Friday 13-03-2020 - 18:30

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Update - Thursday 6th August - Updates from the University


The University released an update on the 5th of August about some of the facilities and student support services that will be available on-campus from September. Although some of the key facilities will be open, they may be operating slightly different to normal and with amended opening hours.

  • You will be able to access Advice Zones in the libraries, where staff can signpost to the full range of services, including Counselling, Disability Service, Dyslexia Service, Student Development and Study Skills, and Student Money that will all be operating digitally.  
  • Plans are being made for the libraries to be open, Monday to Friday during office hours, with access to study space available for you to pre-book, as well as exploring a ‘click and collect’ service for books. The online reading lists will continue to grow, and you can speak to library staff through virtual appointments or online chat.
  • Catering outlets will be open and operating as close to ‘normal’ as possible. They will be using disposable cartons, cups and cutlery, with some facilities offering limited seating.  
  • Accommodation is open on the Treforest campus and students will be arriving across a week, rather than a weekend, to stagger safe arrivals. 


  • We, at the Students’ Union, are planning for our shops to be open on each campus, as well as the bars and catering at Treforest, where food and drinks can be ordered through an app to reduce contact on site. The nightclub, however, will remain closed in line with government guidance. A variety of virtual live and pre-recorded social events are being planned for induction week, and there will also be a virtual freshers’ fayre so students can find out more and sign up to the various clubs and societies. BUCS have announced that their competitive sport will restart in January 2021, with plans for sports trials and training to begin later in the first term. The training for Course Reps and Student Voice Reps will also take place virtually.

You can view a full list of facilities and student facing support services, and their plans for the next term here.


You can find the list of FAQs here, which sets out the approach that the Assessment Boards will be taking when determining your grades. 


More information and daily updates posted here.



Update - Thursday 4th June - Updates from the University


Your health and wellbeing will remain a top priority as the University prepares to welcome students back in September 2020. Please note, this message is for USW on-campus students. Students who are studying off-campus or with a partner college should check local guidance and communication for attendance and teaching arrangements.


  • Courses with practical components will be run on campus in small groups, in safe environments, from September. Face to face activities will be delivered where it can be done in suitably smaller groups.  
  • For the first term (September to December 2020), all lectures will be delivered virtually so as not to breach social distancing guidelines for large groups of people. This blended learning approach, which combines a blend of virtual and on-campus delivery, will ensure you continue to receive good experiences and high-quality education. 
  • The full range of student support services remains available for you to access via Advice Zone Online.
  • There is also a vast range of learning support available online, including ebooks, online journals and databases through the USW Library
  • The USW Careers website has lots of resources, and the careers team are continuing to offer online events and access to MyCareer to help you develop the skills employers are looking for. 
  • A full list of links, advice and resources are all available through UniLife.
  • Applications are being accepted for accommodation – you can find out more here.
  • Further details will be released as plans take shape, so please keep an eye on the USW website, FAQs and your email.


You can find the list of FAQs here, which sets out the approach that the Assessment Boards will be taking when determining your grades. 


More information and daily updates posted here.



Update - Tuesday 19th May - Updates from the University


On Tuesday, 12th May, The University released an update about changes to dates for student results.


  • To allow for the new changes to be put in place, the University has decided to change the timetable for publishing results this year. The majority of students were due to receive their results on 24th June 2020. This has now been altered to 13th July 2020 for students on the final year of their award and 14th July 2020 for all other students.
  • Your results will be published, as usual, through the “My Results” service. 
  • The exam resit period will remain the same and will start on 6th August. As previously announced, face-to-face exam resits will be replaced with alternative assessments, which will be confirmed nearer to the time.
  • For in-year coursework, the deadline for resit work will be extended by two weeks to 14th August (from 31st July).


Please note that if you are on a course that has non-standard start and finish times, you should check with your course team, as the above information relates to students following a standard academic year.


You can find the list of FAQs here, which sets out the approach that the Assessment Boards will be taking when determining your grades. 


More information and daily updates posted here.




Update - Tuesday 21st April - Updates from the University

On Monday, 20th April, The University released an update about the 'no detriment' approach.


  • A ‘no detriment’ approach is being taken, in line with other institutions in the sector.  
  • This approach applies to assessments with a deadline for submission on or after 16 March 2020. This includes dissertations or project reports, as well as any assessments that were set to replace examinations.
  • This principle will be applied to all years of study, so you can be assured, that as long as you pass, your marks will not go down.
  • For Postgraduate Research Students, further discussion is taking place about the application of this approach.
  • This approach will apply to the majority of courses and modules. However, it will not apply to courses that are linked to professional bodies or have regulatory requirements built in. Further information about this will be confirmed by the university after working with each of the relevant professional bodies.






Update - Wednesday 1st April - Updates from the University


On Tuesday, 31st March, The University released an update encouraging students to keep studying, engaging with lecturers, and completing assessments.


Addressing the  "no detriment" policy, the University said, "We agree with this principle, and that’s what we’re aiming for too at USW".  They are in the process of working out details of how to put this policy in practice and will have firm details by Monday,13th April. More information about this update is available here.






Update - Wednesday 25th March - Coronavirus Questions/Concerns


The Students' Union is actively monitoring, following and sharing advice from Public Health Wales and is working hard to ensure that our services continue as normal wherever possible.


University information and guidance is being updated daily and can be found here (and through your USW email):


We know that many of you have questions/concerns relating to the current situation with Coronavirus and University. To help provide answers, we have created a feedback form so that we can raise these directly with the University.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Questions and Feedback Form: Welsh | English


Please use this form to ask questions relating to the current situation with COVID-19, the University or Students' Union that have not already been answered here: Any questions relating to specific courses should be emailed to Course Leaders in the first instance.


The Officer team has weekly meetings with members of the University Executive. We’ll ask them all the questions you have and feed them back through our website. 






Update - Friday 20th March - Updates from the University


The Vice-Chancellor has released a video message for students and staff at USW.

  • Accommodation and Student Services staff are helping students who can go home to make these arrangements. Students in halls who cannot travel or return home safely are being supported.  
  • There will be no face-to-face exams or assessments up until the end of July. USW will be reviewing the position for future exams and assessments in due course.
  • Summer 2020 Graduation ceremonies are postponed indefinitely.
  • The process is underway for reviewing assessment deadlines and how to claim extenuating circumstances during these exceptional times. More information will follow as soon as possible.


More information and daily updates posted here.




Update - Tuesday 17th March - Remote learning for students


The University has taken the decision to move to remote learning for students active immediately.


  • Face-to-face teaching and assessment is now suspended immediately until further notice and will not take place on Tuesday or for the rest of this week.
  • Online teaching and assessment begins next week as planned.
  • Students who usually travel in are asked to stay off campus.
  • Students who live in halls are able to travel home immediately if they wish, with Tuesday-Friday treated in effect as an extra recess from teaching.
  • Students whose home is on campus will receive support and guidance on their options tomorrow.


You can find the latest advice in full on the University website.


Following the University's decision to move to remote learning, the Students' Union has made the difficult decision to close all buildings and venues from today. The SU Shop in Treforest will stay open until 12pm today.  


Advice and support can be accessed from SU Officers via email: 


SU President -
Welfare Officer -
Education Officer -
Activities Officer - 


You can reach staff members via direct email or contact the Students' Union via emailFacebookTwitter or Instagram.


For further information, please read our updated FAQs.






Update - Monday 16th March - FAQs


You will have received communication today from the University regarding the decision to pause all face-to-face teaching at the end of this week.


Following this advice, the Students' Union has made some small but important changes to the way we operate. You can find these as well as updated opening hours in our FAQs here.


We encourage you to keep checking the FAQs for updated informationPlease also regularly check UniLife and Blackboard for the latest updates. 






Update - Sunday 15th March - Travel update for international and EU students


Updated information and guidance has been published for all international and EU Students on Unilife. 


Please note that if you do choose to return home, all international and EU students must let their course leader know as soon as possible.


Please read the guidance in the article linked above in full. If you have any queries about any implications to your visa, then please contact Immigration and International Student Advice






Original Article - Friday 13 March 


You will have received communications from the University regarding the developing Covid-19 situation. 


We want to assure you that your health and wellbeing is a priority to us – and your Union is always here to support you. 


We are actively monitoring, following and sharing advice from Public Health Wales and are working hard to ensure that our services continue to operate as normal wherever possible. 


You can find answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions on Unilife. If you are unable to find a response to a question that you have regarding Coronavirus in the Unilife FAQs, then please email  




Key links for advice: 

Unilife Coronavirus FAQ


Public Health Wales Guidance


Mental Health Foundation - Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak


NHS Guidance


Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Advice







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