General Advice

Last updated: 27 July 2020, 9:30 

Latest advice

All of our updates are being posted at www.southwales.ac.uk/coronavirus.  

If you are a member of staff at USW, you can also find updates on Connect. If you are a student at USW, then please regularly check UniLife and Blackboard. 

Further advice about coronavirus is also available on the following websites: 

The Home Office has a helpline for international university students and staff, if they have immigration queries related to coronavirus. If a third party wishes to speak on their behalf, they must have the visa holder’s permission. 

Telephone: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). Calls are free of charge. 

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk 

 



For up-to-date information about social distancing and self-isolating please visit the gov.uk website.  
This includes up-to-date guidance about staying at home  and self-isolating.


University business

The University is currently operating remotely. With social distancing requirements expected to continue for some time, we are adapting how we run our courses with a blended and phased return to on-campus learning for the new academic year starting in September 2020.

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 intend to deliver 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. 



All of our on-campus events have been cancelled. This includes our undergraduate Open Days and our postgraduate Open Evenings. We have now moved these 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.



After careful consideration and reviewing the public health guidance and concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken the decision to cancel all on-campus interviews until at least the end of August. Where interviews are necessary these will take place via alternative methods, such as by video or by phone. When you are invited to interview full details of the revised format will be provided by email. 


Whilst the libraries are currently physically closed on our campuses, USW Library Services is open online. Students, staff and researchers can access support from USW Library staff and hundreds of thousands of resources remotely. 

Over the coming days, an additional 180,000 new e-books will be made available as well as new online content to support students with their studies. Our Library staff are working with the UK academic publishing industry to keep this access available and free to everyone to use.  

During this time, staffed virtual chat and online enquiry support is online. Course level support is also available including subject guides for your studies, online reading lists and access to BoB (Box of Broadcasts) to view online films, sound and programmes. 

USW students, staff and researchers can access the USW Library Services online via FINDit or via the libraries website



USW sport facilities including the USW Sport Park and the sports centre in Treforest are closed. Please continue to check the sport website and Twitter account - @uswsport – for updates.  


No. The USW Conference Centre, along with all event spaces on our campuses, are closed for events until at least the end of August 2020. All organisations that had booked events or meeting rooms Conference and Events Team have been informed about the closure, and they will each be updating their own delegates.



Unfortunately, we have decided 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 

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.