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Coronavirus update : Message to UWTSD Students


15.03.2020

UWTSD CARMARTHEN, UWTSD CARDIFF UWTSD LAMPETER, UWTSD SWANSEA

(Birmingham and London students – please see below)

We recognise that the coronavirus outbreak is unprecedented and are therefore implementing special measures to support our students and staff. The University considers the safety and well-being of its learning community as the utmost priority.

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The University has been closely monitoring the recommended advice from the UK government and public health authorities to minimise the risk of potential spread of the virus within our learning community. Our concern is the safety of our students, staff and visitors. We thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time.

Suspension of classroom-based teaching

Campus delivery of teaching will be suspended with immediate effect until Monday 20th April in the first instance. The University has asked Institutes to move to online delivery of programmes and assessment where possible from Monday 23rd March. Existing distance learning classes will continue as scheduled.  The University buildings remain open and students will be able to access libraries and catering outlets and, if appropriate, collect work from studios and workshops.

You will receive further information directly from your Institute or Learning Centre about what this means for your programme of study.

Please check Moodle regularly for updates on your modules and contact your tutors if you have questions. Where online delivery is not possible, tutors will be in contact to inform you about the way forward.  

Supervision and other one-to-one meetings will continue through Skype for Business which is part of our Office 365 package which you can download.

Unless otherwise advised, please continue to work on your assessments using the materials available online through Moodle and the Online Library.

If you have concerns about equipment or your ability to connect to the internet, please contact the Hwb (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk).

 

Where do I find information and updates?

General updates from the University can be found on:

Specific updates from about your modules and programme can be found on Moodle.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hwb (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk).

 

What if I’m on a placement?

If you are on a placement, and your placement provider closes, please contact your programme team as soon as possible so that measures can be put in place to support your studies. Where we are made aware of a closure by a placement provider, we will communicate with you to support your studies.

 

What about my assessments?

We are reviewing the University’s assessment, teaching and progression regulations in order to enable you to continue and complete your current period of study so that you can progress to the next level or graduate. We will work to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by any exceptional measures required.

 

Will my assessments change?

You will shortly be informed via Moodle of any alternative arrangements for your assessments including in relation to any examinations. For some of you, alternative assessments will not be possible due to the nature of your programme and your tutors will be in touch via Moodle. At present, we would strongly encourage you to continue to plan and prepare for your remaining assessments.

 

What if I have deadlines this week (Week commencing 15th March)?

The deadlines for all assessments that are due on or before the 20th March will be extended by a week.

 

What if I’m an International Tier 4 Student?

If you are an international student holding a Tier 4 visa and are returning home, then you must email international.registry@uwtsd.ac.uk before you go. You should however keep up with your studies as best as you can via the online material and platforms and keep in contact with your Institute.

 

What if I live on campus?

During this period of online delivery, the University requests that you return home, if at all possible. However, the University understands that some of you will need to remain in University accommodation either throughout this period or until travel arrangements can be made. If you are intending to remain, please contact the Hwb (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk). Updates will be provided to those of you who remain on campus.

 

What if I need to self-isolate?

You should follow guidance on self-isolation and if you are staying in accommodation also inform the University (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk).

 

What if I have an underlying health condition?

If you have underlying health conditions or are caring for someone with underlying health conditions, we advise that you seek advice from your GP, if necessary, to assess how best to respond to the current situation in view of your condition. 

Further Public Health information is available at:

 

If you do feel unwell, follow the advice from the two sites above.

 

MESSAGES FOR LONDON CAMPUS & BIRMINGHAM LEARNING CENTRE STUDENTS

We recognise that the coronavirus outbreak is unprecedented and are therefore implementing special measures to support our students and staff. The University considers the safety and well-being of its learning community as the utmost priority.

The University has been closely monitoring the recommended advice from the UK government and public health authorities to minimise the risk of potential spread of the virus within our learning community. Our concern is the safety of our students, staff and visitors. We thank you for your support and patience during this difficult time.

Suspension of classroom-based teaching

Campus delivery of teaching will be suspended from the end of Wednesday 18th March until Monday 20th April in the first instance. The University has asked Institutes to move to online delivery of programmes and assessment where possible from Wednesday 25th March. Existing distance learning classes will continue as scheduled.

You will receive further information directly from your Institute or Learning Centre about what this means for your programme of study.

Please check Moodle regularly for updates on your modules and contact your tutors if you have questions. Where online delivery is not possible, tutors will be in contact to inform you about the way forward.  

Supervision and other one-to-one meetings will continue through Skype for Business which is part of our Office 365 package which you can download.

Unless otherwise advised, please continue to work on your assessments using the materials available online through Moodle and the Online Library.

If you have concerns about equipment or your ability to connect to the internet, please contact the Hwb (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk).

 

Where do I find information and updates?

General updates from the University can be found on:

 

Specific updates from about your modules and programme can be found on Moodle.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Hwb (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk).

 

What if I’m on a placement?

 

If you are on a placement, and your placement provider closes, please contact your programme team as soon as possible so that measures can be put in place to support your studies. Where we are made aware of a closure by a placement provider, we will communicate with you to support your studies.

 

What about my assessments?

We are reviewing the University’s assessment, teaching and progression regulations in order to enable you to continue and complete your current period of study so that you can progress to the next level or graduate. We will work to ensure that no student is disadvantaged by any exceptional measures required.

 

Will my assessments change?

You will shortly be informed via Moodle of any alternative arrangements for your assessments including in relation to any examinations. For some of you, alternative assessments will not be possible due to the nature of your programme and your tutors will be in touch via Moodle. At present, we would strongly encourage you to continue to plan and prepare for your remaining assessments.

 

What if I have deadlines this week (Week commencing 15th March)?

The deadlines for all assessments that are due on or before the 20th March will be extended by a week.

 

What if I’m an International Tier 4 Student?

If you are an international student holding a Tier 4 visa and are returning home, then you must email international.registry@uwtsd.ac.uk before you go. You should however keep up with your studies as best as you can via the online material and platforms and keep in contact with your Institute.

 

What if I live on campus?

During this period of online delivery, the University requests that you return home, if at all possible. However, the University understands that some of you will need to remain in University accommodation either throughout this period or until travel arrangements can be made. If you are intending to remain, please contact the Hwb (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk). Updates will be provided to those of you who remain on campus.

 

What if I need to self-isolate?

You should follow guidance on self-isolation and if you are staying in accommodation also inform the University (hwb@uwtsd.ac.uk).

 

What if I have an underlying health condition?

If you have underlying health conditions or are caring for someone with underlying health conditions, we advise that you seek advice from your GP, if necessary, to assess how best to respond to the current situation in view of your condition. 

 

Further Public Health information is available at:

 

If you do feel unwell, follow the advice from the two sites above.