We would like to wish all our students a Happy New Year; we hope that you had a restful Christmas.

As you will be aware, the Covid situation remains serious, with cases expected to continue rising following Christmas and New Year. The Welsh Government has introduced a number of new restrictions to help stop the spread of the virus, and the most up-to-date guidance can be found here.

Welsh Government have confirmed there is no barrier to international students coming to study in Wales beyond the testing and travel requirements so we are looking forward to welcoming both Home and International students to Swansea University following the Christmas vacation.

Please see below for a summary of important information and changes that will affect our students.

 

Learning and Teaching

All assessments are continuing as planned from this week and teaching will begin on Monday 24th January (or earlier for some programmes) as the current regulations allow. Semester two timetables will be available during the week commencing 10th January. We are continuing to monitor the situation carefully and will update you if Welsh Government guidelines require we make any changes to the current format.

 

Research

Postgraduate Research students may need to be on campus to work most effectively, however we ask you to adhere to health and safety guidelines in place, including any lab and office occupancy restrictions.

 

Assessment and In-person Examinations

In-person exams for some programmes are currently going ahead this January.

As always, the health and safety of students is our top priority. All exam areas have been risk assessed, and Covid-19 regulations, including social distancing, reduced capacity of venues and one-way systems, are in place.

To keep yourself and others safe, you must wear a face covering during your exam, unless you are exempt. Students who do not adhere to this requirement will not be permitted entry.

 

Extenuating Circumstances

If you are experiencing difficulties that are affecting your ability to submit an assignment or sit an exam, the University Extenuating Circumstances Process is there to support you.

If you struggle to meet any deadlines or prepare for/complete assignments due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your Faculty/School to request the Faculty/School Extenuating Circumstances application form.

 

Self- Isolation and Coming on to Campus

We strongly encourage students who are coming onto campus to take a lateral flow test each day. These are available on campus as well as from pharmacies and other local collection points. Information on sourcing rapid lateral flow tests is available here.

The Welsh Government has also introduced a change to self-isolation rules. Fully vaccinated adults are now only required to isolate for seven full days following a positive PCR test, provided they test negative at the end of this period. For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated adults, the self-isolation period remains ten days. We strongly encourage all staff and students to take up their vaccination when offered, as the best way to protect yourself and others against Covid-19.

If you leave self-isolation after 7 full days you are strongly advised to:

  • not visit vulnerable people, such as those in care homes or hospitals, and disclose your status if it is absolutely necessary to attend such places
  • try and minimise contact with others and avoid crowded settings particularly indoor settings.
  • work/ study from home if you are not already doing so
  • pay extra attention to hand washing and wearing a face covering
  • take daily lateral flow tests

You should follow this advice until 10 full days from when your self-isolation period started.

 

Covid-19 Reporting

In line with University regulations you must notify MyUniSupport@swansea.ac.uk if you test positive for Covid-19.

Your health and wellbeing is a priority and as a reminder, our continued reporting is an essential part of our efforts to keep you all safe and support those who need it.

We will keep you updated as much as possible over the next weeks and would like to thank you all for your continued compliance and efforts to keep yourselves and others safe. For those students taking assessments we wish you the best of luck.

Friday January 7th, 2022

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