Coronavirus | COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE AND UPDATES

Keeping people safe.
Keeping learning going.

LATEST UPDATE

COVID-19 UPDATE | TUESDAY 19 JANUARY

Our approach to no-detriment | Dr Ben Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

We want you to be fully supported with your studies during your time at USW, so that you can progress and achieve your full potential. This remains a dynamic situation and we recognise that the pandemic impacts people in different ways. We also understand the queries that university students across the UK have about ‘no-detriment’ or ‘safety net’ policies. Therefore, we want to set out what USW is doing to ensure that you are not unfairly disadvantaged by the impacts of Covid-19. We also want to reassure you that our overall approach will be a comprehensive one. The measures already in place are outlined below and further discussions are taking place with faculties, departments, and student representatives, to safeguard student achievements from the impacts of the pandemic and the quality and integrity of USW awards.

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COVID-19 CASES

We are monitoring daily the number of staff and students who are reporting that they have received positive test results for Covid-19. These numbers are reported below, and will be updated every Monday to Friday with a running total for the previous seven days. Figures listed on a Monday will include the number of cases that the University was informed of over the previous weekend.

Please note that these figures also include cases that have been reported by staff and students who have not been onto our campuses this term. 

Mass asymptomatic Covid-19 testing took place from Monday 30 November until Friday 11 December at USW and resumed on Monday 4 January. 

Number of students Number of staff
Monday 18 January 5 1
Tuesday 19 January 3 1
Wednesday 20 January 4 0
Thursday 21 January 3 0
Friday 22 January 2 0

ADVICE AND FAQS

TEACHING METHODS


Your student experience is important to us and we have been working and continue to work to ensure your overall experience. Courses at USW are being delivered 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.

For more information about our teaching methods throughout 2020/21, please click to learn more about blended learning at USW.

SAFETY ON CAMPUS

With our campuses and buildings open for the academic term, we want to support our students as best we can and for them to be able to access as many of our facilities and services as possible when they are at one of our campuses, so long as it is safe to do so.  

We will ensure the appropriate risk assessments are completed and will be implementing health and safety measures, such as social distancing, throughout each campus. 

Some of our key facilities and services will be open, although they may have to operate slightly differently and with amended opening hours.   

KEEPING LEARNING GOING

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. Any changes to your course have been considered and approved through the University Quality Assurance processes, which include student and external scrutiny.

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.

HOW USW IS HELPING IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

During these unprecedented times, our 2030 Strategy is guiding our response to Coronavirus.

We are proud to work with our partners to tackle the pandemic by:

  • Research to address the pandemic
  • Supporting the NHS
  • Supporting the regional economy
  • Supporting graduate businesses

Coronavirus Response