We hope that you have had an enjoyable break over the festive period.
Following a meeting yesterday (5th January) with Welsh Government Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, the University will be following Welsh Government guidance and not delaying the start of term (25th January).
However, we will delay in person teaching until mid-February, except for those students who are pedagogically required to attend University. We are limiting the number of students returning to campus on this basis and those studying health related programmes and a small number of other courses, primarily in the area of Science, should for now, be the only ones to return. The majority of PGR activity will continue online and the same processes remain in place within your College for accessing labs and other on campus facilities.
Please do not return to campus until in-person teaching resumes for your course and do not travel back to Swansea unless necessary. For those students who are already on campus, our advice is to remain and ensure you are following Welsh Government guidelines. Welsh Government have asked all students returning to University to undertake a lateral flow test. Please do not book a test unless you are engaging in on-campus teaching or research.
We have reflected on our position in light of the rapidly evolving national lockdown situation and the increasing transmission rates because of the new variant. We have reached this decision as part of our commitment to prioritise the safety of staff, students and the wider community, and will continue to review this over the coming weeks.
Online teaching will be available for all other students who are not required to be on campus academically and this will be reviewed in mid-February. You can contact your College for any further details on your teaching.
Lateral Flow Testing
Lateral Flow Testing will initially be open from 11th -17th January for those students engaging in in-person teaching or those required to be on campus for research purposes. We will be reviewing demand for testing every week and will increase slots as needed.
We would encourage you to regularly check your student emails and the Welsh Government Website (last updated on the 23rd December) to be aware of any changes.
Students Travelling from Overseas
Please note, for those traveling to the UK from abroad, Lateral Flow Tests cannot be used to reduce a quarantine period and are therefore unsuitable for students in this category. Please follow Government advice in respect of quarantine periods.
Booking is now open for asymptomatic Covid-19 testing (lateral Flow antigen tests).
To book a test please go to:
11th – 17th January Singleton
11th – 17th January Bay
You will need to take two tests three days apart. Students participating in testing, should ‘lay low’ for the three days between tests. This means taking extra care to minimise social contacts and only go out for essential purposes such as medical care or to exercise alone or with someone in your household outdoors.
If you test positive you will need to self-isolate, as will those in your household, in accordance with current government guidance and inform the University via MyUniSupport@swansea.ac.uk.
It is your responsibility to inform others in your household if you test positive.
Do not book a test if you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms or have received a positive Covid-19 test result and are still in self-isolation following this.
If you have any questions, concerns or access requirements please contact MyUniSupport@swansea.ac.uk for more guidance.
What are Lateral Flow antigen tests?
Lateral Flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that could be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people (those who are infectious, but not aware of this).
Lateral Flow antigen tests detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus. The tests have been validated by Public Health England. They are safe and offer reliable results.
Important: The Lateral Flow antigen test is only for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms. If you get symptoms you will need to self-isolate and book a test by calling 01639 862757. There is also a Local Testing Site (LTS) situated in Swansea City Centre’s Grand Theatre and this is open 8am-8p m every day. Appointments must be made via the Welsh Government website https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test.
How and when will I get tested?
Testing sites are located at Taliesin Create on Singleton Park Campus from 11th January and Room 002 in Y Twyni at the Bay Campus from 18th January. You must book in advance. Once on site you will be guided through the registration process by the on-site support staff.
Once on site, you will complete the new lateral flow test, please find more information on the process here.
How long will it take to get my results?
You should receive your results from Track and Trace within 24 hours. Please note the University do not hold this data so will be unable to confirm results.
How accurate is the test?
Lateral flow tests are very accurate (highly specific), which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive). However, in mass testing, because so many people without symptoms are being tested there is still the possibility of getting a false positive or a false negative result. Therefore, a confirmatory PCR test is recommended to make sure the result is correct if you have a positive LFT.
Although they give a result much more quickly, the lateral flow tests are not as sensitive as the PCR tests. This mitigated by testing people regularly, because the more times someone with the disease is tested, the more likely they are to be picked up by the test. Therefore you are encouraged to take two tests three days apart.
Please note the University cannot accept liability for a false negative or if someone contracts the virus after testing. You must continue to follow Government guidelines and social distancing even if you receive a negative result.
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Professor Martin Stringer
Student Partnership and Engagement Manager Thursday January 7th, 2021
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