Coronavirus | COVID-19


Keeping people safe.
Keeping learning going.


All students | USW Update | Monday 10 January

The first week of teaching

Dr Ben Calvert, Vice-Chancellor

I’d like to welcome you back to the new academic term at USW. Further to the email that I sent last week, I’d like to reaffirm that all scheduled learning and teaching will be continuing, including all face-to-face sessions. Undoubtedly there will be instances where our staff will be isolating, as a result of Covid-19, and there may be some unavoidable changes to timetabling in these instances, if necessary. Course teams will update you directly if this is ever the case for your planned sessions.

To enable us to keep delivering face-to-face learning and teaching, then we all need to take collective responsibility to keep each other as safe possible. I would ask that you each follow our guidelines for accessing our campuses:

  • You must wear a face covering when you are inside our buildings - this is a requirement for everyone. These can be removed in teaching spaces such as classrooms, but only if you are keeping two metres distance from everyone else. If you aren’t, for example, if you are moving around or are sat at less than two metres from anyone else, then you must keep them on.
  • There are, of course, individuals who have medical exemptions from wearing face coverings and are not expected to wear them. You will not be asked to provide proof of this. It is helpful for individuals to wear a lanyard if they have an exemption as this will prevent you from being asked why you aren’t wearing one. But again, this is not a requirement. If you are not exempt though, then you must wear a face covering.
  • Staff or students may ask someone who isn’t wearing a face mask or lanyard if they are medically exempt. This is permitted and is part of our collective responsibility to keep each other safe. There have been instances where staff and students have received inappropriate or abusive responses.  This does not accord with our values at USW and is not acceptable.
  • We ask that you take part in regular asymptomatic testing using lateral flow devices. A pack of these can be picked up at any of our Advice Zones. For each week that you are on campus, then you are advised to test at least twice a week. This will help to keep you, and those around you who may be more vulnerable, as safe as possible.



We are monitoring the number of staff and students who are reporting that they have received positive test results for Covid-19. The numbers reported below show the number of positive cases reported in staff who are working on-campus and students who are on-campus or living in halls of residence or local student accommodation.

The figure will be updated weekly for the cases reported during the previous week. 

Number of students Number of staff
Thursday 16 December to Monday 10 January 8 4



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 2021/22, please click to learn more about blended learning at USW.


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.   


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.


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

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