Current Students

We are getting ready to open the University campus in time for the new academic year in September. Our Return to Campus FAQs below will be regularly updated over the summer and we will keep all students updated on any key developments by email, social media and via the Community Update newsletter.  Information is also available on the intranet.

SEZ should be your first point of contact for any concerns or support needs. You can email them at

Check NHS Inform for national advice.

Safety, Hygiene and Health

Will protective screens be in place and where will these be?

Yes. Protective screens are being installed in high traffic face-to-face contact areas across the University for the safety of staff and students.

How will social distancing work on campus?

We will be following national guidance on social distancing on campus. New signage across campus will advise on how to keep safe and there will be systems for getting around campus, accessing buildings and in classroom and study settings. We will update with further information soon.

There will be one-way systems in place. How will this work?

Signage with instructions on moving around campus will be installed in key locations and you will be asked to adhere to the rules. We will release more detail on this closer to the start of term.

Which entry and exit points can I use in each campus building?

We will be making a number of changes to entry and exit points to keep staff and students safe. We will update you closer to the start of term.

Do I need to wear face masks on campus?

We will be following national guidance on this at the start of term. Please check back here for updates.

What are the arrangements for the toilets?

We are working on a system for this and will update this page soon.

Where will the hand sanitising stations be and how do I use these?

We will be providing hand sanitising/washing stations around campus to help reduce the spread of infection. We will update this page with more detail soon. 

Will I need to wear face masks or PPE for on-campus teaching?

We are working on arrangements for this and will update this page soon.

Will tutors be wearing face masks or PPE for face-to-face classes?

We are working on arrangements for this and will update this page soon.


What is blended learning?

All students will be taught via blended learning from the start of academic year. Blended learning is a mix of online instruction and face-to-face teaching which will take place on campus. We are working towards all students having some regular face-to-face teaching.

How much of my teaching will be on campus?

All students will have some face-to-face teaching on campus from the start of Term 1. The frequency of this will depend on your programme and on the national guidance at the time. Arrangements will be kept under review as the year goes on. Full timetable details will be announced closer to the start of Term 1, which begins on September 21.

What changes are being planned to improve online teaching?

Our Technology-Enhanced Learning team are working with academic staff to develop a programme of training, as well as guidance documents and resources, to support staff and students to engage with a more immersive online learning experience next academic year. We will update this page with more detail soon.

Will online lectures and tutorials be pre-recorded or interactive?

It is our intention to deliver a mixture of both interactive and recorded activities which will be accessed from our virtual learning platform, My Learning Space. We will be in touch with more detail about how this will work soon.

What about students who are shielding?

Students who are shielding should make contact with their Programme Leader to discuss arrangements for blended learning. If you are unsure who this is contact the Support Enquiry Zone in the first instance

What about students who are concerned about returning?

For advice on how your health concerns/issues may affect your studies please contact the Support Enquiry Zone in the first instance We will be taking health concerns into account when deciding which students need to be on campus.

What if I'm nervous about using public transport?

We are advising students to follow Scottish Government guidance on travelling on public transport, including the use of a face mask. We understand that some students may have concerns about using public transport and, if you feel unable to attend the campus due to this, please raise the matter with your programme leader.

How will exams and assessments be affected in 2020/21?

Academic staff are reviewing assessments to consider their applicability for a blended learning delivery model. We will be back ion touch with more detail on this.

What is the Covid-19 Fair Assessment Policy and will it apply in 2020/21?

The Covid-19 Fair Assessment Policy was introduced to act as a safety net for students affected by the pandemic. It included the ability for students to have extensions on coursework and to defer exams with no questions asked, in addition to other measures. To get more information on this visit  We are currently considering how this policy may be implemented or adapted going forward.

What size will face-to-face classes be?

A face-to-face class could typically contain between 6-15 students but will depend on the social distancing guidance in place at the time, the room capacity, and the nature of the activity being delivered.

Will students be kept within the same ‘bubble’ and what does this mean?

A ‘bubble’ is a means of limiting the number of contacts individuals have and is used as mechanism to control the transmission of infection. In the university context, we are endeavouring to create groups (bubbles) of students for on-campus delivery. This means that when receiving on-campus tuition you would be with the same/fixed group of students.

Will my fees be refunded due to less face-to-face teaching?

In line with national guidance, as teaching is still ongoing online, we will not be refunding any tuition fees. If you would like to discuss this please contact SEZ.

Will I still be allowed to complete my placement this year?

We hope to be able to support placement activity this academic year and have made some adjustments in programme structures to facilitate this. We remain in dialogue with our placement providers but attendance at placement will depend on government guidance, as well as associated risk assessment protocols.

Life on Campus

When will campus reopen to students?

Campus will be open in time for the start of the new academic year in September, with Freshers Week taking place on September 14 and start of Term 1 teaching beginning September 21. Teaching will be a blended mix of online and on-campus sessions, and students should come to campus for their face-to-face sessions, if they are able to travel. There will be more detail on individual programme timetables closer to the start of Term 1. The Library will be open for the start of Term 1 at the latest, with new access arrangements in place. We will be in touch with regular updates. Please continue to check your email and the Community Update newsletter.

How will I keep in touch with my classmates if access to campus is restricted?

We will soon be putting all students into Microsoft Teams chat groups based on their programme and year of study, to help kick off some virtual introductions. There will also be a series of activities around Freshers' Week and plenty of other ways to connect across the year. If you have concerns about staying in touch with your classmates speak to the Support Enquiry Zone or the Students' Association.

How will access to the Library work?

We are aiming to have the Library open as early as we possibly can this summer, and it will certainly be operating for the start of Term 1. There will be different access arrangements in place and new social distancing measures for your safety. We will be back in touch as soon as we can with further details.

How will access to the Gym work?

We are currently working on how the Gym might be operated safely and within national guidelines. We will be back in touch with more detail as soon as we can.

Advice, Wellbeing and Mental Health

Where can I get advice, counselling and/or mental health support

For all student support enquiries contact the Support Enquiry Zone at


Will Research Labs/Facilities be open?

Many Scottish universities have continued some essential lab activity throughout the pandemic to date. Some Abertay labs will reopen from mid-July in line with national guidance. Students eligible to access labs will be contacted directly.

Overseas Students & Applicants

What if I'm travelling from overseas and have to quarantine for 14 days?

Should UK quarantine restrictions remain in place during September (and this may change), we will provide students who have been allocated university-owned accommodation (Meadowside and Lyon Street) and who are travelling from overseas, the flexibility to arrive early to allow you to undertake the quarantine period in advance of the start of Term. There will be no charge for this quarantine period. Private accommodation providers such as Keillor Court and Parker House have also agreed to waive fees for any quarantine period. We will support students through this period with advice and practical guidance. This would mean that you would arrive around the last weekend in August. There are a number of private travel providers who will be able to transport you safely to Dundee from a local airport and we will provide you with full details.

Will I be able to study abroad this academic year?

This will be subject to government guidance but currently no overseas exchange activities are planned for term 1.

Where can I access Scottish Government advice for international students?

The latest Scottish Government advice for international students can be found here:

Where can I find guidance on immigration?

The latest UK Government immigration guidance is available here:

Can I take my course online only due to overseas travel issues?

We are planning for blended learning in 20/21 (a mix of online and face to face). We know that some students may have difficulty in attending in person dependent on your individual circumstances (travel plans/ shielding needs) and we would try to adapt to meet any special circumstances wherever possible to personalise your learning in order to support you. It will not be possible for some courses to be undertaken wholly online due to their teaching requirements, so we ask you to make contact with our advisory service by email - who will liaise with academic staff on your behalf regarding arrangements that could be made for your particular course.


How can I apply for University accommodation?

A significant amount of teaching is online. Should book accommodation in Dundee?

This is a choice for you to make and will depend on your personal and financial circumstances. At present we are planning on delivering a blended mix of online and face-to-face teaching for the academic year 2020/21, however the level of access to campus and the permissible volume of face-to-face teaching will depend on social distancing rules issued at Scottish Government level. We expect a significant amount of teaching will be online in Term 1. We will update students regularly as the situation develops to help inform your choice.

Will Abertay student accommodation be open to new entrants?

Yes. We are currently looking at options around all of our student accommodation and how this might be affected by social distancing rules. We will provide an update on this when it is available.

IT Equipment and Support

Who do I speak to about IT issues?

Your first port of call for all IT issues should be the IT Service Desk. You can log a call here:

Will I be able to access specialist IT equipment?

Students will be able to access specialist equipment on site, however this may depend on your programme of study and the type of activity that the equipment supports. We are also looking into what additional provision can be given to students working from home. Speak to your Programme Leader for further information.

I don’t have good broadband or IT equipment. Where can I get help?

If you have concerns over access to broadband or equipment please contact the Support Enquiry Zone

Orientation and Freshers' Week

Are there any welcome events planned for Freshers Week?

We are working with Abertay Students’ Association and our academic colleagues on a series of online activities to help new students meet their classmate virtually. We hope to also be able to offer some face-to-face activities on campus, depending on the national picture in September. We will keep in touch. 

How can I find out what Abertay Students’ Association are planning?

Abertay Students’ Association can be reached by email at You can find their Facebook page here

Will student societies and sports clubs be running in Semester 1?

This will depend on the Scottish Government guidance at the time. For more information contact Abertay Students’ Association or Abertay Sport.

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