Three Welsh universities have confirmed that they are hosting big live conferences again.
The Universities of Cardiff, Wrexham Glyndwr and Trinity St David’s University of Wales have said they are delivering lectures safely in modern, well-ventilated rooms.
A spokesperson for the University of Wrexham Glyndwr said: “” Live lectures are held at the university, in large, well-ventilated conference rooms. There is currently no need to limit capacity.
“All of the university’s teaching spaces that are to be used this semester will be well ventilated and all students will receive at least one face-to-face teaching session per week. “
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A spokesperson for Cardiff University said large live lectures could take place this quarter and that all lectures were “expected” to be live and all teaching spaces to be used from of the next quarter, if the situation with Covid allows it.
Universities haven’t hosted large live conferences since the pandemic began in March 2020. Instead, they’ve been uploaded online.
Students complained about the lack of face-to-face teaching, but universities have said they must follow Welsh government’s Covid guidelines.
Asked about the plans, a Cardiff University spokesperson said: “We will be teaching in-person on campus (that term). This will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, lab work and workshops.
“The broadcast of some lectures will continue to be online although, where security measures permit, larger lectures may be held, as is the case in our School of Journalism, Media and Culture and ‘others.
“We will continue to follow the guidelines of the Welsh government and constantly review our teaching methods.
“We plan to make full use of our teaching spaces by January 2022. The post remains under review and subject to Welsh government alerts.”
Trinity Saint David University of Wales said: “The university has introduced in-person lectures on its campuses.
“The university’s Covid security measures are in line with Welsh government guidelines and industry guidance.
“The capacity of each conference is determined by the size of the rooms and the nature of the activity. Typically our conference rooms are configured to allow social distancing of two meters.
“Our small class sizes help us achieve this and last year helped us provide students with access to our specialized facilities, including workshops, studios and laboratories.
This is what other universities do
While some face-to-face teaching is taking place this quarter at universities in Wales, large live lectures remain online for the most part and other universities have said they cannot tell when the lectures are live. could resume.
“We are introducing a directed approach to learning and teaching for the start of the school year.
“Major lectures will be given online, while sessions such as labs, seminars and labs will take place in person.”
“As part of our extensive preparations for this new academic year, all of our activities have undergone a comprehensive risk assessment.
“In these stages, no amphitheater will operate at full capacity; they will be limited to the capacities determined by our risk assessment process and subject to various identified mitigation measures. “
University of South Wales
“All of our learning and teaching spaces, including classrooms, laboratories and lecture halls, use this term. We follow the principle of teaching in groups of 30 students, or when we have larger cohorts, they are taught in several groups of six, with two meters between each group of six, up to the capacity of the room.
“We always have classes and lessons with large groups of students, but there are two meters between each group of six in the larger rooms / lecture halls (where there are more than 30 students), so in these cases , they will not be the same capacity as before the pandemic. “
Cardiff Metropolitan University
“We have sought to work within current Welsh Government guidelines and have taken into account feedback from students and the student union in planning and designing our teaching for the 2021/22 academic year.
“Students will learn largely face-to-face in non-socially distant groups of up to 36 students, in interactive sessions designed to provide the most appropriate learning and teaching environments and practices to support our curriculum. of applied studies.
“There will be a few exceptions to this – for example, in lab sessions where the use of PPE allows more students to assemble safely.
“Over the past 16 months, we have invested heavily in additional mechanical ventilation, with over £ 250,000 spent at our Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses, with priority spending in laboratories, areas of special education and social learning where opening windows may not be the most appropriate solution. . “
“Over the past few months, enormous efforts have been made to assess and improve the ventilation arrangements in over 300 classrooms and seminars across the university, with improved ventilation arrangements if needed or high efficiency air filtration installed.
“In addition to these measures, to allow social distancing, our teaching rooms are currently used at reduced capacity (between 50 and 65% depending on the structure of the room), with more than 82% of our courses / seminars and work practices entirely in person.
“As we hope to increase that number, the continued influence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated uncertainties require us to take a dynamic approach to our teaching and learning delivery and these important logistics.”
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