Parents and Guardians
Information for Parents and Guardians
We appreciate as parents or guardians, the safety and wellbeing of your child is your first concern. At Aston University we are working hard to ensure all students continue to receive a high-quality learning experience in a safe environment, following the latest Government rules and guidance.
The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community is our top priority and at the heart of all our decision-making. We have a comprehensive range of measures in place on campus to control the spread of infection and to keep our community as safe as possible.
We’re proud of our Aston University community and how we look after each other. We have never needed each other more than we do today. Help us to help each other by being considerate to others and behaving appropriately at all times. By working together we can all help to make Aston a safer place.
Together we ask that you:
The Covid-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 16 or over in England and can be booked via the National Booking Service or by calling 119. After registering, students will be sent an appointment which may be at a local site run by GPs or community pharmacies, at a larger vaccination centre or a hospital. If they are registered with a GP practice they will also receive a direct invite.
While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, students can request to book an appointment as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. GP practices should support unregistered patients and those without an NHS number to access the vaccine.
We are also working with the Public Health team in Birmingham to set up a ‘pop up’ clinic on the Aston campus.
For answers to questions such as:
Please see our current student FAQ webpage.
The Government has announced that all students and staff attending on-campus sessions, and using on-campus facilities, must take two lateral flow tests per week. These tests will help reduce transmission of the virus from students and staff that show no symptoms. Please see our COVID-19 on campus test centre booking page for details of how to book a test or collect home testing kits.
If a student is self-isolating and is struggling to get any food they can contact our Campus Safety team and we can arrange for a food package to be delivered.
See our current student FAQ page for the events schedule.
Aston has a team who is closely monitoring and managing the implications of the pandemic, working closely with Birmingham City Council, and acting on advice of Public Health England, Universities UK and the NHS. We will be updating this advice as new Government and Public Health England guidance emerges COVID-19 - here's how we're handling it.
We have been working with Birmingham City Council to provide testing facilities on our campus since August 2020. This means in the event of a student or colleague displaying symptoms, they can book their test on campus and would not need to travel a long distance to a testing centre when feeling unwell.
For students who are self-isolating, support is available through our Student Services Team members, who also check in with students on a regular basis to see if they need anything.
For students staying in Unite accommodation, information on how they are working to keep everyone safe can be found at the Unite Students website. Students staying in other shared accommodation need to follow the instructions as outlined by their accommodation provider. For further information on what to do when self-isolating is available at NHS self-isolation advice and we have also shared this easy to follow graphic with students
Students staying on in Aston Student Village and the Old Fire Station can order a food parcel or a meal package through Aston Catering Team ‘Nourish’ (order online at the Nourish webpage).
We have made sure extra safety measures are in place including sanitisers at key points across campus; clear signage; one-way systems; following guidelines around social distancing in taught sessions; prioritisation of touch points for cleaning throughout the day and wearing face coverings on campus.
If your son or daughter tests positive for Covid-19 this needs to be reported to covid-19 reporting and our Health and Safety Team will provide information on what to do next. Our Student Services Team will then automatically contact any student who tests positive, so that they can provide them with the right level of support.
For the new academic year, we will be offering a blended learning experience in which students will benefit from a rich mix of in person (on campus) learning, together with some asynchronous and synchronous online learning. This provides the best of both worlds, with the opportunity to engage with other students and staff on campus through learning activities such as seminars, workshops, discussions groups, practical and laboratory work; but also virtually, with the ability to do some learning more flexibly online at times that best suit around individual circumstances such as family and work commitments. The exact combination of activities will vary according to programme, but there will be a range of learning approaches that students have told us in student feedback they found beneficial.
Students have access to our MyEngagement platform to keep track of their engagement with studies. The platform provides real-time feedback and tips on how they can maximise their engagement and achievement. Each student is also allocated a personal tutor who will check in with them if they don't see any activity recorded. Students can talk to their Personal Tutors about any concerns that they have.
Our student Services team is on hand to offer advice and support to students and there are a number of resources that students can access remotely and on campus. They can be contacted at the hub or 0121 204 4007.
Our Safezone app means students can request help in getting food or medication; if they are struggling with their mental health; if they are worried about someone else or if they have an emergency.
For any student struggling with their wellbeing or mental health, our qualified counsellors/ psychotherapy practitioners in our Counselling and Wellbeing Service are on hand. They can be contacted on 0121 204 4007 or by email.
We email our students frequently with information about the measures we've put in place and our coronavirus FAQ page provides the latest information which you may find useful.
If you have any concerns and would like to speak to member of our team then contact our Student Advice team or call on 0121 204 4007. In an emergency our Campus Safety team can be contacted on 0121 204 4803 or via the Safezone app 24/7.