All students | USW Update | Thursday 9 September

Safety on campus this term | Mark Milton, Chief Operating Officer

We are doing everything that we can to keep everyone and our campus environments as safe as possible. There will be significantly more scheduled learning and teaching on campus this term, and to help us to do that safely, a number of measures are in place which we are asking you to follow:

  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces across our sites.
  • You are also asked to keep your face covering on in your learning and teaching spaces if social distancing of two metres can’t be maintained.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged in indoor public spaces, such as our corridors - there is signage around our campuses encouraging this.
  • One-way systems will be in place in some areas of our buildings - please follow these.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and exit points of each building and everyone is asked to sanitise their hands each time they enter and exit a building.
  • Enhanced cleaning across our campuses will continue. There will also be wipes available in teaching spaces to allow you to wipe down your learning areas before and after use.

We are also asking everyone to have their Covid-19 vaccination before they come to campus. If you have not yet received your vaccine, 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.

Before you come to campus, please familiarise yourself with the Campus User Guide for students. This contains all of the information that you need to know about how our campuses will be operating. The guide will be updated if further changes are required during this academic term or year. Therefore, please refer to UniLife for the most up-to-date version.

Before you move to term-time accommodation
For UK students, if you are moving to term-time accommodation, then you are encouraged to have a Covid-19 test shortly before you move. You can do this via the NHS Covid-19 test booking system - please answer the questions normally, and select ‘no’ when asked if you have symptoms, select ‘no’ when asked if you are an essential worker (unless this is true for you) and select ‘I’ve been told to get a test by my nursery, work or place of education’ and then ‘I’m a student returning to university in Wales’ when asked ‘why are you asking for a test?’.

For international students, information on arrivals, testing and quarantine support can be found here.  

Once you are on campus
We are then asking all students to take lateral flow tests twice a week for the first 28 days that you are back on campus. This is to reduce the risk of outbreaks and large numbers of students needing to self-isolate. If we detect cases early because everyone is getting tested, we can stop the virus spreading. You can book your test or arrange to collect a home testing kit via the USW Covid-19 testing site.

And if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 at any point during the term, please book an NHS Covid-19 test and self-isolate. If you test positive, please let USW know, so that we can monitor cases.

If we all play our part by following this guidance, we can aim to keep people as safe as possible so that we can all enjoy being back on campus with each other.

Book your tickets for WelcomeFest
Don’t forget that booking is now open for WelcomeFest to welcome new and existing students to our campuses. USW and the Students’ Union are organising events at each campus - there will be a main stage, 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. It will also incorporate elements of freshers’ fairs, which are traditionally held at the start of term, with the SU hosting stalls and practical demonstrations. To secure your free tickets, please visit the relevant campus booking page:

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

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.