All students | USW Update | Monday 20 September

The new academic year 2021/22 

Welcome to the start of a new academic year at USW. Some of you may have already started your teaching, others of you are at the start of your induction week.  

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Ben Calvert, would like to share a short video with you to welcome you to the new term: (Please note Welsh captions are available here:  

Welcome Events   
There are lots of Welcome events taking place over the next few weeks, which we encourage you to get involved with.   

There is also still time to book your tickets for the WelcomeFest events being held on our campuses this week, with live music and entertainment, free food tasters and drinks, as well as a local traders’ market and information stalls.  

  • Newport - Monday 20 September  
  • Cardiff - Tuesday 21 September  
  • Treforest - Wednesday 22 September to Friday 24 September  

Enjoying university life responsibly   
It may be the first time you've lived away from home and had to take care of yourself. You'll probably be making a new group of friends, who may stay with you for the rest of your life. We just ask that you  enjoy yourselves responsibly, follow the Covid-19 guidance and look after each other.  

Looking out for others  
Whether you are living in University-owned halls of residence, private accommodation or local housing, everyone has a responsibility to continue to be considerate members of their local community. We want you to enjoy your time with us at USW, however, now more than ever, we all have a joint responsibility to continue to think of others. The need to adhere to Covid-19 guidance is really important - every member of the community, not just the student community, has a responsibility to do this. The Student Charter also explains what our students can expect from our University and what, in turn, the University expects from our students.   

Covid-19 pop-up vaccination clinic  
The pop-up vaccination clinic is at our Conference Centre on the Treforest Campus all week from Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September. You can grab a jab for your first or second vaccine with no appointments necessary. The clinic is open between 10am and 6pm daily (10am to 4pm on the Friday). Bring along your student ID card or your USW enrolment email, and if you’ve had your first vaccine in the UK, a copy of your NHS vaccination card if you have it (but don’t worry if you don’t). To have a second vaccine, you just need to have had your first more than eight weeks ago.  

Please check UniLife and your student email account regularly for important information, advice and updates. If you have any questions, the Advice Zone offers a welcoming first point of contact. Enjoy the term at USW!    


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.