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All students | USW Update |  Monday 20 September

The new academic year 2021/22 

Welcome to the start of a new academic year at USW. Some of you may have already started your teaching, others of you are at the start of your induction week.  

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Ben Calvert, would like to share a short video with you to welcome you to the new term: (Please note Welsh captions are available here:  

Welcome Events   
There are lots of Welcome events taking place over the next few weeks, which we encourage you to get involved with.   

There is also still time to book your tickets for the WelcomeFest events being held on our campuses this week, with live music and entertainment, free food tasters and drinks, as well as a local traders’ market and information stalls.  

  • Newport - Monday 20 September  
  • Cardiff - Tuesday 21 September  
  • Treforest - Wednesday 22 September to Friday 24 September  



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. Figures listed on a Monday also include the number of cases that the University was informed of over the previous weekend.

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

We are also reporting weekly the number of staff and students receiving positive test results to Welsh Government, which you can view on the Welsh Government website. From February 2021, these figures only include staff who are working on-campus and students who are on-campus, or living in halls of residence or local student accommodation. 

Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing has been taking place at USW since December 2020. 

Number of students Number of staff
Monday 20 September 3 0
Tuesday 21 September 0 4
Wednesday 22 September 0 0
Thursday 23 September 0 1
Friday 24 September 4 0



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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