Accommodation rebate | Mark Milton, Chief Operating Officer
On Monday (11 January), we announced that we would be staggering our return to on-campus teaching over a greater period of time following renewed guidance from Welsh Government last Friday, with the majority of courses being delivered remotely until the week commencing 22 February.
In light of the disruption to on-campus teaching, and the Welsh Government guidance for people to continue to work and study from home if they can, we have now reviewed the impact this will have on students in our University-owned accommodation in Treforest. We have decided to introduce a payment holiday on accommodation fees from Monday 4 January until Friday 12 February. A refund for those weeks will be provided to students who have already paid this year’s fees in full. An equivalent discount will be applied to the remaining instalment for all other students. We expect to process these transactions no later than 12 February. This payment holiday applies to all students in University-owned accommodation in Treforest, whether you are currently in residence or not.
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 11 January||2||2|
|Tuesday 12 January||2||1|
|Wednesday 13 January||7||1|
|Thursday 14 January||2||0|
|Friday 15 January||3||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 2020/21, 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: