Frequently Asked Questions - Students

Safety on campus

What should I do if I display COVID-19 symptoms?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, you should:

  • Self-isolate immediately
  • Get a test. Details on how to arrange a test are available here.
  • Notify 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
  • After completing the online form, you will receive further directions by email.
  • Please follow the directions you receive carefully to find out, whether you need a test for COVID-19, and if so what to do next

It is extremely important that you isolate yourself from other people while you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

  • Stay away from people you live with as much as possible
  • Don't use shared spaces (such as the kitchen) at the same time as other people – eat your meals in your room
  • Don't go to your academic department or any public places
  • Don't go on public transport or use taxis
  • Don't go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Don't have visitors in your home, including friends and family
  • Don't go outside to exercise – exercise in your room
  • Stay on your own in one room as much as possible and keep the door closed
  • Use a separate bathroom - or, use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you've touched

If you are having difficulty completing the online form, please contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

Do I need to keep a distance on campus?

Please be mindful of others when moving around campus and try to keep 2 metres apart where you can. This is to help prevent spread of COVID-19. If you are in an indoor space, wearing a face covering and 2 metres cannot be maintained for a prolonged period of time (15 mins or more), you should consider other mitigation measures - this can include the use of screens and/or enhanced face coverings.

Should I download the NHS Covid App?

We encourage staff and students to take advantage of the app and help prevent the spread of the virus and ensure our campuses and wider communities are as safe as possible.  Use of the app is voluntary and does not replace any of our current processes but is designed to work with them and help slow the spread of COVID 19.

How do I register with a General Practitioner (GP) / family doctor?

To access healthcare while at University, all students are required to register with a local GP of their choice within the first week of arrival.  This is especially important at this time.

Information about GP practices in the local area can be found here and you can register with any one of the three Aberystwyth Practices (Padarn, Church and Ystwyth) using the online registration form on their practice website.

To complete your registration, you will need your:

  • NHS Number
  • town and country of birth
  • term time address
  • recent medical history relating to allergies, medication, vital statistics, lifestyle choices or any diagnosis or ongoing treatment.

How do I get a Covid Pass to attend large events and venues?

The Welsh Government introduced an NHS COVID Pass in Wales from 11 October 2021. You can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove that you are fully vaccinated or have tested negative to attend large events, nightclubs and similar venues.

Details of when the pass, which applies to everyone over 18 years of age, is required are available online here.

General information about the pass, including how to get one, is available online here.

Face coverings

Do I need to wear a facial covering?

We require everyone - staff, students and visitors - to wear a face covering while indoors on Aberystwyth University sites.

This includes all learning and teaching spaces, social and study spaces, corridors, multi-use offices, and commercial venues such as Sports Centre, Arts Centre and Hospitality outlets and on University provided transport. The only exceptions to this are when exercising in the Sports Centre, sitting down to eat or drink in hospitality settings and when in your own student accommodation.

The wearing of face coverings applies to all individuals on our campuses – students, colleagues, contractors, visitors and commercial suppliers / clients. We will continue to review the requirement to wear face coverings in line with our comprehensive risk assessments and the latest government guidance.

Free face coverings are available from Sgubor (Fferm Penglais), Campus Reception, Sports Centre and the Students’ Union on the Penglais campus.

We will remain sensitive to the needs of those who are unable, for health or disability reasons, to wear face coverings.  If you have an age, health or disability related reason for not wearing a face covering, you will be able to collect a white lanyard from the Hugh Owen Library, which we recommend that you wear in University buildings so that others can see that you are exempt.

Where do I get a face covering?

Free face coverings are available from Sgubor (Fferm Penglais), Campus Reception, Sports Centre and the Students’ Union on the Penglais campus.

What sort of face covering should I wear inside University buildings?

Three ply face coverings should be worn over the mouth and nose at all times when inside University buildings.

Please avoid using alternatives such as ‘snoods’ or ‘neck gaiters’ as scientific evidence shows them to be inadequate for preventing the spread of the virus.

Do I need to wear a face covering whilst using transport provided by the University?

Yes, users of transport provided by the University will be required to wear face coverings for the duration of the journey.

Do I need to wear a face covering in University accommodation?

If you are living in University accommodation, you do not need to wear a face covering in your own room or within your household. However, once you leave your room/household, a face covering should be worn in communal spaces and shared corridors.

How can I show that I am not required to wear a face covering?

If you have an age, health or disability related reason for not wearing a face covering, you can collect a white lanyard from the Hugh Owen Library and which we recommend that you wear in University buildings so that others can see that you are exempt.

Do I need to wear a face covering in shops on campus?

Yes - the wearing of face coverings in shops is a legal requirement, in accordance with the Welsh Government’s alert level 0 guidance.

Do I need to wear a face covering in the library?

Yes, you will be expected to wear a face covering in the library, unless you are exempt.

Do I need to wear a face covering in communal spaces?

You should wear a facial covering in all indoor communal spaces, such as social spaces, on Aberystwyth University sites.

Hospitality

Do I need to wear a face covering in cafes and hospitality venues on campus?

You are not expected to wear a face covering when seated at your table to eat and drink.  However, please wear a face covering unless seated at your table.

When I visit, am I required to provide my contact details for Test and Trace?

Yes, whilst most government restrictions have relaxed, it is still mandatory for all customers to provide their contact details for Test and Trace purposes.

Are there restrictions on who or how many people I can eat with?

You may eat with whoever you choose, they do not need to be from your household.  However, we recommend that you maintain physical distance of 2 metres with people not from your household when not dining, and in shared spaces such as corridors, stairwells and toilets.

It is also important to know who you are with: contact tracing plays an important role in helping us to limit the spread of the disease.

Sports Centre

Do I need to wear a face covering in the Sports Centre?

You are not expected to wear your face covering whilst undertaking physical exercise in our Sports Centre.  However, you are expected to wear your face covering when travelling through the building to-and-from your activity.

Do I need to pre-book the gym/classes?

No, you don’t need to book for the gym and those classes with additional capacity available.

Non-members can just turn up to the gym, Zumba, circuits, HIIT and LTB before the session/class with places available on a first come first served basis. You can pay for your session at the Sports Centre’s reception, with payment by card only.

You will be asked to download the evePASS app and scan the QR code before entering. If you don’t have access to a smartphone then the staff at the reception can log your attendance.

Teaching spaces

How will the University support adequate ventilation in different buildings as we return to teaching on campus?

Each building has been risk-assessed which includes assessing ventilation.

Following those assessments, adjustments have been made and some rooms taken out of use. A survey of all spaces identified for teaching and study has been conducted to review window operation to ensure compliance with Welsh Government advice.

Windows and doors should be open where possible. Signs will be in buildings to clarify if windows can be opened or must be kept closed – the latter where mechanical ventilation is present. We would ask that staff and students follow the signage in different rooms.

Fire doors must not be held open, with hooks, wedges or other objects, in order to improve ventilation. This would be a breach of fire safety legislation and would be a serious risk in the event of a fire and smoke.  (All fire doors should have a door closer and only those released automatically upon activation of the fire alarm are permitted to be held open). 

In buildings without automatic (mechanical) ventilation systems windows should be opened for 15 min or so when entering the room (especially when the room was occupied by others beforehand). Leaders of sessions are asked to leave windows open at the end of their sessions.

What will students be expected to do to help keep teaching spaces safe?

Together we can stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Do you have key symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, loss of taste/smell) now? If YES at any point, please go home and see COVID-19 Testing for what to do next. If NO continue to the next step.
  • Use the alcohol hand gel on entry and exit to the building.
  • Unless you have a specific exception, ensure you are wearing a suitable face covering.
  • Keep as much physical distancing as possible.
  • Please follow any one-way systems in place.
  • Some rooms will have ‘entrance only’ and ‘exit only’ doors – these should be followed at all times.
  • If the entrance to the room is at the front, please fill the seats at the back first.
  • Record your attendance by swiping your Aber Card on the attendance monitoring point.
  • Cleaning products are available, if you would prefer to self-clean your working area.

 

University Accommodation

Can I have visitors to my University accommodation if one of my housemates has Covid-symptoms, or is self-isolating, or has tested positive for Covid?

Visitors are not allowed into your University accommodation if a member of the household has tested positive, has Covid-symptoms, or is self-isolating. This includes friends and family and overnight stays.

What rules apply when I am in my University accommodation?

When in your own room or household, the same rules apply to student households as the normal private homes. The latest rules can be viewed on the Welsh Government website.

If you are living in University accommodation, you do not need to wear a face covering in your own room or within your household. However, once you leave your room/household, a face covering should be worn in communal spaces and shared corridors.

Do I need to wear a face covering when I am in my room or when I am only with my own household in our University accommodation?

If you are living in University accommodation, you do not need to wear a face covering in your own room or within your household. However, once you leave your room/household, a face covering should be worn in communal spaces and shared corridors.

Vaccinations

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?

First and second dose walk-in COVID vaccine clinics are now available at all Hywel Dda mass vaccination centres. Further information is available online here.

Details of opening times for the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus are available online here.

There is no need to book in advance, but you can schedule an appointment by phoning 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk.

Do I need to be vaccinated to access facilities on campus?

It is not a requirement but it is strongly encouraged. Vaccination protects students, staff and the wider community in Aberystwyth. It helps us all stay safe, slow the spread of COVID-19 and enable teaching and learning. Although not compulsory, you are strongly encouraged to get your COVID vaccination to protect yourself and others.

First and second dose walk-in COVID vaccine clinics are now available at all Hywel Dda mass vaccination centres. Further information is available online here.

There is a walk-in clinic at the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus – details of opening times can be found here.

There is no need to book in advance, but you can schedule an appointment by phoning 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk.

Wherever you are in the UK you can book a vaccination appointment via the NHS website

I had my first dose of the vaccine before coming to Aberystwyth. How do I arrange my second dose?

First and second dose walk-in COVID vaccine clinics are now available at all Hywel Dda mass vaccination centres. Further information is available online here.

Details of opening times for the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus are available online here.

There is no need to book in advance, but you can schedule an appointment by phoning 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk.

I am an international student and have had a first dose of a vaccine that is not given in the UK. What should I do about my second dose?

Please contact the local NHS health board, Hywel Dda University Health Board, to discuss this by calling 0300 303 8322 or emailing COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

I am an international student, and had my first dose of the vaccine in my home country. How do I arrange my second dose?

Please register with a local GP (family doctor) as a temporary resident as soon as you can. You can do this by contacting your nearest GP. This will create a temporary NHS number for you. When you are registered, please call the health board on 0300 303 8322 or email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk to book an appointment at a mass vaccination centre.

Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing

Will the University be testing staff and students for COVID-19?

You should take a COVID-19 test before you come to university, and a lateral flow test regularly for the first 28 days after you arrive. This will help to limit the transmission of the virus.

Testing is voluntary, but we strongly recommend you take part in these tests for those without symptoms. This will help keep the university community safe as well as in-person university activity safe and open.

Why should I get tested if I have no symptoms?

The lateral flow test is designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms (they are asymptomatic), but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others.   

Do I still need to get tested even after I have the vaccine?

Yes. You should continue to get tested regardless of whether you have received one or both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

It’s important to remember that the vaccine does not make you immune to catching or spreading coronavirus, it simply reduces the likelihood of you becoming seriously ill.

I need to get a COVID-19 test before international travel. What do I need to do?

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 are available from the following companies:

Where can I pick up my testing kit on campus?

Home testing kits for students and staff are available for collection from the Medrus (Penbryn) and Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

There is no need to book in advance, but bring your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

Staff who are not working on Penglais Campus can order a home-testing kit online so that it can be delivered to another campus – online orders can be placed here.

Please remember to report your lateral flow test result here.

Test, Trace and Protect

Why are you doing Test, Trace, Protect (TTP)?

The safety and welfare of students, staff and the local community is a priority for the University and contact tracing forms an important part of our strategy to limit the spread of the virus in our community.


As a University we are facilitating Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) approach which is designed to help people in Wales to resume their normal lives gradually and safely. 

How does Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) work?

TTP works by:

  • testing those people who have coronavirus symptoms, asking them to isolate from wider family, friends, co-workers and their community whilst taking a test and waiting for a result
  • tracing those individuals who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • providing advice and guidance, particularly where the person who has tested positive or their contacts are vulnerable or at greater risk
  • ensuring that if the individual tests negative and the symptoms are not due to coronavirus, individuals can get back to work and their normal routines as soon as possible.

How will Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) work at Aberystwyth University?

Here at the University we are working closely with Ceredigion County Council, the Hywel Dda University Health Board and Public Health Wales to support the TTP strategy.

Our aim is to ensure that any case of COVID-19 on campus is quickly identified and managed, and provide advice and support to anyone with Covid-19 related symptoms.

As part of this approach, contact details of staff, students and visitors may be shared to enable an efficient response to any reported case of Covid-19.

How will student data be collected for Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) and what will I have to do?

Student Data will be collected in a number of ways:

  • Through the University’s existing attendance monitoring system by using their Aber Card every time they enter a room or space which has a card reader.

  • At hospitality outlets on campus, customer contact details, including staff and students, will be collected using a third party QR code phone app, evePASS. The app is free and easy to set up, customers only need to register once, and it is accepted at numerous venues across Ceredigion

  • Note that evePASS will be available in Welsh. Information on setting your phone to Welsh can be found here:

Which app will you be using to collect the data?

Data will be collected using the third party QR code phone app, evePASS.  The app is free and easy to set up, customers only need to register once.

Is there a Welsh version of the app?

Yes, there is a Welsh version of the evePASS app, information on setting your phone to Welsh can be found here:

Will the app work outside University sites?

Yes, the evePASS app is accepted at numerous venues across Ceredigion.

Self-isolating

If I have to self-isolate during term, what teaching support will be offered?

As with any short term illness, students are advised to catch up with their work and seek support from their academic department. While no additional online teaching will be provided, students who are unable to attend for a limited period will be able to access Panopto recordings and other online resources via the module pages on Blackboard, which are available to all students.

How can I get food deliveries if I’m self-isolating

For students who are self-isolating and unable to leave their (private or University) accommodation to get shopping, the following options are available: 

  • Aberystwyth University’s Vine service for groceries is open Monday – Saturday
  • Aberystwyth University’s Nosh Da service offers take away meals, with free delivery on orders over £5.00
  • Some local supermarkets offer a delivery service – please check individual websites. 
  • Morrisons offer a next day delivery service for those in self-isolation with a £2.50 delivery charge for students.  Please see details on their webpage here

If you have any difficulty accessing these services, please contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk

How can I get medicine deliveries if I’m self-isolating?

In the first instance please aim to use a local pharmacy which offers a delivery service.  If this is not possible, please contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk to arrange a click and collect service. 

How do I do the laundry if I’m self-isolating?

Whilst you are self-isolating, you are not permitted to leave your home and therefore you will not be able to use the on-site laundry facilities.  

During the self-isolation period, should you require a spare set of bed linen or towels, please contact accommodation@aber.ac.uk with ‘self-isolation assistance’ in the subject header, detailing your request for bed linen and/or towels. Please advise whether you have a double or single duvet in order for us to provide you with the correct sized bedding. We will then arrange for the item(s) to be delivered to outside your flat door as soon as possible between Monday – Friday.

What do I do with my waste if I'm self-isolating?

Waste - For students living in Pentre Jane Morgan:

  • Ensure that all waste is in the appropriate waste bag (Food, Dry Mixed Recycling or General Waste), or container provided for Glass.
  • Double bag the waste (i.e put your full bag into another bag of the same type), and place your waste in an area of your flat where it can be safely left for a minimum of 72 hours without causing an obstruction (remember to wash your hands before and after).
  • After the 72 hour period, take your waste to your nearest bin store.  Remember to wash your hands before and after.  Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes. Maintain 2m social distance at all times.

For all other Residences, the University is able to help take your waste to the bins stores.  All you need to do is:

  • Ensure that all waste is in the appropriate waste bag (Food, Dry Mixed Recycling or General Waste), or container provided for Glass.
  • Double bag the waste (i.e put your full bag into another bag of the same type), and place your waste in an area of your flat where it can be safely left for a minimum of 72 hours without causing an obstruction (remember to wash your hands before and after).
  • After the 72-hour period, place the bags, or container for Glass outside your flat door (Monday to Friday only).  Remember to wash your hands before and after.
  • Please place as neatly as possible avoiding an obstruction directly outside the door, to ensure you can leave safely in an emergency.
  • Please request for the waste to be removed via the Online Report a Fault Form and our teams will remove as soon as possible.

If you are living in private sector accommodation please follow Ceredigion County Council guidance on disposing of general household waste.

Can I go out for a cigarette if I’m self-isolating?

All University buildings are non-smoking areas, which includes the use of e-cigarettes. You will be allowed to smoke outside your residence but should minimise the time spent outdoors. Please stay close to your accommodation block and ensure that the smoke cannot travel indoors through open windows and doors. Ensure you wear your face covering whilst indoors before leaving your room; wash your hands before leaving your room, maintain 2m social distance at all times, do not cross with others on the stairwells; hand sanitise on entry to the building.

If I am self-isolating, what should I do in the event of the fire alarm sounding in my accommodation?

If there is a fire alarm you will need to:

  • Leave the room, remembering to take your accommodation key with you.
  • Make sure that you have suitable clothing readily available to keep warm and dry.
  • Try to avoid touching handrails and door handles as much as possible, and avoid close contact with others – the general guidance is to ensure that you try to keep at a distance of a least 6 feet.
  • Make contact with the fire marshal to let them know that you are in self-isolation.
  • Once you’ve made contact with the fire marshal, keep your distance from others, however do not stand any closer to your accommodation than the assembly point.

I am self-isolating and I need help. Who can I contact?

If you are self-isolating and need help, please e-mail coronavirus@aber.ac.uk and we will do our very best to help.

How can I exercise if I am self-isolating?

Exercise is a great way to help you to relax and use up any energy that you might have.  Whilst you won’t be able to go outside for the next 10 days, there are many workouts that you can follow online. 

The University has provided a free online platform for any student who is a Sports Centre member or living in University accommodation.  To get access – log in with your Aber email to wexer.aber.ac.uk.  There are over 500 workouts available - including some relaxation and mindfulness sessions if you just want to relax. 

 

Can I collect my post if I’m self-isolating?

The delivery of post can vary depending on where you are living, with some areas having items delivered directly to their flat doors, and others to the block entrance.

You will be allowed to go outside your flat to collect mail, but should minimise the time spent outside your flat as far as possible. Please ensure you wear your face covering whilst indoors (including communal landing, stairwells and foyers); wash or sanitise your hands before leaving and entering your flat, maintain 2m social distance at all times, and do not cross with others on the stairwells.

Should you have any questions or require any further information please contact postroom@aber.ac.uk

Travel

I am an arriving overseas student, what do I need to know?

If you are travelling to Aberystwyth from overseas, our International Team webpages will answer some of the questions you may be thinking about, and will help you plan your trip.

There are strict rules on international travel in force, including self-isolation and testing requirements. Public health officials in Wales will be checking that these rules are being followed. It is very important that you follow these rules. If you fail to follow them, you will be breaking the law and risk prosecution. 

The regulations are reviewed and updated regularly – please check the latest position in plenty of time before your planned departure date. 

Useful links

The following webpages contain useful information:

Contact us

All students returning from countries on the red and amber countries list should contact us before travelling to ensure that all the rules on international travel are followed.

To contact us about this during office hours, please contact the Accommodation Office on 01970 622900 (Option 4). 

Collection of test kits from University accommodation

If you are self-isolating in University accommodation after your return from overseas you can arrange collection of your day 2 and day 8 test kits for posting.  The Post Room will provide a collection service daily between 9am and 2pm.

To book a collection, please e-mail the post room on post@aber.ac.uk and provide the following information:

  • Full hall address
  • Date and time when the kit will be ready for collection

The testing kit should then be placed in the bag, sealed securely and left outside the flat door, ready for collection. The post room will collect it on that day. 

 

I am an international student and cannot book a flight to Aberystwyth. Can I study online?

International students who are experiencing difficulties with travel arrangements can apply to defer their date of arrival. This is however limited to study schemes where there is suitable online delivery. International students can apply for delayed arrival and all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Any queries should be directed to delayedinternationalarrivals@aber.ac.uk.

I am an international student and my arrival at Aberystwyth is likely to be delayed. Can I study online?

International students who are experiencing difficulties with travel arrangements can apply to defer their date of arrival. This is however limited to study schemes where there is suitable online delivery. International students can apply for delayed arrival and all applications will be considered on an individual basis. Any queries should be directed to delayedinternationalarrivals@aber.ac.uk

Will the University be offering ‘study from home’ in 2021-22?

The University will not be offering ‘study from home’ in 2021-22. Delayed arrival at Aberystwyth will be limited to international students who have applied on the basis of travel restrictions.

I cannot travel to Aberystwyth because of ill-health or other personal circumstances. Can I stay at home and study online?

All students are expected to travel to Aberystwyth to register in September 2021 and take part in timetabled classes on campus, some of which may be delivered on-line. Students with long-term ill-health or other personal circumstances should consider deferral or applying for temporary withdrawal from their studies and return to Aberystwyth in September 2022. Student Visa holders who take temporary withdrawal will have the sponsorship of their visa withdrawn. They will need to apply for a new CAS and visa before they resume studies in Aberystwyth.

If I have to self-isolate during term, what teaching support will be offered?

As with any short term illness, students are advised to catch up with their work and seek support from their academic department. While no additional online teaching will be provided, students who are unable to attend for a limited period will be able to access Panopto recordings and other online resources via the module pages on Blackboard, which are available to all students.

Study facilities

Can I prebook study space on Penglais Campus?

A full list of the study spaces (including computer spaces) that are available for pre-booking is available online.

 

Members of the same household can now book a group study room in Hugh Owen Library.

There are four group study rooms available in the Iris de Freitas Room, each with its own computer. These rooms may be used by individuals or a limited number of members from one household at any one time:

No more than two users from the same household:

  • Iris de Freitas Carrel 01

No more than 4 users from the same household:

  • Iris de Freitas Study Room 6
  • Iris de Freitas Study Room 7
  • Iris de Freitas Study Room 8

Details and the booking system are available online here.


Please observe the following when using these facilities:

  • Wipe down your work area, chair, keyboard and mouse before and at end of your session with wipes provided in the rooms
  • Clean printers/photocopiers/scanners after use.
  • Use the hand sanitiser when you enter and leave the room
  • Wear face-coverings in all University buildings unless exempted
  • Only sit at the designated marked locations in the room
  • Observe the 2-metre social distancing rule
  • Observe any one-way systems around the rooms
  • Use your own Aber Card to swipe to enter and exit the room

What is the latest on Libraries and Information Services?

Please see our webpage Latest updates on IT and Library services for the latest information on our services.

Taught postgraduates completing studies in 2021

How will my Master’s degree classification be determined?

In the normal way except that students whose average falls within 2% of any borderline will be raised to the higher class provided they meet the preponderance criteria stated in the Examination Conventions.  There will be no Window of Opportunity based on Special Circumstances this academic year now that students are being provided with uncapped resit opportunities as well as the chance to improve upon pass marks, and because Special Circumstances forms and evidence are not required for semesters one and two or for dissertations.

What happens if I’m unhappy with my degree classification?

If you are unhappy with your final degree classification, you will be able to choose to decline your award and take resits at the next available opportunity. You will be invited to make this choice as soon as results are published. This will be on the basis of ‘no detriment’: that students opting to resit who perform less well, will still be able to accept the original award. If you do not complete the indicative degree class task to let us know if you wish to accept or decline the indicative degree class, you will be treated as having accepted it.

Can I change my mind later about accepting or declining my degree class?

Once you have accepted the degree class you will not be able to change your mind. If you decline, you will still be able to accept the indicative class later.

I don’t want to take my ‘indicative’ degree class’ but I need a letter for my employer to confirm that I have qualified for my degree.

We can provide you with a letter to confirm that you have already qualified for your degree even if you have decided to take resits.  

Can I resit all my modules for the full mark?

All modules with an H resit indicator can be resat for the full mark.  Resit indicators of T will be resat for a capped mark (these will apply where the mark was previously capped).  If you decide to resit a module that you have passed, that will also be a resit for the full mark. This will be on the basis of ‘no detriment’: that students opting to resit who perform less well, will still be able to accept the original mark. Note that in cases where Unacceptable Academic Practice penalties have been applied, resits may be capped or not allowed at all.

How many attempts do students have to improve on a module mark they have already passed?

Master’s students will have one opportunity to improve on a pass mark awarded in the 2020-21 academic year.  They will be able to take the resit in August 2021 or during the following session.

Can I appeal my module marks or degree result?

Yes, you can submit an appeal if you have grounds. Eligible grounds are shown in the appeals procedure at: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/academic-registry/handbook/appeals/

Before you decide to submit an appeal, please remember that you already have the opportunity to take further assessments to try to improve your marks. If you are not sure whether submitting an appeal could lead to a different outcome, please contact either the Registry at caostaff@aber.ac.uk and/or the Students’ Union at union.advice@aber.ac.uk for advice.

The current situation has affected my studies, can I submit a Special Circumstances form?

Students will not be asked to submit Special Circumstances forms and evidence for modules assessed during semesters one and two of the 2020-21 academic session or for their dissertation module; students unable to complete assessments, for whatever reason, will automatically be granted uncapped resit opportunities for non-submissions or in the case of failure; this suspension of our normal Special Circumstances procedure will be temporary to cover this academic session and does not extend to the resit period in August. 

Will special circumstances change a student’s module marks?

No, we do not change module marks on the basis of special circumstances.  

Will there be a cap on the number of resits I can take in August 2021?

No, for August 2021 only there will be no cap on the number of modules you can resit.

Will I be charged for resits in August 2021?

No, there will be no charge for resits in August 2021.

Where do I go to get advice on whether or not I should resit?

Your department will be able to offer you academic advice regarding your resits.  If you need advice regarding registering for resits you should contact pgsstaff@aber.ac.uk.

How do I register to resit modules?

You will be asked to complete a task on your student record to opt to resit or not when results are released. The task will be available on your student record the same day as your results are released and you will be given a deadline for registration.  

Is the summer resit assessment period still due to run as scheduled?

The resit exam period will run in August, however, we have extended the dates so that the resit period will begin on Monday 9 August and end on Thursday 26 August 2021. This will not involve campus-based exams.

Do the Unacceptable Academic Practice regulations still apply during the current situation?

Yes, the regulations associated with unacceptable academic practice (UAP) will still apply. If a UAP allegation is found to be substantiated, the penalty will be assigned according to the Points-based Penalty System, and will override the opportunity for an uncapped resit.