All students | USW Update | Friday 23 October

Keeping people safe, keeping learning going 

Covid-19 fire break restrictions | Mark Milton, Chief Operating Officer
You will have received a couple of emails from us this week to let you know how the new fire break restrictions that come into force later today in Wales, will impact the University. 

As we said earlier in the week, all learning and teaching is continuing as planned. Please attend any face-to-face sessions on campus in your timetable during the next couple of weeks. If you live off-campus, you are allowed to travel for education, so you are able to drive to our campuses or come via public transport. Please only share a car with members of your household. 

We will though see some of our facilities closing because of the new restrictions. From 6pm today until Monday 9 November the following facilities are affected:

  • The Sports Centre on our Treforest campus will be closed. 
  • The Students’ Union facilities at each campus will close (including The Randy Dragon and Reflections in Treforest) however the SU shop on the Treforest campus will remain open from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week. SU staff and officers can still be easily contacted.
  • Libraries will be open as usual (Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm), for essential and planned visits. Please remember to wear a face covering. ‘Request and Collect’ for printed books will be available, as will access to borrow and return loaned laptops. Study spaces will remain open, for individual study only (no group bookings). Study spaces need to be pre-booked via Connect2
  • Our catering facilities will remain open but will move to offering a take-away only service. There is also a change in the opening times:


We understand that these are challenging times, and we would like to thank you for continuing to follow the restrictions which are affecting all of our lives, so that we can all help to stop the spread of the virus. If you are struggling at all, particularly if you are having to self-isolate, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with the range of services on-hand to help you. You can contact the full range of services via Advice Zone Online. The Fika App is also available for you to download and use for free as a USW student, which supports mental fitness, and can help you to stay focused, motivated and connected. 

We know that these two weeks may be particularly difficult as we are all being encouraged to stay in our accommodation and at home as much as possible and only go out for limited purposes. Please continue to keep safe and keep learning.  

Keeping you Connected
We understand that the current restrictions can make this is an unsettling time. Even though in person social interactions are more limited, it is important to remember that now, more than ever, it is important to stay connected, healthy and engaged. There are a range of activities, resources and support available across the University, to help keep you connected to University life.

Please note, off-campus students who are studying with a partner college should check guidance and communication from their college, about local attendance, assessment and teaching arrangements.