Guidance for new healthcare students
The upcoming academic year for 2020/2021 will be a bit different to normal. Here is some information to help you feel fully prepared to start your studies with us.
A safe campus experience
To help ensure that we maintain a safe environment in 2020/21 you will be asked to adopt a commitment to protect yourself and others against the spread of Covid-19.
In addition to the University-wide guidance regarding Covid-19, we have produced specific advice relevant to the School of Healthcare Sciences. We kindly ask that you familiarise yourself with it ahead of starting with us:
COVID-19 orientation for new healthcare students
Detailed information about the safety measures and protocols that are in place within our School buildings.
As we employ a blended-approach to programme delivery in the new academic year, it is important that you have the necessary equipment required for effective remote learning.
You will need to have access to a reliable computer; we suggest that, as a minimum, you will need a desktop or laptop with Windows 10 or above, or a Mac desktop or laptop with OS X 10.13 or above. You will need speakers (or headphones), a webcam and a microphone. While tablets are useful as a second device, we do not recommend them as the sole machine for study.
You will need to ensure you have appropriate internet access – at least 3Mb/s internet speed. Don’t forget that some internet providers enforce a monthly cap on data; check whether your service provider has a data cap (especially for mobile solutions like dongles), if your past usage is approaching the cap limit, and if necessary extend your monthly data allowances or move to an uncapped service.
You will also need access to Microsoft Office and anti-virus protection, which you can download free of charge as a Cardiff University student.
For students experiencing financial hardship and unable to cover essential costs, there may be help available through the Financial Assistance Programme.
Finally, we are pleased to let you know that our student digital learning resource is now complete and fully bilingual. We hope this will be useful resource for you to prepare for the coming year, but also to refer back to throughout the year.
Directory of support
An abundance of support is available to our students and we have put together a directory of support contacts so you know who you can contact within our School.
The University has also opened a new Student Connect service for those who require support while studying with us.Get in touch with the team:
Student Support and Wellbeing
You can also visit the Student Support and Wellbeing team intranet pages and address questions to our new chatbot, available 24/7.
Get in touch
Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of the above or about starting with us. We're more than happy to help!