Coronavirus

AUSA Service Update

The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is of utmost importance. AUSA team is now working from home. AUSA services remain the same, we just moved them online. Take a look?? and drop us an email if you have any questions. Stay safe and take care of yourselves.

AUSA Advice – The AUSA Advice team will be operating online via email on ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk.  Advisers will be available for academic, housing and general wellbeing advice.

Reception Service – Reception will be closed in the main AUSA office, but we will be replying to emails and answer phone calls. Please phone 01224 272965 or email ausa@abdn.ac.uk between 11am and 3pm weekdays.

Union Brew – Updates will be available on Union Brew’s Facebook page.

AUSA Sport/Events – Clubs and societies’ presidents will be contacted and kept up to date. 

AUSA Societies/Student Groups/Sport – We are working to keep an FAQ page updated with all the helpful information. This can be found here. We are also looking into ways to help you hold your AGMs virtually and extending deadlines for reaffiliations. We will be in touch with more info on this soon.

Representation – Representation team is available online. Please email ausareps@abdn.ac.uk if you have any questions. 

 

Public health guidelines

We would like to also take the opportunity to reiterate the public health guidelines to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds 
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work and before eating  
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available? 
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve - not your hands - when you cough or sneeze? 
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards? 

The University has put together a range of FAQs. We are working hard to keep our students informed and we will be updating our website with a similar set of FAQs soon. We’ve had a lot of enquiries, so please bear with us and keep an eye on our website and University’s Coronavirus webpages for further updates.

 

The health and safety of our students are paramount and AUSA continues to take its lead from the university and national guidance. The University is regularly updating the coronavirus webpages and responding to queries from the community if they are not already answered in the University’s FAQs.

If you have any concerns regarding travel or otherwise, please contact coronavirus@abdn.ac.uk or visit the coronavirus webpage by clicking this link.

As we continue to follow University guidance this means that we must put in place the postponement of all AUSA events.

Please find AUSA’ FAQs below with relative information regarding AUSA events and recommendations for student activities, both travelling to and holding events.


General Info

Is Union Brew Open?

Union Brew is now closed until further notice.

Is AUSA Reception Open?

AUSA reception will be open 11-3 Monday to Friday virtually.  You can still call 01224 242965 for help during those hours and the AUSA email address is being moitored during those times as well.

Is AUSA Advice still available?

AUSA Advice team will be able to help via email as listed above.  

Freshers' Week

Will Freshers’ week still be happening?

AUSA is working hard to make Freshers 2020 the best one yet. AUSA will be in touch over the summer months with more information for student activities on how to register your ‘Give it a go’ sessions, trials, fayre booths and all your events. We will start releasing information very soon on the events, partners and volunteering opportunities.

What are the events?

As always, we are planning a range of fun and inclusive events for all students in and around campus. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for event drops!

What’s going to be different about this year?

This year we are eager to support even more local businesses who may have been affected by COVID-19. We are also working to increase our reach to the Foresterhill, Qatar campus, and students who cannot physically attend through more online activities. Please keep an eye out for more information on our social media pages and our website.

Accommodation

When will I be able to move into halls?

For the most up to date information on accommodation, please refer to the University of Aberdeen’s accommodation web pages or AUSA Advice’s accommodation advice pages.

Sports

If the semester has changed, how will this affect our fixtures and trials?

o We are working closely with BUCS and SSS to give you more information soon. We will also contact sports clubs directly with more information about give it a go’s and trials closer to the September start date. We will then work with each club to ensure your events line up with the BUCS, SSS and local leagues schedules.

How do I ensure my pitch/hall/court bookings are right for the new term?

AUSA Sport will be in touch soon. Because ASV is currently closed and working on a reduced team, this is something we will look to address in the coming weeks.

When will memberships go live for the new year?

o Memberships will go live at the beginning of July as usual. It makes sense to get committees registered as soon as possible by purchasing their memberships straight away. That way we will be able to give access to your presidents to start editing and maintaining your page on the website. We have already sent an email out asking for your memberships and prices, but you can access the form here.

 

Societies

When will memberships go live for the new year?

Memberships will go live at the beginning of July as usual. It makes sense to get committees registered as soon as possible by purchasing their memberships straight away. This is so we can give access to your presidents to start editing and maintaining your area of the website. We have already sent an email out asking for your memberships and prices, but you can find it here if you haven’t received it.

Will there still be a Freshers’ fayre and if so, when do I sign my society up?

More information will be available about the Fayres soon. This year, we will be facing additional challenges which we are currently considering. We will be in touch with your committees in July.

How do I let AUSA know about my society’s events that we are doing online over the summer or getting ready for freshers’?

Please get in touch with Karolina about any online events you are planning or if you are doing them via Facebook – send a co-host request to the AUSA page so we can help advertise them. We will be in touch about your freshers’ events soon.

We have yet to have our AGM, how best are we to do this?

AUSA has sent an email out to committees with our recommendations. If you have any questions or need any advice please get in touch with societies@abdn.ac.uk

We have elected a new committee, how do we notify AUSA?

Please fill out the Google Form that you would use to submit your new committees. Don’t worry if you do not have all the information at the moment, please fill out what you can. Final re-affiliation information is not due until the end of May.

How do I reaffiliate my activity?

There will be more information available soon. Please keep an eyeon your emails and the AUSA Societies Union Facebook and Instagram pages.

Groups

Who do we contact for help?

Please email societies@abdn.ac.uk for help with any questions that you might have at this time.

We can’t access our space, how do we get things that we need?

At this point in time, the university campus is not accessible. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do, however, please get in touch with the societies email listed above if there is anything else we can help with.

When is our reaffiliation due?

Groups do not need to submit their paperwork to AUSA until September. We will be in touch soon with formats and deadlines.

Representation

I’m a class rep, a course rep, a year rep, or a school convenor. How can I keep helping during COVID-19?

Thank you for the work you have done as a rep this year. The cumulative effect of the work of this year’s reps has ensured that the voice of students has been heard. During the current health emergency, the need for effective student representation remains high. There are a number of things you can do to help. Visit this page and if you have any further questions or would just like to bounce some ideas, please email ausareps@abdn.ac.uk

I’m a class rep, a course rep, a year rep, or a school convenor. I’ve got so much on my plate, I’m not sure I can keep up with my voluntary duties.

That is absolutely fine, and many of us will feel overwhelmed by the current situation, please don’t be too hard on yourself. You may find a summary found here (the webpage) useful. It is good to be honest with what you can manage, and to ask for support when needed. Please contact ausareps@abdn.ac.uk if you need any support with representation matters and if things get too overwhelming, please reach out to the University’s counselling service. (Plus insert anything else we are offering to those struggling?)

Other

Is it possible that the date will be further delayed?

AUSA will continue to take the lead from the University and support students the best we can should there be any further changes.

Will I be graduating later?

Please check out the University of Aberdeen’s FAQ page here.

How will it impact my studies?

The university will continue to advise students on information surrounding this as it is available. Please check their FAQ page for more information. If you don’t feel like your needs are being addressed or you still have questions, please contact our Education Officer.

Will this impact university fees deadlines?

All up to date information around graduations are available on the University FAQ site.

When will the first student council meeting happen?

There is still one council meeting left this term and will take place on via Google Hangouts Meet. If you would like to attend, there will be more information available on social media. Further dates will be announced in the new term.