As we move closer to September, and following a recent announcement from the Welsh Government, we are pleased to announce our arrangements for learning and teaching for the 2021/22 academic year.
These arrangements will allow us to deliver significantly more in-person learning on campus, where safe to do so, whilst retaining the aspects of virtual learning that students have found most beneficial.
We want you to be able to collaborate and innovate with other students, to discuss and challenge, and to have access to specialist resources and facilities. We want you to experience hands-on and practical learning, where you develop skills ready for the workplace, and so we are busy planning this in for the next term.
make up of delivery will vary for each course, however we will continue to
offer you a high-quality experience. There will be significantly more in-person
learning and teaching than we have been able to offer this academic year as a
result to changes to guidance about the number of people we can safely have in
our learning and teaching spaces, mixed with online delivery. Your timetable
will be ready for you to view in September.
We have been focusing on delivering a high-quality blended learning approach in line with Welsh Government regulations, with a proportion of the teaching and learning being delivered digitally, and some teaching and learning being delivered in person using social distancing and / or other mitigating measures.
Building on the feedback that we have had from students about their experience of blended learning we are also seeking to keep the best of what we have put in place with this approach. Students have told us that having virtual lectures has allowed them to playback at a convenient time, whilst connecting with others on the course digitally.
As part of its 2030 strategy, USW has been actively embedding blended learning for students 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 learning and teaching.
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.
Your safety and well-being continue to be our priority and we are committed to delivering our courses, research opportunities and other services as safely as possible. We have operated within Welsh Government and Public Health guidelines and established a wide range of safety measures at our campuses to protect our community over the last year. This includes social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, asymptomatic Covid-19 testing, hand washing and hand sanitising facilities, as well as one-way systems. Many of these measures will remain in place next term, subject to any easing of Welsh Government regulations. More people are also now receiving their first and second vaccines, which will further help to keep everyone safe.
One-way systems are in place in many of our buildings.
There is signage around our campuses to remind everyone to follow social distancing guidelines.
We've installed hand sanitising stations at the entrance/exit points.
We've increased the frequency of cleaning of 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 2021/2022, 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 currently and moving forward.