Universities in Wales have taken the decision to continue to deliver the majority of their teaching online until the Easter break.
For you, as our student here at Aberystwyth, this means you will continue to receive your courses online, unless you are contacted by your department to inform you that in-person teaching will be taking place.
Updated plans for teaching
On Friday, the Welsh Government announced its latest review of COVID restrictions. Under the Government advice, for the time being universities in Wales cannot resume in-person teaching.
The announcement has underlined how difficult it is to predict when this position might change, and this uncertainty has led the higher education sector as a whole in Wales and the Welsh Government collectively to reach an agreement aimed at adding some degree of certainty for the coming months.
Those discussions and deliberations have led to the announcement today that universities in Wales will continue to deliver the majority of their teaching online until the Easter break. However, as previously expected, some students will be able to return if deemed necessary by departments to meet learning objectives.
For you, as our student here at Aberystwyth, this means you will continue to receive your courses online, unless you are contacted by your department to inform you that in-person teaching will be taking place. This applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are currently in the UK or overseas.
If you do need to return for in-person teaching, your academic department will contact you with specific arrangements for what you will need to do and when. You should also arrange to have two COVID-19 Lateral Flow Device tests for when you arrive in Aberystwyth.
If all your teaching remains online, please do not return to Aberystwyth, unless it is absolutely necessary. These arrangements are in place until after the Easter break, and we will write again with updated advice for the period after Easter as soon as possible.
This has been a difficult decision, but one taken in line with our commitment to prioritise the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and the wider community.
Please note that today’s announcement does not affect the availability of study facilities that are currently open on campus and the arrangements in place for the repayment of accommodation fees for students in University residences.