Covid GreyLast updated: 27 May 2021

We take the health and wellbeing of our staff, learners and visitors seriously and we continue to monitor the Covid-19 outbreak so we can provide up to date information and advice, and offer support as the situation develops.

We are in contact with colleagues at Public Health Wales (PHW) and will update the guidance on this page and these FAQs as the situation develops.

View our On-campus, On-line, On your side pages for more information about how we are adapting our teaching environment to keep you safe.

Academic Safety Net

Considering the ongoing impact across the University on students and staff, we are putting in place an academic safety net to support students and ensure that they can achieve an appropriate degree.

These safety net regulations are intended to acknowledge the current coronavirus context and its effect on students in order to ensure that your results are considered fairly while maintaining our academic standards and securing the value of your qualifications.

The full academic regulations can be found here.

Further information is available in our video: 

Students: Book an Asymptomatic Test

UWTSD is offering fast, asymptomatic Covid-19 tests for our students.

  • Our test sites have a range of safety measures in place and you will receive your result within 2 hours.  
  • You can book a test from 4 January.
  • The test will provide reassurance and peace of mind before you travel to see your loved ones.

Find out more about the University's arrangements for asymptomatic testing, including access to the booking form:

Coronavirus Incident Reporting

If you have concerns regarding instances of breaches in relation to the Coronavirus, please use this form to inform the University.  Please be aware that reports are received by limited numbers of staff and will be treated confidentially where possible. 

This form is for reporting incidents in relation to Coronavirus and is for use by students, staff and members of the community.

Staff and Students – forms for reporting symptoms or positive test results may be found on the Hwb.

 

A message to the community - April 2021

The Welsh Government has announced that universities will be able to resume their delivery of blended learning, combining on-campus and online learning for the summer term. 

We wanted to update those of you living in the vicinity of our campuses of the arrangements that this University has put in place to welcome its students back to campus, and in particular to reassure you that we are taking the appropriate steps to safeguard our community as we manage the coronavirus context. 

Over the past few months we have prioritised the return of students requiring access to specialist resources and facilities including workshops, studios and laboratories. We are now planning the gradual return of the majority of our students for in-person teaching.  Those students who will return to the campus will do so in a phased and managed way over the next few weeks.

We have put a range of measures in place, as part of our risk assessed approach, to reduce the number of people attending our campus at any given time. These measures include making appropriate adjustments to the delivery of our programmes and services, as well as to the campus environment, and include providing access to regular testing, wearing face coverings, physical distancing and hand hygiene.

The University values the continued support of the communities it serves and the close relationship of mutual trust and respect that we have developed over many years. 

The past year has been difficult for us all and we have missed welcoming you to the campus to enjoy the many events which are important aspects of University life.  The summer term, in particular, is the highlight of our academic calendar as we celebrate our students’ achievements.

Our staff and students have worked tirelessly during the year to ensure that learning and teaching continued despite the coronavirus. And although we will not be able to welcome you in person to the events that are usually held on campus this term,  I hope that you will be able to join us for the many online events and exhibitions that will take place during the next few weeks and months.

On behalf of the University, may we thank you for your interest and continued support.

Gwilym Dyfri Jones                                  Professor Ian Walsh

Provost                                                   Provost

Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses         Swansea and Cardiff campuses

A message to returning students - April 2021

Dear Students

We’re delighted that our campuses will welcome more students and staff back for the summer term. It feels like a long time since we have been able to meet each other in person and we hope that this will be the beginning of our gradual return to a more normal way of working.

The past year has been difficult for us all but managing the coronavirus context and keeping our community safe has always been our priority.

In line with Welsh Government guidelines, our blended learning approach - combining on-campus and online learning, will resume in a gradual way over the next few weeks for the majority of our students. Your Institute will inform you of when your in-person teaching will resume so please remember to check your emails regularly so that you can plan your return to campus accordingly.

We’re very grateful to you all for the way in which you have worked with us to ensure the safety of our community. It has been a genuine team effort which has ensured that we have minimised the risk of spreading the coronavirus. So much has been achieved, and whilst the Coronavirus continues to affect our lives we can look confidently to the future. 

As more people attend our campuses it will be equally important that we all continue to keep to the rules here in Wales to ensure that we can maintain and increase our presence on our campuses over the coming months and as we look to the new academic year in September.

As you know, our safety measures include access to regular testing, wearing face coverings, physical distancing and hand hygiene. Our COVID dashboard available on the Hwb tile has a range of resources to assist you and you can also access the latest information including forms to book your tests.

Remember too that our Student Services team is here to support you.

In the meantime, keep yourself and your family and friends safe. 

With best wishes.

Yours faithfully

Gwilym Dyfri Jones                                          Professor Ian Walsh

Provost                                                           Provost

Camarthen and Lampeter Campuses                 Swansea and Cardiff Campuses

Video Messages

Messages of thanks to our students from the Campus Provosts


Carmarthen Community | Gwilym Dyfri Jones

As we welcome students back to the campus, here's a message from Gwilym Dyfri Jones to the community in Carmarthen about the University's safety measures.


Lampeter Community | Gwilym Dyfri Jones

As we welcome students back to the campus, here's a message from Gwilym Dyfri Jones to the community in Lampeter about the University's safety measures.


Swansea Community | Ian Walsh

As we welcome students back to the campus, here's a message from Professor Ian Walsh to the community in Swansea about the University's safety measures.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The FAQs below include information about the University’s approach which is applicable to and visitors to our campuses as well as specific information for Students and Staff. These FAQs will be updated regularly as the situation evolves.