All students | USW Update | Thursday 17 September

Final preparations ahead of the start of term | Professor Martin Steggall (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Student Experience)  

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back for the Autumn term of the 2021/22 academic year and to seeing many more of you accessing learning and teaching on our campuses, whether you are a returning student or joining us for the first time.  

Here are some essential things that you will need to know before the start of term.   

Induction timetable   
Induction activities have been arranged for new and returning students to help you prepare for your studies this year - you can view your induction timetable here - search for your course to find your timetable.  Please note that activities will be a mixture of on-campus and online delivery.  

Teaching Timetable   
Your timetable for the first academic term of 2021/22 is available - please pay careful attention to the schedule and delivery format of each class. You are expected to attend all of the sessions outlined in your timetable - both the online and on-campus sessions. As schedules are subject to change, we strongly recommend that you do not print out a hard copy but check the online timetabling service on a regular basis.  

We are aware that some international students may experience delays in travelling to the UK for the start of the 2021/22 academic year due to coronavirus restrictions. It is very important that you communicate with us about your arrival arrangements and any difficulties that you are facing, further guidance can be found here

Getting Ready to Learn 
The Getting Ready to Learn (short course) will introduce you to the learning tools you will be using and provide an overview of the support services which will be crucial in getting the most out of your course. Before starting the course, you will need to have completed your IT induction. You can visit the Getting Ready to Learn course at any time, but we would encourage you to complete it before you start your course or module induction. 

Student ID cards 
From next week ID cards will be distributed to new students and students who started in the 2020/21 academic year (as long as you have enrolled).  

  • New students who are based at our Cardiff, Glyntaff and Newport Campuses or the USW Sport Park, will be issued with an ID card during their induction session next week.  
  • New students moving into the halls of residence on the Treforest Campus can collect their ID card from the accommodation team from Monday 20 September.  
  • New students (not in halls) based at the Treforest Campus, will need to collect their ID card from student navigators based in the Advice Zone in the Treforest Campus Library from Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September between 9am and 4.30pm. Student navigators will be wearing red t-shirts with ‘here to help’ written on them!  
  • Returning students who started during the 2020/21 academic year and new students who are unable to collect them during induction week, can collect them from the campus Advice Zones and The Street in Cardiff Campus from Monday 27 September onwards.  

Campus Guide  
There is a Campus User Guide for Students which takes you through how our campuses, buildings and facilities are operating. Please take some time to read it before the start of your studies for this year.   

Covid-19 - self-isolating, symptoms and testing positive  
To enable us all to continue going about our lives, we each have a responsibility to follow the testing and safety guidelines. Please take a Covid-19 test before moving to your term-time accommodation and complete lateral flow tests twice a week, three days apart, for the first 28 days that you are on campus.  

If you are displaying symptoms, or have had a positive test, please self-isolate in your accommodation and do not come onto campus. You can find out more about what you need to do, and who you need to inform at the University on UniLife here and up-to-date details around self-isolation on the Welsh Government website.  

Covid-19 vaccinations 
We are asking all of our USW community to have their Covid-19 vaccinations. If you have not yet had yours, there are plenty of walk-in clinics available. You can find the contact details for Welsh local health boards on the Welsh Government website, as well as more information on the NHS website and the USW Health Centre website

We are also holding a pop-up vaccination clinic at our Treforest Campus from Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September. You can grab a jab for your first or second vaccine with no appointments necessary. Just pop into the Conference Centre on the Campus between 10am and 6pm on one of these days (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.  

Welsh Government guidelines  
If you are moving to Wales, it is important that you understand the latest guidelines, as these may differ from other UK nations and countries. The Welsh Government website provides information on current regulations and restrictions in Wales.  

Welcome Events  
A wide range of events are being held over the next few weeks to welcome you to, or back to, our USW campuses. A full list of Welcome Events can be found on UniLife. Don’t forget that you can also book your tickets for WelcomeFest with live music and entertainment, free food tasters and drinks, as well as a local traders’ market and information stalls for all of the things you need to know about USW. Book your free tickets here: 

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

We look forward to seeing you on our campuses very soon!  


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.