Coronavirus | COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE AND UPDATES

Keeping people safe.
Keeping learning going.

LATEST UPDATE

COVID-19 UPDATE | WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER

Over the past seven days there have been 56 reports of positive results from students and six reports of positive results from staff, as of 1.30pm today (Wednesday 28 October). Although this is a very slight increase on last week’s figures, it remains the case that the vast majority of students and staff have not been to our campuses in the days prior to them testing positive.

Members of the University’s management team continue to meet each day (Monday to Friday) to review the cases that have been reported in the previous 24 hours. This includes reviewing discussions with NHS TTP colleagues (Test, Trace, Protect), discussing if any students or staff need to self-isolate, looking for patterns or clusters in cases and what other action needs to be taken, as well as whether any additional support needs to be provided to any students who are self-isolating.

When you are coming onto one of the campuses to access facilities, or take part in face-to-face sessions, please remember to keep safety at the forefront of your minds, as you would do in any setting. It can be easy to slip into ‘normal’ behaviours when you are chatting with friends who may be in your class but aren’t a part of your household, but please always think about yours and others’ safety.

Evidence shows that the risk of transmission of Covid-19 is significantly reduced if everyone:

  • Maintains the two-metre social distance, or wears the appropriate PPE where this can’t be maintained
  • Regularly washing and/or sanitising your hands
  • Wears a face covering in public spaces

Thank you for continuing to follow the guidelines.

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. 

Number of students Number of staff
Friday 23 October 13 1
Monday 26 October 22 3
Tuesday 27 October 12 1
Wednesday 28 October 4 0
Thursday 29 October 12 1
Total (previous seven days) 63 6

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