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University of Aberdeen Postpones Start of New Academic Year

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The University of Aberdeen has become the first British university to announce a delay to the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

The university has said that its autumn term will start two weeks later than originally planned to give staff time to "adapt" to the new environment.

Aberdeen University announced that the start of the next academic year will be pushed back to September 21st, rather than commencing on September 7th 2020.

In an email to students, the university said: "The University Senate has approved a delay of two weeks to the start of the 2020/21 academic session, and this will provide some time for all of us to adapt to our new environment, and to prepare for the new session."

"We all hope that we will be able to deliver face-to-face teaching on campus in September. However, in case that is not possible, we will also prepare for the delivery of teaching and learning in a way that will enable you to commence your studies online and to transition to on-campus study when circumstances allow."

The university also informed students that it was asking staff to begin preparations for 2020-21 by planning for online provision, which will be available to students who cannot travel to campus. It may also be used to replace face-to-face teaching in the event of continued restrictions in September 2020.