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Since March 2020 we've put additional measures in place to ensure our students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out more about what we've been doing, and what you might expect when you join us.

New ways of learning

We expect that in 2021-22 services such as libraries, cafés, restaurants, accommodation, sports facilities and the Students’ Union will be available to students.

We will be delivering in-person teaching on campus. This will include smaller lectures, tutorials, seminars, lab work and workshops. Delivery of some lectures will continue to be online, although where safety measures allow, larger lectures may take place. We will continue to follow Welsh Government guidance, and keep our teaching methods under constant review. We expect to be making full use of our teaching spaces by January 2022.

We have learned a great deal over the last year about online learning and have received positive feedback from students on the benefits of a blended approach. We will continue to use innovative approaches to teaching that enable all students to engage fully and actively in their studies.

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Keeping you safe

We've introduced a number of safety measures to help minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community which are kept under review and subject to change depending on Welsh Government guidance. Throughout 2020/21 these have included:

Social distance

Social distancing

Encouraging social distancing where possible and appropriate


Face coverings

Asking everyone to wear face coverings in our indoor public spaces

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Clear safety guidance in our buildings and across campus

Washing hands

Increased cleaning

Additional handwashing facilities and enhanced cleaning


More space on campus

Using staggered timetables and extra teaching spaces to reduce the number of people moving around on campus


Local cooperation

Working closely with partners including Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and South Wales Police

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Supporting you

We understand that the current circumstances may feel very unsettling. We have a dedicated Student Life team to help you make the most of your university experience. We recognise that the new academic year may still see some changes and we'll all need to continue to support each other.

We’re recruiting more frontline counselling and wellbeing staff to help you as we get used to different ways of working, teaching and learning. We’ve also appointed some of our current students as Residence Life Assistants to support you when you're in University accommodation.

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Support for international students travelling to the UK

We will help cover the cost of quarantining and coronavirus (COVID-19) testing which may be required when you travel to the UK for your studies from red, amber and green list countries.

If a 10-day hotel quarantine period is required when arriving from a red list country, we will reimburse you for the cost of the hotel stay. If you are arriving from an amber or green list country, we will reimburse you for the cost of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests which must be taken on your arrival in the UK.

This support is available to new and returning international students travelling to Cardiff for the start of the 2021 academic year. Information about how costs will be reimbursed and any other terms and conditions will be released in the coming weeks.

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In-house screening service

We offer a free coronavirus (COVID-19) screening service that is available to all students and staff on campus. You can use the service to get tested if you don't have any COVID-19 symptoms.

We know how important it is to be vigilant about the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Cardiff. We publish case numbers for students and staff on campus.

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Our community commitment

We’re asking students and staff to adopt our community commitment to support each other and treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration.

The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means that we need to work to support each other, to behave appropriately and with consideration, and to intervene when we see others failing to uphold the behaviour and standards of the University.

We are committed to offering a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment. We will address negative discriminatory behaviours including those based on stereotypes and prejudiced attitudes.