Welcoming you back to USW in September


Please note, this message is for USW on-campus students. 

Students who are studying off-campus or with a partner college should check local guidance and communication for attendance and teaching arrangements.

Your health and wellbeing is our top priority as we prepare to welcome students back onto our campuses in September 2020. With social distancing requirements expected to continue for some time, we are adapting how we run our courses with a blended and phased return to on-campus learning.

Welcoming you on campus

As you will be aware, many of our courses have practical components taught in specialist facilities such as labs, workshops and creative studios. We plan to run as many as we can on our campuses in small groups, in safe environments, from September. We will also deliver as many other face-to-face activities as we can safely, where it can be done in suitably smaller groups. We will make full use of the teaching day and week to do this.

Digital learning

For the first term (September to December 2020), we have decided to deliver all of our lectures virtually so as not to breach social distancing guidelines for large groups of people. This blended learning approach, which combines a blend of virtual and on-campus delivery, will ensure you continue to receive good experiences and high-quality education. You will still interact with other students and academics, and you will receive personal support. We will introduce the full range of on-campus activities as soon as we can.

Blended learning is not new to you or us

Blended learning is not new to us, as that is what we have been delivering since March which has enabled you to complete your studies over the last few months. We have taken onboard your feedback and are confident that you will continue to have a quality USW experience where you learn effectively, whether you are on campus or learning remotely via your computer or smart device.

Support services available for you

Please remember that the full range of student support services remain available for you to access via Advice Zone Online. There is also a vast range of learning support available online, including ebooks, online journals and databases through the USW Library. The USW Careers website has lots of resources, and the careers team are continuing to offer online events and access to MyCareer to help you develop the skills employers are looking for. A full list of links, advice and resources are all available through UniLife. The Student’s Union are also available to support you during your time at USW – you can find out how to contact them on their website.

Next steps

For now, please be assured that everything will be in place for your studies to continue in a safe and secure way. Applications are being accepted for accommodation – you can find out more here. Further details will be released as our plans take shape, so please keep an eye on our websiteFAQs and your email. We will be having conversations with you over the coming weeks and will be letting you know how this will affect your study in more detail before the end of July.

Any questions?

In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can email us at returningstudents@southwales.ac.uk and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. Please remember to include your name, student number and which course you are studying. For visa and immigration queries, please contact the Immigration and International Student Advice service.  

Keep well and stay positive. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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