Lectures to be cancelled and residences closed due to severe weather warning

Damage to the Promenade after two days of relentless high tides & storms - Photo James Vaughn

Damage to the Promenade after two days of relentless high tides & storms – Photo James Vaughn

FOLLOWING advice from Natural Resources Wales and Ceredigion County Council, Aberystwyth University have cancelled all teaching activities from tomorrow (Friday 31st) to Monday (3rd).

High tides and wind are predicted tomorrow and are forecasted to make the Promenade area a hazardous place over the weekend. In an email sent to students, University staff advised students to keep away from the Seafront.

Students living in University Residences on the Seafront, or living in private accommodation directly on the sea front, or on the road just behind have been told the following:

The Seafront University Residences will close at 4pm on Friday 31st January until you hear differently, which could be Monday 3 February. They said that their main priority is to ensure students’ safety, and, if asks students living in the affected area of the seafront you will need to inform the University of your choice for alternative accommodation by noting one of the following in an e-mail to [email protected] before 1.00pm today (30th January):

  • I would like the University to provide me with alternative accommodation and meals on Penglais campus;
  • I will make my own arrangements to stay with friends or family in the Aberystwyth area and won’t be requiring meals;
  • I will make my own arrangements to stay with friends or family in the Aberystwyth area and will be requiring meals on Penglais campus;
  • I intend to travel away from Aberystwyth this weekend.

FAQs about the storm will appear shortly online at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/important-info/, and you can keep updated on the situation by following us on Twitter.

Students travelling this weekend can plan your journey using the Traveline Cymru website www.traveline-cymru.info/ which offers the latest bus and train timetables; students who travel due to the storms have been advised to keep all receipts so the University can facilitate reimbursement of travel costs associated with the evacuation of Seafront Residences. Students unable to afford to travel, and need assistance, have been advised to make their way to Penbryn Reception where a member of staff can assist.

The University have said that they will be in regular contact with all students during the weekend to notify of any updates, including when it will be safe to return to your accommodation, which we will do as soon as possible.  They have advised students to check their University email regularly.

Updates will also be provided by University e-mail, online at www.aber.ac.uk/en/important-info/, on the University’s Facebook pages  or by following the University’s Twitter account @AberUni.
If students need urgent assistance at any point, they have been urged to contact the University’s 24 hour emergency number on 01970 622900.