COVID19 Secure Campus
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, your health and wellbeing has always been our top priority. We’ve worked hard to make sure all the necessary measures are in place for you to be able to enjoy everything our campus has to offer in the safest way possible.
Today, we would like to let you know about a new national testing programme which Wrexham Glyndwr University is taking part in to facilitate students returning to their home communities for Christmas, which we believe will directly support the fight against Covid-19 for our staff, students and society as a whole.
Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that could be used to test a higher proportion of asymptomatic people (those who are infectious, but not aware of this). This would better enable the Government/NHS Test and Trace to identify asymptomatic cases who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chain of transmission.
The test centre will be open 9am – 5pm from Monday November 30 until Friday December 4 in the Catrin Finch centre at the Plas Coch campus in Wrexham. No booking is necessary, just turn up on Monday - Friday between those times.
We are encouraging all students to get tested, regardless of if you are living in student accommodation or not – the tests are available to all students and staff of Wrexham Glyndwr University and are free of charge. Please remember to bring your student ID with you on the day so we can verify you’re a student with us.
A positive result doesn’t mean you can’t go home for Christmas – you will need to self-isolate for 10 days which still leaves enough time to travel home. You may feel fine – but it’s good to know.
Please note: you must NOT come onto campus if you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 – asymptomatic tests are designed to test people who are displaying no symptoms.
Read our guidelines for staff, students and visitors to our campuses.
The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for us all but as we begin to emerge from the situation, we are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students onto our university campuses.
We are committed to providing the best possible student experience and ensuring that the quality of teaching remains high. Our focus is on keeping everyone safe whilst providing excellent service and opportunities for our students.
We’ve already made changes to the way we deliver teaching, with all teaching having been delivered online since March 23 and from September, students will be taught using a new learning blend combining digitally-enhanced learning opportunities along with best use of spaces on campus. It will vary between courses exactly what the blend will look like for students however all areas of our campuses have been modified to ensure a Covid-19 secure environment.
There will be a blend of virtual and face to face learning across our courses which will be clearly communicated to students by their programme leader prior to their start date.
To ensure our campuses are Covid-19 secure, we will have new opening hours for all of our buildings. From Tuesday September 1, the Plas Coch Campus and Regent Street campuses in Wrexham will be accessible between 8.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday. From Monday September 7, the Northop campus will be accessible from 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and until 4.30pm on a Friday.
Please note that our buildings will only be accessible to staff & students with ID cards apart from the main entrance on the Plas Coch campus in Wrexham. This is to ensure the number of visitors into buildings at any one time are controlled and do not exceed maximum capacity levels. Visitors to our main campus in Wrexham should report to reception as normal. If you are visiting our Regent Street or Northop campus, please make arrangements with a member of staff to meet you at an agreed time and location.
These operating times will be continually monitored and reviewed and may be subject to change.
Other changes you will see on campus include:
- Learning Skills
- Social Learing Spaces
- Sports Centre
- Computer Labs, Workshops & Clinical Spaces
- Classrooms & Lecture Halls
- Student & campus life
- Careers and Employability
- IT support
- Students' Union
- Little Scholars Nursery
A new click and collect service is now available from the ASK desk on the ground floor of the Edward Llwyd Centre until the library opens again in September.
Also new is the introduction of scan and send, which enables students to request the chapter of a book and it will then be emailed or posted to them. Both of these new services will remain in place in the future.
One-way systems are in place in the library and the computers and workspaces will be on a bookable basis only. Furniture will be clearly marked to identify usable space. Contactless payment will be encouraged. Returned library books will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are available again for borrowing.
From September, the library will open with gradually increasing hours. Hand sanitisers are in place at the library entry points and use of these is encouraged before and after use of the library.
The Learning Skills team will continue to provide 1-2-1 support for students via a range of formats including email and Teams. For further information, please see Learning Skills.
All social learning spaces, such as The Study and The Gallery have clearly marked furniture to identify usable space. These spaces will remain open for use throughout the day ( 8.30am -5pm Monday to Friday) to enable students to study or socialise in a socially distanced area.
We are working in line with Welsh Government guidance to provide sports and exercise facilities for recreational purposes. Competitive sports are not available in the short term, however the sports centre will be available for racquet sports that can be undertaken at a safe distance. As the first semester progresses, we hope to see the easing of measures linked to social distancing which will allow a wider variety of sports to be offered.
The gymnasium has been reconfigured to meet the requirements of social distancing and hygiene requirements and will be available for student use from September.
The capacity for each room will be reduced to enable social distancing to be observed. Chairs/workstations will be marked as ‘available’ and ‘unavailable’ and workstations disabled to ensure that the social distancing rule is adhered to.
Timetabling of scheduled use of computer labs will ensure that the capacity is not exceeded and a booking system will be introduced for open access computer labs to ensure that occupancy does not exceed capacity.
Cleaning materials will be available in all rooms for equipment to be cleaned after each use.
Again, timetabling will allocate classrooms for face to face delivery and regular cleaning of the rooms will take place after each cohort has left and cleaning materials, including antibacterial spray and paper towels will be provided for each room.
Capacity for each class room based on social distancing guidelines will be clearly visible outside of each room. Timetabling will schedule a time gap between sessions to ensure that queuing to enter a classroom is not required.
Any rooms that are not timetabled for use will be locked.
We will be offering a catering service across a reduced number of outlets together with new contactless payment vending facilities to supplement the offer. All catering outlets will have screened off areas and one-way systems in place and strict hygiene practises will be adhered to. Our food and drinks offer will be pre-packaged and disposable utensils will be available. All outlets will be contactless payment only.
The student information desk (ASK) will be open for face to face enquiries from the start of term however all other student and campus life services will continue to be provided online for the moment. These services include:
- Health & wellbeing
- Funding and money advice
- Careers and Employability
We are launching new software which will be the first point of contact for all services to make it easier for students to get the right help quickly. Students will complete a form either online or at the ASK desk and will then be contacted by the relevant service via either email, phone or Teams. Staff can also complete the form on behalf of students.
Careers professionals will continue to be available for students online. The service will adapt to campus footfall as and when.
Using a WGU username and password students can log onto WGUconnect to take steps to develop you career, including:
- Booking a careers guidance appointment with one of our professionally qualified careers advisers or a GO Wales officer
- Engaging with our activities and events
- Searching for job opportunities (full-time, graduate level and part-time)
- Accessing our CV and application reviewing service
- Preparing for Interviews and assessment support
All services are currently being delivered to students and graduates across a range of different accessible methods, including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, email, telephone (where appropriate). Careers and employability will be using the new student and campus life first point of contact software once launched.
The student intranet is the ‘one stop shop’ for help, information and support whilst studying with us. Career development learning resources, related to popular employability topics have been developed in house and are available here, whenever needed. https://students.glyndwr.ac.uk/home-2/careers-centre/ Including a series of “options with” guides for the subject areas taught at WGU.
Throughout each programme of study modules are aligned to the Wrexham Glyndwr Graduate Framework. The framework has been designed to help students effectively articulate the attitudes, attributes and skill sets developed at University. Students should become familiar with the 15 elements https://students.glyndwr.ac.uk/home-2/glyndwr-graduate/ as they become equipped to achieve their career aspirations and professional potential.
Each year we design and produce careers and employability events, this year will be no different. Careers Fair will be taking place in each semester and opportunities to be involved in personal development programmes like our award-winning Make Summer Work for You Programme. https://students.glyndwr.ac.uk/home-2/careers-centre/make-summer-work-for-you/
The GO Wales project helps students develop their employability skills, build confidence and create networks and contacts within areas of career interest, increasing chances of obtaining graduate level employment upon leaving Glyndwr. Working one to one with an adviser, we explore the best options for work experience opportunities within your area of interest and study. https://students.glyndwr.ac.uk/home-2/careerscentre/employability/employability-go-wales/.
IT will continue to provide support remotely on an appointment basis. If IT problems cannot be resolved remotely, an on campus appointment can be made which will be contact-free.
Bring your own device clinics have been replaced with Teams meetings, which will continue and computer lab opening hours will be reduced for the first term and will close at 6pm.
Hand sanitisers can be found in the entrances to all accommodation blocks, office, lifts and laundrette. Each flat in Wrexham Student Village houses 6-8 residents and is classified as a household and at Northop the entire building is classed as one household.
Arrival weekend will be extended to ensure social distancing requirements can be adhered to with designated one hour and a half slots being given and a limit of one additional person per student accompanying during this slot. Second and third year students will be returning a week after new students have arrived to assist with social distancing requirements.
International students will be required to quarantine in their flat for two weeks.
We are planning to publish timetables by September 1 and have taken the decision to only publish the first semester timetable. We will inform students once the timetable for semester two is ready.
Your timetable should be accessed via the MyUni portal. Please do not print out hard copies of this timetable - it may change from time to time so should only be accessed online.
Your timetabled sessions will clearly indicate if they are to be held on campus, or online. We will use various ways to deliver online sessions, your programme leader will keep you fully informed on how these sessions are to be delivered.
We encourage all students to fully engage with all timetabled sessions. We are required to monitor engagement of all students, and engaging with all sessions gives you the best chance of succeeding on your programme.
The Students’ Union will be open Monday – Friday, with the bar operating from 11am – 6pm. The bar and pizzeria will be run with COVID-19 safety in mind first. The Students’ Union team have worked hard to make the space welcoming but secure. Upon arrival students will be warmly welcomed by a member of our bar team who will take you through the safety measures that are in place.
The shop will be open Monday - Thursday, 10am – 4pm. Students can purchase a variety of WGSU hoodies, t-shirts, bags as well as stationary essentials.
The Students’ Union’s advice service remains fully operational year round with telephone appointments, which can be booked via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Students’ Union website for more information about services: www.wrexhamglyndwrsu.org.uk
Little Scholars Nursery is situated on the Plas Coch campus in Wrexham at The Centre for The Child, Family and Society. The nursery is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6pm and offers a range of sessions depending on what your requirements for childcare are. Friendly, professional and highly qualified practitioners provide a range of exciting and challenging experiences for children from six weeks of age up to the age of 12 in a purpose built, high quality environment
Re-opening after ‘Lockdown’ has led to some changes to how the nursery operates for example, implementing social distancing requirements amongst adults, reinforcing regular hand washing and increase in the cleaning of resources throughout the day to include the use of a disinfecting fogging machine. Every step has been put in place to minimise the potential risk of Covid-19 to parents, children and staff. Students can also still receive funding to assist with childcare costs. For more information, please contact the nursery on 01978 314912 or at email@example.com.
Wrexham Glyndwr University is committed to providing the best possible student experience and ensuring that the quality of teaching remains high. Our focus is on keeping everyone safe whilst providing excellent service and opportunities for our students.
- You should wash your hands thoroughly when you arrive to campus, using the handwashing facilities or hand sanitisers provided - hand sanitiser stations have been installed at access points within buildings and you are encouraged to use these regularly.
- Signage is in place around campus buildings to indicate social distancing, one way systems and permitted entrances and exits. Please ensure you follow the signage instructions and adhere to social distancing at all times.
- Communal spaces, office spaces and teaching spaces have clear visible guidance on useable and non-useable furniture and workstations. Please only use the allocated spaces.
- Areas such as reception, catering outlets and the library will have social distancing queuing systems in place and sneeze screens in place to protect staff.
- An increased cleaning regime will focus on high contact areas and touch points. Cleaning packs containing antibacterial spray, paper towels, bags and alcohol hand gel will be provided in all teaching areas and offices for staff and students to use.
- Face coverings must be worn by all members of the community when in shared indoor or outdoor spaces where social distancing of at least 2 metres is not feasible.
- Please do NOT come on to campus if you have any of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- Loss of taste or smell
- If you have any of these symptoms, you MUST self-isolate and apply for a Coronavirus test via the gov.wales website,