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Coronavirus | Information for Students

Last updated: 23 November 2020

TEACHING **NEW** Updated 23 November 2020

When is the last day of onsite teaching? 

The last day of onsite teaching for all programmes will be 8th December. Your programme team will have already contacted you if essential in person teaching or placements need to continue beyond this date.  

When will on campus teaching resume? 

On campus teaching will resume from 11th January. The exact date will vary depending on your programme of study.  

TRAVEL **NEW** Updated 23 November 2020

Can I travel home for the Winter break? 

Yes you can, but you should check for any local restrictions or travel bans. You must not travel if you have symptoms or had a positive test. 

When can I travel home? 

You can travel home as soon as your face-to-face teaching is complete. You must not travel if you test positive or are showing symptoms for COVID-19, and instead must self-isolate for 10 to 14 days before travelling. 

UWTSD are now offering fast, asymptomatic Covid-19 tests for our students and staff for peace of mind before you travel to visit your loved ones over the winter break. 

Click here for more information 

Can I travel home earlier than the 8th December? 

Yes, you can travel as soon as your face-to-face teaching is complete. 

Do I have to take a test to allow me to travel home? 

Students are strongly encouraged to undertake testing (ideally two tests three days apart or at least one test) before travelling home from university. 

The University is making free testing available to all its students from 30th November through to 11th December.    The tests are voluntary and for asymptomatic students only.   You must not book a test if you are symptomatic.   If you are symptomatic, then you need to book a test via the NHS.     

If you take an asymptomatic test before 9 December and you test positive, this will allow you time to self-isolate at University, prior to travelling home and seeing your family for the Christmas period. 

Opting to take a test and taking extra care to minimise contacts will help you plan to travel over the Christmas period, and may provide further reassurance that you are not putting your loved ones, or the wider population, at risk.  

Full details and guidance on testing can be found in the following videos

What happens if my travel plans are after the 8 December?  

Face to face teaching will have ended by 8th December so that it gives our students enough time to travel home for the winter break. 

We advise you to get an asymptomatic test as close to your intended travel date as possible.  You need to bear in mind that if you do travel beyond 8 December, and you test positive, or develop symptoms, then this will not leave you much time to travel home for Christmas. 

Do I have to return home for the holidays? 

No, we are aware that not all students will choose to, or be able to, travel home. We have already contacted all residential students asking if you plan to stay on Campus or in local accommodation over the holidays.  If you haven’t yet informed us, then please do so as soon as possible by emailing Accommodation

For those staying with us over the winter break, we will be in touch regarding all the support measures available.   

Can a family member pick me up from university accommodation?  

Yes, they can. To reduce the risk to others in the car you may want to think about getting a test before you travel. Our accommodation team will be in touch about booking a time for you to check out.  

If you travel by car, you are highly likely to pass any virus to the other people in the car. That is because you are in a confined space and small droplets from speaking, singing along to the radio and breathing will quickly fill that space and be breathed in by everyone in the car. We know these droplets are the main way the virus spreads. 

Can I car share with another student/a friend to travel home from university? 

Yes, you can car share with another student or a friend. To reduce the risk to others in the car you may want to think about getting a test before you travel. 

If you travel by car, you are highly likely to pass any virus to the other people in the car. That is because you are in a confined space and small droplets from speaking, singing along to the radio and breathing will quickly fill that space and be breathed in by everyone in the car. We know these droplets are the main way the virus spreads. 

Yes, as long as you don’t have any symptoms of coronavirus. If you are using public transport you should wear a face covering unless you are exempt, plan your journey in advance to avoid busy times and routes, wash/sanitise your hands regularly, and keep your distance while travelling where possible. You may find the Transport for Wales app helpful in planning your journey. 

 

TESTING **NEW** Updated 23 November 2020

Do I have to take a test to allow me to travel home? 

Students are strongly encouraged to undertake testing (ideally two tests three days apart or at least one test) before travelling home from university. 

The University is making free testing available to all its students from 30th November through to 11th December.    The tests are voluntary and for asymptomatic students only.   You must not book a test if you are symptomatic.   If you are symptomatic, then you need to book a test via the NHS.     

If you take an asymptomatic test before 9 December and you test positive, this will allow you time to self-isolate at University, prior to travelling home and seeing your family for the Christmas period. 

Opting to take a test and taking extra care to minimise contacts will help you plan to travel over the Christmas period, and may provide further reassurance that you are not putting your loved ones, or the wider population, at risk.  

Full details and guidance on testing can be found in the following videos

What happens if I receive a positive test result? 

If you test positive, you cannot travel until you have completed your period of self-isolation and you should book a confirmation test using the NHS covid-19 app. We would also recommend that you get in touch with anyone you have been in close contact with and work with the contact tracing team as part of Test, Trace, Protect, when they get in touch. 

What happens if I receive a negative UWTSD test result? 

Good news! If your UWTSD test comes back negative, we recommend you book a second UWTSD test for added confidence. If your second UWTSD test is also negative, you can be confident in traveling to visit loved ones. 

Will I have to self-isolate when I get home in December?  

You may choose to spend some time taking extra care when you get home. This is not a period of self-isolation, but a way of making responsible decisions to keep your family, friends and community safe. You will need to follow any local guidance, avoid socialising, and take personal responsibility for your actions, to keep yourself, your family, friends and community as safe as possible.

New National COVID Measures for Wales

We really appreciate your continued efforts and support throughout the fire-break. This has been integral to keeping the UWTSD community safe.

From Monday 9th November, the fire-break lockdown will come to an end and NEW Welsh Government guidance will come into force. You can view the proposed changes to the national rules in Wales on the GOV.WALES website.

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

  • Social distancing
  • Face coverings
  • Hand-hygiene

 Accessing Facilities

The COVID dashboard has been updated to reflect changes in access to some services following the ‘new and simpler’ set of rules introduced by the Welsh Government.

Living in UWTSD halls?

Please note that that students living in separate halls will not be able to form extended households/ bubbles.

Lockdown in England

Whilst travel restrictions in Wales are being lifted, England have entered a lockdown period. Travelling home for a ‘visit’ during the lockdown period in England is not a reasonable excuse. Please check GOV.UK for the latest information on restrictions during England’s period.

Can I commute to University if I live in England?

You are allowed to travel to the University for in person classes.  You can access the travel authorisation form here.

Travel authorisation form

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

Or please get in touch via hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk or call 0300 131 3030

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. if you’d like a chat and see our mental health support available here.

**Updated** 29.09.2020 face Covering Policy

*** 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.

Click here to watch the latest update on Covid measures at UWTSD


Frequently Asked Questions

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