The University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD), which has campuses in Swansea, Carmarthen, Aberystwyth and Lampeter has announced that they are delaying face-to-face teaching for most students until at least 15 February
In an online-statement UWTSD said that in line with Welsh Government’s directives, they are continuing to provide a blended learning approach to programmes and phasing the return of students to campuses.
They say that considering the current Coronavirus context and the increasing pressure on the NHS, they have informed their students that they are aiming to resume in-person teaching from the 15th of February. This will be reviewed at the beginning of February.
The statement continues: “While there may be a small number of exceptions, most of our students will not return to campus until after the 15th February and we will continue to provide asymptomatic testing to all students returning to campus.
“Our online provision, which commenced on the 4th of January, will continue and we are providing a comprehensive range of academic and pastoral support to our students, including to the small number who remained in our accommodation over the winter break or have recently returned. We are advising others not to return to their term time accommodation until our in-person teaching begins.
“A high percentage of our students are local and live in their own homes, balancing the demands of family life alongside their studies. The majority of our staff are working from home and have been doing so since March of last year. The University is grateful to our staff and students for their continued effort to keep our community safe and for the sterling work many of them are doing to support others within their own communities.
“The health and wellbeing of our community – staff, students and members of the public living and working near to our campuses – have been our priority in planning our response to the pandemic. Like all universities, UWTSD, in liaison with the Welsh Government, the NHS and wider higher education sector, has put in place a range of measures to mitigate against spreading the Coronavirus. All these arrangements have taken a huge effort involving academic and professional teams working closely with our Students’ Union.
“We are grateful to our students for working with us to safeguard our community and for taking responsibility and playing their own part in minimising the risks. It has truly been a team effort to keep our campuses safe and we have worked with our students in providing a range of support packages, from online study support, mental health and counselling services to bursary and hardship schemes to alleviate any financial worries they may have.
“Our collaborative efforts will ensure that we continue to keep our communities safe and support the wellbeing of friends, colleagues, and families. This continues to be our top priority for the year ahead.”
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