All students | USW Update | Monday 19 October

Keeping people safe, keeping learning going
 
Welsh Government fire break announced | Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor

 

The Welsh Government has announced today that further Wales-wide restrictions will be introduced from this Friday (23 October) at 6pm until Monday 9 November. The announcement from the First Minister makes it clear that universities can continue to provide blended learning during this time. 

This means that we will remain at Operational Level Two for our teaching and learning. There will be no change to our blended learning approach, and we will continue to deliver the timetable for term one in its current format. If you have any on-campus provision in your timetable during these two weeks, then you should continue to attend them as originally planned. You are allowed to travel for this purpose. If you have any concerns or queries, please speak to your course teams in the first instance.

There will need to be changes to the delivery of some of our facilities during the period of the lockdown, from Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November, which means that most of these will be provided at Operational Level Three.

  • Our on-campus catering facilities will be take-away only
  • The Sports Centre on our Treforest Campus will need to close temporarily
  • We are waiting for clarification from Welsh Government about whether our libraries and study spaces can remain open

Our welfare and support services remain available and you can find more information about these on UniLife.

As there is no change to our educational delivery, we are asking you to remain in your term-time address. Welsh Government have been clear that students should not travel to their home or an alternative address for these two weeks. This is to help reduce any potential spread of the virus.

While incidents of Covid-19 have risen in the student community, evidence cited by Welsh Government shows this is taking place outside the teaching and learning environment. The main rates of transmission are being seen in community and social settings. The new restrictions from Friday mean that you can not meet with anyone who does not live with you - either indoors or outdoors. Everyone is encouraged to stay indoors apart from when you need to go out for essential shopping, exercise or to attend face-to-face teaching. You can find more information about when you are able to leave your home on the Welsh Government website here.

The safety of our students, staff and the wider community is always our first priority, and we must all play our part in keeping each other safe. We must all remain vigilant to keep our campuses safe, to follow the guidelines, wear a mask indoors where required, stay two metres apart from others, and sanitise and wash our hands regularly to help stop the spread of the virus.

 

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.