All students | USW Update | Friday 17 July

Keeping people safe, keeping learning going

 Safety on campus | Simon Chiffi, Director of Estates

Throughout the pandemic your safety and wellbeing has been our highest priority. This continues to be the case as we plan for a phased return to on-campus activities in September. That is why we are introducing a number of additional health and safety measures across our sites which have been designed to protect everyone on campus whilst delivering you the best possible experience. 

Navigating your way around

  • We are introducing one-way systems into many of our buildings.
  • We will be reminding everyone to follow social distancing guidelines and avoid congregating in communal spaces.
  • There will be signage to help with this. 

Enhanced Hygiene Regimen 

  • We will be increasing the frequency of cleaning for high use areas, such as door handles.
  • There will be hand sanitising stations at the entrance/exit points of buildings.
  • We will also be asking you to frequently wash your hands.
  • There will be breaks in the timetable between classes to allow any necessary equipment to be cleaned.
  • Some catering facilities will be available on each of our campuses and we will be using disposable cups, containers and cutlery.
  • There are lidded bins around the campuses so waste can be disposed of safely.  

Using facilities

  • There will be protective screens for all operational reception points and helpdesks.
  • The lifts in our buildings should only be used by people with mobility difficulties and only by one person at a time, unless anyone needs to be accompanied by a carer.
  • There will be a reduced number of desks and workstations available in our teaching spaces - the ones that you can use will be marked. These will follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Informal seating around our campuses will be clearly marked with a welcome sign so you can see which ones you can use.
  • In open access computer labs, the computers that you can use will also be clearly marked.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • At this in time, in line with Public Health Wales guidance, our approach is that face coverings will not be mandatory on our campuses or in our buildings.
  • However, risk assessments are being conducted, and where it will not be possible for social distancing guidelines to be adhered to, for example during the delivery of a course such as nursing, then PPE will be required. In these cases, the University will provide PPE for you.
  • Should anyone wish to wear face coverings around the campus, then they will of course be welcome to wear their own.
  • We will be keeping this under continuous review and take account of any Welsh Government or Public Health guidelines.

This update is just a brief overview of the detailed planning and preparation that is underway to make our buildings and facilities ready. All of the safety measures and guidelines that we are following are being developed into a site handbook, which you will be sent before the start of term. During August we will also be sharing a video to show you how some of our buildings and teaching spaces will look and feel when you return. Your safety is our primary concern and we look forward to welcoming you back on to our campuses in 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.

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