University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is marking the start of the new academic year with an action plan designed to keep staff, students and the wider community safe.
It has been working closely with the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, NHS Wales and other key partners in the region, and has come up with a number of health and wellbeing measures.
There has also been a review of the student code of conduct to emphasis the expected responsibilities.
Safety in fewer numbers
The initiative includes limiting the number of people on campus at any one time.
Also on the list are:
- Combining online and on-campus learning and teaching
- Phasing the return for students to the campuses and placing those living on-campus into households
- Arranging timetables to accommodate small group teaching and limiting numbers in teaching spaces
- Providing a range of online student support services
- Introducing a mandatory return to campus online module for all staff and students to be completed before entering the campuses to comply with its coronavirus measures
The university has reorganised its campuses to ensure two metres of physical distancing can be maintained and implemented one-way systems throughout its buildings. It has installed hygiene facilities and increased cleaning regimes which includes fogging of large areas with a sanitiser. Cafeterias enable social distancing and make use of click and collect services to minimise queuing.
It is issuing face-coverings to staff and students and requires that they are used by them and visitors, both in indoor public spaces and in outdoor spaces where social distancing is difficult.
UWTSD is installing a contactless registration system to assist the government’s contact tracing efforts and has protocols in place, including quarantine measures for residential students, should anyone become symptomatic.
It will be welcoming a very small number of international students over the coming weeks. University-appointed travel operators will meet the students at the airport and accompany them to their accommodation, where those arriving from non-exempt countries or territories within the Welsh Government Travel Regulations will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
The university’s student welcome and induction programme and the Students’ Union freshers’ social and networking events are for the most part being delivered online.
Review of student code of conduct
Gwilym Dyfri Jones, provost of the Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses, said a message was going out to students to understand their responsibilities.
“The health and wellbeing of our community is of paramount importance as well as the need to provide a high-quality learning experience for our students,” he said.
“Ensuring that everyone complies with Welsh Government directives and public health guidelines to maintain social distancing and hand hygiene, is key to avoid the spread of coronavirus. We are emphasising the importance of this in our communication to students and have reviewed our student code of conduct to ensure students understand their responsibility.”
For more information visit the UWTSD website.