UWTSD is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus for the new academic year and is planning to deliver significantly more in-person teaching on campus, in line with Welsh Government guidelines.
The University has put in place a range of measures and wishes to reassure students, their families, and advisors that the safety and wellbeing of the University community continues to be UWTSD’s top priority.
Professor Mirjam Plantinga, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Experience, said: “We’re really excited about welcoming new and returning students to our campuses to receive significantly more in person teaching this academic term.
“Going to University is an exciting time for students – it’s about learning more about a subject that they love, discovering new interests, making new friends and, for many, living independently.
“The university has put in place comprehensive safety measures to keep our community safe and enable us to offer more opportunities for students to engage with their studies in person and benefit from meeting their peers and staff when on-campus.”
In addition to increased in person teaching, the University will also continue to offer blended learning with elements of programmes delivered online. This allows greater flexibility and ensures that students develop the digital skills which are demanded by employers. The University’s online environment uses the latest technology to ensure that students can enjoy a great online experience, and the approach is collaborative, inclusive and professionally focused.
The University is preparing welcome and induction events at the beginning of the academic year which will be a combination of on-campus and online sessions. UWTSD’s Students’ Union is also planning a range of events and activities for Freshers’ week including the opportunity for students to join the many Clubs and Societies that will enable them to meet others of the same interests outside their lectures.
The University’s campuses offer a friendly and relaxed environment with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the wide range of facilities and services.
Gwilym Dyfri Jones, Carmarthen and Lampeter Provost said: “We’re delighted that we will welcome more students back to our campuses for the new academic year.
“Students joining the Carmarthen and Lampeter campuses will become part of a close-knit and friendly community – where everyone knows each other and everyone respects each other, whatever their background. “We want our students to enjoy their experience of studying on our campuses and make use of every opportunity that comes their way: to take advantage of the resources on the campus and to become a part of the community and contribute to its development.”
Professor Ian Walsh, Provost of the Swansea and Cardiff campuses added: “The Swansea and Cardiff campuses offer vibrant city locations for our students but being a student at UWTSD also means joining a close-knit community in which students are supported and encouraged to achieve their professional and personal goals.
“Clearly the coronavirus crisis has provided a challenging 18 months for us all and our students will have experienced and overcome some major obstacles to get this far. “I want to reassure them and their families that the University, in partnership with the Students’ Union, is determined to ensure their safety at all times but also to provide the best study and social experiences within Government guidelines.”
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