Minister welcomes students back to campus

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The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS, and the Vice-Chancellor of USW, Dr Ben Calvert, chat to students at the Treforest Campus

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS, visited the University of South Wales (USW) yesterday (Thursday 23 September) to help welcome students back to campus at the start of term.

The Minister spent the afternoon at USW’s Pontypridd Campus to see some of the welcome event activities, teaching facilities and speak to students. This included visiting nursing and midwifery students in the Clinical Simulation Centre at Glyntaff, which replicates clinical environments for education and training.

After spending time speaking to students and touring the facilities, including intensive care, midwifery, A&E and paediatric clinical settings, he dropped into a WelcomeFest event at Treforest. The outdoor event was a chance to welcome students back to USW’s campuses with live music, information, food and drink stalls. There he chatted to a number of UK and international students about being back on site.

He also spoke to USW nursing students who had been working at a Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board pop-up vaccination clinic at the Treforest Campus all week. The nursing students, who had volunteered to work in the clinic, have been administering first and second dose vaccines to students before they return to face-to-face learning and teaching.

Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said: “It was great to visit the University of South Wales and meet many of the students returning for the new term or beginning their journey into higher education. I enjoyed meeting some of the nursing students, who have already gained experience of working on the NHS frontline during the pandemic.

“The University has done tremendous work in keeping its students, staff and community safe during the pandemic, by putting extra measure in place to ensure learning can continue safely. The pop-up vaccination centre, run by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, is vital in enabling students to get their vaccines and help keep themselves and their university family safe.

“Thanks to everyone at USW for the fantastic welcome.”

Dr Ben Calvert, Vice-Chancellor of USW, said: “It has been lovely to see students back to start the new term with us and to talk to them about what they are looking forward to. We were very pleased to welcome the Minister onto site and to show him around our facilities and chat with our students.

“I am very proud of our students and the resilience that they have shown over the last 18 months. Those that I have spoken to are looking forward to being back, and to having more face-to-face teaching on site this term.

“We have various safety measures in place so that can be done as safely as possible, and we are very grateful to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board for providing the pop-up vaccination clinic to give our university community the opportunity to have a first or second dose of their vaccination, if they haven’t yet had one, in a convenient way.”

Caitlin Davies, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) student at USW, who has been working at the pop-up vaccination centre at Treforest Campus, said: “This week has been a really exciting opportunity. It has been lovely to see the students coming in and wanting to stay safe by having their vaccines. This is so important because they will come into contact with so many people at university.”

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