Student Updates

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

Latest student updates

26.11.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Friday 26 November

COVID-19 information

  • Importance of testing for COVID-19
  • LFD test kits
  • Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
  • Record your COVID status on your student record

Other University News

  • European Opportunities Fund
  • Apply to be a Student Caller
  • Rural crime in Wales

COVID-19 information

Importance of testing for COVID-19

The Welsh Government has recently updated its advice regarding LFD testing.

Those over the age of 11 are encouraged to take lateral flow tests twice a week (every 3 or 4 days) if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

You are also encouraged to take a test if you are going to be in higher risk situations including spending time in crowded or enclosed spaces, before you visit people who are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and if you are travelling to other areas of Wales or the UK.

More information can be found online here.

LFD test kits

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Covid-19 test kits for testing at home are available from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. No need to book in advance but do please bring your Aber Card with you when collecting your kit.

You can also get LFD testing kits:

  • by ordering online for home delivery: Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK. You can order 1 home testing kit (7 tests) at a time. Delivery takes 1 to 2 days
  • collecting from pharmacies

Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

If you experience any coronavirus symptoms, please remember to self-isolate immediately and follow the information provided online here.

Record your COVID status on your student record

If you are self-isolating or have received a positive PCR test for COVID-19 you should notify the University by logging into your student record, click on the Personal tab and choose Report COVID-19 symptoms from the drop-down menu.

This information is important as we monitor the number of cases within the University community.

Other University News

European Opportunities Fund

Thanks to the generosity of Aberystwyth University history graduate William Parker, the University has launched the new European Opportunities Fund. The new fund provides grants of between £500 and £3000 to part-time and full-time UK domiciled Aberystwyth students on foundation, undergraduate or taught Masters courses who wish to work, study, volunteer or attend conferences in the European Union and the European Economic Area.

Apply to be a Student Caller

The Development and Alumni relations team are looking for student callers to help fundraise for the University’s Old College project.

  • Application Deadline: 29 November, 9am
  • Mandatory training on 5-6 February
  • Period of Work: 7 February - 27 February
  • Evening and weekend shifts
  • Working from your own home
  • Minimum of 3 shifts a week
  • £9.50 p/hr

Please visit the webpage for the Full Job Description. You can also contact Hayley Goddard – hvg@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622 083 for further details.

Rural crime in Wales

The Growth, Rural Resilience and Innovation Network (GRRaIN) at Aberystwyth University is hosting a webinar on Rural Crime in Wales; 7pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 9 December 2021, Online on Zoom.

Speakers:

  • Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys Police,
  • Rob Taylor, Wildlife and Rural Crime Coordinator for Wales
  • Wyn Morris, Senior Lecturer at Aberyswyth University Business School and HUB Director for the Growth, Rural Resilience and Innovation Network (GRRaIN)

Book your place here

Many thanks

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

18.11.2021 COVID Update Postgraduate

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 18 November

COVID-19 information

  • Wales remains at Alert Level 0
  • COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Need help to book a vaccine?
  • Ventilation and keeping warm
  • Christmas / New Year travel and Semester 1 Exams/Assessments

Other University news

  • UK Civil Service – Creating Opportunities in Wales for students and graduates
  • Planting on campus
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance


COVID-19 information

Wales remains at Alert Level 0

The Welsh Government has today announced the outcome of its latest three-weekly review of its COVID measures.

Wales remains at Alert Level 0.

The outcome of the next review will be announced on Friday 10 December.

COVID-19 vaccine

As part of Alert Level 0, the Welsh Government is calling on everyone to get vaccinated and receive both jabs.

The centre is operated by the Hywel Dda University Health Board who provide general COVID-19 vaccine information online.

Need help to book a vaccine?

You can contact the University COVID helpline if you need support with arranging a vaccine appointment, particularly if you are due to travel overseas for the Christmas break.

E-mail coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines are open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

The helpline can also provide support and advice on matters concerning COVID, or you can visit the Together in Aber web pages which feature a series of COVID related FAQs.

Ventilation and keeping warm

Ensuring our buildings are well ventilated is one of the control measures on campus to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This means that our buildings may be cooler than usual over the winter months, so you may want to wear additional suitable clothing.

Christmas / New Year travel and Semester 1 Exams/Assessments

When making your Christmas/New Year travel arrangements, please note that Postgraduate Taught students will be required to return to Aberystwyth in time for the Semester 1 Revision and Assessment period which starts on Monday 10 January 2022.

While some assessments will take place in-person on campus, others will be conducted online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Specific arrangements will be provided by your Faculty/Academic Department.

Other University News

UK Civil Service – Creating Opportunities in Wales for students and graduates

Thursday 2 December 2021 at 12pm, MS Teams

The session will include:

  • The significance of the levelling-up agenda and increased UK civil service job opportunities for students in Wales
  • What 'a modern civil service' means, and the future vision for the UK Civil Service
  • Q&A

Register for this event

Planting on campus

Preparatory work will begin this week for the replanting of the grounds between the Hugh Owen building and Penbryn (TaMed Da), and along the Hugh Owen building towards the Arts Centre.

This work, which will take place between now and Christmas, will be the first phase in a new long-term landscape management plan that has been developed in partnership with Welsh Historic Gardens and the University’s Grounds Advisory Group to promote conservation, sustainability, biodiversity and protection of the historic Penglais campus landscape. We apologise for any inconvenience as this work proceeds.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The University will fly the Trans Pride flag on the Penglais campus to mark this day, and as a part of our commitment to providing a supportive environment for transgender and non-binary staff and students here at Aberystwyth University.

The Students’ Union also acknowledges the inordinate impact of violence against trans people. They are running a Meet and Greet event for students who identify as trans to get together in the SU Picturehouse from 4-6pm on Thursday 18 November. You can find out more here Trans Meet and Greet (abersu.co.uk).

Many thanks,

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

18.11.2021 COVID Update Undergaduate

Dear student  

COVID-19 update, Thursday 18 November 

COVID-19 information 

  • Wales remains at Alert Level 0 
  • COVID-19 Vaccine 
  • Need help to book a vaccine? 
  • Ventilation and keeping warm 
  • Christmas / New Year travel and Semester 1 Exams/Assessments 

Other University news 

  • UK Civil Service – Creating Opportunities in Wales for students and graduates 
  • Planting on campus 
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance 

 
COVID-19 information 

Wales remains at Alert Level 0 

The Welsh Government has today announced the outcome of its latest three-weekly review of its COVID measures.  

Wales remains at Alert Level 0. 

The outcome of the next review will be announced on Friday 10 December. 

COVID-19 vaccine 

As part of Alert Level 0, the Welsh Government is calling on everyone to get vaccinated and receive both jabs. 

The centre is operated by the Hywel Dda University Health Board who provide general COVID-19 vaccine information online. 

Need help to book a vaccine? 

You can contact the University COVID helpline if you need support with arranging a vaccine appointment, particularly if you are due to travel overseas for the Christmas break 

E-mailcoronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines are open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. 

The helpline can also provide support and advice on matters concerning COVID, or you can visit the Together in Aber web pages which feature a series of COVID related FAQs. 

Ventilation and keeping warm 

Ensuring our buildings are well ventilated is one of the control measures on campus to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

This means that our buildings may be cooler than usual over the winter months, so you may want to wear additional suitable clothing 

Christmas / New Year travel and Semester 1 Exams/Assessments 

When making your Christmas/New Year travel arrangements, please note that you will be required to return to Aberystwyth in time for the Semester 1 Revision and Assessment period which starts on Monday 10 January 2022.  

While some assessments will take place in-person on campus, others will be conducted online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Specific arrangements will be provided by your Faculty/Academic Department. 

Other University News  

UK Civil Service – Creating Opportunities in Wales for students and graduates 

Thursday 2 December 2021 at 12pm, MS Teams 

The session will include:  

  • The significance of the levelling-up agenda and increased UK civil service job opportunitiesforstudents in Wales 
  • What 'a modern civil service' means, and the future vision for the UK Civil Service
  • Q&A

Register for this event 

Planting on campus 

Preparatory work will begin this week for the replanting of the grounds between the Hugh Owen building and Penbryn (TaMed Da), and along the Hugh Owen building towards the Arts Centre.  

This work, which will take place between now and Christmas, will be the first phase in a new long-term landscape management plan that has been developed in partnership with Welsh Historic Gardens and the University’s Grounds Advisory Group to promote conservation, sustainability, biodiversity and protection of the historic Penglais campus landscape. We apologise for any inconvenience as this work proceeds. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The University will fly the Trans Pride flag on the Penglais campus to mark this day, and as a part of our commitment to providing a supportive environment for transgender and non-binary staff and students here at Aberystwyth University.  

The Students’ Union also acknowledges the inordinate impact of violence against trans people. They are running a Meet and Greet event for students who identify as trans to get together in the SU Picturehouse from 4-6pm on Thursday 18 November. You can find out more here Trans Meet and Greet (abersu.co.uk). 

Many thanks, 

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

11.11.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 11 November

COVID-19 information

  • NHS COVID Pass 
  • COVID Pass if vaccinated abroad?
  • Vaccination
  • Record your COVID status on your student record
  • COVID-19 Helpline

Other University news

  • £10,000 ‘InvEnterPrize’ competition launched
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • ENVI Geospatial Imagery software

COVID-19 information

NHS COVID Pass  

From Monday 15 November, the use of the NHS COVID Pass will be extended in Wales to include cinemas, theatres and concert halls. 

Details of how the COVID Pass works, when it is needed and how to get one are available online here.

COVID Pass if vaccinated abroad?

If you have been vaccinated in a country outside the UK and need to show your vaccination status, you will find updated guidance on what is required from which country online here.

Note that this applies if you are travelling to Wales and if you require a COVID-19 Pass to attend large events and venues.

Vaccination 

If haven’t yet done so, please get vaccinated as soon as possible.  Book an appointment for your first or second COVID-19 vaccine here. 

Record your COVID status on your student record

If you are self-isolating or have received a positive PCR test for COVID-19 you should notify the University by logging into your student record, click on the Personal tab and choose Report COVID-19 symptoms from the drop-down menu.

COVID helpline and support

If you have any questions, visit the Together in Aber web pages .

If you have specific questions about COVID-19 symptoms or those around you with symptoms you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines are open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Other University News

£10,000 ‘InvEnterPrize’ launched 

InvEnterPrize 2022 launched this week, giving entrepreneurial students the opportunity to battle it out to win £10,000 investment in their business idea or social enterprise. If you’d like to be in with a chance of making your business start-up dream a reality, e-mail aberpreneurs@aber.ac.uk  to request an entry pack.

Study abroad opportunities

Fancy studying or working abroad while you are at university?

It's proven to improve your degree result and increase your job prospects, as well as being a once in a lifetime opportunity. You don't have to go for a whole semester or a year.  This year, short opportunities will be available for Aberystwyth undergraduate and taught masters students to study or work overseas from as little as three days to a few weeks (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).  You can choose your own experience or join in with our suggested options. Funding is available for eligible participants.

To find out more visit the Global Opportunities webpages, or you can register your interest online here.

ENVI Geospatial Imagery software

The institutional licence for ENVI Geospatial Imagery software will come to an end on the 31 December and will not be renewed. This service will not be available to users from the 1 January 2022.

Many thanks,

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

04.11.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 4 November

COVID-19 information

  • Self-isolation rules
  • What counts as your household?
  • Self-isolation support
  • Face coverings

Other University News

  • University Challenge
  • Apply to be a Student Caller
  • E.H. Carr Memorial Lecture

 

COVID-19 information

Self-isolation

Welsh Government rules on self-isolation changed last week.

If someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for coronavirus and you are fully vaccinated you should self-isolate and take a PCR test. If your test is negative, you can stop isolating.

If someone in your household has tested positive and you are not fully vaccinated, you should self-isolate for 10 days. You should take a PCR test on day 2 and day 8. You should self-isolate for 10 days even if your tests are negative.

Remember, if you experience any coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and follow the information provided online here.

What counts as your household?

Your household is everyone who lives in your shared house, flat, or ‘area’ – those with whom you share a kitchen or bathroom.

Self-isolation support

We have a dedicated Covid-19 helpline and will be in contact with students who have told us they are self-isolating.

We can also help with food or medical prescription deliveries as well as laundry.

Learning support during self-isolation

As with any short-term illness, students are advised to catch up with their work and seek support from their academic department.

Please visit the web page on isolation or contact the Coronavirus Helpline by email at coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483 for more information. Lines are open from 10am to 3pm, day Monday to Friday.

Face coverings

As you know, we have a range of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in place throughout the University.

This includes wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose while indoors on our sites, unless you are exempt from doing so.

Locations include all learning and teaching spaces, social and study spaces, corridors, shared offices, and commercial venues such as Sports Centre, Arts Centre and Hospitality outlets and on University provided transport.

If you are wearing a face covering in all these settings, thank you for doing so. You are helping to protect your fellow students, our colleagues and the wider community.

You can find all of our campus guidance, including guidance on face coverings on the Together in Aber webpages.

Other University News

University Challenge

The Students’ Union is looking for students to take part in the next series of ITV’s University Challenge.

The first round of trials will be held on the 9 November 2021 in the Main Room of the Student’s Union.

Please email Academic Affairs Officer Elizabeth Manners if you are interested: ddostaff@aber.ac.uk.

Apply to be a Student Caller

The Development and Alumni relations team are looking for student callers to help fundraise for the University’s Old College project.

  • Application Deadline: 29 November, 9am
  • Mandatory training on 5-6 February
  • Period of Work: 7 February - 27 February
  • Evening and weekend shifts
  • Working from your own home
  • Minimum of 3 shifts a week
  • £9.50 p/hr

Please visit the webpage for the Full Job Description. You can also contact Hayley Goddard – hvg@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622 083 for further details.

  1. H. Carr Memorial Lecture

Finally, the next public lecture organised by the Department of International Politics will be delivered by Professor Jennifer Pitts (University of Chicago) and will consider how exploitation and racial hierarchies are embedded in the international system and democratic politics.

‘Democracy’s World Shadow’ lecture takes place online at 7.15pm on Thursday 11 November and you can register here.

Many thanks

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

29.10.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

Urgent COVID-19 update
Friday 29 October

Two important changes to COVID-19 restrictions have been announced by the Welsh Government today.

The changes relate to self-isolation and the COVID Pass.

On self-isolation, if someone in your household has symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, you should get a PCR test as soon as you can and self-isolate until you have received a negative PCR result, even if you are fully vaccinated. This comes into effect immediately.

Please remember to record this information on your student record.

From 15 November, the NHS COVID Pass will be extended to include theatres, cinemas and concert halls. It is currently required for attending large events and nightclubs to prove that someone is fully vaccinated or has had a negative COVID test.

These changes will not affect our current teaching arrangements and other day-to-day operations.  However, if you are planning to visit one of the Arts Centre venues, you can expect to see the COVID Pass being used.

Today’s announcement reinforces the concern raised by Ceredigion County Council yesterday about the “dangerously high” levels of infection in the wider community.

Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford has described the situation as “serious” and the Welsh Government’s statement states that “unless rates begin to fall over the next three weeks, Ministers will have to consider reintroducing some restrictions at the next review to bring the spread of the virus under control”.

It is therefore in everyone’s interest that we all continue to follow the COVID-19 measures that are in place, especially getting vaccinated, wearing face masks indoors and maintaining social distancing.

Many thanks and stay safe,

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

28.10.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 28 October

COVID-19 information

  • Coronavirus levels ‘dangerously high’ in Ceredigion
  • Self-isolate if you experience symptoms
  • Record your COVID status on your student record
  • Home testing kits
  • Update your student record
  • Register with a GP/family doctor
  • Dispose of used face coverings safely

Other University News

  • Hugh Owen Library open 24/7
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • University Challenge
  • Study skills support
  • Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow
  • Language skills for international students
  • Department of Law and Criminology – Speakers’ Corner

COVID-19 information

Coronavirus levels ‘dangerously high’ in Ceredigion

Ceredigion County Council has today warned that COVID-19 levels are 'dangerously high' across the county.

The Council is urging residents to stick to the basics in order to protect our friends, families and communities, especially getting vaccinated, wearing face masks indoors and maintaining social distancing.

This announcement by the Council will not affect our current arrangements at the University, including in-person teaching.

We continue to monitoring COVID-19 case numbers amongst staff and students and will update you should the situation change.

If you have yet to be vaccinated, information about the Aberystwyth vaccine centre is available here.

And, remember that face coverings must be worn in all University buildings unless you are exempt.

Self-isolate if you experience symptoms

If you experience any coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and follow the information provided online here.

For more information see the self-isolation web page, email the Coronavirus Helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Record your COVID status on your student record

If you are self-isolating or have received a positive PCR test for COVID-19 you should notify the University by logging into your student record, click on the Personal tab and choose Report COVID-19 symptoms from the drop-down menu.

This information is important as we monitor the number of cases within the University community.

Home testing kits

Don’t forget, you can pick up a home testing kit from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Update your student record

Please keep your student record up to date and check your University e-mail account regularly for updates. This should always be done, but it is particularly important at this time due to the ongoing pandemic.

Information to check and update includes:

  • your term time address as well as your out of term address
  • your doctor’s surgery contact details
  • your bank account details.

Note that you are the only one who can do this, we can’t do this for you.

Register with a GP/family doctor

If you have not done so already, please make sure you register with a GP as soon as possible. Information about registering with local GPs can be found online via the following links:


Dispose of used face coverings safely

The university has been receiving complaints about used face coverings littering campus. Please make sure you dispose of them correctly by using the bins provided on campus.

Other University News

Hugh Owen Library open 24/7

The Hugh Owen Library is open 24/7 from 08:30 Monday 1st November until the end of term.  We are increasing the number of study spaces available in the Hugh Owen Library on Level D and the Iris de Freitas.

Please keep your mask on in our libraries for your safety and the safety of others.

Study abroad opportunities

Fancy studying or working abroad while you are at university?

It's proven to improve your degree result and increase your job prospects, as well as being a once in a lifetime opportunity. You don't have to go for a whole semester or a year, this year short opportunities will be available for Aberystwyth undergraduate and taught masters students to study or work overseas from as little as three days to a few weeks (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).  You can choose your own experience or join in with our suggested options. Funding available for eligible participants.

To find out more visit the Global Opportunities webpages, or you can register your interest online here.

University Challenge

The Students Union is looking for students to take part in the next series of ITV’s University Challenge. Email Academic Affairs Officer Elizabeth Manners if you are interested:  ddostaff@aber.ac.uk.

The first round of trials will be held on the 9 November 2021 in the Main Room of the Student’s Union.

Study skills support

Are you looking to improve your writing, communication and information skills?

The University is offering classes on Teams for undergraduate and postgraduate students which are provided jointly by Student Learning Support and Information Services.

Follow the links for more information and how to enrol:

Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow

Individual consultations on academic writing are available for students at all levels with our Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow, Thomas Bunstead. For more information see.

Language skills for international students

Individual consultations on language development for academic writing are available for international students with a specialist English language tutor.

  • To book an appointment contact tesol@aber.ac.uk (currently only available through the medium of English).

Department of Law and Criminology – Speakers’ Corner

The Department of Law and Criminology will host the latest in its ‘Speakers’ Corner’ series on Thursday 4 November 2021, 6pm, on Teams.  Prof Vesna Crnić-Grotić, University of Rijeka – The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages - New Challenges. Booking details available on Tocyn Cymru.

Many thanks,

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

21.10.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 21 October

COVID-19 information

  • Important: Face coverings
  • More study spaces available
  • Vaccination centre
  • NHS COVID Pass
  • Home testing kits
  • COVID-19 helpline and support

Other University news

  • Student wellbeing focus group invitation
  • University Challenge
  • Festival of Research 2021
  • Black History Month
  • Welsh Language Awards 2021 
  • Aberystwyth Town FC
  • T H Parry-Williams conference
  • David Trotter Memorial Lecture
  • National Library request

COVID-19 information

Important: Face coverings

Wearing a face covering in indoor, public spaces is one of the key ways in which we can protect ourselves and others from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This is why face coverings must be worn in all University buildings at all times, unless you are exempt.

The only exceptions are when exercising in the Sports Centre, sitting down to eat or drink in hospitality settings, and when you are in your own student accommodation.

All face coverings should be three-ply and worn over your mouth and nose.

You can pick up a free reusable face covering from Sgubor on Fferm Penglais, Campus Reception, the Students’ Union and the Sports Centre. Disposable face coverings are also available if required.

If you are wearing disposable face coverings, please ensure that used items are placed in the bins on campus.

More study spaces available

More study spaces are being made available in the Hugh Owen Library – specifically on floor D and in the Iris De Freitas study room, following a review of our COVID-19 measures.

Note that COVID-19 protection measures remain in place such as wearing face coverings at all times unless exempt, maintaining social distancing and sanitising your hands regularly.

Further information about study facilities and services in the Hugh Owen Library is available online here.

Vaccination centre

If haven’t yet done so, please get vaccinated as soon as possible. The local drop-in vaccination centre continues to be located in the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn Campus.

NHS COVID Pass

A reminder that anyone who wants to attend large venues in Wales must now show the NHS COVID Pass to prove that you are either fully vaccinated or have tested negative. 

Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

Details of how to get your NHS COVID Pass in Wales are available here.

Home testing kits

Don’t forget, you can pick up a home testing kit from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

COVID helpline and support

If you have any questions, visit the Together in Aber web pages .

Any questions about attendance at classes should be first discussed with your personal tutor.

If you have specific questions about COVID-19 symptoms or those around you with symptoms you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines are open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Other university news

Wellbeing focus group invitation

As part of a review of the University’s mental health and wellbeing provision, a service user focus group is taking place tomorrow, 22 October, between 09:30-11:00 on Teams.

The external facilitator would like to hear about your experiences of using the Student Wellbeing Service along with the broader Mental Health and Wellbeing approach it provides.

If you would like to take part, please email student-support@aber.ac.uk.

University Challenge

The Students Union is looking for students to take part in the next series of BBC 2’s University Challenge. Email Academic Affairs Officer Elizabeth Manners if you are interested: ddostaff@aber.ac.uk.

Festival of Research 2021

The University’s 2021 Festival of Research takes place this week – the ull programme is available online here and new events have been added. Sessions for the remainder of this week include:

Friday 22 October
10:00 – 11:00, Venue: Online
ECHOES Web Platform – Tools, Design and Development Book your ticket here.

10:30 – 17:00, Venue: MedRus 1 Penglais Campus
Fluid Thinking and Climate Change Workshop, which invites participants from all disciplines to reflect on fluid thinking in the context of climate change. Spaces are limited. Book your ticket here.

11:00 – 11:50, Venue: A14 Hugh Owen, Penglais Campus
The Green New Deal: a window of opportunity for minoritised languages. Book your ticket here.

12:30 – 14:30, Venue: MedRus Main, Penglais Campus
Climate Change Research and Employability - a series of presentations on Interreg projects funded by the EU through the Welsh Government, which are addressing the challenge of climate change in exciting ways. Students and Early Career Researchers welcome. Book your ticket here.

Tuesday 26 October
16:00 – 17:00, Venue: Penglais Campus
At Street Level: A Photographer's View Of The Extinction Rebellion
Alex Gilbey, from the University's School of Art, will present images from his ongoing photo-documentary project covering the Extinction Rebellion's campaign of non-violent resistance from 2019 to the present day. Book your tickets here.

Black History Month film screening and talk

As part of Black History Month 2021, there will be a screening of the film Hidden Figures which tells the story of three female African-American mathematicians who played a key role in NASA in the early days of the US Space Race.

Before the screening Physicist Dr Tony Cook will give a short talk on the challenges of getting to the Moon.

The screening takes place on Thursday 28 October in Hugh Owen C4 from 6.15pm-9.00pm.

Welsh Language Awards 2021 

Warmest congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Welsh Language Awards, which celebrate and recognise the contribution of staff members and students to the Welsh language in the University.

This year’s winners are:

  • Welsh Medium Study: Llŷr Tomos, Department of Law and Criminology
  • Welsh Language Champion: Elen Roach, Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies
  • Certificate of Special Recognition: Emily Bennett and Roger Stone
  • Exceptional Learner: Kate Wright, Information Services
  • Promoting Welsh in the Workplace: Annette Edwards, Information Services
  • Certificate of Special Recognition:
    Dr Ben Ó Ceallaigh, Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies and Professor Emyr Lewis, Department of Law and Criminology

You will find more information about the awards and this year’s winners here.

Aberystwyth Town FC

On Friday evening, Aberystwyth Town FC is playing Penybont in the Cymru Premier League.  Kick off is at 8pm at Park Avenue. Further information available via www.atfc.org.uk.  Students living in University Accommodation received a free season ticket to watch the Seasiders on arrival, and the Res Life team is doing a meet and greet for anyone who’s not sure how to get to Park Avenue. Visit the club’s Facebook page for more information.

T H Parry-Williams conference

The contribution of T. H. Parry-Williams to Welsh literature and learning will be the focus of an online conference hosted by the Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies on Saturday 23 October.

Further information is available here.

Follow the proceedings on the Department’s YouTube channel (This event takes place through the medium of Welsh)

Public Lecture

This year’s David Trotter Memorial Lecture, ‘On Editing Anglo-Norman Texts: The Verse Psalter, for example’, will be delivered by Professor Daron Burrows of Oxford University on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 6pm online.

Email modernlangs@aber.ac.uk to receive a Microsoft Teams invitation.

National Library

And finally, the National Library is looking for individuals and groups to appear in photographs on their website and marketing and promotion material.

For an opportunity to be a face of the Library and to earn £50, contact them by sending a photo of yourself and a few details about what you are studying at university: nia.dafydd@llgc.org.uk.

Many thanks,

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

20.10.2021 Rise in COVID-19 cases in the Aberystwyth area

Dear student

We have been informed by the relevant authorities locally that there has been a marked increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the Aberystwyth area over recent days.  These increases have been seen particularly in the area’s schools.

While there have so far this term been very few confirmed cases within our student body please remember, if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms, isolate and get tested. 

The University is here to support you throughout your self-isolation, ensuring you can stay safe, well and continue with your studies as much as possible. 

Please visit the Together in Aber pages and the FAQs that are featured there for more information. If your question isn’t answered there, you can also contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

If you don’t need to isolate, please do all you can to safeguard your friends and colleagues at the University by stringently wearing a face covering, keeping your distance from others where you can, and carrying out regular LFD testing.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Professor Tim Woods
Pro Vice-Chancellor

14.10.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 14 October

In this week’s bulletin:

COVID information

  • Thank you
  • Wales remains at Alert Level Zero
  • Face coverings
  • COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Home testing kits
  • COVID-19 helpline and support


Other University news

  • Study skills support
  • Black History Month
  • FfotoAber
  • Webinar: From the College by the Sea to the College on the Hill
  • Shwmae Su’mae Day 15 October

COVID information

Thank you

A big ‘thank you’ to you for your support and understanding during the first weeks of term as everyone becomes familiar with the COVID measures that are in place here at Aberystwyth University.

We are also hugely grateful to those who have diligently and selflessly followed the requirements on self-isolating and testing for COVID-19.

The latest reports suggest that we may be nearing the peak of the delta wave in Wales, but that rates of infection remain particularly high amongst those under the age of 25.

It is therefore critical that everyone follows the self-isolation and testing requirements so that, together, we can limit the spread of the virus.

Remember:

  • Get both of your jabs
  • self-isolate and get tested if you have symptoms
  • outdoors is safer than indoors
  • keep your distance when you can
  • wash your hands
  • wear a face covering

Many thanks once more for your continued support.

Wales remains at Alert Level Zero

The Welsh Government published the outcome of its latest three weekly review of COVID measure on Friday 8 October and Wales remains at alert level 0. The outcome of the next review is due on 29 October.

For us here at Aberystwyth University, operations will continue very much as they are for the time being.

Face coverings

Face coverings must be worn in all University buildings unless you are exempt.

The only exceptions are when exercising in the Sports Centre, sitting down to eat or drink in hospitality settings, and when you are in your own student accommodation.

All face coverings should be three-ply and worn over mouth and nose.

You can pick up a free reusable face covering from Sgubor on Fferm Penglais, Campus Reception, the Students’ Union and the Sports Centre. Disposable face coverings are also available if required.

If you are wearing disposable face coverings, please ensure that used items are placed in the bins on campus.

COVID-19 vaccine

If you haven’t done so already, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Aberystwyth’s drop-in vaccination centre is located in the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn Campus. Opening times, dates and vaccine availability are available online here.

The centre is operated by the Hywel Dda University Health Board who provide general COVID-19 vaccine information online.

Home testing kits

Don’t forget, you can pick up a home testing kit from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

COVID helpline and support

If you have any questions, visit the Together in Aber web pages .

Any questions about attendance at classes should be discussed with your personal tutor in the first instance.

If you have specific questions about COVID symptoms or those around you with symptoms you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines are open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Other University news

Study skills support

Are you looking to improve your writing, communication and information skills? The University offers:

 

Black History Month


As part of Black History Month, the Arts Centre and the University have collaborated and commissioned a special poem. The poem is by Cameroon-born poet Eric Ngalle Charles, who came to Wales as a refugee some twenty years ago.

Artist and producer Keith Murrell has also been invited to select a list of black artists living or born in Wales who have contributed to the Arts. Their names will be displayed on the stairs of the Centre. There is also space for adding more names - you are welcome to e-mail fer11@aber.ac.uk  with suggestions.

FfotoAber

Fancy a photo challenge and a chance of picking up a prize? As part of our Festival of Research, we’ve teamed up with the annual FfotoAber photo marathon to create a new award category for Aberystwyth University students. The challenge is to take 6 photos on six different themes on Saturday 23 October 2021. Places are limited so register here now

Webinar: From the College by the Sea to the College on the Hill

To mark and celebrate the opening of our University on 16th October 1872, join us this evening for this special webinar with guest speaker Elgan Davies to hear how we went…‘From the College by the Sea to the College on the Hill – with a few stops along the way’. Thursday, 14 October 2021, 6.00pm – 7.00pm


Shwmae Su’mae Day 15 October


And finally, say Shwmae Su’mae in a coffee shop on campus tomorrow!

20% off ALL hot drinks and double stamps on our Loyalty Card when ordering saying Shwmae Su’mae!

We hope you are enjoying the buzz on campus in your first weeks here

Many thanks,

Nick Rogers
Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

7.10.2021 COVID-19 Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 7 October

In this week’s bulletin:

COVID information

  • NHS COVID Pass to attend large events and venues
  • Are you vaccinated?
  • Register with a GP/family doctor
  • Self-isolating and testing
  • COVID helpline and support

Stay Safe

  • Report and support
  • No Excuses campaign
  • Reporting concerns online, in-person and to the Police

Other University news

  • Parking permits
  • Library and study spaces and opening times
  • Dyslexia support
  • Study skills support
  • Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow
  • Language skills for international students
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Study UK launches international student competition
  • Pubic Lecture: ‘International/Inter-Carbonic Relations’

COVID information

NHS COVID Pass to attend large events and venues

The Welsh Government has confirmed that from 11 October you must use the NHS COVID Pass to show that you are fully vaccinated or have tested negative to attend large events, nightclubs and other similar venues.

Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

We don’t anticipate that the introduction of the the COVID pass will affect our day to day operations at the University.

Are you vaccinated?

The Students’ Union is inviting students to complete a short anonymous poll to let them know how many students have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

By completing this survey you can help the Union with its work with the health board and the University to support students to access vaccinations, as well as any activity requiring a vaccination passport.

The local drop-in vaccination centre is located in the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn Campus. Opening times, dates and vaccine availability are available online here.

Register with a GP/family doctor

Please make sure you register with a GP as soon as possible. Information about registering with local GPs can be found online via the following links:

Please also make sure your student record is up to date and includes your current contact details.

Self-isolating and testing

Remember, if you experience any coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and follow the information provided online here.

Also, if you need get a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Covid-19 test to take at home, you can pick up a home testing kit from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

COVID helpline and support

If you have any questions, visit the Together in Aber web pages or you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline on  coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Stay Safe

Report and support

As the new academic year gets underway, I wanted to highlight our commitment, along with the Students' Union to providing a safe working and learning environment that enriches lives, and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Neither the University nor the Students' Union will tolerate bullying or harassment.

The Students’ Union’s No Excuses campaign focuses specifically on sexual harassment and violence and has been developed in collaboration with the University.

More generally, the Student Dignity and Respect webpages set out the expectations and responsibilities for all our students. Here you will find:


Appropriate support is available for students raising concerns and we are committed to investigating allegations swiftly and fairly.

We also work closely with the Police to promote the safety of our student community.

The Police advise that, if you experience or witness behaviour that brings concerns about your safety or that of others, call 101 immediately to report this.

Additional information about contacting Dyfed Powys Police is available online here.

Other University news

Parking permits

Parking permits are now ready for collection from central reception at Cwrt Mawr L. Note that all cars parked at the University need a parking permit.

For general information about student parking permits and parking areas see University parking permits.

Owners of cars that do not show a parking permit may be booked from Monday 18 October.

Library study spaces and opening times

AU libraries are open to students and staff providing a variety of study spaces and access to collections. For the latest information on study spaces and opening times, visit the Library Services section of the Information Services webpages

Dyslexia support

We can support our dyslexic learners by being specific, transparent and mindful.

A short Dyslexia video (Aberystwyth School of Education) and other resources supporting teaching for dyslexic thinking can be found here:  LTEU Dyslexia Week: Invisible Dyslexia  

Study skills support

Are you looking to improve your writing, communication and information skills?

The University is offering classes on Teams for undergraduate and postgraduate students which are provided jointly by Student Learning Support and Information Services.

Follow the links for more information and how to enrol:

Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow

Individual consultations on academic writing are available for students at all levels with our Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow, Thomas Bunstead. For more information see.


Language skills for international students

Individual consultations on language development for academic writing are available for international students with a specialist English language tutor.

  • To book an appointment contact tesol@aber.ac.uk (currently only available through the medium of English).

 

Study abroad opportunities

 

Fancy studying or working abroad while you are at university?


It's proven to improve your degree result and increase your job prospects, as well as being a once in a lifetime opportunity. You don't have to go for a whole semester or a year, this year short opportunities will be available for Aberystwyth undergraduate and taught masters students to study or work overseas from as little as 3 days to a few weeks (subject to Covid restrictions).  You can choose your own experience or join in with our suggested options. Funding available for eligible participants.

 

To find out more visit the Global Opportunities webpages, or you can register your interest online here.

 

Study UK launches international student competition

Study UK is calling for international students to submit content on Instagram talking about their UK university experience. Students are encouraged to film themselves discussing what skills they have learned, the friends they have made and what studying in the UK has meant to them. Prizes including an Acer Chromebook and £50 WH Smith vouchers are being offered. You can read more online here.

Public Lecture: ‘International/Inter-Carbonic Relations’

The implications of climate change on international politics will be the subject of this year’s Kenneth Waltz Memorial Lecture, which takes place online on Thursday 14 October.

Hosted by the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, the lecture will be given by Professor Jan Selby of the University of Sheffield.

Tickets available online here.

Many thanks,

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

30.09.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 30 September

In this update:

Welcome

COVID information

  • New Welsh Government COVID-19 guidance
  • Guidance to support COVID safe learning
  • Get vaccinated
  • Face coverings
  • Self-isolate if you experience symptoms
  • Home testing kits
  • Together in Aber

Other University news

  • Road closure: Saturday 2 October
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Mathematics and Statistics Support
  • Degree Boosters with Lifelong Learning
  • Parking permits
  • Printing
  • Our Trans community
  • Black History Month 2021
  • Assessment of Local Well-being
  • Professor David Trotter Annual Memorial Lecture
  • Aberystwyth Comedy Festival

Welcome

As we approach the beginning of the new academic year, welcome.

To those who may be reading one of these bulletins for the first time, my name is Professor Tim Woods and I am the Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for learning, teaching and the student experience.

This is our weekly update and covers important information relating to COVID-19 and other matters here at Aberystwyth University. E-mail is our main channel for communicating important information to you here at Aberystwyth University, so please take a moment to read this and future bulletins, and keep an eye out for other updates.

COVID information

New Welsh Government COVID-19 guidance

The Welsh Government has announced new COVID-19 guidance for students.

The ‘Start and end of term guidance for university students (COVID-19)’ provides information on keeping themselves, their families, friends and university communities safe at the start and end of term.

‘Higher education: coronavirus’ provides frequently asked questions that look at many aspects of university life, including testing for travelling, self-isolating and what to do if someone in your accommodation tests positive.

Guidance to support COVID safe learning

We have published a new section of the Together in Aber web pages which is dedicated to safety on campus.

Featuring key safety advice, it provides a series of FAQs about what is expected of everyone in hospitality venues, accommodation and teaching spaces.

Get vaccinated

We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The local drop-in vaccination centre is located in the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn Campus.

Opening times, dates and vaccine availability are available online here.

Face coverings

Face coverings must be worn in all university buildings, unless otherwise advised or you are exempt. This applies to all staff, students and visitors.

For further information about face coverings is provided in the FAQ section of the Together in Aber web pages.

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

Self-isolate if you experience symptoms

If you experience any coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and follow the information provided online here.

For more information see the self-isolation web page, contact the Coronavirus Helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Lines open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Home testing kits

You can pick up a home testing kit from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Please have your Aber Card with you when you collect your testing kit.

Please remember to report your lateral flow test result on the UK Government’s website.

Together in Aber

You’ll find the latest advice on all matters relating to COVID-19 at Aberystwyth University online on the Together in Aber pages.

Other University news

Road closure, Saturday 2 October

Dependent on the weather, please note that the main Penglais campus road, which leads from the Porter’s Lodge to the Arts Centre, may be closed to all traffic between 8am and 3pm on Saturday 2 October.

If the road is closed, please use the National Library road to access the University Sports Centre and Arts Centre.

Student Wellbeing Service

The Student Wellbeing Service is there to help guide you with any wellbeing concern, with a range of resources available. You also have access to Care First, who can provide free, confidential wellbeing, advisor or counselling support for any wellbeing related matter.

Mathematics and Statistics Support

From Monday 4th October, experienced tutors will be available in the Hugh Owen Library to help students with maths or stats as part of their course. Further information is available online

Degree Boosters

Our Lifelong Learning Department offers you unique learning opportunities, which can boost your degree and help you stand out from the crowd.

Alongside your degree programme, you can take one module with us per term. This is included in your fees, so there is no additional cost to you.

Short, higher education accredited modules in a wide variety of subjects are available, including Art, Languages, Literature & Creative Writing, Ecology, History, Psychology and Professional Skills.

Parking permits

You will need a University parking permit if you intend to park a car at the University. If you have already applied for a permit for the new session, your permit should be ready for collection from central reception at Cwrt Mawr L from Monday 4 October.

Further information about University parking permits and student parking areas is available online.

Printing

Direct printing is now enabled on student and teaching PCs in the Hugh Owen Building.

The fix to Microsoft’s printing security vulnerability will be applied gradually across all staff and student PCs on campus over the coming week. Printing will be enabled on all PCs once the fix has been applied; we hope this will be from Monday 4 October

Until then, please continue to use Email-to-Print and Web-Print.

If you require any assistance using these services, please contact the IS helpdesk.

Our Trans community

We are committed to providing a supportive environment for transgender and non-binary staff and students at the University. As part of this, we wanted to draw your attention to some of the support mechanisms available, which include:

  • Aber Pride at the SU for students
  • Accessibility Advisers in Student Support for students
  • The staff LGBT Network for staff
  • Care First Employee Assistance Programme for staff


We also continue to work to try to improve the day to day lives of our Trans staff and students. Earlier this summer we added optional personal pronoun fields to the email signature generator and to the staff profile pages and are about to go live with an automated name change system for students.

We are also proud to be taking part in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index which has previously seen us in the top 100 two years in a row. Staff are currently being invited to contribute to the latest edition of the index through an online survey.

Black History Month 2021

Black History Month takes place from 1 to 31 October and provides an important and timely opportunity to explore Black History, and to reflect on and celebrate the contribution of Black and Black heritage staff and students to our University. This month is a time for everyone to come together to celebrate and more information on planned activity will be communicated via these updates soon.

Assessment of Local Well-being

The Public Services Board in Ceredigion are gathering views of residents in the area to Assess the Local Well-being. This will help us make the next 5 year plan. They are particularly keen to gain the insight of young adults in the area.

The consultation is open until Friday 8 October 2021.

Public Lecture

This year’s David Trotter Memorial Lecture, ‘On Editing Anglo-Norman Texts: The Verse Psalter, for example’, will be delivered by Professor Daron Burrows of Oxford University on Thursday 28 October 2021 at 6pm online.

Email modernlangs@aber.ac.uk to receive a Microsoft Teams invitation.

Aberystwyth Comedy Festival 1-3 October 2021

 

Finally, Aber Comedy Fest returns this weekend with performances at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Castle Theatre, Arad Goch, Queens Road Bowling Club, the Cambria and the Pier. Full line-up available online and includes sessions with Josh Widdicombe, Annie McGrath, Tudur Owen and Esyllt Sears.  Aber Comedy Fest is supported by Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the University, amongst others.

Many thanks,

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

23.09.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 23 September

COVID information

  • Welcome
  • Testing for COVID
  • Already in Aber?
  • Yet to travel?
  • International student arrivals
  • Vaccination on campus
  • Vaccine for international students
  • Face coverings
  • Self-isolation advice
  • NHS COVID Pass
  • Any questions?

Other University news

  • Student Support and Careers Service
  • Public Lecture: ‘Red Storms of Life’: Waldo, Poetry and Health and Wellbeing

Welcome

A warm welcome to Aberystwyth and to the new academic year. Please take a moment to read this bulletin which provides important information on testing and vaccination arrangements, whether you are already here or have yet to travel to Aberystwyth. Please also note the section on the wearing of face coverings and what is expected of you when you are on campus.

Testing for COVID-19

Already in Aber?

If you are already here, you are expected to take two Lateral Flow Device tests (LFD) every week for 28 days after arrival, as set out by Welsh Government guidance.

You can pick up LFD testing kits from Medrus (Penbryn) or the Students’ Union reception areas on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. Please have your Aber Card with you when you collect your testing kit.

Please remember to report your lateral flow test result here.

Yet to travel?

If you haven’t yet travelled to Aber, please arrange to take a test before starting your journey.

If you live in Wales or Scotland you will be able to book a free NHS COVID PCR test.

If you live in England you will need to order a free pack of lateral flow tests to be delivered to your home, or you may be able to collect a free pack of lateral flow tests in your local area to test yourself at home. You may also be able to visit a local community testing site.

Please allow sufficient time to receive the result of the test before travelling to Aberystwyth.

On receiving a negative test, you should travel to your term-time address within 48 hours.

If you test positive, you should not travel to your term-time address and follow the self-isolation guidance, and you are asked to update your student record.

International student arrivals

If you are a returning international student, but have not yet travelled, please visit the Returning international students web page for information on travel rules.

If you are a first-year international student, please read the information provided online here.

Please note that the Welsh Government has recently announced changes to the international travel requirements, with a number of countries removed from the red list yesterday, Wednesday 22 September. The latest international travel information is available online here.

Vaccination on campus

At Aberystwyth University we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

As part of the campaign to get as many people as possible vaccinated, we have arranged for a  mobile vaccination van to visit Penglais Campus during Welcome Week.

The van will be here on Wednesday 29, Friday 1 and Saturday 2 October offering first and second dose vaccines and general advice and reassurance on COVID-19 vaccines.

You can use it as a drop-in facility, or you can book an appointment for a first or second dose in advance.

The van will be open between 11am and 6pm and based in the Arts Centre visitor carpark, (the pay and display pink and yellow area on the map), which is just behind the Students’ Union.

If you have already receive your first dose, bring your vaccination card with you. Your card will be filled in when you receive your second dose and your details will be taken for when you are registered with a local doctor’s surgery.

Vaccine for international students

If you are an international student, please bring either your COVID-19 recovery certificate or a vaccination card from your home country so that the team can check the dose received is UK approved.

If you are currently self-isolating after travelling to Aberystwyth from abroad, please do not visit the vaccination van unless you period of isolation is over.

If you are unable to visit the van, you can arrange to be vaccinated at the local vaccination clinic in the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn Campus.

Face coverings

We require everyone - staff, students and visitors, - to use face coverings in all university buildings, unless otherwise advised or you are exempt.

The wearing of face coverings is an important part of our plan for limiting the spread of COVID-19 and so we ask you to respect this requirement at all times.

For further information about face coverings is provided in the FAQ section of the Together in Aber web pages.

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

Self-isolation advice for students

Information for self-isolating students living in University or private sector accommodation is available online here.

This includes what you are required to do should you need to self-isolate, and the support available to you.

NHS COVID Pass

The Welsh Government has announced that an NHS COVID Pass will be introduced in Wales from 11 October. Details of when the pass, which will apply to everyone over 18 years of age, will be required are available online here

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

Any questions?

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, visit the Together in Aber pages or contact the Coronavirus Helpline by email coronavirus@aber.ac.uk  or phone 01970 622483. The helpline is open during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Other University news

Student Support and Careers Service

The Student Support and Careers Service is here to offer you advice and support. Their webpages set out information, advice and resources in relation to finance, international student advice, employability linked opportunity, access to studies, reasonable adjustments, and mental health and wellbeing.

Your wellbeing is important. There are lots of resources in place that can help you to prevent difficulties arising or to get the right help you need. Information and resources can be found on the Student Wellbeing webpages. We don’t want you to feel alone so please consult the pages if you do feel you need help.

The Service is also delivering a 'Wellbeing Welcome Talk', available to attend by booking in person or remotely access or catch up through the recording available online.

Public Lecture: ‘Red Storms of Life’: Waldo, Poetry and Health and Wellbeing

The Department of Welsh and Celtic Studies is jointly hosting this year’s Cymdeithas Waldo Williams annual lecture on Friday 24 September.

Delivered on Zoom by the author, poet and broadcaster Ceri Wyn Jones, the lecture will be in Welsh with instantaneous translation available into English. Tickets for the lecture, which starts at 6pm, are available online from Tocyn Cymru.

Many thanks for your attention and best wishes for the new academic year.

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

16.09.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 16 September

COVID-19 information

  • Together in Aber
  • Case numbers rise in Ceredigion
  • Self-isolating
  • Contact tracing
  • Important information for return international students
  • Vaccination
  • Home testing kits for COVID-19

Other University news

  • Academic timetable
  • Cashless campus
  • Libraries and other study facilities
  • Road safety on campus
  • Student Art Pass – a year of art + opportunities for a fiver
  • Scam warning
  • Recycle Week

Together in Aber

The newly launched Together in Aber web pages offer the latest information for students and staff on matters relating to COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases rise in Ceredigion

The number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Ceredigion rose significantly between the 3 and 9 September according to Ceredigion County Council, and the Hywel Dda University Health Board is reporting increased pressures on its hospital services.

With these in mind, we are urging everyone to be vigilant and follow the Public Health Wales COVID-19 advice:

  • get both of your jabs, ideally before you travel to Aberystwyth
  • get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms
  • meeting outdoors is safer than indoors
  • keep your distance when you can
  • wash your hands
  • wear a face covering

Self-isolate if you experience symptoms

If you experience any coronavirus symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and follow the information provided online here.

We know that self-isolating can be hard, so we’ve put together a package of support to help you.

  • We have a dedicated Covid-19 helpline and will be in contact with students who have told us they are self-isolating.
  • We can help with food or medical prescription deliveries.
  • Support with laundry and clothing can also be provided.
  • Student Support are also on hand to offer advice on issues such as health and wellbeing, disability advice and budgeting skills as well as access to Togetherall.

For more information see the self-isolation web page, contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call the Covid-19 helpline on 01970 622483 to speak to one of the team.

Contact tracing

Contact tracing is an important aspect for limiting the spread of COVID-19. If you’re contacted by the local contact tracing team, please be as helpful as you possibly can, to help them save lives. Calls will usually come from 029 2196 1133.

Important information for returning international students

Important information about COVID-19 travelling requirements for returning international students is provided online here.

It is crucial that all returning international students, undergraduate and post-graduate, are aware of these requirements which will help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Vaccination

Urgent Moderna vaccine call

Hywel Dda University Health Board have issued an urgent call for anyone living in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and due a second Moderna vaccine to check their vaccination card and come forward if their second jab is due.

Please check the following links for the latest vaccination information:

Home testing kits for COVID-19

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.

Please remember to report your lateral flow test result here.

Other University news

Academic timetable

Please note that your Semester 1 academic timetable is now available. Details on how to log-in to view the timetable are available online here.

Cashless campus

Please note all outlets on campus are cashless – we accept all debit and credit cards and Apple Pay and you can also pay with your Aber Card.

Aber Cards can be topped up online and the Students’ Union offers a facility for topping up Aber Cards with cash at their reception desk.

Libraries and other study facilities

The Hugh Owen and Physical Sciences Libraries are open and users can browse the shelves and borrow items. Library opening hours

Road safety on campus

As more students, staff and visitors use the campus in the coming days and weeks, we expect much more road traffic. With this in mind, please take care whilst driving on campus and observe the 20mph speed limit.

For further information, please see the University’s Traffic and Parking Regulations.

Student Art Pass – a year of art + opportunities for a fiver

A Student Art Pass lets students dive into culture on a budget with free entry to hundreds of museums and galleries across the UK, and 50% off major exhibitions.

Plus, they’ll gain access to paid arts opportunities and grow their network by joining the #WeAreArtful @StudentArtPass community. All for just £5 a year.

Further information online here
(Available for a limited time only)

Scam warning

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning students of the dangers of financial scams, as many take on part time work. They are reporting high numbers of fraudsters contacting people claiming to be from HMRC.

Do not to reply to anything that appears suspicious and to be wary if contacted out of the blue by someone asking for money or personal information.

Your should also contact HMRC through GOV.UK straight away and search GOV.UK for ‘HMRC scams’.

It could be a scam if it:

  • is unexpected
  • offers a refund, tax rebate or grant
  • asks for personal information like bank details
  • is threatening
  • tells you to transfer money

Recycle Week

20th-26th of September marks Recycle Week. To learn more about the campaign to improve recycling rates within Wales, visit www.walesrecycles.org.uk, look out for campaign activity across the Wales Recycles social channels, or join the conversation using #RecycleWeek and #BeMightyRecycle.

COVID-19 Helpline

If who have questions that are not covered in the FAQs on the Together in Aber web pages you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline by email coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483. Both helplines are open during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Many thanks,

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

09.09.2021 Update on planning for the new academic year

Update on planning for the new academic year

Dear student

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Aberystwyth for the new academic year. We have been working over the summer to make sure your experience is the most fulfilling possible, as well as ensuring the safety of you, your fellow students and the wider community of the town.

Our planning is in line with the Welsh Government’s recently published Infection control framework for higher education. This message sets out what guidance we will be following from the start of this academic year and the health and safety measures that will be in place. 

Academic year 2021/2022

Our aim for the new academic year is for life on campus to reflect life in the wider community, and for you and your fellow students to enjoy the university environment and experience as fully and safely as possible.

Welcome Week activities will feature as much in-person provision as possible and in-person teaching will begin from the first week of the new semester.

Health and Safety Measures

At the moment, Wales continues to be at alert level zero and Ceredigion is considered to be an area at low or moderate risk.

The government framework and guidelines at these levels mean that universities and other organisations have more flexibility to determine what is required to manage local risk.

The infection control measures include the following:

  • Each teaching space and laboratory is being assessed for its ventilation. The vast majority of these rooms has already been assessed and a programme of ventilation improvement work is now underway where necessary.  Monitoring will continue throughout the year.
  • Face coverings should be worn while indoors on all Aberystwyth University sites, unless otherwise advised. This includes in all learning and teaching spaces.
  • Encouraging you to maintain at least two metres physical distancing in indoor communal areas outside of the teaching and learning environment, such as corridors.
  • Expecting you to record attendance at all teaching activities by swiping your Aber Card on the attendance monitoring point on entering the room to support track and trace.
  • Measures to limit footfall and support physical distancing on campus, especially during busy times. These will include one-way systems in some areas.
  • Hand sanitiser available at critical access points, including all building entrances and exits.
  • Continued enhanced touchpoint cleaning.

Testing before travel

We expect you to take a test before travel to ensure you, the University staff and wider community are as safe as possible.

If you live in Wales or Scotland, you will be able to book a free NHS COVID PCR test.

If you live in England, you will need to order a free pack of lateral flow tests to be delivered to your home, or you may be able to collect a free pack of lateral flow tests locally to test yourself at home. You may also be able to visit a local community testing site.

You are advised to allow sufficient time to receive the result of the test before travelling to Aberystwyth.

On receiving a negative test, you should travel to your term-time address within 48 hours.

If you test positive, you should not travel to your term-time address and follow the self-isolation guidance, and it is vital you update your student record accordingly.

International Students

If you are an international student from either a red or amber country, you will need to comply with self-isolation requirements when you arrive in the UK.

You should contact our COVID-19 helpline before planning your trip to make sure you follow the rules and receive the right support.

For international students who are isolating upon arrival, it is vital you update your student record.

 

More information is available on the Travelling to Aberystwyth: International Arrivals – September 2021 web pages

Testing on campus – the first 28 days

We are asking you to take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test twice a week for the first 28 days back on campus, as set out by Welsh Government guidance.

Free LFD tests can be collected from the Penbryn (Medrus) reception in the building just above the main entrance to Penglais Campus between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. You need to bring your AberCard when collecting your kit but do not need to make a booking.

A second collection point for LFD testing kits will be established at the Students Union for the beginning of term.

Vaccination

We are strongly encouraging you and all University staff to get vaccinated as this gives the best protection against COVID-19. Further details about COVID-19 vaccines and how to arrange to get vaccinated are available online here.

Details of walk-in vaccine centres in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area, including Aberystwyth, are available online here. One centre can be found in the Thomas Parry Library, Llanbadarn Campus.

The vaccine is now being offered to everyone over 16 years of age, and international students and staff can also be vaccinated.

Learning and Teaching Arrangements

Welsh Government’s aim is for higher education to operate as normally as possible in the autumn. Our approach will be based on the contact model announced by the Welsh Government at the end of June this year

We are planning for all small group teaching - seminars, practicals, workshops and tutorials - to be taught in-person.  Current government guidance for alert level zero places no national limits on class sizes, and some larger in-person teaching groups will go beyond the model where ventilation and other risk mitigation measures allow.

All teaching/lab sessions should finish promptly to allow 15 minutes for ventilation at the end of each session. Sessions will start on the hour and finish at quarter to the next hour; 9:00-9:45, 10:00-10:45 etc. Windows should remain open at all times, and where practicable you should face the same direction as your fellow students in the teaching space.

Our current planning assumptions mean we will continue to retain the best of digital provision so we are ready for all possible eventualities. This includes some online and recorded lectures, following your positive feedback. 

Within study spaces such as the Hugh Owen Library, the requirements for face coverings and physical distancing will largely follow those in learning and teaching spaces. 

As set out in the Welsh Government framework, these arrangements are dependent on the level of local risk and the national rules in Wales.

Accommodation

In line with the current COVID-19 guidance, the rules in student accommodation will be the same as for normal private homes. You will therefore be expected to adhere to the same rules as the rest of society.

If you live in University accommodation, you do not need to wear a face covering within your household. However, a face covering should be worn in shared corridors outside where you live. 

Wherever you live, you can reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by ensuring good ventilation in shared areas of your accommodation.  Opening windows and doors, and utilising additional ventilation such as cooker hoods can aid this significantly.

In the community

Here in Aberystwyth, everyone is subject to Welsh Government rules and measures on how to limit COVID-19 transmission.  Currently for example this means that you have to wear a face covering in most indoor spaces (provided you are not exempt).  We urge all our students and staff to diligently follow COVID-19 rules and to remain respectful of other people at all times.

As a University, we will let you know when it is confirmed that any relevant Welsh Government rules or guidance are changing.

Other Questions

We appreciate that you may well have questions about the arrangements at the beginning of the term. With this in mind, a series of FAQs feature on the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2021/22 web pages and are continually updated.

If you have questions that are not covered there, you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline by emailing coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or phoning 01970 622483, which is open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.

I am proud that Aberystwyth University is acknowledged as providing one of the best possible student experiences. The measures that have been put in place will ensure the safest and most enjoyable university experience for us all. I look forward to welcoming you to Aberystwyth for the new academic year.

Best wishes,

Professor Tim Woods

Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Experience

03.09.2021 COVID Update

Dear student,

 

COVID-19 update, Friday 3 September

 

In this week’s update please find important information regarding:

  • Vaccination
  • Testing before travel
  • International travel

 

We will be sending further details about preparations for the next academic year, including teaching and learning arrangements, in the coming days.

 

Vaccination

Vaccination gives the best protection against COVID-19 and Wales continues to have the highest proportion of people having both doses of a vaccine in the United Kingdom. We are strongly encouraging all our students and staff to get vaccinated. It protects you, your friends, your fellow students, staff at the University and the wider community against COVID-19.

You are strongly advised to get vaccinated prior to travelling to University.  Please make enquiries with your local health services to find out more details. You can find details about COVID-19 vaccines and how to arrange vaccinations in UK nations here.

If you cannot get vaccinated prior to travel, there is a walk-in centre in Aberystwyth and you can find it location online.

The vaccine is now being offered to everyone over 16 years of age, and international students and staff can also be vaccinated.

Testing before travel

Testing for COVID-19 is important to help halt the spread of the coronavirus. Before travelling to Aberystwyth, we expect you to get tested to keep you, University staff and the wider community as safe as possible. If you live in Wales or Scotland, you will be able to book a free NHS COVID PCR test.

If you live in England, you will need to order a free pack of lateral flow tests to be delivered to your home, or you may be able to collect a free pack of lateral flow tests locally. There may also be local community testing sites near where you live.

You are advised to allow sufficient time to receive the result of the test before travelling to Aberystwyth.

On receiving a negative test, you should travel to your term-time address within 48 hours. If you test positive, you should not travel to this address but instead follow the self-isolation guidance. In addition, it is vital you update your student record accordingly.

International Travel

If you are in a country currently on the Welsh Government’s red or amber list, you will need to comply with self-isolation requirements when you arrive in the UK.

You should contact our COVID-19 helpline before planning your trip to make sure you follow the rules and receive the right support. Either email coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or phone +44 (0)1970 622483, Monday to Friday, 10am until 3pm.

For international students who are isolating upon arrival, it is vital you update your student record.

 

More information is available on the Travelling to Aberystwyth: International Arrivals – September 2021 web pages

Following this advice will help every one of us, whether students, staff or the wider community in Aberystwyth, stay as safe and healthy as possible. Please keep an eye out for the further information over the coming days, and I look forward to seeing you on campus very soon.

Best wishes,

Nick Rogers
Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

20.08.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Friday 20 August

In this week’s bulletin:

  • Working or visiting campus
  • Vaccinations
  • COVID symptoms and self-isolating
  • Home testing kits
  • Sports Centre

Working or visiting campus

Whilst the introduction of Alert Level 0 by Welsh Government earlier this month has seen the relaxation of many COVID measures in the wider community, the regulations for staff, students and visitors whilst on campus remain unchanged.

This means that whilst on campus we should all:

  • observe social distancing of 2 metres at all times
  • wear face coverings when indoors in all University buildings, unless you are exempt
  • Follow good personal hygiene practice and use the hand sanitisers provided

By adhering to these measures, we all contribute to limiting the spread of the virus in the workplace whilst protecting fellow students, staff and the wider community.

Get vaccinated

The University strongly encourages staff and students to get vaccinated.

The latest information on the vaccination programme in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area is available online here.

Health boards in Wales are inviting everyone aged 16 and over to be vaccinated.

Details on how to request a vaccine are available online here.

Showing COVID symptoms?

Please remember that you are still required to self-isolate immediately if you develop COVID symptoms, even if they are mild.

Details of what to do if you do develop symptoms and how to book at test are available online here.

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff.

These are available for collection from the Medrus reception area (Penbryn) on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. This is a drop-in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Please make sure you have 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.

Sports Centre open to non-members

The University Sports Centre is now open to non-members with no need to book for the gym and those classes with no number restrictions.

Non-members can just turn up to the gym, Zumba, circuits, HIIT and LTB before the session/class and pay via the Sport’s Centre reception (please note card payments only). You will be asked to download the eve.pass 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.

Keep in touch

We continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2021/22 section of the website. If your question isn’t answered here you can contact the Coronavirus Helpline: coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483. The helpline is open during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Many thanks and enjoy the weekend,

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

13.08.2021 COVID-19 Update Undergraduate

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Friday 13 August

In this week’s bulletin:

  • Wales at alert level 0
  • Vaccination centres
  • Home testing kits
  • Student mental health survey
  • Sports Centre open
  • Other University news
    • Pro-Chancellor appointed
    • Aberystwyth Town Football Club – free entry

Wales at alert level 0

As you will be aware, Wales moved to Alert Level 0 on Saturday 7 August.

A summary of the measures is available on the Welsh Government webpages, along with a detailed Frequently Asked Questions section.

Vaccination centres

The latest information on the vaccination programme in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area is available online here.

Health boards in Wales are now inviting everyone aged 16 and over to be vaccinated. Details on how to request a vaccine are available online here.

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff.

These are available for collection from the Medrus reception area (Penbryn) on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. This is a drop-in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Please make sure you have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

Those who are based on other campuses can now 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.

Student mental health survey

The mental health charity Aberystwyth MIND has launched an online student Mental Health Survey in collaboration with the Student Wellbeing Service.

Please take a moment to complete the survey as the information you provide will inform and support the development of the service for students.

Sports Centre open to non-members

The University Sports Centre is now open to non-members with no need to book for the gym and those classes with no number restrictions.

Non-members can just turn up to the gym, Zumba, circuits, HIIT and LTB before the session/class and pay via the Sport’s Centre reception (please note card payments only). You will be asked to download the eve.pass 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.

Other University news

Pro-Chancellor appointed

Rt Hon. Elfyn Llwyd has been appointed as Pro-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University. A barrister, former MP and an Aber alumnus, Mr Llwyd served on the University Council from 2015 until 2021. The role of Pro-Chancellor will see him fulfil ambassadorial and ceremonial duties, including presiding over graduation ceremonies. Further information is available online here.

Aberystwyth Town Football Club

And finally, as part of the University’s sponsorship deal with Aberystwyth Town Football Club, staff and students who present their Aber Card at Park Avenue on Saturday 14 August will gain free entry to the club’s opening league game of the new season against Barry Town. Kick-off is at 14.30.

Keep in touch

As always, we continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website. Students who have questions that are not covered there can either email coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or phone 01970 622483. Both helplines are open during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Many thanks and enjoy the weekend,

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

13.08.2021 COVID-19 Update Postgraduate

Dear postgraduate student

COVID-19 update, Friday 13 August

In this week’s bulletin:

  • Wales at alert level 0
  • Vaccination centres
  • Home testing kits
  • Student mental health survey
  • Sports Centre open
  • Other University news

o   Pro-Chancellor appointed

o   Aberystwyth Town Football Club – free entry

Wales at alert level 0

As you will be aware, Wales moved to Alert Level 0 on Saturday 7 August.

A summary of the measures is available on the Welsh Government webpages, along with a detailed Frequently Asked Questions section.

Vaccination centres

The latest information on the vaccination programme in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area is available online here.

Health boards in Wales are now inviting everyone aged 16 and over to be vaccinated. Details on how to request a vaccine are available online here.

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff.

These are available for collection from the Medrus reception area (Penbryn) on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. This is a drop-in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Please make sure you have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

Those who are based on other campuses can now 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.

Student mental health survey

The mental health charity Aberystwyth MIND has launched an online student Mental Health Survey in collaboration with the Student Wellbeing Service.

Please take a moment to complete the survey as the information you provide will inform and support the development of the service for students.

Sports Centre open to non-members

The University Sports Centre is now open to non-members with no need to book for the gym and those classes with no number restrictions.

Non-members can just turn up to the gym, Zumba, circuits, HIIT and LTB before the session/class and pay via the Sport’s Centre reception (please note card payments only). You will be asked to download the eve.pass 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.

Other University news

Pro-Chancellor appointed

Rt Hon. Elfyn Llwyd has been appointed as Pro-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University. A barrister, former MP and an Aber alumnus, Mr Llwyd served on the University Council from 2015 until 2021. The role of Pro-Chancellor will see him fulfil ambassadorial and ceremonial duties, including presiding over graduation ceremonies. Further information is available online here.

Aberystwyth Town Football Club

And finally, as part of the University’s sponsorship deal with Aberystwyth Town Football Club, staff and students who present their Aber Card at Park Avenue on Saturday 14 August will gain free entry to the club’s opening league game of the new season against Barry Town. Kick-off is at 14.30.

Keep in touch

As always, we continue to update the Living and Learning in Aberystwyth 2020/21 section of the website. Students who have questions that are not covered there can either email coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or phone 01970 622483. Both helplines are open during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Many thanks and enjoy the weekend,

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

06.08.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

The Welsh Government has announced that Wales will move fully to alert level 0 from tomorrow (7 August).

The announcement follows the latest review of the COVID-19 measures across Wales.  Therefore, from 7 August the following changes apply:

  1. There will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events.
  2. Businesses which were required to be closed will be able to re-open. This includes nightclubs.
  3. Premises which are open to the public and workplaces will have more flexibility about which reasonable measures they take to minimise the risk of coronavirus. 

However, the following rules will remain in law:

  1. Everyone must continue to self-isolate for 10 days if they test positive for COVID-19.  If you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive and you are aged 18 or over and not fully vaccinated, you must also self-isolate for 10 days.
  2. Adults and children over 12 must continue to wear face-coverings in indoor public places, with the exception of hospitality settings such as restaurants, pubs, cafes or nightclubs.
  3. Employers must continue to undertake a specific coronavirus risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise exposure to, and the spread of, coronavirus.

Read the full statement by First Minister Mark Drakeford here and full details of the guidance here.

The First Minister has also urged the public to get fully vaccinated, to get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms, to limit the numbers of people we meet, and when doing so to meet outdoors or in well ventilated places.  He recommended people continue to keep their distance from one another and wear masks in crowded areas.

For international students, guidance remains in place for those arriving from amber-list countries. While exemptions from self-isolation apply - notably for fully vaccinated students from certain countries – please check the latest Government guidance before travelling to Aberystwyth.

We will work through the implications of today’s announcement and any emerging further detail.  For example, work is continuing to improve ventilation in University buildings where necessary, and new University wide measures will be published soon in line with this new Welsh Government guidance. 

Many thanks,

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

05.08.2021 COVID Update

Dear student 

In this week’s bulletin: 

  • Update to Wales’ COVID-19 rules expected 
  • Vaccinations and international travel 
  • Fully vaccinated and self-isolation 
  • Home testing kits for COVID-19  
  • Share your views of digital learning    

Update to Wales’ COVID-19 rules expected 

Tomorrow, the Welsh Government is expected to announce changes to the COVID-19 rules. We'll update you on the main details after the announcement. 

Previously, the Welsh Government had announced that the move to alert level 0 will take place, conditions allowing, from Saturday 7 August. Details of what alert level 0 will mean in practical terms are available online here

For the time being, Wales continues at alert level 1 and the restrictions that apply are available online here. 

Vaccinations and international travel 

The Welsh Government has decided to permit travellers from amber list countries in the EU and the US who have been fully vaccinated to visit Wales without having to self-isolate on arrival. These new rules came into force from Monday 2 August.  

Please remember to check the latest official information before planning to travel – there are links to the relevant government websites on our COVID pages.  

Fully vaccinated and self-isolation  

The Welsh Government has confirmed that from Saturday, 7 August, fully vaccinated adults, under 18s and vaccine trial participants will not need to self-isolate if they are identified by Contact Tracing as a close contact of someone with COVID-19. 

Home testing kits for COVID-19 

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff.  

During August, these will be available for collection from Medrus 2 on Penglais Campus, between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday. This is a drop-in facility, so there is no need to book in advance. 

Please make sure you have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit. 

Those who are based on other campuses can now 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

Online learning student survey 

Welsh universities are looking to find out about your experiences of online learning in 2020/2021. We hope to make recommendations on the basis of your responses.

Click here take part in the survey. There’s a prize draw to win a £25 voucher.  

If you have any queries contact a.e.hoon@swansea.ac.uk 

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 contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483, and which is open during office hours, Monday to Friday. 

Best wishes, 

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

 

29.07.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

Wales continues at alert level 1 and the restrictions that apply are available online here.

The Welsh Government has announced that the move to alert level 0 will take place, conditions allowing, from Saturday 7 August. Details of what alert level 0 will mean in practical terms are available online here.

The next Welsh Government review of COVID-19 rules is expected next week, and we will update you once an announcement has been made.

 

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff. These are available for collection from Medrus 4, between 1:30pm and 4:00pm, Mondays and Thursdays. This is a drop-in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Please make sure you have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

Please remember to report your lateral flow test result here.

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 contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483, and which is open during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Best wishes,

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

23.07.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Friday 23 July

In this week’s bulletin:

  • Wales at alert level 1
  • Walk-in vaccine centres – updated times
  • Home testing kits for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Other University news
    • An eye-tracking study of email habits

Wales at alert level 1

Wales continues at alert level 1 and the restrictions that apply are available online here.

Welsh Government has announced that the move to alert level 0 will take place, conditions allowing, from Saturday 7 August. Details of what alert level 0 will mean in practical terms are available online here.

Walk-in vaccine centres – updated times

Opening times for walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area have been updated. Details are available online here.

The clinic at the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus is open from 10am until 7pm and provides the Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

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

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff. These are available for collection from Medrus 4, between 1:30 and 4:00pm on Mondays and Thursdays. This is a drop-in facility so there is no need to book in advance.

Please have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

COVID-19 testing on campus

You can also arrange to have a COVID-19 LFD test on the Penglais campus. Testing takes place at Medrus 4, Penbryn, on Penglais Campus on Monday and Thursday mornings.


Please remember to then report your lateral flow test result here.

Other University news

Call for participants: An eye-tracking study of email habits

Do you find it difficult to keep on top of your emails? The transition to working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased our total email activity by 28%, and we read on average 31% more emails than before.

Clearly managing our email inbox is a growing part of life for many of us working and learning online throughout the pandemic, yet little is known about what motivates our decisions when responding to others online.

As part of a PhD project, Alexandra Brookes and Dr Gareth Norris are conducting an online study to understand how people make decisions when managing their inbox using innovative eye-tracking technology. If you are over the age of 18 and have access to a laptop or computer, you are eligible to take part.

Click here for the online study that takes only 15 minutes to complete.

If you would like any additional information, please contact alb61@aber.ac.uk.

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 contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483, and which is open during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Best wishes,

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

16.07.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Friday 16 July

In this bulletin

  • Wales at alert level 1
  • Update your student record
  • Walk-in vaccine centres
  • Home testing kits for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Other University news
    • Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Alert level 1

Following the latest review by Welsh Government earlier this week of its COVID-19 measures, Wales will move to alert level 1 tomorrow, Saturday 17 July.

At alert level 1 we must:

  • wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places
  • only form an extended household with no more than 2 other households and they should stay the same
  • not meet with anyone other than your extended household or a maximum of five other people from different households indoors in your home
  • not meet with more than five other people in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes, restaurants and pubs (unless you are meeting with only people you live)

At alert level 1 we should:

  • observe social distancing with people you do not live with or who are not in your exclusive extended household
  • work from home if you can
  • minimise travel to areas of high prevalence
  • avoid international travel

Further information is available on the alert level 1 web pages.

The next review of COVID-19 measures in Wales is expected to take place during the first week in August.

Update your student record

The correct contact details are vital to ensure that the correct support is offered should an individual contract COVID-19.  For example, this will avoid having to contact flatmates of those who are not currently residing in their term time accommodation in Aberystwyth.

If you are not currently living in your term time address please amend your student record to your correct address.

Walk-in vaccine centres

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

At Aberystwyth, the location is the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus (SY23 3FL), which is open 7 days a week, 10am - 8pm.

Full details are available online here.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 and over.

Booking an appointment is not necessary but you can schedule one by phoning 0300 303 8322 or by email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff. These are available for collection from Medrus 4, between 1:30 and 4:00pm, Mondays and Thursdays. This is a drop in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Please make sure you have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

COVID-19 testing on campus

You can also arrange to have a COVID-19 LFD test on the Penglais campus. Testing takes place at Medrus 4, Penbryn, on Penglais Campus on Monday and Thursday mornings.


Please remember to then report your lateral flow test result here.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre 

Aberystwyth Arts Centre is now open to the public

A full cinema programme of the latest releases has been planned and will be shown in the Theatre, with social distancing in place.  In the Arts Centre galleries, and throughout the building, the Oriel Lockdown exhibition will feature works that have been created in, or reflect on, the pandemic. 

The safety and wellbeing of customers and staff is paramount so there are new procedures in place, and the Arts Centre has gained the ‘Good to Go’ and ‘See it Safely’ kitemarks, which are industry-wide standards which guarantee that venues are following COVID protocols. 

Until the autumn the Arts Centre will also be operating a ‘Book with Confidence’ scheme, allowing ticketholders to receive a no quibble refund if their attendance at an event is impacted by COVID-19. 

CINEMA 

Until 18 July DREAM HORSE (PG) 
Until 20 July CRUELLA (12A) 
Until 29 July PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY (U) 
16 - 22  July NOMADLAND (12A) 
23 - 29 July  ANOTHER ROUND (12A) 
23 - 29 July  SUPERNOVA (15) 
25 - 28 July  EARWIG AND THE WITCH (U) 
The full cinema programme is available on the Arts Centre website

LIVE EVENTS 
24 - 30 July  MUSICFEST  
26 - 27 July Theatr Iolo + Kitsch & Sync:  HOOF  

COURSES 
26 - 27 July  A SENSE OF PLACE – APPROACHES TO LANDSCAPE PAINTING  

EXHIBITIONS  
Until 5 Sept ORIEL LOCKDOWN 
Until 26 Sept TU HWNT I’R DROELL / BEYOND THE WHEEL 

We recommend that you book in advance for events.

Caffi 
The café is open Monday – Saturday 10.00-19:00 (hot food being served until 6.30pm) and Sunday 12:00 – 17:00.

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 contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483, and which is open during office hours, Monday to Friday.

Best wishes,

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

15.07.2021 Thank you

Dear student

I hope you’re enjoying a well-earned break following the end of year assessments. Now that the main busy period of the academic year is behind us, I wanted to contact you to thank you for all your hard work and commitment over the past year.

If you are graduating this year, our warmest congratulations to you. We look forward to celebrating your achievements when circumstances allow and wish you every success as you pursue your career and your life ahead.

If you are planning to return at the end of the summer, then we look forward to seeing you on campus soon.  

Over the year the circumstances were not as you or I had hoped, but your willingness to embrace the need for flexibility has been wonderful, and you deserve many congratulations for that effort.

I would also like to thank the staff of your academic department.  They have left no stone unturned as they have ensured that they could offer as much in-person teaching as possible, adapting their teaching methods to provide every opportunity for you to meet your learning objectives.

Today marks the publication of the latest National Student Survey.

I am pleased to report that the University has retained its place as the top university in Wales for student satisfaction and as one of the top 10 universities throughout the UK yet again. 

In such trying times, this is a notable achievement, which I hope reflects our willingness to acknowledge the challenges faced by students and staff over the past eighteen months, and to do all we can to address the resulting pressures.

There is more information about the University’s performance in NSS2021 online here.

Our focus has now turned towards the new academic year.  As you know, last week the Welsh Government announced its intention to enable Higher Education to operate as normally as possible in the autumn term.

By moving away from the current social distancing rules, the government aims to allow more in-person learning, provided there is low or moderate risk. I’m very pleased that this means that we can plan for an educational experience far closer to the pre-pandemic norm.

Having said that, COVID-19 will still be with us at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.  We are planning carefully to reduce risks, and reviewing our on-campus measures in order to meet the changing needs of Welsh Government advice.

As ever, our priorities are the safety of our staff, students and the wider community and providing the best possible learning experience for our students.

On COVID-19, we maintain close links with Ceredigion County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board and other local stakeholders to plan our actions collaboratively.

Therefore, I very much hope that the effects of the pandemic will be substantially less, and that we can enjoy so many of the experiences that make life in Aberystwyth so special. 

Professor Elizabeth Treasure
Vice-Chancellor

14.07.2021 COVID update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Wednesday 14 July

Wales will move fully to alert level 1 on Saturday 17 July, the Welsh Government has announced today.

The announcement, made at the Senedd and at a press conference with the First Minister just after 5 this afternoon, follows the latest review of COVID-19 measures in Wales.

The changes will apply from Saturday 17 July and include:

  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation. 
  • Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing.
  • A specific requirement for employers to provide comprehensive information on the risks and mitigations identified in the COVID-19 risk assessment with their employees.

Read the full statement by the Welsh Government here.

The Welsh Government also announced its intention for Wales to take the first steps towards a new alert level zero. If the public health situation allows, this will happen on Saturday 7 August.

This move would include further reductions in restrictions, details of which are provided in today’s statement.

Please note that face coverings continue to be required by law in most indoor public places (with the exception of hospitality settings) and on public transport, and this will continue at alert level zero.

We will work through the implications of today’s announcement and any emerging further detail, and will communicate with staff and students with regards to any implications.

Many thanks,

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

13.07.2021 COVID-19 in Ceredigion

Dear student

Concern over COVID-19 increase in Ceredigion

Ceredigion County Council has issued a statement today, which highlights its concern at the increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the Ceredigion, particularly in the north of the County.

The Council is asking everyone to continue to follow the regulations on social distancing and hygiene, and comply with the Council’s Track and Trace team, should you be contacted by them.

Many thanks,

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

09.07.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Friday 9 July.

In this update:

  • COVID-19 guidance in Wales
  • Home testing kits
  • COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Walk-in vaccine centres
  • Student support over the summer
  • Mind Aberystwyth one to one student wellbeing chats
  • NHS student health survey
  • General University news
    • University Charity of the Year 2021-22
    • All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme
    • Call for Participants: An eye-tracking study of email habits

COVID-19 guidance in Wales

There has been considerable media coverage recently about proposed changes to the COVID-19 guidance, and the relaxation of restrictions in other countries of the UK.

Here at Aberystwyth University we continue to follow Welsh Government guidance.

A summary of the current guidance is available online here and reflects the transition from alert level 2 to alert level 1.

The outcome of the latest review of COVID-19 measures by the Welsh Government is expected to be announced on Friday 16 July.

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University continues to provide home COVID-19 LFD (lateral flow device) testing kits for students and staff. These are available for collection from Medrus 4, between 1:30 and 4:00pm, Mondays and Thursdays. This is a drop in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Please make sure you have your Aber Card with you when you pick up your testing kit.

COVID-19 testing on campus

You can also arrange to have a COVID-19 LFD test on the Penglais campus. Testing takes place at Medrus 4, Penbryn, on Penglais Campus on Monday and Thursday mornings.


Please remember to then report your lateral flow test result here.

Walk-in vaccine centres

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

At Aberystwyth, the location is the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus (SY23 3AS), which is open 7 days a week, 10am - 8pm.

Full details are available online here.

The service is available to anyone aged 18 and over.

There is no need to contact the health board to book an appointment but if you wish to schedule an appointment you can still do so by contacting the booking team on 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Student support over the summer

Student Support & Careers Services continue to be available during the summer months to any Aberystwyth student who requires advice and/or support. See the range of support services available here: Student Support & Careers Services  : Aberystwyth University

Mind Aberystwyth one to one student wellbeing chats

Mind Aberystwyth is running a pilot in collaboration with the University to give students the chance to discuss their mental health and access support.

The service is for students who would like to talk to someone, cannot access other services or are on a waiting list for other services.

For more information you can contact tyler@mindaberystwyth.org or complete the self-referral form.

Student health services survey

Hywel Dda Community Health Council is keen to hear the experiences of students accessing NHS services during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The anonymous survey covers all NHS services, from dentists, doctors’ surgeries, pharmacists, mental health services and sexual health clinics to hospital appointments.

The data collected will be shared with Senior Health Managers to help shape and improve services locally.

General University news

University Charity of the Year 2021-22

You may recall the recent invitation to submit a nomination for the University Charity of the Year 2021-22.  Thank you to all who took the time to make a nomination. 

Four charities have been shortlisted, and we now invite you to vote for the charity of your choice.

All students and staff are welcome to cast a single vote. To vote, simply log on (using your AU username and password) and choose one of the charities from the list.

The closing date for casting your vote is 5pm on Friday 16 July.

All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme

Applications for Academi Wales All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme are now open. This a unique opportunity for you to boost your skills and grow your career.

Graduates of any age with a 2.1 or above (in any subject) or higher qualification can apply.

·         Apply for the All Wales Public Service Graduate Programme here

Call for participants: An eye-tracking study of email habits

Do you find it difficult to keep on top of your emails? The transition to working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased our total email activity by 28%, and we read on average 31% more emails than before.

Clearly managing our email inbox is a growing part of life for many of us working and learning online throughout the pandemic, yet little is known about what motivates our decisions when responding to others online.

As part of a PhD project, Alexandra Brookes and Dr Gareth Norris are conducting an online study to understand how people make decisions when managing their inbox using innovative eye-tracking technology. If you are over the age of 18 and you have access to a laptop or computer, you are eligible to take part.

Click here for the online study that takes only 15 minutes to complete.

If you would like any additional information, please contact alb61@aber.ac.uk.

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 contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

Best wishes,

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

01.07.2021 COVID Update

Dear student

COVID-19 update, Thursday 1 July.

In this update:

  • Welsh Government guidance for the next academic year
  • Walk-in vaccine centre open 7 days a week
  • Mental health and wellbeing COVID vaccination clinic
  • Home testing kits for COVID-19
  • Importance of recording test results
  • COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Online learning student survey
  • General University news
    • Eye study

Welsh Government guidance for the next academic year

The Welsh Government has this week released a statement in relation to further and higher education, and how institutions can plan for in-person teaching in the new academic year.

 

The guiding principle of the government plans is a move towards education being enabled to operate as normally as possible in the autumn, with learning and teaching at universities operating in step with what people can do in wider society.

 

The proposed move away from the 2-metre social distancing rule to a contact group model will mean that, in certain areas, we will be able to plan to scale-up our in-person teaching for the start of the new academic year, whilst continuing to prioritise everyone’s health and wellbeing. 

 

This Welsh Government decision recognises the enormous joint efforts of students and staff during the pandemic. It demonstrates how successfully and safely in-person teaching has been delivered, and how we have put comprehensive measures in place to make our teaching facilities COVID-secure environments.

 

Our local area here in Aberystwyth has had some of the lowest COVID-19 rates of any area in Wales and the UK. This is coupled with Wales having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. We will continue to work collaboratively to maintain this position to safeguard health and wellbeing, and to deliver as much in-person teaching as possible.

 

We will continue to update you over the coming weeks as we work through the practical implications of this new guidance.

 

Walk-in vaccine centre open 7 days a week

There is a vaccination centre at the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus.

 

You can now attend without an appointment and the centre is open 7 days a week between 10am and 8pm.

 

Anyone aged 18 and over can get their first dose, or their second vaccine dose if it is due.

AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available at each site, please call the health board booking team on 0300 303 8322 if you need to check if you are due your second dose.

There is no need to contact the health board to book an appointment but if you wish to schedule an appointment you can still do so by contacting their booking team on 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk 

Hywel Dda University Health Board continues to provide updates on walk-in vaccine clinics on its social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

Dedicated mental health and wellbeing COVID vaccination clinics

Hywel Dda University Health Board is providing dedicated sessions at its mass vaccination centres to provide extra support for people who may find it difficult to attend due to mental health issues, anxiety, worries or fears.

These protected clinic times will provide a quiet space for experienced mental health nurse vaccinators to support people and provide reassurance in order for them to receive their vaccination.

These clinics will stock the Moderna vaccine which is the recommended vaccine for those on mental health medications. It is also the recommended vaccine for those receiving treatment for substance misuse.

In Aberystwyth, the dedicated sessions will run every Tuesday between 2pm and 7pm at the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus.

More information is available on the health board’s website.  

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University is providing home LFD testing kits for students and staff. These are available for collection from Medrus 4, between 1:30 and 4:00pm, Mondays and Thursdays. This is a drop in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Importance of recording test results

Please remember that it is very important to report rapid lateral flow test results on the day you or someone in your household takes the test, no matter what the result is.

COVID-19 testing on campus

You can also arrange to have a COVID-19 lateral flow device test on the Penglais campus. Testing takes place at Medrus 4, Penbryn, on Penglais Campus on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Online learning student survey

Welsh universities are looking to find out about your experiences of online learning in 2020/2021. We hope to make recommendations on the basis of your responses.

Click here to take part in the survey. There’s a prize draw to win a £25 voucher. 

If you have any queries contact a.e.hoon@swansea.ac.uk

General University news

Call for Participants: An Eye-Tracking Study of Email Habits

 

Do you find it difficult to keep on top of your emails? The transition to working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased our total email activity by 28%, and we read on average 31% more emails than before.

 

Clearly managing our email inbox is a growing part of life for many of us working and learning online throughout the pandemic, yet little is known about why we make the decisions we do when responding to others online.

 

As part of a PhD project, Alexandra Brookes and Dr Gareth Norris are conducting an online study to understand how people make decisions when managing their email inbox using innovative eye-tracking technology. If you are over the age of 18 and you have access to a laptop or computer, you are eligible to take part.

 

Click here for the online study that takes only 15 minutes to complete.

 

If you would like any additional information, please contact alb61@aber.ac.uk.

 

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 contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

Best wishes,

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

01.07.2021 COVID Update Postgraduate

Dear postgraduate student

COVID-19 update, Friday 2 July.

In this update:

  • Welsh Government guidance for the next academic year
  • Use of laboratories and study spaces
  • Walk-in vaccine centre open 7 days a week
  • Mental health and wellbeing COVID vaccination clinic
  • Home testing kits for COVID-19
  • Importance of recording test results
  • COVID-19 testing on campus
  • Online learning student survey
  • General University news

 

  • Eye study

 

Welsh Government guidance for the next academic year

The Welsh Government has this week released a statement in relation to further and higher education, and how institutions can plan for in-person teaching in the new academic year.

 

The guiding principle of the government plans is a move towards education being enabled to operate as normally as possible in the autumn, with learning and teaching at universities operating in step with what people can do in wider society.

 

The proposed move away from the 2-metre social distancing rule to a contact group model will mean that, in certain areas, we will be able to plan to scale-up our in-person teaching for the start of the new academic year, whilst continuing to prioritise everyone’s health and wellbeing. 

 

This Welsh Government decision recognises the enormous joint efforts of students and staff during the pandemic. It demonstrates how successfully and safely in-person teaching has been delivered, and how we have put comprehensive measures in place to make our teaching facilities COVID-secure environments.

 

Our local area here in Aberystwyth has had some of the lowest COVID-19 rates of any area in Wales and the UK. This is coupled with Wales having one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. We will continue to work collaboratively to maintain this position to safeguard health and wellbeing, and to deliver as much in-person teaching as possible.

 

We will continue to update you over the coming weeks as we work through the practical implications of this new guidance.

 

Use of laboratories and study spaces

 

Study spaces and laboratories are available to postgraduate students - do not forget to take advantage of these and other campus facilities.

 

Please also remember to comply with the risk assessments which pertain to those laboratory or study spaces. Your supervisor should have a copy of this, and will in most cases run a booking system to ensure the number of people in rooms is within capacity. 

 

If you have any questions about this, please contact your supervisor in the first instance. If you need any further advice, then the health and safety team can be contacted on hasstaff@aber.ac.uk.

 

Walk-in vaccine centre open 7 days a week

There is a vaccination centre at the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus.

 

You can now attend without an appointment and the centre is open 7 days a week between 10am and 8pm.

 

Anyone aged 18 and over can get their first dose, or their second vaccine dose if it is due.

AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available at each site, please call the health board booking team on 0300 303 8322 if you need to check if you are due your second dose.

There is no need to contact the health board to book an appointment but if you wish to schedule an appointment you can still do so by contacting their booking team on 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk 

Hywel Dda University Health Board continues to provide updates on walk-in vaccine clinics on its social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

Dedicated mental health and wellbeing COVID vaccination clinics

Hywel Dda University Health Board is providing dedicated sessions at its mass vaccination centres to provide extra support for people who may find it difficult to attend due to mental health issues, anxiety, worries or fears.

These protected clinic times will provide a quiet space for experienced mental health nurse vaccinators to support people and provide reassurance in order for them to receive their vaccination.

These clinics will stock the Moderna vaccine which is the recommended vaccine for those on mental health medications. It is also the recommended vaccine for those receiving treatment for substance misuse.

In Aberystwyth, the dedicated sessions will run every Tuesday between 2pm and 7pm at the Thomas Parry Library on the Llanbadarn campus.

More information is available on the health board’s website.  

Home testing kits for COVID-19

The University is providing home LFD testing kits for students and staff. These are available for collection from Medrus 4, between 1:30 and 4:00pm, Mondays and Thursdays. This is a drop in facility, so there is no need to book in advance.

Importance of recording test results

Please remember that it is very important to report rapid lateral flow test results on the day you or someone in your household takes the test, no matter what the result is.

COVID-19 testing on campus

You can also arrange to have a COVID-19 lateral flow device test on the Penglais campus. Testing takes place at Medrus 4, Penbryn, on Penglais Campus on Monday and Thursday mornings.

Online learning student survey

Welsh universities are looking to find out about your experiences of online learning in 2020/2021. We hope to make recommendations on the basis of your responses.

Click here take part in the survey. There’s a prize draw to win a £25 voucher. 

If you have any queries contact a.e.hoon@swansea.ac.uk

General University news

Call for Participants: An Eye-Tracking Study of Email Habits

 

Do you find it difficult to keep on top of your emails? The transition to working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic has increased our total email activity by 28%, and we read on average 31% more emails than before.

 

Clearly managing our email inbox is a growing part of life for many of us working and learning online throughout the pandemic, yet little is known about why we make the decisions we do when responding to others online.

 

As part of a PhD project, Alexandra Brookes and Dr Gareth Norris are conducting an online study to understand how people make decisions when managing their email inbox using innovative eye-tracking technology. If you are over the age of 18 and you have access to a laptop or computer, you are eligible to take part.

 

Click here for the online study that takes only 15 minutes to complete.

 

If you would like any additional information, please contact alb61@aber.ac.uk.

 

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 contact our coronavirus helpline on coronavirus@aber.ac.uk / 01970 622483.

Best wishes,

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