31 January 2014
Aberystwyth University is pleased to report that all students from its Seafront Residences have now been rehoused, or have accepted the offer to travel home or to another part of the UK for the weekend, ahead of this weekend’s predicted high tides and stormy conditions.
Of the 600 students who live in University and private sector residences on the seafront, around half of the students have opted for alternative accommodation provided by the University or to stay with friends in and around the Aberystwyth area.
More than a third of the students have accepted the University’s offer to travel home or away from Aberystwyth until conditions improve.
All students in the University’s Seafront Residences were required to leave their accommodation by 4.00pm today.
Students were offered alternative accommodation and meals on the University’s Penglais Campus or assistance with travel arrangements, should they wish to travel home or away from Aberystwyth (within the UK), until conditions improve.
Given the significant numbers of students affected and to ensure that all students are treated equitably, all teaching activities were cancelled for today, Friday 31 January and Monday 3 February.
However, students will be able to continue with their studies as the University has made special arrangements for the Hugh Owen Library to be open 24 hours a day until Monday evening. Arrangements to reschedule teaching are in train and staff are utilising online teaching technology to provide additional learning support.
The University continues to monitor conditions and is working closely with Ceredigion County Council and Natural Resources Wales.
Rebecca Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University said; “We are continuing to monitor the situation on an hour-by-hour basis and our most recent information indicates that in addition to the exceptionally high tides, strong winds are forecast for this evening (Friday) and during the weekend.”
“Every colleague involved in this event has worked flat out to ensure a calm and safe relocation for our students, and it is a reminder of what fantastic people work at our University.”
“Our students have been fantastic in their response to our call to be relocated, and we are extremely grateful for their support and for understanding the need to cancel all teaching.”
“We also appreciate the innovative and creative way that staff have been using to utilise some of the excellent technology tools such as lecture capture.”
Any students who require urgent support are advised to contact the University’s emergency hotline on 01970 622900.
The latest information is available on the University’s website http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/important-info/notices/ and on the University’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/aberystwyth.university and Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/aberuni.
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