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Update on coronavirus - 13 March 2020

Planned Suspension of Lectures and Seminars from Monday 23rd March until end of the semester

Dear Students,

Due to the ongoing uncertainty with regards to Covid-19, the University has taken the decision to suspend all face to face teaching delivered via lectures and seminars to students on all courses with the exception of professional programmes within Human & Health Science, Medicine and Law, from Monday 23rd March until end of the semester on Friday May 1st.

The health and wellbeing of the Swansea University community and wider communities within which we sit must be the primary concern for all if us at this time. Please be reassured that we are taking these measures as a precautionary step in order to minimise the risk of Coronavirus incidents on our campuses. 

Teaching will continue as normal until close of play on Friday 20th March. From Monday 23rd March we have asked academic colleges and schools to ensure that instead, appropriate learning material and resources are available online to support you with continuing your studies. We are also planning for supervision for postgraduate research students to take place remotely. All students will receive further information directly from your college or school about what this means for your programme of study. Please contact your college or school with any programme specific concerns.

The Library and other teaching and learning facilities will remain open, as will other campus services, including halls of residence.

We appreciate that you will all be concerned about your studies. Please be reassured that we are working very closely with our academic community to ensure that you can all continue with your studies, undertake appropriate assessments and ultimately progress to the next stage of your University career. In particular, for those of you who are in the final year of your degree, we appreciate that this will be a worrying time. Please be reassured that we are committed to ensuring that students are still able to achieve to their full potential. We are actively considering plans for the forthcoming assessment period and we will update you shortly with information regarding this.

If you are an international student holding a Tier 4 visa and wish to return home, then you must let your college or school know and email tier4attendance@swansea.ac.uk, before you go, they will then send you further specific advice. At this exceptional time, the University will agree to requests to leave early for Easter. You should however keep up with your studies as best as you can via the online material and platforms, and keep in contact with your college or school. I reiterate that you must let us know if you decide to go home before the end of term so that we know who is here and who is not and we can amend your attendance record appropriately.

We are updating our dedicated website regularly, in line with advice from the NHS, Public Health Wales and the Government and to reflect any new questions we are being commonly asked. The FAQs will shortly reflect the content of this email. Please do look at the site regularly for the most up to date information.

Thank you for your patience and support, the University is doing its very best to navigate the challenges that the current situation presents us and we may not always get this exactly right, please do let us know if you have any questions or indeed feedback by emailing us at myunihub@swansea.ac.uk.

Professor Martin Stringer 
Pro Vice Chancellor (Education)