Universities Wales response to Welsh Government announcement on arrangements for autumn term

Education Minister, Jeremy Miles has outlined further plans to introduce contact groups for adult learners in Higher and Further Education.

In response to the announcement, Professor Julie Lydon, Chair of Universities Wales, said:

“We welcome today’s announcement from Welsh Government, which will enable universities to maximise in-person learning opportunities for students attending university in the autumn.

“Universities across Wales have made significant adaptations to campuses, and, over the past year, have proven that they can operate safe, Covid-secure environments.

“This new guidance from Welsh Government will allow institutions to significantly scale up in-person activities in the autumn. Universities will continue to deliver high-quality and rewarding courses, with a leading student experience, to help students fulfil their potential.

“This announcement also means we can be optimistic that these in-person opportunities will remain in place even if the risk in Wales were to increase. Key to this will be ensuring our university communities have high levels of vaccination and we would like to encourage all students to take up the offer of Covid vaccination.

“As a sector we will continue to work with Welsh Government and other stakeholders to ensure the best experience for students, staff, and the wider university community.”