General Advice

Last updated: 8 April 2021

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. 



At present it is not possible for prospective students to visit our campuses in person.  

We are running Online Open Days where you discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales. These include course videos, virtual tours, details about student life and finance, as well as live chat with staff and current students, so you can get all of your questions answered. The Online Open Days are available to book now – just visit our undergraduate Open Day pages

We are working closely with the Welsh Government and hope to resume on-campus visits and events later this year. 



The USW Sports Park is open, however the Treforest Sports Centre is currently closed. . Please continue to check the USW Sport website and Twitter account - @uswsport for the latest update. We are following all Welsh 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 is able to take bookings for ‘business critical’ events, meetings and training courses (this means that you are able to prove why this event/meeting/course cannot be done online and MUST take place in person). All other event spaces on our campuses are currently closed for external events in line with Welsh Government regulations.  

The Conference and Events team is providing online event management support to clients and are actively working with clients on future bookings. If you are interested in discussing options for online, in-person or a hybrid solution to your next event, please email: [email protected] and the team will be happy to help.   

You can find out more about the services provided by the Conference and Events team on our website here.



Due to the ongoing pandemic and uncertainty about when events involving large groups of people can resume, and having reflected on this, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this summer’s graduation ceremonies, which were due to be held in July. We want our graduating students to be able to enjoy the celebratory event with their family and friends at a time when it is safe for everyone to do so. We will therefore rearrange the ceremonies for a later date when it is possible to do this.  

We will ensure certificates and transcripts for graduating students are posted to your home address after the end of the academic year - the timeframes for this will be published on the Academic Registry website by the end of April 2021. Please ensure your home address is up to date on our student record system by checking your details here.


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.