Under Scottish law, the age of adulthood is 16 although in the rest of the UK it is 18. At the University of Dundee we have a responsibility for the wellbeing of students under the age of 18.
We recognise that international students under the age of 18 need additional help and support, however, parents continue to have a legal responsibility for their child while in the UK and should make any provision they feel necessary.
1. UK University environment
Universities in the UK are adult environments where the majority of students are over the age of 18. Your child will, for the most part, be treated by the University of Dundee in the same way as any other student.
The University of Dundee will do everything possible to look after students under the age of 18 but we cannot take full parental responsibility. If you are not living in the UK we strongly recommend that you appoint a guardian. This guardian will be able to act in your place if there are any problems or emergencies. If you have a friend or relative living in the UK over the age of 21, you could approach them to be your child’s guardian. Otherwise you could appoint a guardian through a Guardianship agency. We cannot assist parents in finding a suitable guardian but a list of accredited guardians can be found at www.aegisuk.net
3. Emergency contact
It is very important that up-to-date emergency contact details are provided for students under the age of 18. Parents can contact the University on +44 1382 383000. This number is available 24 hours.
4. University policies
The University of Dundee has clear policies ensuring that all students will be treated with respect and fairness, and will be provided with a learning environment which is safe and free from harassment and abuse. More information about the Dignity at Work and Study can be found here.
We also have a safeguarding policy aimed specifically at students under 18 studying on an English for International Students programme. This policy requires that all staff who have responsibility for students under the age of 18 have police checks to ensure that they have not committed any offences which would make them unsuitable to work with children. It also outlines staff and university responsibilities for the safeguarding of students under the age of 18.
5. Child Protection Person
The University has a designated Child Protection Person who has received specialist training in the safeguarding of children. This person will be identified to any student under the age of 18 and will be available to the child should any issue arise regarding that child’s well-being.
Under UK law, anyone over the age of 16 is able to give their own consent for medical treatment. If a medical emergency requires action before parents or guardians can be contacted, the University will act on medical advice in the best interests of the child.
7. Safety and security
Campus Security operates 24 hours a day all year round. There are also regular patrols by uniformed security officers and numerous CCTV cameras around the campus. All Residences have security door entry, emergency telephones, and Student Support Assistants.
8. Data Protection Act (1998)
The Data Protection Act (1998) gives students, including those under the age of 18, legal protection against the disclosure of information about them without their consent. This means that the University is not able to give any information to parents about their children without their child’s specific permission. The University therefore communicates directly with students and not their parents.
9. Notification of Age of Student
The Programme Tutor, EIS teaching staff, the nominated Child Protection Person, and the Student Support Advisor (Accommodation) will all be notified, prior to registration, of any student on an EIS programme who will be under the age of 18 on entry to the University.
All University accommodation is self-catering. Parents should recognise that residential accommodation offered by the University is intended for the use of adults and that special arrangements cannot be made for students under the age of 18. However, a Student Support Assistant who has received training in working with children will be assigned to students under the age of 18 to deal with any issues which affect the welfare of the student within the University Residences.
Dundee is located about 60 miles from Edinburgh Airport and 90 miles from Glasgow airport. The University has an arrangement with an Airport Transfer Service, Dundee Direct, to transfer students from Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Prestwick airports. Please visit the Dundee Direct website for full details and online booking.
12. The University’s expectation of students
a) Alcohol and Tobacco
It is illegal for individuals under the age of 18 to buy alcohol or tobacco in the UK. The University will take reasonable steps to ensure that the law is not broken by licensed premises on the University campus but cannot undertake to supervise individual students. It is also illegal to smoke in any enclosed space used by the public.
b) Conduct of students
The University of Dundee upholds the right of each member of the University community to be treated with dignity and respect. It is committed to fostering an environment in which everybody can work and study free from harassment, bullying, intimidation and victimisation. This applies to all members of the University community. Any incident of harassment or bullying will be regarded extremely seriously and can be grounds for disciplinary action including dismissal or expulsion. Students under the age of 18 will be treated the same as any other student and will be expected to behave in a responsible manner.
c) Disciplinary action
If a student fails to meet the University’s expectations of conduct they are likely to face disciplinary action. If disciplinary action is taken against a student under the age of 18, the parents will be informed. Further details of the University’s disciplinary procedures can be found here.
Attendance in class is essential for successful completion of our courses. Therefore we expect students to attend all timetabled classes. If a student is absent through illness, a self-certificate must be completed and returned to the course leader.
Attendance is closely monitored and when it is not satisfactory, the EIS absence procedure will be followed which could lead to a student being removed from the course. The University also has an obligation to report continuous absence to the Home Office UKVI service.