As restrictions ease, Western Sydney University is gradually recommencing activity on our campuses as part of a carefully managed and staged plan.
On Monday 1 June, we commenced stage 1 — the first of four planned stages to be implemented between now and the end of the year.
Stage 1 will address the need to complete practicals on campus for key units. In addition to this, essential lab research, and some Higher Degree Research student presence and local field work, will recommence. Only staff essential to these activities will be on campus. Staff members are contacting students who will be coming back on campus.
We will continue to keep our staff and students updated as we progressively move through each stage of the plan. We will communicate regularly about the latest information about what is expected to return to campus at each stage in terms of teaching and learning activities, research, support staff and other on-campus operations.
The health and safety of our community remains our highest priority, and a range of measures have been put in place to protect students and staff. Each stage of our recovery will be closely monitored and adjusted as needed, and in line with government advice.
Health and Safety
Students and staff returning to campus should practice physical distancing and good hygiene at all times and the following:
- If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone who is unwell, you should stay at home. If you’re unwell, please seek medical advice. If you are self-isolating or being tested for COVID-19, please contact the University’s Coronavirus Support Hotline on (02) 9852 5399 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- When on campus, remember to keep a safe distance from others of 1.5 metres outside, and 4 square metres inside. Please follow all signage on campus and directions from staff.
- Those returning to campus need to continue to practice good hygiene, follow the on-campus directions and signage, and use the available hand sanitiser.
- The University will conduct intensive cleaning of campuses, including high traffic areas and touch points.
- Those returning on campus are encouraged to download the COVID safe app to help slow the spread of the virus, and keep themselves, their families and the community safer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Stage 1 will focus on ensuring limited essential practicals across 15 units are able to be completed. In addition to this, essential lab research and some Higher Degree Research student presence, as well as some local field work, will recommence.
These are activities that can’t be undertaken remotely and enable students to progress in their degree.
Staff members from Schools and Institutes will contact students who will be coming back on campus to provide further details. Staff who are essential to the delivery of these functions will be on campus to support students.
All other students and staff will keep studying or working from home for the foreseeable future, as we continue to deliver a high-quality online learning experience for our students. The University will continue to communicate with staff and students as we progressively move through each stage of the return to campus plan and provide regular updates and information.
If you’re travelling to campus via public transport, please note services have implemented physical distancing measures which does limit the number of people who can travel at any one time, so please check your transport provider website and plan ahead for your trip to campus.
The University’s shuttle bus service is currently running between 7am and 7pm weekdays, with one shuttle bus (or two at Parramatta) so if you rely on public transport please plan ahead.
You can access free parking if you’re required to come on campus. Please park in the yellow bays (or blue bays at Parramatta South campus).
The next stages of our return to campus plan will gradually increase the amount of practicals, labs and research activities on campus. As we move through the months ahead, we plan to have more face-to-face content delivered on campus. Further information will be communicated to students and staff in the coming weeks.
As the University community begins to return to campus, we acknowledge you may feel anxious or have questions. Support is available – please reach out if you need any help via the Coronavirus Support Hotline on (02) 9852 5399, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or email email@example.com.