We are very much looking forward to welcoming you onto campus for the start of the next academic year, so that you can enjoy the wider student experience that both Swansea and the University have to offer.

All students are expected to return to campus in September to engage with the in-person teaching provision and research, however a small exception has been made for our international students who are unable to travel to Swansea. International students who are not able to travel to Swansea are advised to get here as soon as they possibly can.

We have put together a comprehensive list of what to expect in the new academic year and some important advice to be aware of regarding Covid 19 and health and safety measures. We are continuously adding to our student FAQs so please visit our web pages for the latest guidance.

Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. Please note that guidelines in University services will vary due to different health and safety measures put in place by the Welsh Government.

Learning and Teaching

In line with the Welsh Government Infection control framework for higher education we are planning to introduce a managed approach to learning and teaching for the start of the academic year. Large lectures will be delivered online, however sessions such as practicals, seminars and lab work will be prioritised for in person teaching. Timetables will be released the week of the 13th September.

We have listened to your feedback regarding new digital initiatives that have been introduced since the pandemic and will be keeping new areas of good practice to enhance the learning experience of our students.

Student Researchers

We are looking forward to welcoming all of our research students back to campus to engage with their research. Remote engagement will only be permitted for international students who experience travel delays due to the pandemic, and where their programme of research permits it. All international student researchers are expected to arrive in Swansea as soon as possible. We advise students who are experiencing travel delays to discuss the option of conducting their research during this period of delay via remote engagement with their supervisor or Faculty/School.

Health and Safety Considerations

We are currently at alert level 0 for Covid 19, however there are still some Welsh Government regulations in place to protect the community. Upon enrolling, all students will be required to agree to abide by our Covid-19 health and safety guidelines and Student Charter. Please make sure you familiarise yourself with these before joining us on campus.

To enable us to support you please let us know if you test positive for Covid-19 regardless of if you are in Swansea or elsewhere. You can email MyUniSupport to let us know of a positive result.

Vaccinations

All health boards in Wales are currently offering Covid-19 vaccinations for 18-30 years olds. If you are registered with a local GP you will be proactively contacted with details of your vaccination appointment. However, you may still access the vaccination by contacting your local health board if you are not yet registered with a local GP.

We strongly advise you to get vaccinated as the best way to protect against Covid-19. Further information specifically aimed at domestic and international HEI students can be found here. Please also contact myunisupport@swansea.ac.uk if you have any Covid-19 related questions or concerns.

Test Before you Travel

We are asking all students to take part in asymptomatic COVID-19 tests before they return to University and whilst at University. This will help those who are asymptomatic but could spread the virus know that they have to self-isolate. We strongly recommend you take part in the asymptomatic tests to help keep your university community safe and help keep campus activity safe and open.

  • Plan ahead and book your tests before you arrive.
  • You should book two tests, three days apart.
  • After the initial two tests, you will need to book twice weekly tests for the first 28 days. This will help to control the spread of the virus and help stop and contain any clusters which can happen in student accommodation when you re-join your term time household.

The tests are available free of charge.

Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK. You can order 1 home testing kit (7 tests) at a time. Delivery takes 1 to 2 days.

You can also collect testing kits in person. Find your nearest collection point and opening times (on nhs.uk).

You can collect rapid COVID-19 tests from most pharmacies. Find out if a pharmacy near you is offering this service.

What is the University position on wearing a face covering?

As a reasonable measure, face coverings must be worn in the following scenarios unless you are exempt;

  • In all University areas accessible to the public including: foyers, reception areas, corridors, lifts, stairways, conveniences, shops and libraries.
  • When 2m social distancing cannot be maintained (unless it has been identified in a risk assessment that this would be unsafe).
  • When moving around a space such as an open plan office, learning and teaching environment or catering venue.
  • Where identified on a risk assessment as an appropriate control measure.
  • When requested, where there are clinically extremely vulnerable students or staff or those who are at increased risk from COVID-19, including those who were previously shielding.

The University strongly recommends that you continue to wear a face covering in the following scenarios;

  • When seated and socially distanced in a multi occupancy office.
  • When seated and socially distanced in an examination.
  • When seated and socially distanced in a learning and teaching environment, such as lecture theatres, classrooms and computer suite.
  • When socially distanced in a research laboratory or workshop, where activity risk assessments permit.
  • When working as part of a defined contact group in a learning and teaching environment.  Students are not required to be socially distanced within defined contact groups.
  • When working as part of a defined contact group in teaching laboratories, clinical settings and workshops, where activity risk assessments permit.  Students are not required to be socially distanced within defined contact groups.

If a student or member of staff has a medical condition or disability and is exempt from wearing a face covering or mask, they can choose to wear a sunflower lanyard, carry an exemption card or download a digital exemption on to a mobile phone, and not feel anxious about being challenged for not wearing a face covering.

Quarantine information for International Students

As you may be aware, there have been several recent changes by the UK and Welsh Governments relating to quarantine requirements upon arrival to the UK from or via Red, Amber and Green listed countries.

Please ensure that you notify myunisupport@swansea.ac.uk of your travel arrangements ahead of travelling to the UK. The MyUniSupport team are here to offer you help, guidance and advice both prior to and during your quarantine.

Quarantine advice for home students

Over the summer, prior to your arrival in Swansea, if you are planning to travel to a country that requires you to quarantine on your return to the UK, you must spend the required quarantine period  in a red list quarantine hotel if travelling from a red list country, or in your own home if travelling from an amber list country, and only move to Swansea once completed.

Student Welfare and Support

There are many support services available to you at Swansea University. We want to support you in getting the most from your studies and personal life, whilst you’re here and after you graduate.

We recognise that Covid-19 has brought about significant uncertainty and change which may impact your mental health and wellbeing. To help support you through this challenging time, we have brought together various wellbeing resources including articles, online courses, videos and podcasts.

Student Experience and Accessing Facilities

Whilst some online learning will be taking place, we will be ensuring there is the opportunity for students to meet in person, interact with their peers and academic staff and make new friends. We are working with the Students’ Union to deliver an engaging and diverse student experience, with opportunities for face-to-face events as well as online activities. The societies and sports clubs will also be resuming their sessions, another exciting chance for students to engage with one another and get involved.

Catering

Looking for somewhere to curb your caffeine craving or just to grab a sandwich? Why not visit Callaghan’s on Singleton or The College on the Bay, both open Monday to Friday.

Fancy a hot meal? Check out Blas 2.0, Level 1 in Fulton House on Singleton where they offer a range of dishes, including breakfast options!

Available for collection from both campuses; Singleton (Refectory, Fulton House) and Bay (The Core). Delivery service also available on campus. Our online menu has a wide selection of tasty dishes with something for everyone! Order and pay ahead, choose your collection time and tuck in to enjoy! This service is available all week from the Refectory in Fulton House (Singleton) and from The Core on the Bay.

Keep an eye on our webpages for all the up to date opening times and offers.

Students’ Union Services

We’re excited to be able to welcome you again into the Students’ Union shops on campus! Costcutter, your Singleton Campus supermarket is open for meal deals, stationary, household groceries, you need it? We got it.

Root where you can find, veggie, vegan, gluten and dairy free snacks and treats. We’ll also be bringing out some new hot food options ready for those autumn afternoons in the library. Root Zero, which is Wales’ first zero-waste University shop, will be back with some new features, keep your eyes peeled on the Root Zero Instagram for news. Both will reopen their doors on September 20th.

Fulton Outfitters, the official Swansea University clothing store selling a range of high quality, student inspired merchandise, is open to get you looking like a Swansea student. Pop in to see the range or get a sneak peek online here.

Be sure to follow the SU on Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram to see all the latest updates!

Sport

We understand that sport is a massive part of your experience at Swansea University and we are doing all we can to ensure you are able to participate safely in all Sport Swansea activities including Student Sport, utilising our facilities at Swansea Bay Sports Park as well as keeping fit and healthy on campus during the 2021-22 academic year.

We are pleased to say the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitive season will be starting on Wednesday the 29th of September!

You can find out more on our Sport Swansea MyUni pages where we’ll be keeping you regularly updated about sporting developments from Student Sport. Information on Sport Swansea gym and facility memberships are also available here, as well as special offers to welcome you to Swansea.

Library Services

Bay Campus and Singleton Park Libraries’ current opening hours for booked spaces and request and collect are:

Monday – Thursday:

Library building opening hours: 08:00 – 22:00
Information Desk open hours: 09:00 – 20:00

Friday:

Library building opening hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Information Desk open hours: 09:00 – 17:00

Saturday:

Library building opening hours: 13:00 – 22:00
Information Desk open hours: 13:00 – 17:00

Sunday: 

Library building opening hours: 13:00 – 22:00
Information Desk open hours: 13:00 – 20:00

But we will be returning to 24-hour opening around the start of term. The exact date is still to be confirmed so please keep an eye on our Library services and opening hours webpages and twitter (@SwanseaUniLib) for updates.

Request and Collect

Covid accelerated our adoption of this service where borrowers can request an item from the stacks in iFind, have it held on a self-issue shelf in the same location, and then receive a notification when it is ready for collection. This has proven a very popular and effective service and we will be keeping it as one of the usual options in our requests service. In response to Library users’ requests, we have also increased the limit of concurrent requests from five to 10.

Browsing the stacks and printing

Library users will be able to access and borrow books themselves (without a study space booking) and use the Print Zones freely at Bay and Singleton Park Libraries from 27th September.

Bookable study spaces

Currently, we continue to require bookings for study spaces. Full details of current availability, booking limits and a link to the booking page are available on the Book a Library/Study Space page. However, study space bookings and limits are under continual review and our aim is to open up Library spaces and remove the bookings requirement as soon as we possibly can. Again, please keep an eye on our Library services and opening hours webpages and twitter (@SwanseaUniLib) for updates.

Travel

Bus services are getting back to normal, but remember, face coverings are still compulsory on public transport in Wales, and there are a range of safety measures still in place to keep you, your fellow travellers and the bus drivers safe.

First Cymru’s campus to campus services have been designed with students in mind, with direct connections between Hendrefoelan Student Village (HSV), Singleton Campus, City Centre and Bay Campus.

Information about your ticket options and the discounts you can get with My Travel Pass is available on our travel webpages, together with advice about travel planning, downloading the First Bus App and where to access the campus to campus term time timetables which commence on 19th September.

We will be continuing to use provide updates via email and our social media pages to keep you up-to-date with the latest information from Swansea University and any changes to the latest Welsh Government guidance.

Monday September 13th, 2021

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