The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering our courses, research opportunities and other services as safely as possible. The ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic means that we are having to make changes to the way in which we deliver our courses and services for the academic year 2020/2021.
We intend to deliver our courses in a blended format; with a proportion of the teaching and learning being delivered digitally, and where it is safe to do so, some teaching and learning being delivered in person and using social distancing and/or mitigating measures as deemed appropriate in line with government guidance.
You will undertake lectures, workshops and tutorials virtually through various online tools, be able to access and receive online email and video support from your lecturers and peers every step of the way.
As part of its 2030 strategy, USW has been actively embedding blended learning for students and is something we have already embedded into many of our courses over the past few years.
The current landscape has enabled us to progress innovative ideas forward and push the boundaries in what is possible for blended learning.
Your student experience is important to us and we have been working and continue to work to ensure your overall experience. As a student at USW you will be fully supported when the new academic year starts in September, whether that is via remote or on-campus learning, not only by your course and faculty teams, but by the wider provision of student services. We have also taken into account your student experience. Our dedicated events teams, support teams and lecturers are second-to-none and will provide you with an environment in which to collaborate, interact, engage and learn.
The safety of our students and our staff is our main priority. We are putting in place measures to make our campuses and buildings as safe as possible. Here are some of the things that we are doing.
There will be one-way systems in place in many of our buildings.
You will see signage around our campuses to remind everyone to follow social distancing guidelines.
There will be hand sanitising stations at the entrance/exit points.
We will be increasing the frequency of cleaning for high use areas, such as door handles.
The nature and balance of learning and teaching methods and activities are sufficiently flexible to adapt and enable you to succeed in your studies. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines.
Please note that if you are hoping to join us to study from a country outside of the UK, your options/studies may also be impacted by Government guidelines or decisions of that country.
If you have any concerns and wish to discuss this further, please contact Enquiries and Admissions where a member of staff will be happy to discuss your options with you.
Any changes to your course have been considered and approved through the University Quality Assurance processes, which include student and external scrutiny. If any further changes are necessary we will inform you at the earliest possible opportunity.
Information that we have provided on how we plan to deliver our courses in 2020/2021, is based on the decisions that have been made to date. We aim to keep you up to date with our decision-making, the changes already made, and those that we may need to make in the future so that you can make informed decisions about your studies.
Please visit our website page where you can find up to date information about how University facilities and services are operating during the pandemic.