Keeping people safe, keeping learning going
A message from your Students’ Union
The Students’ Union will continue to provide both academic and welfare support for students throughout the academic year, both online and in-person. The Students’ Union have been working throughout the summer, getting ready for your return in September, as well as planning for what this year will look like.
The Students’ Union will be running a new appointment-based system for in-person support. Students will need to email the officer or staff member you wish to speak to. An appointment will be set up for you in the most convenient SU space.
The Students’ Union can be contacted by email or social media and information can be found on the Contact Us web page.
Take a look at the Coronavirus – Students’ Union FAQs, which may provide some of the answers you’re looking for.
If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Nominations for vacant student officer posts will open on 28th September, with the election voting taking place on 15th October. We are looking for Student Trustees to sit on our Board, a full-time Activities Officer, Student Voice Representatives and Student Council Officers.
If you want to represent other students, make sure that their voice is heard on all topics, and help shape the student experience, visit the Elections web page for role descriptions and advice on how to get involved.
Course Reps and Student Voice Representatives (SVRs)
Course Representatives and SVRs are an essential link between staff and students at USW. All activities for Course Representatives and SVRs will be delivered online this year. Training sessions will be held virtually, meetings for representatives will be held on Blackboard Collaborate, and all resources and support will be available online.
Course Representatives will be elected in-class with the support of their Course Leader, and SVRs will be elected online via the By-elections.
All information on Course Representatives and SVRs can be found on the Student Voice web pages, including job descriptions, training dates, and toolkits.
Teams, Clubs and Societies
There will be changes to the way that the Students' Union's registered teams, clubs and societies operate this year. But we are determined that, if it can go ahead, it will go ahead. We are working to make sure that activities are safe - be it salsa with a stick, online acting classes or football with a friend. There are rules and regulations that we must follow and they are different for each activity. You need to prepare for things not to be quite as you expect, but it's for the best.
Competitive sport in the British Universities leagues will resume in January. We are working with colleagues in Welsh universities to put together a programme of friendlies to keep you match fit until then. Because some students will not be returning to campus until later in the year, it's only fair that we delay team trials. We don't want anyone to miss out on the opportunity and we certainly don't want to miss superstars, who may have passed us by. Full updates on which activities are starting and when can be found on the Students’ Union website.
Food and Entertainment
Food and drinks will be available in The Randy Dragon and Reflections on the Treforest campus. Whether you decide to save time queuing and eat in with your mates, or have your meal to take away, all orders will be taken through our new app.
The Zen Bar, Eclipse and Cables will remain closed whilst we continue to follow Government guidance and will reopen when we can do so safely.
The Students' Union shops will be open, with a one-way system in place at Treforest. The number of students allowed in at any one time will be less than normal. This may mean waiting a little longer before being able to buy your must-have USW hoodie. Or you can order one through our online shop. Our venue opening hours can be found on our Opening Hours web page.
This Freshers' we're #GoingDigital! Our events, activities and Freshers' Fair are being delivered virtually. This means Freshers' is more accessible than ever before and you can take part from wherever you are.
We want to make sure you have the best student experience possible at USW. We encourage you to take a look at our clubs and societies. Freshers' is a great opportunity to try something new. For more information about this year’s Freshers', visit uswsufreshers.co.uk.
We can't wait to meet and welcome you all to the #USWFamily!
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.