Student Updates

This page contains bulletins circulated to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

15.01.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

Following the changes that have taken place over the past few days, I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have been working through their implications for you, our students, and for colleagues here at the University.

Accommodation fees

On Tuesday we announced that students who are not using their University accommodation following the change in approach announced by Welsh Government on Friday 8 January, will be able to apply for a refund of 100% for every full week they are not using their accommodation, and until Welsh Government advice permits a more wide scale return to in-person teaching.

We will write to you again in due course to confirm the process for applying for a refund on your university accommodation.

International travel

Whilst the vast majority of our students will not now be returning until government advice has changed, new rules have been introduced for international students returning to the UK. These come into force at 4am on Monday 18 January 2021.

International arrivals will now be required to provide evidence of a negative result to a COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure.

Further information is available in our FAQ section on Returning to Aberystwyth.

If you have undertaken any foreign travel over the holiday period or start of the new year, please ensure that you are familiar with any relevant movement restrictions after you arrive back in the UK.  Please see the UK Government information for each country.

Get tested for COVID-19

For those of you who are in Aberystwyth, you should book a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test, if haven’t done so already.

You can book your test here.

Please remember that you will need to be tested twice this time. If you have already taken the test once, be sure to book a second test for around three days later. 

Making sure you get tested twice is important and will help protect family, friends, staff and the wider community.

Shielding / Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Welsh Government has updated its guidance for those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable, previously ‘shielding’.

Any student who is concerned about the impact this new guidance will have on them should contact their doctor and an Accessibility Adviser in Student Support Services.

Students who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable  and who do not wish to attend their course in Aberystwyth can request to study from home.

Where the course cannot be studied from home and students do not wish to return to University a temporary withdrawal/deferral should be requested.

On campus facilities

Due to current lockdown restrictions, there is no general access to academic buildings. Access can only be granted by your Head of Department.

Information about the study spaces that are available, the Iris De Freitas study room and the postgraduate spaces, are available online.

Our online FAQs features information about on-campus catering and the Sports Centre.

If you are using campus facilities, please make sure you follow the hygiene measures that are in place.

Keep in touch   

We continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website and FAQs that are featured there. If your question isn’t answered there, you can also drop an e-mail or call to our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

In the meantime, please continue to act responsibly and if you get symptoms, however mild, get tested straight away and follow self-isolation advice. If you receive a positive test result, you should inform us via your student record.

Best wishes and stay safe,

 

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

12.01.21 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

Yesterday we wrote to you to say we were working through the implications of the Welsh Government advice issued on Friday and would update you on any changes over the coming days.

We also confirmed teaching arrangements for the beginning of the new semester. Teaching will be online from Monday 25 January until Welsh Government guidance permits a return to in-person teaching. If the nature of your course means that you need to return earlier, you will be notified by your department.

If you haven’t already returned to Aberystwyth, you should continue with your studies from home, wherever possible.

Accommodation costs

The change in Welsh Government guidance on Friday 8 January means that many of you will not be taking up residence in University accommodation for the time being.

With this in mind, the University has decided that any student who is not using their University accommodation, due to the guidance to stay at home, will be able to apply for a refund of 100% of their fee for every week they are not using their accommodation. 

This will apply from Monday 4 January this year up until the date you are permitted to return.

We will provide further details about how to apply for this refund over the coming days.

Please note that this only applies to University accommodation.

Living in shared accommodation

I appreciate that some of you will have already returned to Aberystwyth. If you live in shared accommodation, please take a moment to familiarise yourself with our Guidance for  students living in shared accommodation.

And, if you havent already done so, make sure you take the COVID-19 LFT Test. You can book your test here.

Please be aware that, unless you have received two negative lateral flow COVID test results, you should lay low for 14 days.

Student support

As has been the case throughout we will continue to provide all our students with support. Whether you need advice on financial matterslearning supportlearning guides or wellbeing support, colleagues are available to support you.

You can also find more information on support during the coronavirus period on the Student Space website and on the Aberystwyth Students’ Union webpages.

Help and advice

Our Student Help and Advice pages can help you find out where to go for help. Our virtual services are your first port of call and you can access them easily without coming onto campus. If you are unsure where to get support, please contact your department who will be able to refer you on to the appropriate service if needed.

Keep in touch   

We continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website and FAQs that are featured there. If your question isn’t answered there, you can also drop an e-mail or call to our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

Many thanks for your support and stay safe.

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

11.01.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

On Friday we wrote to you following the issue of a statement late on Friday afternoon by Welsh Government which means that students should no longer travel to their university for the time being, unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.

In the statement, the Minister clearly states that you should stay home, work or study from home if you can, and only attend your place of work or study if you can’t work from home.

We are currently working through the implications of the new guidance and will update you on any changes over the coming days. These discussions include a review of University accommodation fees.

The new semester will still begin on Monday 25 January but with all teaching provided online until Friday 5 February.

We will update you on in-person/online teaching beyond that date in accordance with Welsh Government guidance, closer to the time.

Already in Aberystwyth?

If you have already returned to Aberystwyth, please make sure you observe the Alert level 4 guidance that is currently in force.

You should also arrange to take the COVID-19 LFT test, if you haven’t already done so. You can book your test here. This also applies if you stayed in Aberystwyth over the holiday period.

Unless you have received two negative lateral flow COVID test results, you should lay low for 14 days.

If you have booked a test but will no longer be travelling back to Aberystwyth for the time being, please cancel your appointment by follow the booking link above.

The Alert level 4 guidance applies wherever you are – on campus, in halls, in the supermarket, visiting a COVID-19 testing centre, in town or at home. This means you must:

  • Follow social distancing rules with people you don’t live with or who are not in your support bubble.
  • Wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places.
  • Stay at home.
  • Not create an extended household (single adults or single parents may join with one other household to form an exclusive support bubble).
  • Meet only the people you live with or your support bubble indoors.
  • Meet only your household or support bubble in private gardens.
  • Meet only your household or support bubble outdoors.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Not travel without reasonable excuse.
  • Not travel internationally without reasonable excuse.

Exercise is important for physical and mental health, and you can leave home as often as you like to exercise as long as you do so from home and alone or with members of your household or support bubble (and/or a carer).

Update your personal details

It is vital that you ensure your personal details on the University’s systems are current and correct. 

Please make sure your mobile number and term-time address here in Aberystwyth, home address and emergency contact name and address are current. Without this information, the test and trace system, which is key to limiting the spread of the virus, will not work effectively.

Keep in touch   

We continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website and FAQs that are featured there. If your question isn’t answered there, you can also drop an e-mail or call to our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

In the meantime, please continue to act responsibly and if you get symptoms, however mild, get tested straight away and follow self-isolation advice. If you receive a positive test result, you should inform us via your student record.

Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff and the wider community and our approach at the University will continue to be driven by Welsh Government guidance.

We will update you again as early as we can. In the meantime, many thanks for your support and understanding, and stay safe.

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

 

08.01.21 Urgent: Change to return plans

Dear student

Following the announcement from Welsh Government late this afternoon we can confirm that students are no-longer expected to return to University over the coming days.

Welsh Government has now said: “Our message to students, staff and universities in general is the same as the rest of the population: Stay home, work or study from home if you can. Only attend your place of work or study if you can’t work from home.”

With this in mind, please do not return to Aberystwyth for the time being unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. 

Term will begin on 25 January as planned. Given the latest Welsh Government statement we are reviewing our plans for in-person teaching and will inform you as soon as we can. Whilst we are reviewing those plans we don’t want students travelling to the University unnecessarily.

However there may be categories of students who will still return next week. They can include:

  • Those who consider their home to be in the University or elsewhere the Aberystwyth area
  • Those for whom on-line study is very difficult to achieve unless they make use of University accommodation and study facilities
  • A small number of students who may need to attend in-person sessions as their studies lead to professionally accredited qualifications (these students would be notified separately)
  • Postgraduate students where laboratory or similar work is essential
  • Those for whom it is impossible to change travel plans.

Please bear with us as we prepare further advice for our students, we are responding to developments. 

While national restrictions are in place, the University remains open for essential campus activity including research, access into laboratories, libraries and study areas.

If you have booked an LFT test next week, please help our testing team by cancelling your booking if you no longer need to return.

You can cancel your booking here

If travel plans cannot be changed at this late stage, we will still provide testing on your arrival if you have booked.

We apologise for sending you this message on Friday evening but we wanted to update you as soon as possible after becoming aware of the Minister’s statement late this afternoon.

We will update you again as early as we can next week.

Many thanks for your support and stay safe.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University

06.01.2021 Important Information

Dear student

May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope you have been able to find time to relax over the holiday period.

You will be aware that the Welsh Government introduced Alert Level 4 measures on Saturday 19 December. Those strict measures remain in force here in Wales.

On Friday 18 December we wrote to you with details of our plans for the return of students for the new semester and our arrangements for providing the COVID-19 Lateral Flow test.

Following announcements by other governments in the UK, the Welsh Government has now confirmed that its guidance for students returning in the new year remains unchanged.

Therefore, our plans for the return of students for the new term, as set out in December, are in line with the Alert Level 4 measures and Welsh Government advice for higher education. In line with that government guidance, in-person teaching will begin on 25 January.

For those of you currently in England, the Welsh Government has also now confirmed that the rules do allow you to travel to Wales to continue your studies here in Aberystwyth.

Please note that Welsh Government advice asks you not to return to your termtime address until Monday 11 January, unless absolutely necessary. We advise you to make sure you have your Aber card with you and a copy of this message when travelling in case you are stopped by the police.

During travel and once you are here, please remember to take all necessary steps to reduce potential transmission with others.

You should also book a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test for when you return, and where possible, agree a joint return time with those with whom you live in your student household.

For those of you already in Aberystwyth, please remember to book your two tests as soon as possible.  This will help protect you, your household and wider community.

We realise that this is a challenging time, and we know that many of you will have further questions.  We will continue to monitor and review any changes in guidance from government which might affect our planning over the coming weeks and months. We will continue to update you on any changes at the earliest opportunity.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs online. If you can't find an answer to your question, or your question hasn't been fully answered, you can also call the University’s dedicated helpline on 01970 622483 or by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Many thanks for your support and stay safe.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

02.01.2021 Book your COVID test

Dear student

 

As you know, as part of the measures we are putting in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the New Year, we're asking you to arrange your return time to Aberystwyth with those you live with.

 

The most effective way to maintain your safety as a group is to return and take a test at around the same time. We are asking you to return jointly on or after Monday 11 January.

 

You can now arrange your on-campus COVID test via our online booking system. Please follow the link to arrange your own test.

 

 

Wishing you and your friends and family a safe and happy New Year.

 

Dr Anwen Jones 

Pro Vice-Chancellor 

  

28.12.2020 COVID Update

Dear student

I hope you are enjoying a pleasant break.

The following is a short reminder of the arrangements that are in place for your return for the new term.

Wales is currently in lockdown following the introduction of new Alert Level 4 measures by Welsh Government on Saturday 19 December.

Universities will remain open under these measures, but we advise you to plan your return with these restrictions in mind.

The arrangements in place for your return are as outlined in our bulletin on Friday 18 December.

The key points are:

You will also find information on testing and planning your return on the Testing and start of term arrangements web pages.

Should there be any changes to these arrangements between now and the new year, we will update you as soon as possible.

Your safety, along with that of your fellow students, staff and the wider community remains our priority here at Aberystwyth University.

Your cooperation in following the measures that are in place for your return form an important part of our approach as a University to limit the spread of coronavirus, and I would like to thank you in advance for your support in this.

In the meantime, I would like to wish you a happy, prosperous and safe new year.

Best wishes

Dr Anwen Jones
Pro Vice-Chancellor: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

18.12.2020 Return to Aberystwyth in January

Dear student

Important information about your return to Aberystwyth in January

My heartfelt thanks go to all those who have acted responsibly this year to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The large number of students who took tests over recent weeks is also testament to our students’ determination to keep others safe.

This bulletin sets out how we can continue to maintain our efforts as you return to Aberystwyth in January.  Our focus is on helping you to keep your friends, families, and members of the wider community safe.

Planning your return

In accordance with the latest Welsh Government guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you should arrange to return to Aberystwyth on or after Monday 11 January.

Please remember, under no circumstances should you travel if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you are required to self-isolate.

Live together, return together

The most effective way to maintain the safety of those you live with in your term-time accommodation is to return and take a test at around the same time. So we are asking you to agree with those living in your student household a joint return time on or after Monday 11 January.

By arranging for your student household to return at the same time, you can all get tested at the same time – helping us all to minimise the risk of spreading COVID within the student community and potentially the wider community, as you move back to Aberystwyth for the restart of teaching.

This will also reduce the risk of a prolonged period of self-isolation if one or more members of your household test positive at different times.

Book your tests

As set out in government guidance, you should arrange to take two COVID-19 Lateral Flow tests.  The first test should be taken as soon as possible after you return to Aberystwyth, and the second 3 days later.

The tests will be available to all students from Monday 11 January.

The booking system will go live on Saturday 2 January, so please bookmark this page.

Taking two tests increases the likelihood that a positive case is detected as the test available to us on campus may not detect low levels of infection.

If you do not take a test, Welsh Government guidance states that you will need to lay low  for 14 days – this duration should be factored into you travel plans.

If you are planning to spend the festive period in Aberystwyth, we strongly recommend that you take the COVID-19 Lateral Flow test at the beginning of the new year. If you live in shared accommodation, it would be best to arrange to be tested at the same time as other members of your household.

Assessments

The Revision and Assessment Period for Semester 1 runs from Thursday 7 to Friday 22 January 2021. This year’s assessment planning has been altered due to COVID-19 measures.  You will have received details of your assessment through your faculty or department.

Semester 2 teaching

In-person teaching is set to resume from Monday 25 January. Where possible, you should make sure you leave enough time to take the two COVID-19 Lateral Flow tests before you are due to attend your first in-person teaching session of the new semester. 

Further information

Further information on the arrangements for your return in January feature on the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/2021 web pages, including a series of Frequently Asked Questions. 

If you have a question that is not addressed here, you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk

Please note that the COVID helpline will operate on weekdays until Wednesday 23 December and will resume on Monday 4 January.

New Welsh Government guidance

On Wednesday 16 December, Welsh Government announced that new COVID-19 restrictions will come into force in Wales on Monday 28 December. We do not expect these restrictions to affect your return to University in January and the recommencement of in-person teaching.

We will keep you posted on any developments.

In the meantime, we very much hope you will be able to enjoy the festive season in a socially distanced and responsible way, and look forward to welcoming you back in the new year.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

• Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
• Keep our distance – follow guidelines
• Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
• Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised
• Respect each other - be kind

11.12.2020 COVID Update

Dear postgraduate student

Please find below the latest COVID update:

  • Access to academic buildings over the festive period
  • Return of students in January 2021
  • Students returning to Wales from abroad
  • Study facilities open
  • Assistance for students with costs relating to Covid-19 PCR tests and financial hardship
  • Student Support & Careers Service
  • Catering on campus
  • Sports Centre

Access to academic buildings over the festive period

Academic buildings across all campuses will close for Christmas and New Year on Saturday 19 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January 2021.

Please note that it will not be possible to access buildings during this time, other than for work or research that is absolutely critical. These measures are important and form part of the University’s infection control measures during this period.

Members of staff and research students who require essential access during this period will need to seek prior approval from their respective Head of Department and will need to ensure that full risk assessments are in place. Such access must be only essential as the University is seeking to avoid colleagues working on those days. No access will be granted on any of the public holidays

Individuals who are allowed access will need to notify security (0197062) 2900 / ssestaff@aber.ac.uk of their arrival and departure.

Return of students in 2021

Earlier this week, Welsh Government published guidance on its plans for the return of students to Welsh universities in the new year.

We are currently working on the detail of our plans for your return in the new year, including provision of on campus testing in light of this guidance, and will update date you on this at the end of next week.

Students returning to Wales from abroad

Students returning to Wales from abroad after the festive season are asked to check the Welsh Government guidance on whether they need to self-isolate on their return.

Students returning from countries which are not exempt from self-isolation requirements will need to self-isolate in their term-time address for 10 days after arriving back in Aberystwyth.

Study facilities open over the festive period

The Iris De Freitas study room in Hugh Owen and the Postgraduate Centre will remain open for much of the holiday period.

Further information about facilities and how to book spaces in the Iris de Freitas is available online here.

When using campus facilities, please make sure you follow the hygiene measures that are in place and available online here.

Financial hardship and assistance for students with costs relating to Covid-19 PCR tests

Students who have come into financial difficulty after incurring additional costs due to the need to have a Covid-19 PCR test for their travel home this Christmas may be able to claim them back from the University.

Students will need to provide receipts for tests taken while travelling home and returning to University after the Christmas break. Information about eligibility and how to apply for a reimbursement will be provided in the new year.

In the meantime, students who are experiencing financial difficulties more generally can seek help and advice from The Advice, Information and Money Service (AIMS) by emailing student-adviser@aber.ac.uk.

Please note that AIMS will be offering online support until Friday 18 December. The service will also be available remotely on Tuesday 22 December to process any last minute hardship/finance issues.

Student Support & Careers Service

Details of the dates and times for services provided Student Support & Careers Services over the festive period are available online here.

In the meantime, if you need information on any of the services you will find more on the Careers Service, Accessibility Service, Wellbeing Service, Visa and immigration Advice service,  and the Aberystwyth Chaplaincy Service online.

The In Crisis Now? web page also provides valuable information for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis or in need of emotional support.

This is supplemented by the Out of Hours section which features information on what to do in the event of a medical or dental emergency, as well as mental health and emotional support.

The COVID helpline will operate remotely on weekdays until Wednesday 23 December. Enquiries should be directed via e-mail to coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

The helpline will close at 3pm on Wednesday 23 December and reopen remotely on Monday 4 January. Enquiries received by the service during this time will receive emergency information in an out of office message.

Catering on campus

All catering outlets, other than Sgubor Fach / Hub on Fferm Penglais and the Arts Centre Piazza Café, will close for the festive season from Saturday 12 December.

The Arts Centre Piazza Café will remain open until 18 December and Sgubor Fach / Hub on Fferm Penglais will be open until Wednesday 23 December.

A next day shopping delivery service will be available everyday throughout the festive season via the Nosh Da app.

Please note that arrangements for catering provision on Llanbadarn campus will change in the new year, due to lack of demand. We will be offering vending machine provision only.

From the beginning of January hot food deliveries can be ordered via the Nosh Da app for delivery to the Llanbadarn campus between 12 and 9pm.

Full details and opening hours are available on the Hospitality webpages.

Sports Centre
The University Sports Centre will remain open to University staff and students until 4pm on Sunday 20 December 2020, and will reopen after the Christmas break at 9am on Monday 4 January.

Over the festive period members will also be able to log on to Wexer.aber.ac.uk, for access to around 500 workouts.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

7.12.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

Returning to Aberystwyth in the new year

Further to my update to you on Friday, Welsh Government has today announced its plans for how students will return to universities in Wales in the new year.

Full guidance has been published by Welsh Government online here.

Based on today’s announcement, we are now finalising our plans for your return to Aberystwyth in the new year.

We will communicate the latest information to you by e-mail in our COVID-19 updates on Friday 11 and Friday 18 December.

So please keep an eye on your e-mail for further information and advice.

Many thanks,

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

4.10.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

In this COVID-19 bulletin:

  • Get tested before you travel
  • Catering on campus
  • Information Services opening hours and loans over the Christmas vacation 2020
  • Returning to Aberystwyth in the new year
  • Latest Welsh Government COVID-19 guidance

Get tested before you travel

If you are still planning to travel from Aber we recommend that you book your COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test (LFT). Book today for a Monday test. Unfortunately, there are no slots available today.

Book your COVID-19 LFT test here.

The test is quick and easy to take and we’ve prepared a short video to give you an idea of what to expect.

The COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test is for people who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms and only tells you whether or not you are infectious at the time you take the test.  

Even a negative result does not mean you are clear of COVID-19, but it should mean you are not infectious and you are advised to travel home within 24 hours of your test.

Please remember, you should not take the LFT test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms and/or have arranged for a PCR test.

More information about the LFT test, how it works and what you need to do in the event of a positive or negative result is available on the Testing and end of term arrangements web pages.

Catering on campus

As we approach the end of term, there are changes to the opening hours of the various catering outlets on campus.

All catering outlets, other than Sgubor Fach / Hub on Fferm Penglais and the Arts Centre Piazza Café, will close for the festive season from Saturday 12 December.

The Arts Centre Piazza Café will remain open until 18 December and Sgubor Fach / Hub on Fferm Penglais will be open until 23rd December.

A next day shopping delivery service will be available everyday throughout the festive season via the Nosh Da app.

Full details and opening hours are available on the Hospitality webpages.

Information Services opening hours and loans over the Christmas vacation 2020

Details of the library services provided by Information Services between now and the new year are available online here. These include IS Service Desk availability, study room opening times, library loans and renewals, Click and Collect, and much more.

Returning to Aberystwyth in the new year

We understand the Welsh Government will soon release its guidance on the return of students to university in the new year. Naturally, this will influence how we plan your return to Aberystwyth in early 2021.

Please keep monitoring your e-mail for information on this. Barring urgent updates, we will write to you again on Friday 11 and Friday 18 December with the latest information. We very much hope that arrangements will have been confirmed by then.

If they haven’t, we will update you on Friday 18 December about our plans to update you between Christmas and the New Year.

Latest Welsh Government guidance

In the meantime, you will find the latest Welsh Government COVID-19 guidance online here. Also available is the latest guidance for university students and staff is available here.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs online. If you can't find an answer to your question, or your question hasn't been fully answered, you can also call the University’s dedicated helpline on 01970 622483 or by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Many thanks for your support and stay safe

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

02.12.2020 Book your COVID-19 test today!

Dear student

Book your COVID-19 test today!

With just three days of testing left, we recommend that you book your COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test (LFT) today.

Book your COVID-19 LFT test here.

Quick and easy

The test is quick and easy to take and we’ve prepared a short video to give you an idea of what to expect.

Testing takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre until Monday 7 December.

Please note that this test is for people who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

What does the test tell me?

The COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test only tells you whether or not you are infectious at the time you take the test.  

Even a negative result does not mean you are clear of COVID-19, but it should mean you are not infectious and you are advised to travel home within 24 hours of your test.

Can’t make your appointment?

If you can’t make it to your appointment but still want to take the test, don’t worry, just book another test using the link above.

What happens if I test positive?

If you get a positive lateral flow test result, you will also need to get a PCR test to confirm the result of the asymptomatic test.

Anyone whose test returns a positive outcome will need to self-isolate for 10 days in their term-time accommodation. 

Students who receive a positive test result will also need to inform the University by logging into your student record (studentrecord.aber.ac.uk), click on the Personal tab and choose Report COVID-19 symptoms from the drop-down menu.

If you test positive, you will also be asked to urgently inform your close contacts. 

A person who is a close contact of someone who tests positive (including others living in your household), must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of the test.

This means a close contact would need to self-isolate at their term time address for 14 days.

That is why students who wish to take a test need to do so before 9 December so even those who need to self-isolate on the final day of testing can still do so in time to travel home for the festive period. 

Please remember that the last day of testing here at Aber is Monday 7 December.

Further information

More information about the LFT test, how it works and what you need to do in the event of a positive or negative result is available on the Testing and end of term arrangements web pages.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please visit our FAQs online. If you can't find an answer to your question, or your question hasn't been fully answered, you can also call the University’s dedicated helpline on 01970 622483 or by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Many thanks for your support and stay safe

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

1.12.2020 Booked your COVID-19 test?

Dear student

Have you booked your COVID-19 test?

Thanks to everyone who has booked their COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test (LFT).

If you haven’t already done so, it is not too late. You can book your asymptomatic COVID-19 LFT test here.

Testing takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre until Monday 7 December.

Please note that this test is for people who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Need to rearrange your test?

If you need to rearrange your test, please book another slot. There is no need to cancel your original booking.

Planning to travel internationally?

Please note that the test that the University is currently offering to asymptomatic students is a lateral flow test and not the PCR test that most airlines require - please check the exact specifications of the test and the timeframe you need to have it in with your airline.

If you need a PCR test for travelling purposes you will need to pay to have this done privately. There are no local providers for a walk in service but tests can be ordered through Lloyds pharmacy and be delivered to your door.

Further information
More information about the LFT test, how it works and what you need to do in the event of a positive or negative result is available on the Testing and end of term arrangements web pages.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please visit our FAQs online. If you can't find an answer to your question, or your question hasn't been fully answered, you can also call the University’s dedicated helpline on 01970 622483 or by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Many thanks for your support and stay safe

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

30.11.2020 Book your test today

Dear student

Book your test today!

If you are planning to travel from Aberystwyth over the coming week we recommend you take the COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test (LFT) before you leave.

You can book your asymptomatic COVID-19 LFT test here.

Testing takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from today until Monday 7 December.

Please note that this test is for people who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

You should not attend if you develop symptoms or if you have been instructed to self-isolate, despite not showing any symptoms.

Some days are proving very popular, particularly Friday 4 December - please bear this in mind when booking your test and making your travel arrangements.

Please also remember that England remains under national restrictions until Wednesday 2 December, so you should not travel to England until after this date.

If you have booked a test for today or tomorrow (30 November and 1 December), and intend on travelling to England, you should reschedule your LFT test so it takes place within 24 hours of your planned departure.

More information about the LFT test, how it works and what you need to do in the event of a positive or negative result is available on the Testing and end of term arrangements web pages.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please visit our FAQs online. If you can't find an answer to your question, or your question hasn't been fully answered, you can also call the University’s dedicated helpline on 01970 622483 or by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Many thanks for your support and stay safe

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

27.11.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

In this COVID-19 update:

  • Book your COVID-19 test
  • Travel advice
  • Returning in the new year
  • Support for learning
  • Mental health and wellbeing

Book your test

Many thanks to everyone who has booked a COVID-19 test. As you will be aware, testing takes place in the Great Hall in the Arts Centre from Monday 30 November until Monday 7 December.

We recommend you get yourself tested before your travel from Aberystwyth. You can book your asymptomatic COVID-19 test here.

Please note that some days are proving very popular, particularly Friday 4 December. Please bear this in mind when booking your test and making your travel arrangements.

More information about the test, how it works and what you need to do in the event of a positive or negative result is available on the Testing and end of term arrangements web pages.

Travel Advice

Please note that England remains under national restrictions until Wednesday 2 December, so you should not travel to England until after this date. If you have booked a test between 30 November and 1 December, and intend on travelling to England, you should reschedule your test so it takes place within 24 hours of your planned departure.

If you are planning to use public transport when you leave Aberystwyth for the festive season, Transport for Wales provide information on the train and bus services you can expect. As well as how to travel safely, booking tickets etc, it features information about how to get a refund, if you are unable to travel as planned and have already bought a ticket.

Returning in the new year

January 2021 may feel a long time in the future at the moment, but I wanted to reassure you that we are already looking at potential plans for managing your return to Aberystwyth. We will be discuss these plans with key stakeholders and will update you once they have been finalised.

Support for learning

The University’s Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit has developed a web page that provides advice on how to make the most of your studies – Support your learning. The information featured includes advice on teaching and learning, preparing and submitting assignments, using the library and library resources, and looking after yourself.

Mental Health and Wellbeing support options

Here at Aberystwyth we value the importance of regularly sharing information about the Mental Health and Wellbeing support options available to you.

The list below highlights some helpful choices whilst the Student Wellbeing Service webpages detail additional resources to help provide a range of support options to meet all needs.

Activate Your Life – Free online course

Want to learn about your mind and the skills that can help you gain control of difficult thoughts and feelings? Then professor in psychology Neil Frude’s free online ‘Activate Your Life’ course available through Public Health Wales can help.

The course is delivered through 4 videos that are around 40 minutes long.

  • Act 1: You are not your mind
  • Act 2: Facing up to life
  • Act 3: Being mindful
  • Act 4: Living wisely Living well

Quick Chats

The Student Wellbeing Service qualified Mental Health professionals would like to promote the daily Quick Chat slots available to students and staff to talk about student wellbeing issues. Whether it homesickness, worries about managing workload, scheduling study or more about friendship issues then we can work on the solutions together.

To book a quick chat slot contact the team through studentwelling@aber.ac.uk or telephone 01970 621761/622087

MIND Aberystwyth – Student Zone

Aberystwyth University and MIND Aberystwyth are working in collaboration to help bring additional support choices to our students. Your voice matters and MIND Aberystwyth are keen for students to shape their student services. You can help inform through their current survey. Or you can join their student Zone facebook group: or find out more about how to be part of the Student Steering Group by contacting Info@mindaberystwyth.org or call on 01970626225.

The Student Wellbeing Service are also working on resources for Assertiveness skills training and information about how to effectively manage your Daily Routine through a sense of ACE. Please keep an eye on our webpages A-Z of wellbeing for this.

Latest government advice

The latest Welsh Government guidance for university students and staff is available online.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs online. If you can't find an answer to your question, or your question hasn't been fully answered, you can also call the University’s dedicated helpline on 01970 622483 or by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Best wishes

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

26.11.2020 Sticking to the COVID-19 rules

Dear student

Many thanks to all those who are acting responsibly to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

As a result of these efforts, the number of cases in our student community here in Aberystwyth remains low.

However, over recent days, the number of cases locally in Ceredigion has increased significantly and the county is now experiencing the highest number of positive cases since the pandemic began.

It is reported that several of these cases can be traced back to super spreader events such as social gatherings.

I am writing to all staff and students today to emphasise the increasing danger of spreading the virus locally. With this in mind I’m appealing to everyone to continue to act responsibly for the sake of our safety, that of our loved ones, and to avoid putting further pressure on the NHS.

I know it is a minority of people who have held, or taken part in such parties, but I must emphasise how risky they are for virus transmission and to large numbers. 

Although I know it is tempting to celebrate with friends and colleagues as the holiday season approaches, I am appealing to you not to take part in events which are contrary to government rules.

Avoid mixing households

It is clear that many cases of this virus occur through transmission while people are socialising indoors. That is why the government has put severe limits on mixing with members of other households indoors. Your household is the group of people with whom you share your house or flat.  Mixing households indoors significantly increases the risk of transmission. So please stick to goverment guidelines.

Transport for Wales Travel Advice

Transport for Wales has issued travel advice for students travelling home over the festive period. You can read the full guidance on our website.

Booking an Asymptomatic Test

As you know, we are providing the COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test to students as part of a government mass testing pilot programme. 

Testing will take place on campus in the Great Hall of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre from Monday 30 November to Monday 7 December.

Please note that this test is for people who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms

You can now book your asymptomatic COVID-19 test here

Please bring your mobile / tablet to scan a QR code and your Aber card, and make sure you wear your face covering when inside the testing centre.

Please note that England will remain under national restrictions until Wednesday 2 December, so you should not travel to England until after this date. If you have booked a test between 30 November and 1 December, and intend on travelling to England, you should reschedule your test so it takes place within 24 hours of your planned departure.

 

If you have any questions, please visit our Testing and end of term arrangements page.

If you can't find an answer to your question, or your question hasn't been fully answered, you can also call the University’s dedicated helpline on 01970 622483 or by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Best wishes

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

24.11.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

This COVID update provides further details of the government Coronavirus testing which we are planning to make available here at Aberystwyth University over the coming week.

Please note that this test is for people who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The following content provide detail on:

  • Why offer a COVID test now
  • About the tests being used
  • What a positive result means
  • What a negative result means
  • Where and when
  • What you need to have with you
  • What if I don’t want a test


Why offer a COVID test now

The Welsh Government is advising students to make their own personal judgements in order to avoid further COVID-19 transmission as you travel and then stay with others over the festive period. 

To enable you to get reassurance before you travel, the government is making testing available to universities which can be used for people who aren’t showing symptoms, as part of a mass testing pilot programme.

It is important to be clear about what information this test can give you.  The type of testing being made available at universities tells you whether or not you are infectious at the time.  Even a negative result does not mean you are clear of COVID but it should mean you are not infectious and you are advised to travel home within 24 hours of your test.

Testing for those who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be conducted on a purely voluntary basis.  If you are feeling unwell and suspect you have coronavirus/COVID symptoms, you should phone 119 or book a test online.

Based on the results received, we want to enable you to make the best choices you can to keep yourself, your friends and family safe.

About the tests being used

The tests being offered by the government, and available here at Aberystwyth University for the end of term, are Lateral Flow antigen tests (LFT).  Lateral Flow antigen tests detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

If you choose to take part in this testing programme, you will receive guidance in how to take the test, supported by trained on-site staff. The test involves applying a swab to the throat/nose. The sample is processed on-site.

The government is responsible for informing you of the outcome by text or email, depending on which details you provide when you register.

The testing is being held in time so that if you test positive, you (and anyone you have been in recent contact with) will be able to complete the required self-isolation period before returning home for the holidays.

What a positive test result means

A positive test result will mean that you will need to self-isolate at your term time address for 10 days from the date of the test.  You will also be asked to book a confirmatory PCR test on the same day by phoning 119 or booking online and you will need to log into your student record to record that you are self-isolating.

If you test positive, you will also be asked to urgently inform your close contacts.  A person who is a close contact of someone who tests positive (including others living in your household), must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of the test. This means a close contact would need to self-isolate at their term time address for 14 days.

What a negative result means

Your test result is accurate only at the time the test was taken.  A negative result means that the test was unable to detect the virus at that time, but it is always possible that you may still have the virus.  So you need to remain vigilant for any symptoms. You should take the test as close as possible to the date you are planning to travel.  If someone else in your household tests positive you will still be asked to self-isolate as a contact even if your test is negative.

On receipt of a negative result, the Welsh Government recommends you travel as soon as possible as the result is only accurate on the day of the test.

Remember, a negative test does not mean you have not been infected with COVID 19, as the virus can incubate for up to two weeks before you develop symptoms or become contagious.

Where and when will the testing be held?

Our plan is to make the testing available here at Aberystwyth University between Monday 30 November and Monday 7 December.

Testing will be held on-campus, in the Great Hall of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. It will be open between 9:30am and 5:30pm on most days but 11.00am to 5.30pm on Monday 30 November.

Once available the booking facility will appear on the Testing and end of term arrangements page. We will also send you a reminder once it is live.

What you need with you

When attending the test you will need to have with you:

  • A mobile phone or tablet to scan a QR code
  • Your Aber card

You will also need to make sure you wear your face covering at all times when inside the testing centre, other than when you are undertaking the test.

What if I don’t want a test?

Testing is entirely voluntary.  It is available here at Aberystwyth University to help you make the best decisions you can to travel home safely, and to keep those around you safe over the festive break.

We encourage you to participate. We have enough tests for as many Aberystwyth students as choose to take one.

Further information

The Welsh Government has published advice on how to manage the risk of infecting others should you become infectious after your travel.

We have also published changes to the in-person teaching timetable between now and the end of term which are available online.

More information relating to COVID-19 to students and staff is available on the Living and learning in Aberystwyth 2020-21 pages.

If you have any other enquiries, please use the University’s dedicated helpline by phoning 01970 622483 or email coronavirus:aber.ac.uk.

Please continue to look after yourselves and each other.

Best wishes

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

23.11.2020 Covid update

Dear student

This important COVID update includes updated information and advises on actions you can take:

  • Pre-Christmas travel – reducing transmission
  • What you can do:
    • Reducing contact
    • Planning your travel
  • What the University  is doing:
    • In-person teaching ends
    • Get tested for COVID
  • Staying in Aber over Christmas


Pre-Christmas travel – reducing transmission

As we approach the end of this semester, you may be preparing to travel away from Aberystwyth to spend the festive season with family or friends.

This year, more than ever, we are all thinking about the people we will see over the Christmas period, and asking how we can help keep them safe – possibly including elderly relatives or those for whom COVID-19 poses severe health risks.

The Welsh Government has released new guidance to help you plan what you do over the coming weeks.  As a University, we are also taking actions to enable you to act within that guidance and to help you keep your families, and other loved-ones safe.

What you can do

Reduce contact – consider laying low

Only you know how well you have avoided the risk of infection over recent weeks.  And only you know about the people you’re going to be with over the festive period.

Bearing that in mind, the Welsh Government is advising students to consider taking a voluntary period of reduced contact.  This is called ‘laying low’ and is similar to a period of self-isolation.  While in-person teaching remains very safe due to the measures we have in place, the Government advice recommends how you can take other steps to lay low if you think it is necessary to protect those you intend to stay with. 

Laying low, can be done at your term time accommodation, at the address you’re traveling to, or a combination of both.  It is up to you as you manage the risk of infecting others.

Travel – Planning ahead

Making travel arrangements may not be as easy as you would like at the moment.  For example, if you intend to travel on public transport, it may be more difficult to get tickets because of limited seating. 

Planning ahead is more important than ever. 

However you choose to travel, you will want to reduce the risk of transmission while you’re on the move. 

Please note that there are currently no travel restrictions in place within Wales. However, travel out of Wales is only allowed under limited circumstances. There are also different restrictions currently in place in England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

If you live outside the UK you can also travel, subject to any restrictions in place at your destination. You should check with your travel company and consult the latest Foreign Office advice before you travel.

What Aberystwyth University is doing

We’re taking actions that will enable you to put your own plans in place effectively, and following the Welsh Government guidance mentioned above.

Teaching

To help you plan in line with your own personal circumstances, we are altering our in-person teaching plans for the end of this semester.  We have changed arrangements so that you can lay low, test and travel as you see fit. 

  • From Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December – any in-person teaching that can be delivered online will be held online.  Classes such as practical and laboratory classes that cannot be moved online will go ahead in-person as planned. If you have any questions about these arrangements, please contact your department.
  • From Monday 7 December, there will be no further in-person teaching or practical sessions.  All remaining teaching for this term will be conducted online.
  • Students who are on placements should remain in their placements until the end of term.
  • There will be no change for postgraduate research students. They will continue to be able to access on-campus research facilities, offices and study spaces.

Testing

To enable you to know whether you’re infectious with COVID-19 when you travel, the government is making testing available at universities for people who aren’t showing symptoms, as part of a mass testing pilot programme.  We can now confirm that we are able to make this available here at Aberystwyth.

This testing is purely voluntary for our students, and available to anyone who is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  Anyone with symptoms can only be tested by phoning 119 or by booking online.

Please remember, a single negative result from this test does not confirm that you are clear of COVID-19.  It can only give you reassurance that you are not infectious on the day you’re tested.  So even with a negative result, you will still need to consider whether you should lay low or take other precautions.

The on-campus testing is planned to take place between Monday 30 November and Monday 7 December.

Please note that the government test provided here at Aberystwyth University may not be sufficient for international travel purposes.

We will soon contact you again with full details of the testing available here at Aberystwyth, and how you can book a test. 

Staying in Aberystwyth

Every year, a number of students choose to stay on our campus for Christmas, where their licence agreement allows, and we will continue to support them. The accommodation team will shortly circulate a quick questionnaire for students living in University accommodation to let us know your intentions.

The latest online information relating to COVID-19 to students and staff is available on the Living and learning in Aberystwyth 2020-21 pages.

Staying in Aberystwyth

Every year, a number of students choose to stay on our campus for Christmas, where their licence agreement allows, and we will continue to support them. The accommodation team will shortly circulate a quick questionnaire for students living in University accommodation to let us know your intentions.

The latest online information relating to COVID-19 to students and staff is available on the Living and learning in Aberystwyth 2020-21 pages.

Help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Whether you’re here in Aberystwyth, traveling elsewhere, or spending time at home with relatives, you are the person who can control what steps you take to keep yourself and others safe.  How you choose to behave will determine the risks you pose to others.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep ourselves, our friends, colleagues and our community safe. 

Best wishes

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor
Please continue to observe our Community Promise:
• Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
• Keep our distance – follow guidelines
• Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
• Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind

 

13.11.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

In this COVID-19 update

  • Latest Welsh Government guidance
  • Tests for students
  • Self-isolate / Get tested
  • More study spaces open
  • COVID tracking apps – evePASS and NHS COVID-19 app
  • Cafes and the rule of 4


Latest Welsh Government guidance

Many thanks to everyone who is following the latest Welsh Government guidance which came into force on Monday of this week.

You will find detailed information about what you are asked to do to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself, those around you and the wider community online here.

Tests for students
On Wednesday Welsh Government announced a new testing scheme for students before you leave for Christmas.  We continue to have planning discussions with government about delivering the scheme and we will update you as soon as we can

Self-isolate / Get tested
We continue to monitor the number of cases very closely indeed and we ask everyone to follow the necessary steps should you need to self-isolate, and get tested, should you develop COVID-like symptoms.

More study spaces open
Information Services have added additional spaces to those available for personal study use.

Level E and F of Hugh Owen Library are now available for pre-booked study spaces for students and staff. Please note there is no direct access to the library collections and you should continue to use the Click & Collect service to access hard copy library materials.

Please see the Study Spaces booking webpage for more information on services available, and information on how to book a study space.

The latest information on library services is available online here.

When using any of these facilities, please observe the hygiene steps which are listed online here.

COVID tracking apps
evePASS

From the beginning of this academic year the University has been using the evePASS app as part of its measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

Once downloaded, all you need to do is scan the QR code when you visit any of the University’s hospitality outlets on campus, the Hugh Owen Library or the University Sports Centre.

It is free and easy to set up, you only need to register once, and it is accepted at numerous venues across Ceredigion.

Further details on how evePASS forms part of the University’s Test, Trace and Protect work is available in our FAQs.

NHS COVID-19 app
In September the NHS Covid-19 app was launched in England and Wales. Further details are available online. The app is available in many languages, including Welsh and English.

Please feel free to download and use the NHS app, however, it is important that we all use the evePASS app when checking in to hospitality and other locations on campus.

Both apps are available free from the App Store and Google Play.

Cafes, shops and restaurants
University cafes, shops and restaurants are now operating in line with the latest Welsh Government guidance, allowing both sit-in and take-out services.

Please note the new maximum of 4 customers per table from different households, although this limit does not apply to groups from the same household.

Every effort should be made to maximise distance between each other at the table if you are from different households.

Also, everyone on your table should scan the QR code using the evePASS app when you enter as this is an important element in Test, Trace, Protect.

The opening hours and the services offered are available on the Hospitality web pages

Keep in touch
We continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website and the FAQs that are featured there. If your question isn’t answered there, you can also drop an e-mail to, or call, the coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised
  • Respect each other - be kind

11.11.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

Welsh Government has today announced the measures that will be in place to allow you to travel home safely ahead of Christmas.

The full announcement is available online here.

We welcome today’s announcement and are in active discussions about taking part in the COVID testing scheme.

Details of end of term arrangements, including in-person teaching and testing will be circulated to you as soon as they have been finalised. In the meantime, please note that in-person teaching continues as planned.

We continue to work very closely with local, regional and national partners in order to reduce the spread of the virus, including on testing arrangements.

We are grateful for all this collaboration. The evidence shows that there has been no transmission to the wider community from the small cluster of student cases. 

We will continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of you, our students, staff and the wider community.

In the run up to Christmas, we will support you to continue to make responsible choices, and, for those who are travelling, to do so as safely as possible. Equally, we are looking at how students who cannot or do not want to travel and therefore remain in Aberystwyth over the Christmas period are supported.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised
  • Respect each other - be kind

6.11.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

Further to my e-mail to you yesterday regarding the end of the coronavirus firebreak on Monday 9 November, Welsh Government has now published detailed guidance for the period from Monday.

After the firebreak, there will be no travel restrictions within Wales for the time being.  As such there is a strong possibility that you or your fellow students may be returning to Aberystwyth from areas which have higher transmission rates.

So, if you are travelling to Aberystwyth, can I ask you to take the greatest possible care to ensure that you do not endanger the health of your fellow students, university staff or members of the wider community here in Aberystwyth.

Please remember that you should:

  • Be aware that you may have become unknowingly infected with Coronavirus
  • Self-isolate and avoid travel if you develop any relevant symptoms
  • Get tested if you have symptoms

If you have to travel, only use public transport if you have no other option. If you do, observe social distancing and wear a face covering at all times.

Full guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus pandemic is available online here.

Once back in Aberystwyth, please observe the follow Welsh Government guidance:

  • Stay out of each other’s homes, except in very limited circumstances
  • Limit the times you leave your home, and the distance you travel
  • Maintain social distancing, including outdoors
  • Meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible, even in circumstances where the law allows you to meet indoors
  • Wash your hands regularly and follow other advice on hygiene
  • Self-isolate if you show symptoms of coronavirus

Advice on what to do if you develop symptoms and need a COVID-19 test when in Aberystwyth, and self-isolating are available online.

Aberystwyth students and staff can be so proud of the efforts we have made to keep our community safe over recent months.  Please keep it up, and do all you can to ensure that numbers of coronavirus cases remain very low here in Aberystwyth.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised
  • Respect each other - be kind

5.11.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

In this COVID-19 update:

  • In-person teaching continues
  • Up to £10,000 fine for breaching COVID rules
  • Cafes, shops and restaurants after firebreak
  • Sports Centre after firebreak
  • More study spaces available on campus
  • Accessing software on university computers from elsewhere
  • Laptops available for loan
  • Information Services user survey
  • Student support
  • Keeping in touch

In-person teaching continues
Further to the announcement by Welsh Government that the coronavirus firebreak will end on Monday 9 November, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that in-person teaching continues here at Aberystwyth as planned. The key elements for the new national COVID measures for Wales are available online.

The guidance to you at this time is:

  • Stay in your term time accommodation
  • Avoid non-essential travel as much as possible

Up to £10,000 fine for breaching COVID rules
Locally, the Police have confirmed that you could face fines of up to £10,000 and a criminal conviction for breaching COVID rules. The warning, published on the Ceredigion County Council website, follows recent massive fines being issued to the organisers of parties and mass gatherings.

If you have concerns about individuals or groups on campus who might be breaking these rules, you can let us know online here.

Cafes, shops and restaurants
University cafes, shops and restaurants will be open again from Monday 9 November.  Opening hours, services available and safety measures in place will be similar to those in place before the coronavirus firebreak. More to follow. In the meantime, information about where to eat on campus between now and Sunday 8 November is available here.

Sports Centre
The University Sports Centre’s swimming pool and gym will reopen from Monday 9 November and will be available from 8am – 8pm on weekdays and 8am-4pm on weekends. Sessions are only available to student and staff who are Sports Centre members and must be booked in advance via sports booker. Clear safety measures will remain in place.  In the meantime, you can still enjoy the Wexer Online sessions which are free until the end of Sunday 8 November.

More study spaces
From Friday 6 November, the following study spaces will be available for you to use. Note that you will need to pre-book your slot.

These are in addition to the Iris de Freitas Room which is in the Hugh Owen Library – full details and how to book are available online.

Study room B23 in the Llandinam building will offer 17 study spaces and will be open between 6 pm and 9 pm Monday – Friday, and from 9 am until 9 pm on weekends.

Time slots available for booking are:
9 am – 11.45 am / 12 noon – 2.45 pm / 3 pm – 5.45 pm / 6 pm – 8.45 pm

Rosser Lounge (4 spaces) and PJM Lounge (6 spaces) will be available 9 am – 9 pm daily

Time slots available for booking are:
Every hour, e.g. 9-10, 10-11, 11-12 etc.

The Pumlumon computer room on the seafront will be open as a drop-in printing facility every day from 9 am until 9 pm. Use will be limited to one person at a time. Booking not be required.

When using these facilities, please observe the hygiene steps which are listed online here.

Accessing software on university computers from elsewhere
All students and staff can access software on university computers from elsewhere. A list of software available on university computers is available on our website. Instructions on using this service, which is called Guacamole, is available on Information Services’ FAQs. If you have any questions about this service, or if you need any support, please contact Information Services.

Laptops available for loan
Laptops are available for long term loan through the Information Services Click and Collect Service. If you would like to borrow a laptop to support your university studies, please email is@aber.ac.uk

Information Services User Survey: How are we doing?
Information Services User Survey gives you an opportunity to tell us what you think about our services and how we can improve them. It is also a chance to win a voucher worth £100 for 10 minutes of your time. Have your say here.

Student support
Throughout this coronavirus firebreak, the University’s student support services are on hand to help you. Whether you need advice on financial matters, learning support, learning guides or wellbeing support, colleagues are available to support you.

You can also find more information on support during coronavirus on the Student Space website and on the Aberystwyth Students Union webpages.

Keep in touch
We continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website and the FAQs that are featured there. If your question isn’t answered there, you can also drop an e-mail to, or call, the coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

As restrictions are relaxed from Monday 9 November, please be mindful to continue to play your part in helping to prevent the spread of the coronavirus – and this means thinking carefully about the contact we all have with other people.

The more people we meet, the more people are at risk from the coronavirus.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding.

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised
  • Respect each other - be kind

2.11.2020 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

Wales’ First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has today confirmed that the 17-day firebreak will end as planned on Monday 9 November. 

A new and simpler set of national rules will then apply in Wales which are intended to maximise the impact of what has been done over the firebreak period to control the spread of the virus. 

From Monday 9 November:

  • There will be no travel restrictions within Wales
  • People will not be able to leave Wales without a reasonable excuse during England's four-week lockdown.
  • Two households will be able to form a ‘bubble’ or ‘extended household’. Only people from within your ‘bubble’ should be allowed in your home.
  • For organised activities, for example student societies, clubs and sporting activities, and in line with detailed risk assessments and associated planning, groups of 15 will be allowed to meet indoors, and groups of 30 outdoors.
  • All businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs and gyms, closed during the firebreak, will be able to reopen. There are ongoing discussions with the hospitality sector in Wales about the detailed rules for opening.
  • As part of keeping risks to a minimum, people should avoid non-essential travel as much as possible.

Please remember that until Monday 9 November, the following guidance continues to apply here in Wales:

  • remain in your university or term-time accommodation
  • do not travel home unless it is absolutely necessary
  • do not travel anywhere if you have been asked to self-isolate or have COVID-19 symptoms

In line with Welsh Government guidance, our in-person teaching continues.

Further details of the Welsh Government rules and full FAQs are published on the Welsh Government website.

Keep in touch
We continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website and FAQs that are featured there. If your question isn’t answered there, you can also drop an e-mail to, or call, our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

Whilst the government rules and regulations are here to help, we each have a personal responsibility to do the right thing to keep ourselves and our community safe.  Please continue to look after yourselves and each other.

Best wishes,

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

Please continue to observe our Community Promise:

  • Maintain good hygiene – wash hands regularly
  • Keep our distance – follow guidelines
  • Know who we are with – test and trace saves lives
  • Protect those around us - wear a face covering where advised

Respect each other - be kind