We suspended face to face teaching delivered via lectures and seminars to students from Monday 16 March.
We moved to Online teaching on 23 March.
Students will have received further information directly from their college or school about what this means for their programme of study.
The situation for medical and nursing students is different and for all courses leading to a professional registration in the Medical School or the College of Human and Health Sciences. Again, these students have been contacted directly by their School or College.
Non-attendance will not be monitored from Monday 16th March 2020. You will not receive escalation emails for the remainder of this academic year.
The Course Attendance and Engagement policy will be updated for 20/21 to reflect blended learning.
The University is actively working to provide a range of alternative assessments instead of on-site examinations which will now no longer take place for the remainder of the current academic year up to and including August 2020. Alternative assessments will not require your attendance at the University. Your College will provide you with further communication in due course in respect of the nature and forms of these alternative assessments and students are asked to wait for further notification at the current time.
For all courses leading to professional registration in the School of Medicine, College of Human and Health Sciences and the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law (Legal Practice Course only), students are advised to await specific information from their Colleges.
Deferrals, Mitigation and Extensions
We are developing a simplified and flexible mitigation process through which you can apply for extensions or deferral of your assessments if required.
If you struggle to meet any deadlines, please submit an Extenuating Circumstance request through your School or College via email and consult the College or Schools student advice pages for guidance on the process immediately.
The type of supporting evidence that you include will depend on your circumstance. Please clearly explain the specific issues you’re having (i.e. what software you need, access issues etc.).
- The University will accept self-certification for up to 14 days for self-isolation and up to 7 days for any illness or injury not related to Corona Virus.
- If you have an illness or injury that requires a longer period of recovery, please seek medical advice and provide a note or evidence from your doctor, health centre or hospital.
- You can follow up with your supporting document at a later date, as these can be uploaded separately.
- The College or School Special Circumstances Committee will determine an outcome, and when accepted, you may be given an extended deadline or an exemption, as appropriate. Please note that additional evidence may be requested by the University.
Any student who fails a module will be granted another opportunity to take an assessment.
In exceptional circumstances, any student who is seriously concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their ability to perform may ask to defer all of their remaining assessments for this academic year until either the next assessment period (later this summer) or to next academic year. We advise that you speak to either your Academic Mentor, the student advice teams in your School or College or the Students’ Union Advice and Support Centre for more guidance.
Marking and Progression
All our staff are well aware of the unique situation that we are all dealing with, and will ensure that assessments are set and marked fairly according to the established marking criteria.
We will aim to process your results and academic decisions as close to the advertised dates as possible. Therefore, we will ensure that any student who attempts to complete assessments this summer, will have the opportunity to complete their studies, progress to the next year and/or receive an award.
Keeping in Touch
The situation is constantly changing and if it develops in such a way as to make our current plans unworkable then we may have to adapt these arrangements and your School or College will be in touch.
The specific details relating to your own programme and modules are being communicated directly to you via email or through Blackboard. Your Academic Mentors remain available to help and guide you. Do please stay in touch, we are here to support you through these unusual times.
For more information on support services available to you at Swansea University refer to our web pages.
The Library home page has also been updated and guides created to bring support and online contact points together. Also, online drop-in workshops on library support (referencing etc) are being arranged so do take advantage of these.
Thank you for your patience during these difficult circumstances, we have had to adapt very quickly as a University, however we remain committed to supporting you to achieve your best. I am incredibly proud of the way that staff and students have worked in such challenging circumstances.
I wish you all good luck for the upcoming assessments and hope you all remain safe.
The University is committed to treating students with fairness and compassion and our decisions take full account of the unique circumstances in which we are currently operating. We have therefore implemented a ‘safety net’ policy to ensure students are not disadvantaged by the Covid-19 outbreak.
Taught Postgraduate Safety Net Regulations 2020 (Safety Net regulations are incorporated into award regulations)
Your School or College will be in touch with you regarding specific labs and reopening dates.
Teaching for students studying commissioned clinical courses will now is offered remotely where possible. These courses include:
- Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM)
- Physician Associate Studies (PA)
- Clinical Science (Medical Physics MSc)
For specific information on GEM teaching, practicals and electives please go to BlackBoard where the teaching team are posting regular year specific updates.
Year 2 clinical placements continued until Friday 27th March - then cancelled until further notice.
Please be reassured we are working to ensure this does not affect your learning and progression.
Please contact the course director Dr Richard Hugtenberg directly.
Please note that all our clinical students will receive regular updates from the teaching team, so please check Blackboard regularly.
I’m studying a healthcare programme at the College of Human and Health Sciences. What does this mean for me?
The College of Human and Health Sciences will be continually reviewing the situation and will be in touch with students regarding your course.
For any urgent queries, please email MyCHHSHub@swansea.ac.uk
Teaching for students studying professional programmes will continue until further notice.
We will be keeping all of our students up to date with any information or changes as much as possible.
If you have queries, please email the Law SIO team at email@example.com