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New ways of learning

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We’re working hard to make sure you receive a consistent and high-quality learning experience while keeping you safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We know that one of the reasons our students choose Cardiff is the on-campus experience, from in-person teaching to excellent student support. We want to reassure you that we are committed to delivering this experience for you.

Orientation, enrolment and induction

You'll be welcomed through a new orientation, enrolment and induction process that meets social distancing requirements. This will start with a digital orientation that will be available before you begin packing your bags and making the trip to Cardiff.

New and returning students

If you're a first year undergraduate, you'll have the opportunity to get support from a senior student from your Academic School. They’ll be available to answer any questions you might have, signpost you to available services and help you settle into University life.

If you’re a returning student, campus life may seem different, but we’re working hard to give you the best and safest experience we can.

Teaching and learning

The approach to learning will depend on your course. The frequency of in-person teaching will depend on:

  • your programme of study
  • Welsh government rules on social distancing
  • where relevant, the requirements of professional, statutory or regulatory governing bodies.

Large lectures will not take place on campus. Where social distancing requirements can be met, on-campus learning will consist of in-person teaching in smaller groups. It will include tutorials or clinical, studio and laboratory sessions where relevant.

These smaller sessions will benefit from additional safety measures, alongside high-quality online teaching, learning activities and resources.

To maximise space and be mindful of everyone’s health and wellbeing, we will continue to minimise the number of people on campus. This will mean most non-teaching staff will continue to work from home.

Study skills support

We understand that you may be new to the experience of learning online. We have a team in place to design students’ digital learning experiences, ensuring that it is interactive, inclusive and engaging.

We've also created a guide to introduce online and digital learning at the University. It has been designed to help you get fully prepared for your teaching this year, and to address any concerns you may have about what your lessons will look like.

We will continue to provide support on how you can get the most from your online learning. Our study skills pages on the student intranet will continue to be updated with new resources.

New students will receive information on how to log in to the intranet when you enrol.

Study spaces


Our Libraries will be operating a ‘click and collect’ service, allowing you to collect and return books safely, at one of a number of collection points across campus.

Study spaces in our Libraries will be bookable for two-hours slots, all with social- distancing and additional safety measures in place.

Changes to your individual circumstances

While we aim to deliver as much in-person teaching as possible, we understand that some of you may not be able to join us on campus for the start of your course. This might be because you are shielding, self-isolating or unable to travel. We have developed a remote study policy to ensure you can continue your learning and have access to appropriate digital content.