Statement| 01 April, 2021
Welsh Government guidance is that students should remain where they are whenever possible for the Easter holidays. Moving between your term time address in Cardiff and out of term address at home is a really easy way for the virus to spread and slow the progress towards defeating the coronavirus and ending restrictions.
If you need to travel away from Cardiff, you should consider getting a Covid-19 test before you leave and again before you return to the city, to help protect yourself and others. You will likely to be asked to follow different rules and guidelines. Latest guidelines for Wales
, Northern Ireland
are online, and you should familiarise yourself with local guidelines before you leave Cardiff.
By taking a Covid-19 test before you return to Cardiff you will help ensure your housemates or teammates will not have to self-isolate at the start of term if you test positive for the virus on your return to campus.
We know the last year has not been how you expected your student life to be, but we hope you manage to have an enjoyable and well-deserved break from your studies over Easter.
Returning to campus
The latest Welsh Government announcement
states students will be able to return to university for flexible learning from 12 April for the duration of the summer term, but it should be stressed that we are not envisaging a resumption of all face-to-face teaching during the summer term.
At Cardiff Met, we have ensured that all students whose programmes of teaching require significant access to university facilities to fulfil learning outcomes and professional body requirements in order to progress or graduate, have been able to access on campus facilities and there will not be an increase in the number of courses in the short term.
We will be considering whether any additional courses can return to some element of on campus, face-to-face teaching on an on-going basis. Any updates will be made available to you by email and on MetCentral, the student homepage
To support students who are back on our campuses, we have a number of spaces open for you to use and we are currently exploring opening additional social spaces and more study spaces as we approach the assessment period. We are also working on plans for additional pastoral and social activities such as access to outdoor sports facilities so please keep checking MetCentral for further details.
Please remember, if you do go onto campus, face coverings are mandatory to help keep each other safe. One-way routes, limited capacity, enhanced cleaning rotas and hand sanitisation stations are just some of the ways we’re making our campuses safer for you. But we need you to play your part too by washing your hands reqularly and maintaining a 2m distance from those you do not live with.
Testing on campus
We know that many of you have returned to Cardiff for a variety of reasons over the last few weeks and some of you may decide to return over the next few weeks so it’s important that you take a test before you do return and take advantage of the testing facilities on campus
To help you get some reassurance you can get a free asymptomatic test on campus. This test will let you know within 30 minutes whether you have had the virus at the time of testing, but it is not fail-safe, and you will still need to maintain social distancing, follow on- and off- campus guidelines, use a face covering in line with the university policy and continue to play your part, even if a test result is returned negative, to be sure you, your friends and family are safe.
Returning to University halls
If you need to return to university halls following the Easter holidays, you must contact the Halls Office by email or phone in advance to agree an arrival date and one-hour time slot. This will allow us to adhere to the 2m social distancing between arriving groups.