All students | USW Update | Monday 14 September

Keeping people safe, keeping learning going

What is blended learning and how will it impact your 2020/21 study?  

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering our courses, research opportunities and other services as safely as possible. The ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic means that we are having to make changes to the way in which we deliver our courses and services for the 2020/2021 academic year. 

Courses will be delivered in a blended format; with a proportion of the teaching and learning being delivered digitally, and where it is safe to do so, some teaching and learning being delivered in person and using social distancing and/or mitigating measures as deemed appropriate in line with government guidance.  

If you cannot attend on-campus delivery because of health, travel, or other reasons you must let us know by completing the Covid-19 Individual Risk Assessment Form. 

Important: Please make sure you have completed your Multi Factor Authentication set-up and re-enrol as soon as you are eligible. You need to do this as soon as possible so that you can access all of the USW systems required for blended learning. International students will be able to complete online enrolment from 21st September. 

Getting Ready to Learn – Blackboard short course  

To help you prepare for blended learning, you can access a new online short course in Blackboard. You will learn more about the tools you'll be using in a digitally enabled environment and find out where you can go for support or advice. We advise all students to complete the course as soon as you are able to so that you are prepared for the start of term. You can find out more about the course and how to access it here

Induction timetable  

Whether you are a new student or a returning student, your course and module leaders will have prepared a number of induction activities designed to help you prepare for your studies this year. 

Your Induction timetable can be found here - search for your course to find your timetable.  Please note that activities will be a mixture of on-campus and online delivery. For online activities, you will need to ensure you follow the guidance here. 

Teaching Timetable  

Your timetable for the first academic term of 2020/21 will published during the week of 21 September and will be available here. Please pay careful attention to the schedule and delivery format of each class.    

As all 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. 


Unilearn is the umbrella term for the integrated system which supports USW learning and teaching activities through technology.  FAQs and guidance on Blackboard, Turnitin and Blackboard Collaborate are available on the IT Services website.  

Microsoft Office 365 and IT Services 

Your student email address is supplied by Microsoft Office 365 and is part of a suite of web-based applications which also gives you access to Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and Microsoft Teams.  IT have developed induction webpages to help get you started with Office 365 and other software that you can access as a USW student. 

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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