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Coronavirus | Information for Students

Last updated: 2 February 2021

We really appreciate your continued efforts and support which has been integral to keeping the UWTSD community safe.

Please continue to observe this guidance to help safeguard our UWTSD community and remember our three main principles:

  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings
  • Hand-hygiene

UWTSD would like to thank you for your hard work.

Teaching - (Updated 2 February 2021)

Following the announcement from the Welsh Government about changes to educational guidelines in Wales, the University will remain online until Easter. This means that your studies will continue online until April.

We understand that you may have questions about what this means for your programme. We are currently reviewing plans for after Easter. Your institute will be in touch with specific information about your programme.

The safety of our students, staff and local communities continues to be a priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and will be providing regular updates.

Testing - (Updated 6 January 2021)

Our UWTSD asymptomatic test centres have reopened and are available for you to book at test before you return to campus. Your programme team will be in touch with the information about  the arrangements for online and face to face teaching on your programme.

Book a test for January

Can I commute/Travel to University (updated 14 January 2021)

New Travel Arrangements for arrivals in UK

The UK government has recently announced new arrangements for international travellers arriving in England. Whilst the new requirements at present only apply to international travellers arriving in England, the Welsh government is currently considering whether to introduce a similar regime for international travellers arriving directly in Wales.

The new requirements require all international travellers (including all international students) to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours prior to departure. International travellers who fail to present such evidence may be denied boarding by their airline and on arrival in England will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing.

In addition, all international passengers will still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions.

If you are looking to return or commence their studies in the UK should ensure they comply with the above requirements. Should you require any further assistance or guidance please contact the University at iru@uwtsd.ac.uk

The Welsh Government has confirmed that travel in Wales for educational purposes is permitted which includes students travelling from other UK nations even where there are local restrictions in place. International students are also allowed to travel for educational purposes, but may be subject to quarantine on arrival.

We strongly encourage you to remain where you are if possible until you have heard from your programme team about when your in-person teaching starts.

You may wish to complete the Travel Authorisation Form for evidence that you are traveling for educational reasons.

If you are planning to return to accommodation, you need to ensure that you are tested on your return.

I am medically vulnerable or have caring responsibilities

Please email shielding@uwtsd.ac.uk if you are medically vulnerable or if you are no longer able to attend class/placement in person due to caring responsibilities, so that we can discuss with you the appropriate steps for you to continue your studies safely.

I am self-isolating and have practical needs (e.g. accessing food, medication)

If you are self-isolating, we are on hand to support you;

 Food

  • We can help to provide advice, guidance and support on how to get food and shopping whilst isolating

Medication

  • If you need to collect a one-off prescription, please see if someone can get this on your behalf and let us know if you struggle, we can help find a way to get this to you
  • For repeat prescriptions, please liaise with your pharmacy (e.g. Lloyds Pharmacy)

Check in

  • We will organise online or phone catch up sessions to check in with you and your flatmates if appropriate to do so

Money

  • There is a dedicated hardship fund available should you need it
  • We recommend you use online banking

During the Winter Break, please email Covid-19@uwtsd.ac.uk

I am feeling isolated…

We understand the continuing situation will be difficult for students. We have a wealth of support services at UWTSD as well as the Students’ Union.

Please feel free to contact your sabbatical officer.

Information about the listening and referral service during the winter break is available.

Face Covering Policy - **Updated** 29.09.2020

*** UPDATED 29.09.2020*** UWTSD face covering policy

The University requires that face coverings are used by staff, students and visitors, in indoor public spaces (e.g. corridors, communal areas and libraries), teaching spaces and in outdoor spaces where social distancing is difficult.

The University’s position as outlined above is in line with Welsh Government and Public Health guidance. The University closely monitors this guidance and this policy may change further in the future.

Based on risk, the University may also require that face coverings are mandatory in additional contexts or locations (e.g. where there is closer interaction between people). Staff and students will be informed about when and where this is the case.

Please note:

  • Those with medical conditions for whom the wearing of face coverings will cause difficulty are exempt. You may want to print an exemption card or download such a card on your phone. The University is aware that face coverings cause difficulties for students with certain disabilities.  The University has worked on a range of measures in line with sector advice to maintain an inclusive learning and teaching environment for those students.
  • All students and members of staff are asked to be considerate towards everyone in our community
  • Face coverings are regarded as an additional precautionary measure in addition to adherence to current guidelines with regard to social distancing and sanitisation. Face coverings are not PPE.

For advice on how to wear a face covering, please see the UK Government web site.

Watch the latest update on Covid measures at UWTSD


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Any queries or concerns please, contact the Student Hub team on hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk or 0300 131 3030