Aberdeen University has suspended all face-to-face teaching in light of the Coronavirus threat.
The suspension came into effect on all campuses across the city from 6pm last night and will have a wide-reaching impact.
An email sent out by the university outlined that the health and safety of students and staff was of of upmost importance, “which is why the University is escalating its efforts to mitigate the consequences of Coronavirus COVID-19″.
Those efforts include, but are not limited to, suspending lectures, tutorials, laboratory classes, seminars and computer lab sessions.
The university will remain open and continue to deliver learning and teaching where possible and undertake other activities.
The Aberdeen campuses will also remain open, including the Sir Duncan Rice Library and other libraries and computer classrooms, to allow students who need study space to continue to study on campus.
Halls of residence will also remain open, although there will be some changes made to the way the catering facilities and student-facing services operate.
Students were told that the school will be in touch by 3pm on Monday, March 16, with details of how online learning, assessment and exams for each module will be delivered.
The Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) also recommends that all events are to be postponed until further notice.
The student run association, which provides representation and services for students, released a statement saying: “With regards to events that we are running we are asking individuals to consider if they are essential and to proceed with caution regardless of the size of the events.
“Our recommendation is that they are postponed. If an event is over 500 we are saying they must be postponed. Under 500, we recommend postponing.”
AUSA will continue to follow university guidance on this matter.