Keeping communities safe is top priority for UWTSD


14.09.2020

As the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) welcome students at the start of a new academic year, its priority is the health and wellbeing of its staff, students, and wider community. 

montage images of UWTSD Swansea, Lampeter and Carmarthen

Working closely with Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, NHS Wales and other key partners in the region, here are some of the steps it is taking:

  • Limiting the number of people attending the campuses at the same time
  • Introducing a blended delivery approach combining online and on-campus learning and teaching.
  • Phasing the return for students to the campuses and placing those living on-campus into households.
  • Arranging timetables to accommodate small group teaching and limiting numbers in our teaching spaces.
  • Providing a range of online student support services.
  • Introducing a mandatory Return to Campus online module for all staff and students to be completed prior to entering the campuses to ensure compliance with our coronavirus measures.

The University has reorganised its campuses to ensure 2m physical distancing can be maintained and implemented one-way systems throughout its buildings.  It has installed hygiene facilities and increased cleaning regimes which includes fogging of large areas with a sanitiser. Cafeterias enable social distancing and make use of click and collect services to minimise queuing.

The University is issuing face-coverings to staff and students and requires that face coverings are used by staff, students and visitors, both in indoor public spaces and in outdoor spaces where social distancing is difficult.

The University is installing a contactless registration system to assist the government’s contact tracing efforts and have protocols in place, including quarantine measures for residential students, should anyone become symptomatic.

The University will be welcoming a very small number of international students over the coming weeks.  University appointed travel operators will meet the students at the airport and accompany them to their accommodation where those arriving from non-exempt countries or territories within the Welsh Government Travel Regulations will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The University’s student welcome and induction programme and the Students’ Union Freshers’ social and networking events are for the most part being delivered online.

UWTSD Students’ Union group president James Mills said: “We are committed to working closely with the University to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and the local community. We believe the measures undertaken by the University are robust and necessary to protect our communities and in helping normality resume when it is safe.

“We will be providing a variety of social events that are both online and in person, whilst following the relevant social distancing guidelines. We hope that by providing these events, whilst in a limited capacity, that students will not feel like they have missed out on an important aspect of their university life.”

“The health and wellbeing of our community is of paramount importance as well as the need to provide a high-quality learning experience for our students” said Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Provost of the University’s Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses.

“Ensuring that everyone complies with Welsh Government directives and public health guidelines to maintain social distancing and hand hygiene, is key to avoid the spread of coronavirus.  We are emphasising the importance of this in our communication to students and have reviewed our Student Code of Conduct to ensure students understand their responsibility.”

Professor Ian Walsh, Provost of the University’s Swansea and Cardiff campuses said: “The University values the continued support of the communities we serve and the close relationship of mutual trust and respect that we have developed over many years.  To that end we acknowledge the importance of providing assurance to those living and working within our campus locations of the measures we are implementing to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.”

 

 

Further Information

Rebecca Davies

Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau

Executive Press and Media Relations Officer

Cyfathrebu Corfforaethol a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus

Corporate Communications and PR

Tel: 01792 483695

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Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk