Our personal tutor groups have been an amazing support during lockdown

Rhiannon James - nursing student

We asked Caitlin Richards, a first-year adult nursing student, how she has found studying under lockdown, and how USW staff have supported her along the way:

Studying Nursing at University virtually…my first thought was this can't be done! How can a practical and people-based course be taught online?

The University of South Wales has made this happen, where possible our lectures are live with our professors talking to us from their own homes.

If they have needed to show us examples relevant to our teaching material, where previously students would have been picked from the audience, family members have been used instead so that we fully understand.

I feel we will have a better bond with our professors and other cohorts on the other side of lockdown as we are all helping each other

Other methods of teaching have been pre-recorded PowerPoints, daily updates, discussion boards which are actively encouraged as part of our learning tasks, so we communicate with each other.

Our personal tutor groups have been an amazing support during lockdown, and offer an opportunity for smaller group contact. There has been end of the week virtual coffee meet-ups to reflect and check in on each other which helps our well-being.

Our personal tutor groups have been an amazing support during lockdown

I feel we will have a better bond with our professors and other cohorts on the other side of lockdown as we are all helping each other.

The odd dog or child in the background makes it a comical moment to remember and we have learnt each other’s preference for a Friday night drink."

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