University plans for the autumn term
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, universities adapted quickly in March, and significantly changed the way they deliver their teaching and other services, while supporting staff and students.
As the autumn term approaches, universities in Wales are collaborating as a sector to ensure that new and returning students can enjoy a high-quality, engaging and safe educational experience.
Emerging from lockdown
Universities UK has published, in collaboration with providers in Wales, a set of high-level principles and supporting information for universities to consider as they emerge from lockdown, providing a framework for individual universities as they develop their plans depending on their settings and situations.
Student and staff well-being continues to be universities’ number one priority, and the sector will always adhere to public health advice, taking every possible measure to ensure the university community is well-informed, supported and safe.
The student experience
A recent survey by Universities UK found that all Welsh universities are offering in-person teaching next term. Based on the assumption that much of the current public health advice will still be in place this autumn, universities are looking to provide a blended approach for students.
That means as much in-person / on-campus teaching, learning and support as possible with those parts of the university experience which will be difficult to deliver (such as large lectures) made available for students in an interactive and engaging way online.
Universities are also exploring a range of activities to provide students with the social experience that is such an important part of university life, and students can expect a full range of support – including mental health support, careers advice, and study skills.
Universities are communicating regularly with current and prospective students on what to expect in the new academic year, and they continue to work closely with the Quality Assurance Agency to ensure that provision continues to be of the highest quality.