Safety On Campus

As our campuses and buildings open-up for the next 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.   

Below, you'll find information on the steps we're taking to ensure that your health, safety, and wellbeing is prioritised. 



Face coverings need to be worn indoors at all of our sites from Monday 14 September (Cardiff, Glyntaff, Newport, Treforest and the Sport Park).

They can be removed in teaching spaces if required, where 2m social distancing is in place, and where PPE hasn’t been deemed mandatory for a specific task.

Blended Learning - Social Dinstancing Signs

One-way systems and social distancing signage are in place in many of our buildings, helping direct the flow of traffic and to remind everybody to follow distancing guidelines. 

Blended Learning - Cleaning High Volume Areas

Throughout each day we'll be frequently cleaning high-use areas, such as door handles.

Blended Learning - Hand Sanister Stations

Don't forget to use the new hand sanitising stations at the entrance and exit points of each building.

Blended Learning - Protective Barriers

In areas where close contact may not be unavoidable, such as receptions and helpdesks, we've introduced protective screens.

Blended Learning - Disposable Cups

Catering facilities will be using disposable cups, containers and cutlery. 

Blended Learning - Safety Bins

Appropriate bins are located around campus, so waste can be correctly and safely disposed of.

Blended Learning - Regularly Cleaning Classrooms

We'll be following social distancing guidelines within our buildings, with breaks between each class to allow students to exit the room safely before the next teaching sessions starts.


Many of our facilities and student-facing services will be available for you on campus, following appropriate health and safety measures, such as social distancing.  

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General advice

Many of our facilities and student-facing services will be available for you on campus, following appropriate health and safety measures, such as social distancing.  

Undergraduate Open Day (Accommodation)


Our Accommodation is open at Treforest and available to book, with flats with a shared kitchen classed as households. We are working with our private providers in Cardiff and Newport, who have put in place measures to help keep students safe.  

Student Advice Newport - Rachel Duke

Advice Zones

Staff at our Advice Zones will be able to signpost you to the full range of student support services including Counselling, Disability Service, Dyslexia Service, Student Development and Study Skills, and Student Money, which will all be available with online appointments.  

The library at the Atrium


Plans are being made for our libraries to be open, with study space available for you to pre-book and a ‘click and collect’ service for books, alongside our comprehensive online reading lists.  

Staff at the Students Union, Cardiff

SU Shops, Bars and Sports

The Students’ Union are planning for their shops to be open on each campus, as well as the bars and catering at Treforest where food and drinks can be ordered through an app to reduce contact. Competitive sport will restart in January 2021, with plans for sports trials and training to begin later in the first term. 

Covid-19 asymptomatic testing

Covid-19 asymptomatic testing is available for students to book between Monday 4 January and Wednesday 27 January at our Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd campuses. You should book your first test as close as possible to the date you are moving to your term-time address. If you commute to university from home, you are also able to access testing, and you are particularly encouraged to do so if you are coming to one of the campuses for face-to-face learning during the first few weeks of term.  

You are advised to have two tests, three days apart. In between the two tests, you are encouraged to lay low. This means not mixing with other people as much as possible.

The test is quick and easy and should take no more than 15 minutes. You will receive your test results in approximately one hour by text or email. You can book your appointment here

When you arrive at your appointment, you will be guided through registration and the testing process by the on-site support staff. Please make sure that you bring with you:

  • A form of ID, such as your student ID card, passport or driving licence.
  • Your phone, tablet or laptop. If you do not have one of these then a staff member at the site will help you.
  • A face covering or mask, which you should only remove when you are taking the swabs for the test.  

More information is available on the student intranet, Unilife.


The USW Covid-19 Operational Levels plan sets out how the University will respond to varying levels of lockdown and government restrictions as part of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The safety of our staff and students is our highest priority, and this helps to detail the varying stages of operation, which we will move through only when it is safe to do so. We are currently operating at level three (summer 2020) and expect to be operating at level two in September 2020. 

USW Operational Levels Diagram - Cropped - Large