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Returning to campus

We’re really pleased to advise that 2021 will see more students studying in person at our Australian campuses.

Safely returning our students to a vibrant campus has been our priority.

We’re working hard to prepare a 2021 timetable that provides dual delivery (a mix of face-to-face and remote learning), allowing us to maximise the number of on campus classes, while still prioritising the safety of our students and staff.

We encourage students to choose on-campus classes where they are offered. However, for classes that cannot be held on campus due to physical distancing requirements, or for students unable to come on campus due to COVID-19 related circumstances, remote delivery will continue to be offered, wherever possible.

On this webpage, you’ll find what you need to know about learning in 2021, coming on campus and accessing services and facilities.

Physical distancing and other measures will continue to operate on campus – please be sure to follow these so we can all continue to stay safe.

We look forward to seeing more students on campus in 2021.

Engaging on campus

Learning and teaching in 2021

The first half of 2021 will see dual delivery (a mix of face-to-face and remote learning), allowing us to maximise the number of on-campus classes while still prioritising the safety of our students and staff.

  • All on-campus classes will be timetabled and set up to comply with the Government’s physical distancing requirements and UOW’s COVID Safe Plan.
  • Students unable to attend on-campus components due to COVID-19 related circumstances may have the opportunity to carry out these components remotely (where that is an option), or complete them at a later stage

Research activities

Research students should be adequately supervised on-site by a staff member with appropriate expertise, and to ensure that both physical distancing and appropriate health and safety measures are undertaken. Further information pertaining to research activities are outlined in the COVID-19 Safe Work Plan – Research Activity and the COVID-19 Safe Work Plan – Office Areas.

All researchers are also required to follow the Restoring Research Operations Principles and Guidelines (Stage 1) when using the UOW COVID-19 Safe Work Plans.

Exams

For the remainder of 2020, there will be no in-person, invigilated exams. Final exams that would normally be scheduled in exam halls/facilities on UOW's Australia-based campuses will either be conducted remotely via Moodle or replaced with alternate assessments. For more information on 2020 exams, please visit the Exams website.

Examination formats for 2021 will be reviewed closer to the start of Session 1.

Understanding your 2021 subject timetable

The 2021 Autumn, Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and associated timetables will be published on 29 November 2020. These timetables will outline subject availability and how classes will be delivered.

Further details on subject delivery and understanding your timetable will be sent to students at the time the timetable is released.

We also have frequently asked questions about subject timetables, which you can read here.

Accessing our libraries & campus facilities

UOW Library

  • Open 8am - 10pm weekdays, 10am - 8pm weekends (view live occupancy counter)
  • Must have a student ID card to enter
  • Access currently restricted to enrolled students and staff until further notice.
  • Furniture placement altered to adhere to physical distancing requirements.

For more information on accessing library services, visit the Library website.

Study spaces

  • Building 17, Level 1 (50 capacity): 8 am - 10 pm
  • Building 11 (100 capacity): 8 am - 6 pm
  • Building 9 (100 capacity): 8 am to 6 pm (Building 9 will open only after buildings 16, 17 and 11 reach capacity)

Retail & food outlets, cafés & food courts

  • Kids' Uni childcare, UniShop, Post Office, Mac1 and IMB Bank are open.
  • All cafes are open including UniBar, Ugly Duckling, Gyspy Jones, Hemmingway, Delish, Piccolo Me, Panizzi and Rush. For operating hours, visit the Pulse website.
  • Building 11 food court is open and seating available (physical distancing in place).
  • A range of cafes and restaurants offering seating as per government requirements.

UOW Wi-Fi

Wi-fi is available across campus so students who do not wish to use an indoor space are encouraged to sit outdoors. Wi-fi can also be accessed in the carparks, if students would prefer to sit in their cars and work.

Health & medical services

  • Campus Clinic – All patients must book a telephone consultation in the first instance. This can be done through the Clinic website or by calling +61 2 4208 1018
  • Capps Dentist – As usual practice, patients are asked to book their appointment online.
  • Phytness Health Care – Please call +61 2 4285 1725 for appointments
  • Northfields Psychology Clinic - The clinic will remain open to the public via telephone, online and videoconferencing consultations. To seek services please contact Northfields Psychology Clinic by phone on (02) 4221 3747.

QR codes for contact tracing

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

All facilities at the UOW Innovation Campus are now open, including the UniActive gym, the Piccolo Me café and The Jade Teapot and Science Space.

In addition, the common spaces and the prayer room are now accessible to the Campus community.

The Innovation Campus Management office remains open and available to respond to your questions and queries, please reach via email or phone out if you require any assistance.

Innovation Campus Management
Email: ic-admin@uow.edu.au 
Phone: +61 2 4221 5115

QR codes for contact tracing

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

  • Open 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday without a swipe card. (access card required after-hours)
  • For campus Library information, visit the Batemans Bay and Bega websites. 
  • At UOW Bega, swipe card required to access 340.G04 computer lab and common spaces. Contact campus admin if you do not have an access card.
  • Students with laptops can access the UOW wi-fi from the car park.
  • Strict physical distancing rules apply on campus.

QR codes for contact tracing

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

  • Swipe card required after-hours. Contact campus admin if you do not have an access card.
  • 24/7 computer access available in Building 301 (LG.02), as well as access to common spaces in CG 02 and CG 01.
  • For campus library information, visit the Shoalhaven campus website.
  • For best UOW wi-fi connection, park near Mind the Gap Building.
  • Strict physical distancing rules apply on campus.

QR codes for contact tracing

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

  • Swipe card access only, including 360.G02 computer lab. Contact campus admin if you do not have an access card.
  • For campus library information, visit the Southern Highlands campus website.
  • Strict physical distancing rules apply on campus.

QR codes for contact tracing

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

Open 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday

  • Computer lab (G.04), common area and study space (1.06) available for students to use.
  • For campus library information, visit the Southern Sydney campus website.
  • Strict physical distancing rules apply on campus.

QR codes for contact tracing

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

  • Open 8 am - 7 pm Monday to Friday
  • All computer labs (G.19, G.30, 2.29, 3.26) and informal study spaces on campus open and available for students to use, although security will be required to gain access to levels 2 and 3.
  • For campus library information, visit the South Western Sydney campus website.
  • Strict physical distancing rules apply on campus.

QR codes for contact tracing

UOW has implemented QR codes across campus to assist with contact tracing.

Business and Law Central Sydney is open from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm Monday to Friday. Phone lines are answered from 9.00 am-7.00 pm Monday to Friday.

Sydney CBD Campus is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday to access computer laboratories and the library.

Note:

  • Due to security measures being implemented by Gateway Building Management from 27 April, the Sydney CBD campus is only available for use by students enrolled at this campus and staff who are assigned to work or teach from this location.
  • Sydney CBD Campus students must sign in at the check-in portal at the concierge desk and provide their full name, UOW email address and a contact number for verification and contact tracing purposes. Access to the campus will be provided once details have been verified

Physical distancing & hygiene

  • 1.5 metre distance between people at all times
  • Occupancy limits apply across campus where required at entry
  • Signage, stickers and posters are displayed around campus to remind visitors of physical distancing and hygiene practices
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of all high touch point areas
  • Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes stations have been installed around campus

As per the recommendations from the NSW Chief Health Officer, students will only require face masks

  • If it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
  • In areas where there has been community transmission
  • Where in high-risk indoor areas such as public transport, supermarkets, shops, churches and other places of worship
  • When caring for or serving vulnerable people
  • If working in a cafe, restaurant, pub, club or other high-risk indoor areas.

The University will supply masks to staff and students where required. Students can access masks from the staff member leading their face to face class. Staff and students are also encouraged to bring their own reusable mask to reduce waste, however, this may not be appropriate in laboratory settings due to the risk of contamination. Teaching staff in local areas will be able to provide students with advice on what is suitable for their class.

Wearing a mask is not a substitute for physical distancing. Masks are a "fourth line of defence" after staying home if unwell and getting tested, maintaining 1.5 metre social distancing and good hand hygiene. See here for more information from the NSW Government on how to wear a mask correctly.

UOW Accommodation

Our residences are open and will continue to provide students with a vibrant and supportive community while they study at UOW.  

Each residence offers easy access to a range of facilities and social events, academic and wellbeing programs. The big focus is on ensuring students feel supported and connected.

Our team is being extra vigilant about ensuring physical distancing protocols and cleaning are in place and being followed. That includes additional cleaning in communal areas, staggered dining times at catered sites and clear signage and guidelines in meeting rooms and communal areas indicating maximum numbers of occupants.

Applications are now open for new and returning students.

COVID-19 Accommodation FAQ's

Transport & parking

  • Consider travel options if you need to come to campus - walk or ride instead.
  • If using public transport, follow public transport guidelines on physical distancing, and consider wearing a mask.
  • Avoid travelling during peak periods if possible, and allow extra travel time in case you need to wait for a less crowded train or bus. 
  • Paid parking on the Wollongong campus has been temporarily suspended until 12 February 2021. 

Getting active & social

  • UniActive offers top-class fitness and sporting facilities on campus including two fully equipped gyms, a 50m heated Olympic pool, group exercise classes and much more. Government guidelines, and capacity limits apply at UniActive gyms.
  • Pulse Student Engagement programs are delivered on campus and online, offering a range of workshops, events, resources and giveaways.
  • Join one of over 150 UniClubs and get involved and connect with other students.

Service points & support

  • All academic and personal support services operational and available online or over the phone.
  • Some on-campus service points (e.g. Student Central) open with strict occupancy limits and physical distancing requirements.
  • Students encouraged to enquire online or over the phone when possible.

Frequently asked questions

Dual delivery means that classes will be delivered on-campus and/or remotely. This may be delivered simultaneously or at a different time, depending on the class. In 2021, whilst we will be able to return a large number of subjects to on-campus delivery, we will not be able to return to full capacity until the Government’s physical distancing requirement are removed.

We have worked hard to adjust timetabling and campus environments to allow more students to be able to safely study in person at our Australian campuses in 2021. For classes that cannot be held on campus due to physical distancing requirements, remote delivery will continue to be offered, wherever possible.

The 2021 Autumn, Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and associated timetables will be published on 29 November 2020. These timetables will outline which subjects are running in that session, the class structure of each subject, and how subjects will be delivered (e.g. on-campus or remote). We will provide students with further information about subject delivery, how to view the subject timetable and tutorial enrolment closer to the publish date. 

Class attendance requirements are specific to each subject and will be outlined within the subject outline. Subject outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks before session starts. We are adjusting timetabling and campus environments to allow students to safely study in person at our Australian campuses. For those unable to attend classes on campus, and for lectures over the COVID safe capacity, remote delivery will continue to be offered, wherever possible.

We understand that some students may not be able to attend on-campus classes due to travel restrictions or legitimate personal circumstances. If you enrol in a subject in 2021 that has on-campus components, but you are no longer within travelling distance of your campus, you may have the opportunity to: 

  • Carry out these components remotely (where that is an option), or
  • Complete them at a later stage

The 2021 Autumn, Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and associated timetables will be published on 29 November 2020, and will outline how each subject will be delivered, so you can plan your enrolment ahead of time. 

Yes. Based on current restrictions, all visitors to UOW Australian campuses, or within UOW residences, must practice physical distancing of 1.5m wherever and whenever possible. Occupancy limits and other measures will also be in place across campus, including classrooms, study spaces, libraries, outdoor spaces and other areas. UOW will continue to monitor government restrictions and health guidelines and will adapt as and when they change.

COVID safe capacity means that the layout of UOW’s teaching spaces allows for 1.5m physical distancing between students. The COVID Safe capacity (or maximum capacity) of each room on campus has been determined on this basis.

The changes to grades and academic support measures in 2020 were implemented in response to the unprecedented circumstances brought on by COVID-19. We recognise that the impacts of COVID-19 are ongoing, and students may have concerns about how these circumstances might affect their academic performance into 2021. Our priority is to ensure students are given the best opportunity to succeed and progress in their studies. We will reassess these support measures closer to the start of 2021 and respond accordingly. All updates will be communicated to students directly. 

Our SSAF funded projects, essential services and programs play a critical role in supporting our students and enriching their university experience. Most of these essential services continue to be available for students whether studying remotely or on campus. To ensure these essential services continue to be available for students in 2021, the SSAF Fee for Trimester 1 and Autumn Session 2021 will be charged as per normal. To learn more about how SSAF relates to you, visit the SSAF website

Yes. All Australian campuses are open and accessible to both students studying remotely or attending on-campus classes. Our campus libraries, study spaces, service counters, outdoor areas and other facilities are open and operating with appropriate social distancing arrangements and other safety measures in place. Students can also continue to access our full range of academic and personal support services online, over the phone or in-person. 

As part of cost-saving measures due to COVID-19, the University will close all campuses from 4 – 8 January, 19 – 23 April and 12 – 16 July 2021. While these dates fall in student breaks, it does mean that a number of on-campus services and facilities will be unavailable to students during these times. These include: 

  • Campus libraries (closed 4 – 10 January, open during April and July closure periods with reduced staff. Access to online library services and resources will still be available) 
  • Student Central (face-to-face and phone service unavailable during closure periods. Students can still enquire via email to askuow@uow.edu.au
  • Faculty Centrals and other on-campus service centres 
  • Student IT Support (TBA) 
  • Retail and food outlets 

If you have a question about this, please contact Student Service on +61 4221 3927 or email askuow@uow.edu.au 

Wearing a mask in NSW is not mandatory. However, NSW Health strongly recommends people wear a mask when unable to physically distance, particularly in indoor settings, to keep everyone safe.

It is really important that you carry a clean face mask with you at all times and wear it:

  • If it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
  • In areas where there has been community transmission
  • Where in high-risk indoor areas such as public transport, supermarkets, shops, churches and other places of worship
  • When caring for or serving vulnerable people
  • If working in a cafe, restaurant, pub, club or other high-risk indoor areas.

UOW will supply masks to staff and students where necessary. Students can access masks from the staff member leading their face to face class. Staff and students are also encouraged to bring their own reusable mask to reduce waste, however, this may not be appropriate in laboratory settings due to the risk of contamination. Teaching staff in local areas will be able to provide students with advice on what is suitable for their class.

More information is available on the NSW Health website.

If you wish to withdraw from a subject you’ve enrolled into for a particular session, there are some important things to consider. Successful withdrawal from subjects depends largely on at what point in the session you withdraw. You can learn more about withdrawing from subjects here. The 2021 Autumn, Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and associated timetables will be published on 29 November 2020 and will outline how each subject will be delivered so you can plan your enrolment ahead of time.

Campus facilities & services

Yes. Student Central is available to provide you with assistance on a range of matters. You can find our contact details on the Student Central website.

Whilst our doors are now also open for face-to-face service, for the health and wellbeing of students and staff we ask that students please continue to access our services remotely (via phone or email) and only visit in-person if essential. In-person visits are limited to five (5) people at any one time due to physical distancing requirements, which may impact wait times.

UOW Libraries are open, with appropriate social distancing arrangements implemented in library workplaces and visitor areas. Furniture placement has been altered to adhere to social distancing requirements and access systems are being set to limit occupation in accordance with government advice and directives.

For details of opening hours and occupancy limits for the Wollongong Campus Library, visit the Library website or view the live occupancy counter.

Shoalhaven and Sydney CBD campus libraries are open. If you are studying at one of our regional or metropolitan campus locations, check the library websites for the most up-to-date information. The libraries remain fully open on-line with an extensive range of resources and services including live chat during opening hours.

Information for community members (non-UOW student or staff)

Access to the UOW libraries is currently restricted to enrolled UOW students and staff only until further notice.

Yes you can. UOW has been working to ensure that all campuses are open and operational, as well as safe and healthy for students who need to access facilities. See more on accessing campus facilities.

 

UOW's Regional and Metro campuses remain open and operational to all students, with physical distancing measures in place.

Maximum capacity in rooms has been calculated for campuses, with signs on the doors at some campuses and others blocking off work stations to keep within physical distancing.

See more on accessing facilities on your campus

In keeping with the government’s directive to close community facilities and gathering points—and its recognition of the vulnerability of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community—the University has temporarily closed the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre.

Indigenous students will be supported to study online and ongoing support and engagement will be provided by our Woolyungah Indigenous Centre staff.

Please contact Woolyungah directly for advice and support.

A range of on-campus retail and food outlets, cafés and food courts are open and operating as per government regulations.

For a detailed list of open facilities at UOW Wollongong campus, click here.

The temporary suspension of paid parking has been extended at UOW Wollongong Campus until 12 February 2021.

Tickets are not required for those who park in pay-and-display ticket areas or in the P1 Parking Station on the Wollongong Campus. Parking permit payroll deductions have been temporarily suspended for this period. Staff and Higher Degree Research students who have purchased blue entry permits upfront may contact the UOW Post Office for a partial refund.

Staff and students are still urged to consider alternative modes of transport if you are returning to campus.

Parking conditions still apply

  • Students and visitors should park in designated ticket bays in P3, P4, P5 North and P8. Short term ticket car parks P1 and P6 are also available for use. You currently do not need to purchase a ticket but you must only park in ticket bays.
  • Those who have blue permits should continue to park in designated permit bays in P2, P3, P4, P5 and P8. You should park only in permit bays and display your permit on your windscreen. The temporary TAFE carpark is no longer available for permit holders.
  • Use the UOW Parking app to check parking availability.

Parking arrangements at the Innovation Campus and all regional and metropolitan campuses remain as normal.

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