travel and events have been stopped until further notice.

The Summer Graduation ceremony has been postponed but students are assured they will still graduate. The ceremony will be rescheduled.

SEZ should be first point of contact for any concerns or support needs - sez@abertay.ac.uk

Check NHS Inform for national advice.

 

General Student FAQs

Are classes cancelled?

We have no plans to cancel any classes outright.

The majority of teaching and learning is now online. Programme tutors will be in contact you with further information.

 

What if I need to come to campus?

The campus is now shut until further notice.

What about remote teaching and assessments?

The University now using remote teaching and assessment. All students have received an email about arrangements for exams, We will ensure students are be able to study, complete their degrees and graduate.

How will exams and assessments be affected?

The exam schedule has taken account of the disruption and the unusual circumstances and all exams are now planned to take place online.

In order to minimise possible disruption for 4th year students and to ensure staff are not managing multiple online exams on the same day, the following adjustments to the academic calendar for this year only will be made:

  • Stage 4 exams (and stage 3 MH Nursing exams) will take place in the normal exam week (week 15), 4th - 8th May 2020. 
  • Stage 3 exams (not MH Nursing) will take place in week 16, 11th - 15th May 2020.
  • Stages 1 and 2 exams will take place in week 17, 18th – 22nd May 2020.

A number of supportive changes have been made to the planned assessments and course work to enable you to progress:

 

  • Amendments have been made to some Term 2 Assessments- please see My Learning Space (MLS) for full information for your particular course modules. Further details may also be provided by email from your Module Leader during this week.
  • Exams will all be online or ‘open exams’ giving you more flexibility on when to complete the exam. Some exams have been converted to coursework - all details for each module can found on MLS and further details may also be provided by email from your Module Leader during this week.
  • For those modules where exams, practical assessments or presentations had been planned, changes have been made to allow the learning outcomes to be assessed in an equivalent way. We understand that it is no longer possible to assess students as planned. The changes to assessments have been made within the guidance of the relevant professional bodies’ regulations.
  • Presentations will be in alternative formats such as video, Skype, or annotated PowerPoint with or without audio.
  • Where specialist software is not avail​able, adjustments have been made.
  • Where possible you should try to submit assessments on time, to prevent overload at one time.  However, we recognise that many of you may be ill or caring for those who are ill and it has been agreed that students will be permitted up to a 10-day extension for coursework where you have mitigating circumstances, with no requirement to submit evidence. 

    If it is not possible to submit your assessment(s) with a 10 day extension, please do ensure you make contact with your Student Academic Advisor (see below) to keep them up to date with any circumstances beyond a 10 day extensions that may require a deferral.

  • School of Business, Law and Social Sciences – Jan Law- email j.law@abertay.ac.uk

  • School of Design and Infomatics – Euan Dempster- email- e.dempster@abertay.ac.uk

  • School of Applied Science – Noelle McAra- email- n.mcara@abertay.ac.uk

Should you have any support needs at this time, please do make contact with sez@abertay.ac.uk. We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and we want to support you to progress in your degree journey at Abertay.

 

I can’t submit my assessments on time and need a deferral/extension

Because of the campus closure and the exceptional circumstances, you can apply for extensions of up to 10 working days, or ask to defer to the next assessment deadline, without providing supporting evidence in this instance.

If you need to request a deferral or extension for any assessment deadlines, please contact SEZ directly to make arrangements at SEZ@abertay.ac.uk. This inbox is monitored Monday to Friday 9am–5pm.

Why are assessments not cancelled?

We recognise that many students, but not all, find themselves in a challenging situation and please rest assured, we are here to help and support you.  

We are endeavouring to maintain standards while providing as much flexibility and support to help you to progress in your degree journey. Many of our Module Leaders have come up with innovative alternate assessments that can be done online to ensure you are able to complete your learning. We have also considered the accessibility challenges.  

We believe it is important to continue with assessments: 

  • The University has a duty of care to ensure that you are fully prepared for your next academic year. Without assessments covering the full range of learning outcomes, this could mean that students who proceed to the following academic year based on assessments taken to-date may underperform later in their programme. Our main concern is to do what is in your interest as a student; it is not in your interest to progress to the next level without being ready. Equally students who are eligible to graduate this year will need to complete their final assessments to support their degree award.
  • We are required to uphold the academic standard of our awards by the QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) for Scotland.
  • Many programmes are accredited by professional bodies. We are required therefore to show evidence via assessments that you are meeting the standards and competencies for your stage of study.  
  • Any system we may come up with to generate a mark for a module from the limited assessment information currently available, would inevitably advantage some students and disadvantage others. In other words, it would not be fair.  

If you require an extension or a deferral of your assessments for whatever reason, then please contact our SEZ team sez@abertay.ac.uk so that we can support you. 

 

How can I access student support services while the University is closed?

We are here to provide support throughout this period of uncertainty. 

All Student Services such as the Advisory Service, the Counselling & Mental Health Service and the Careers Service are still available to students. However, we are adjusting how we deliver advice and guidance.

If you have any concerns or need assistance you can initially make contact via the query function in Abertay Connect.

The Student Services teams will still be working and answering student questions during the University closure. You can submit queries using the links below:

Along, with your Abertay account you have free access to Microsoft 365, which includes Skype for Business so you can contact us via Skype. If your query needs further discussion, a Skype appointment will be scheduled.

Visit this page on the intranet for information on how to download Microsoft 365 to your device.

If you have mitigating circumstances for any assessment deadlines this term, please contact SEZ directly to make arrangements at SEZ@abertay.ac.uk.

The inboxes above will be monitored by Student Services staff from Monday to Friday 9am–5pm.

The following list of contacts may also be helpful outside those hours:

  • NHS24. Tel: 111
  • Samaritans Free helpline 116 123 (open 24/7 365 days). Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
  • Breathing Space. Tel: 0800 838587

As always, please keep your eyes on your email and further guidance in regards to the Coronavirus, staying safe, and continuing your studies.

How can I access learning support while the University is closed?

The Learner Development Service can help with a wide range of academic skills, including providing feedback on your draft work, support with SPSS and statistical analysis, and advising on how to prepare for exams. 

Email learnerdevelopment@abertay.ac.uk or log in to AbertayConnect to book a telephone appointment.

The Academic Librarians can answer your questions about finding and referencing sources, while the Digital Skills Advisor can help with Microsoft Office applications.  Email library@abertay.ac.uk with your questions.

You can also visit our web pages for online advice.

The library is closed, what should I do?

As part of the University’s Coronavirus response measures the University Library is currently closed.

Information about online library services available to students and staff can be found here.

 

 

Will Graduation go ahead?

Sadly the planned ceremonies on July 2 at the Caird Hall in Dundee will have to be postponed.

You will still graduate as normal and receive your degree certificate. We will offer a later date for the graduation ceremony where you can celebrate with your friends and family.

More details will follow by email to eligible students.

 

Will the Digital Graduate Show go ahead?

Abertay Digital Graduate Show 2020 - The show must go on(line)!

As you’ll be very aware, many events on the scale of Abertay’s Digital Graduate Show have had to be cancelled or at least postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

However, given the quality of our final year students’ work, and the importance of showcasing that talent, we decided the show must go on…line!

That’s right, for the first time, ADGS 2020 will take place completely on the internet/

The show will go live on Fri 8 May, with the opening accompanied by a series of live online events and streaming content from our exhibitors.

While our students have been busily completing their final projects, we’ve been hard at work creating a platform for exhibiting the fruits of their labours.

You can explore the finished result with the accompanying events over the usual span of the Graduate Show (until Tue 12 May), but the core work itself and links to students’ further work will remain after the regular duration.



I live in halls of residence. What should I do?

Students remaining in halls of residence should now stay put and not travel home. This updated advice was issued by the Scottish Government on Friday March 27. 

Students who remain in halls of residence will not be charged for the extended period they may have to stay beyond the end of the lease.

Students are reminded to follow social distancing by keeping 2 metres away from their fellow flatmates at all times. See here for information: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-social-distancing

 

What if I need to stay on in my halls of residence?

You will be able to stay in their halls of residence and we will continue to provide support to those who need to stay.

There will be no additional charges for students who are unable to return home, and have to stay on in the halls of residence after their tenancy agreement runs out.

What if I need to leave my room in my halls of residence and end my tenancy?

Students who are in a position to leave their Halls of Residence are being offered the opportunity to terminate their tenancy agreement early by giving us 28 days notice.

You must email residences@abertay.ac.uk with full details of your name, student number and term time address before Tuesday 31 March confirming your wish to terminate your lease.

Your 28 day notice period will start on the day we receive your email. This means that you will stop paying rent from the end of April. You will receive a revised balance statement of your rent after March 31.

The University is introducing this measure as part of the package of support we are developing to help our students through the extraordinary and exceptional circumstances we are all experiencing.

What if I have already left my halls of residence?

If you have already handed in your keys, we will assume your notice period started on Monday 23 March 2020. You will receive a revised balance statement of your rent after March 31.

If you have already left without returning your keys, please let us know by email residences@abertay.ac.uk. Also let us know if you have left any belongings in your accommodation that you need to reclaim.

This situation is affecting my mental health. Who can I speak to?

We appreciate that this is a concerning time for everyone and that periods of self-isolation or anxiety can have a detrimental effect on people’s mental health.

The Abertay Counselling and Mental Health Service is still available for students while the campus is closed. If you have any concerns and would like to talk to one of our Student Counsellors, please email counselling@abertay.ac.uk (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday).

Outside of business hours, you can also contact the following services:

  • Samaritans - Free helpline T. 116 123 (open 24/7, 365 days) - Confidential support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
  • Breathing Space. T. 0800 838587

 

I've got financial problems, where can I get help?

If you are experiencing financial hardship you should contact student services by email SEZ@abertay.ac.uk

There is further information on how to apply for hardship funding here: https://intranet.abertay.ac.uk/support/student-services/advisory/funding/emergency-funds-and-childcare/

 

I am a worried parent and am concerned about my child

Please be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves, and have an active team managing any issues that arise in our University community. We are also in contact with NHS health protection teams and regional Emergency service providers. 

If you need to speak to anyone, please contact sro@abertay.ac.uk.

I live in private accommodation. What should I do?

 

All students are being advised to return home if it is safe for them to do so. Public transport is limited and becoming more limited by the day. If you have a relative who can collect you by car, please try to arrange this.

 If you are sharing a house or flat or are in Halls of Residence with other people (not in your family), and someone is required to self-isolate, please follow the guidance provided by the Government

 

I'm a student nurse on placement. What should I do?

All student nurses have been advised to finish their placement by Tuesday 24th March and to return home where possible. Final year students have been offered the opportunity for paid roles with key worker status (Band 4) in the NHS during this emergency and more details will be sent directly to eligible students as appropriate.

 

How will the Covid-19 situation affect my immigration status?

Can I volunteer or take paid work to support the Covid-19 crisis?

Yes, all students are able to take up voluntary or paid work opportunities as long as they are able to complete their studies on-line and any forthcoming assessments.

Should you wish to do this on a full time basis and suspend your studies, please do discuss this with your School Academic Advisor who can support you. 

 

Senior stage Nursing and Applied Biomedical Science students are being contacted separately regarding opportunities within the NHS.