General Advice

Last updated: 30 September 2020

University business

The University is currently operating remotely.

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering our courses, research opportunities and other services as safely as possible. The ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic means that we are having to make changes to the way in which we deliver our courses and services for the academic year 2020/2021.  

We are delivering our courses 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. 



As an educational establishment, the University is continuing to operate during local restrictions, in line with Welsh Government guidance. Travel into and out of the areas where local restrictions apply is allowed for people to attend work, where it cannot be done at home, and to attend University, if it cannot be done online.   

You can find an up-to-date list of where local restrictions currently apply on the Welsh Government website.  



Our Open Days are now being held online, so you can still discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. These include course videos, virtual tours, details about student life and finance, along with a Live Chat facility so you can get all of your questions answered. The Online Open Days are available to book now, and you can access them at a time and date to suit you. To book, please visit our undergraduate Open Day pages.



The Sports Park and the Treforest Sport Centre are both open. Please continue to check the USW Sport website and Twitter account - @uswsport in case of any changes. We have followed all Government guidelines and national governing sporting specific guidance to ensure we can provide a safe environment for sport and wellbeing activities to take place.   

We have implemented additional cleaning measures within our sport facilities, including the regular cleaning of touch points such as door handles. We will be observing social distancing guidelines, with equipment spaced out appropriately, which will be reiterated on signage throughout our facilities. There will be hand sanitising stations in key areas and we will be highting the measures that have been implemented to ensure our customers’ safety via an induction.  



The USW Conference Centre, along with all event spaces on our campuses, are currently closed for external events in line with Welsh Government regulations. The team is taking bookings for 2021 onwards and are able to provide clients with support for online events in the meantime. You can find out more about the services provided by the Conference and Events team on our website here.


Unfortunately, we had to postpone the Summer 2020 Graduation ceremonies indefinitely, given that we do not know the timescales of the Coronavirus situation.  


Employers

The health and safety of our students and staff is the University’s main concern and we are closely following the advice of the government and the professional body regulators for our courses, where applicable. We know that as an employer you will be doing the same thing.  

Our course and faculty teams are monitoring the individual placements on a daily basis, and are working closely with students and employers. If you have any specific concerns, please contact the University Placement Partner that you usually liaise with, and they will look at each individual situation with you.  

Students on a sandwich placement, are an employee of your organisation for the year that they are with you, and students are advised to follow your advice and guidance, such as your approach to home working at this time. If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact your University Placement Partner, who would be happy to speak with you.   



Updates made to this page 

30 September 2020 
Information about local restrictions added 

7 September 2020  
Updated information about the USW Sport Park and the sports centre in Treforest 

28 August 2020
Updated information about access to facilities 

27 July 2020  
Updated information about the next academic term and our online open days 

3 June 2020
Updated information to reflect the plans for the new academic year in September 

6 May 2020  
Details added about online Open Days and virtual interviews.  

16 April 2020
Updated advice for Conference Centre operations guidance. 

25 March 2020  
Updated to reflect the Government’s stay at home guidance. 

23 March 2020 
Information about work placements for employers. 

19 March 2020  
Update about applicant interviews, access to USW sports facilities, libraries, the Conference Centre, and summer graduation ceremonies. 17 

March 2020 
Update about Open Days, and if the University is open.