Statement from the SA

We want to thank you all for your understanding and patience and commend all students following government rules and guidance.

Abertay Students Association is independent from the University and we are here to support you any way we can. We represent you in all University meetings, so if you have anything, you’d like us to bring forward, please get in touch.

We are always looking at different ways to organise social activities for you, using Zoom and other technologies, so if there’s anything you’d like to see us do for you, let us know.

The best way to contact us is by email: hello@abertaysa.com

We will be regularly posting content on our social media for the duration of the crisis, including resources for students seeking help. Be sure to find us at our Facebook page.

We’d also like to remind you that we’re all in this together, so please remember and be kind to each other. Be mindful of your fellow classmates and households’ needs.

Stay Safe. Be Kind. Remember F.A.C.T.S.

Self-isolation Advice

What is self-isolation & Practical Advice

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Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps stop the virus spreading to other people. Self-isolation is different to:

  • social distancing – general advice for everyone to avoid close contact with other people
  • shielding – advice for people at high risk from coronavirus

It is a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive or are told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. You could be fined if you do not self-isolate.

Here are some things you must consider:
You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.

  • You cannot go to work, University or public places – let the University know through the student form.
  • Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to drop it off outside your door (if they can).
  • Visitors outside of your household will not be allowed in your home, including friends and family.
  • Exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one. Why not check out Abertay Sport’s Wednesday workout videos at 12pm on their Facebook Page. There also lots of great lockdown workouts on Youtube.

Medications, Sanitary Products & Contraception

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Prescriptions

Pharmacies can often arrange to deliver repeat prescriptions if you run out while you remain at home. Other people can collect a prescription on your behalf.

Over the counter medicine

You can order over the counter treatments from places such as Pharmacy First.

Sanitary products

The Students Association has access to free sanitary products such as pads, tampons and Mooncups – we can arrange for these to be delivered to halls of residence.

Contraception

Condoms in the post – this service has been extended to offer access to condoms to more being during the Coronavirus pandemic to people in Tayside order on Sexual Health Tayside.

Ordering Groceries Online

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It’s very important that you stay at home if you have symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). You should also stay at home if someone you live with or someone in your extended household has symptoms.

Self-isolation means you and all household members should remain at home and shouldn’t physically attend University or work and should not use public areas or use public transport. You shouldn’t go out to buy food or other essentials. You will need to order your shopping online.

Some stores will have a minimum delivery spend and a delivery cost.
Here are a list of places local to Dundee that will deliver:

Asda
Minimum spend: £40
Delivery cost: £1-£6.50

Tesco
Minimum spend: £40
Delivery cost: £1

Morrison's
Minimum spend: £40
Delivery cost: 99p-£6.90

Iceland
Minimum spend: £25
Delivery cost: £2 delivery charge for orders from £25-£35. (Free delivery for orders over £35)

Sainsbury’s

Minimum spend: £25
Delivery cost: 50p-£7. (Free delivery with spend over £100)

You cannot usually order to have your food delivered on the same day, so it is worth pre-planning in advanced when you want to get your shopping. Delivery slots can get booked up fast so you may need to wait some time for your shopping.

If you are looking for quicker, smaller, everyday items you may want to look at places like Snappy Shopper who will deliver shopping from local convenience stores such as Premier or McColl’s. Deliveroo can also deliver shopping from Co-Op, McColl's and Morrison's. Delivery costs for these will vary depending on your areas.

If you are struggling to afford to purchase food the University may be able to offer support contact the Support Enquiry Zone on sez@abertay.ac.uk or call 01382 308833.

Hardship Fund and FAQ

Hardship Fund

All applications are assessed by Abertay Students’ Association. The data collected on this form will be used to assess your eligibility to receive an award from the Abertay SA Hardship Fund. This information will be stored securely and treated confidentially. The data will be held in line with the procedures set out in the Abertay Students’ Association Confidentiality Policy, which can be found at www.abertaysa.com

The Association will hold on to your application for 6 years for auditing purposes.

To apply, be sure to fill in the form provided below and send it in to hardship@abertaysa.com.

Download application form here

What is this hardship fund for?

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This Students’ Association Hardship Fund is meant for students who are struggling financially due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Do I need to have applied to the University’s Hardship fund before applying to this one?

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Yes, however, you do not need to have succeeded in getting those funds to apply for this fund.

Do some students receive priority, in the event of large amounts of applications?

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Yes, due to the limited amount of funds available to the Students’ Association, priority will be given to Nursing/Care Students, EU/International Students/Asylum Seekers and students who will have been directly referred to us by University services. This is because their ability to access funds and help from welfare services is more limited.

Up to how much will I receive?

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Due to the limited amount of funds available to the Students’ Association, this fund is destined to small, emergency instances of hardship. The absolute most we will be able to give a student is £300, though this will depend on the number of applications and could be lower.

How long does the process take?

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Due to the situation with Covid-19, we’re not in a position to guarantee a firm timeframe by which applications will be processed. However, we will be doing our best to process applications as fast as possible. Once an application is approved, funds will be sent to you on the following Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

Am I required to take an interview for this application?

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Yes, an interview with one of our coordinators is a part of the application process.

How do I apply?

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To apply, be sure to fill in the form provided above and send it in to hardship@abertaysa.com.

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