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October 15, 2018
» Phishing Email Warning Update

IT Services would again like to remind students to be extra vigilant when clicking on links in emails, especially where asked to input university credentials.

IT Services have confirmed that the phishing attempt warning over the weekend was contained rapidly in order to minimise impact.

If you are concerned that you may have responded to this recent phishing activity, or if you would like to discuss your concerns, please in the first instance reset your password via SSAA, using a ‘safe/ trusted’ device, i.e. an alternative device to the one you were using to access the link initially.

Then contact the IT Service Desk via their online Customer Service Centre or by telephone +44 1443 4 82882 for further advice and guidance.

Ongoing protection for devices

It is good practice to maintain an up to date version of an Anti-Virus package on your personal devices, and importantly it is a requirement to do so if you are using such a device to access University systems.

We suggest given the current environment, that all students check that their antivirus is up to date on all devices.

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October 13, 2018
» Be Aware - Phishing email warning

IT Services are advising all students to be extra vigilant with emails received this weekend.

Phishing attempts are being attempted from fake emails called with malicious links taking users to a fake log-in page.

What to do

1. If you have clicked and entered your password immediately change your password via https://ssaa.southwales.ac.uk/ssaa/

2. Let IT Services know via the PoB/ IT Service Desk System that you have clicked the link, and confirm that you have changed your password – please insert description/ heading of “ Phishing email link accessed”

IT Services will be monitoring the situation closely over the weekend, and will also undertake any urgent action required from the cases logged to our Service Desk System.

If there are any updates, these will be provided via Unilife.

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October 12, 2018
» Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

Most of us are familiar with the physical benefits of exercise: weight control, increased energy, and improved physical fitness, just to name a few. But exercise can also improve mental health, and potentially even alleviate or prevent depression.

How can exercise boost my mood?

Scientists think physical activity helps maintain and improve wellbeing in a number of ways:

  • Boosts production of ‘feel’ good chemicals in your brain
  • Distracts your mind from anxious thoughts
  • Helps regulate your sleep patterns
  • Increases your energy levels
  • Promotes a greater sense of self-worth
  • Improves memory and concentration

Getting more active each day– even a small change – can boost your morale, giving you a sense of achievement and help you feel better in yourself.

How can I get more active?

Starting off might feel a bit overwhelming, but getting active doesn’t have to be about running around a track or working out in a gym. It’s important to choose an activity you enjoy that fits easily into your lifestyle.

The Sports Centre offer a range of activities, from Pole Fitness to Intra Mural Football Leagues – don’t be afraid to try something new, you never know what you might enjoy. If meeting like-minded students whilst exercising is more your thing, visit the Students’ Union to learn more about their clubs and societies.

Exercising doesn’t need to be costly, there’s nothing better than exploring the great outdoors (weather permitting!) Wales is known for some of the best walking and hiking routes in the UK; you don’t have to go far to find yourself amongst nature. And if the Welsh weather does deter or you can’t face going to an exercise class, there are plenty of good alternatives you can practise from the comfort of your home:

No matter what activity you choose or what intensity you exercise at, every little bit can be beneficial to help improve your mental and physical health.

Stay committed!

Making an exercise habit stick can be challenging – try scheduling regular exercise into your calendar just like any other commitment. When assignments start flooding in, it can be hard to prioritise exercise; staying active will help keep your stress levels at bay and ensure you do your best.

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October 11, 2018
» Glide Parking App

Glide is a brand new payment App, allowing you to pay simply and easily for parking via your smartphone.

A new Automatic Number Plate Recognition Car Parking System is in operation in Llantwit Road car park and Glyntaff Upper and Lower car parks. You no longer need to take a ticket or swipe your access cards to enter or exit these car parks.

Parking permits can be bought in advance through the Glide app at a cost of: 1 month £15, 3 months £45, 6 months £90, 9 months £135 and 12 months £180. Annual permits are still available for purchase via the Online Store – just take your receipt to Security on your campus.

Sign up to Glide

  • To create a Glide account simply download the Glide Parking app from Google Play or the App Store
  • Either enter your registration number and select Pay Now or create an account – follow the prompts from Glide
  • Once payment has been made, there is a ten minute ‘grace period’ to leave the car park

For those that do not wish to purchase an annual or seasonal permit, users of the student and visitor car parks can pay £1 for up to 5 hours’ parking and £2 for any period over 5 hours. Payment can be made at one of the pay stations in the car park via credit, debit or contactless card, by cash or via the new Glide App.

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» Healthy Eating on a Student Budget

Moving to University is an exciting time; you might have more freedom to make choices than ever before. It’s easy to overlook some of the more practical aspects of leaving home – like your diet and eating sensibly, but research has shown the food you eat can have an impact on how your mind and body work.

As a student, you need to eat the right fuel for your body for a very busy time in your life – being at university can be an excellent opportunity to create healthy lifetime eating habits.

What is healthy eating?

Healthy eating means ‘eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy’. The Eatwell Guide recommends eating a varied diet to get the correct balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, in the form of foods that are good for you.

Whilst it might be tempting to fall into the habit of take-out and ready meals, with just a bit of forward planning, you can find a healthy diet that works for you without too much time, effort or expense.

Why is eating well important?

Eating a healthy, balanced diet not only helps us look and feel good, it helps us to stay healthy. The way that we eat can also have a big effect on how we feel. Whilst unhealthy foods may satisfy the palate, a well-balanced diet can give you the right amount of energy and stamina that you need; take a look at MIND’s Food and Mood for more information and advice.

Tips for eating healthy on a budget

Eating well doesn’t need to break the bank, with a few tricks eating healthily can actually be economical and cost less than the average spend on a takeaway.

  • Plan ahead – mobile apps, such as Yummly will make shopping lists for you based on what you plan to eat.
  • Budget weekly – cutting back on a few luxuries will make a big difference to your food budget.
  • Try not to shop when hungry – you’ll be less likely to make impulse purchases.
  • Cook from scratch – preparing and cooking your own meals is both cheaper and healthier.
  • Learn to use seasonings – they can turn something plain into something delicious at very little cost.
  • Cook extra portions – what you don’t eat, you can freeze or have the next day for lunch.
  • There will be times when you just can’t face cooking – Catering Services offer cheap traditional and healthy options.
  • Small changes can make a big difference – change your white rice for brown, granulated sugar for honey, white bread for grain. These simple changes will cost relatively little and will have a positive effect on your wellbeing.

Healthy Eating Recipes & Resources

5 A DAY meal planner – We’re often told we need to eat 5 fruit and veg a day, but what really counts?
BBC Good Food Student Recipes – Cheap and cheerful, simple-to-make student recipes.
BBC Food, Student Food – Easy recipes that won’t break the bank and are great for novice cooks.
StudentCooking.tv – Great tasting, nutritious meals on a budget.
The Food Medic: Educational Hub – Everything from mental health to nutrition from USW Alumni, the food medic.
Cooking on a Bootstrap – the #1 budget recipe website.

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October 10, 2018
» Shwmae Day – 15 October 2018

We will be celebrating Shwmae (English: how are you?) Day on Monday 15 October which is an opportunity to show that Welsh belongs to everyone and we can all use Welsh all year round – at University, in the shop, leisure centre, at work, in the community, with friends – everywhere! So why not give it a go and start every conversation with Shw’mae (shoo-my?) or Sumae (see-my?)

What’s on at USW?

Newport City Campus
Menter Iaith Casnewydd will be at the University entrance with information about Welsh medium activities, treats for anyone who starts a conversation in Welsh, and a competition to win a £100 shopping voucher.

Pontypridd Campus
Cymraeg@Crawshays: Come to Crawshay Café to socialise in Welsh and enjoy some Welsh cakes. Welsh speakers / learners of all levels welcome. 1.00 – 1.30pm

Cardiff Campus, ATRiuM
The Welsh Society will be in the Foyer with information about Welsh medium social events. Students can also register with the Society. 11.00 – 14.00pm

Shwmae Competition

For a chance to win a signed rugby ball by Sam Warburton, former Welsh international rugby union player, all you have to do is post a #Shwmae picture on twitter, and tag the picture @CangenDeCymru and @De_Cymru. The one with the most retweets and favourites will be the winner!

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» Diwrnod Shwmae – 15 Hydref 2018

Byddwn yn dathlu diwrnod Shwmae ar ddydd Llun 15fed o Hydref, sy’n gyfle i ddangos fod y Gymraeg yn perthyn i bawb a gallwn ei defnyddio drwy’r flwyddyn – yn y Brifysgol, yn y siop, y ganolfan hamdden, yn y gwaith, yn y gymuned, gyda ffrindiau – ym mhobman! Felly rhowch gynnig arni a dechreuwch bob sgwrs gyda ‘Shw’mae?’ neu ‘Sumae?’

Beth sydd ymlaen ym Mhrifysgol De Cymru?

Campws Dinas Casnewydd
Bydd gan Menter Iaith Casnewydd stondin wrth dderbynfa’r Brifysgol gyda gwybodaeth am weithgareddau cyfrwng Cymraeg, losin i unrhyw un sy’n dechrau sgwrs yn Gymraeg a chystadleuaeth i ennill taleb siopa gwerth £100.00.

Campws Pontypridd
Cymraeg@Crawshays: Dewch i gaffi Crawshay i gymdeithasu yn Gymraeg a mwynhau Picau ar y maen. Croeso i siaradwyr a dysgwyr Cymraeg o bob lefel. 1.00 – 1.30pm

Campws Caerdydd, ATRiuM
Bydd gan y Gymdeithas Gymraeg stondin ger derbynfa’r ATRiuM gyda gwybodaeth am ddigwyddiadau cymdeithasol Cymraeg. Gall myfyrwyr gofrestru efo’r Gymdeithas yn ogystal. 11.00 – 14.00yp

Cystadleuaeth Shwmae

Am siawns i ennill pêl rygbi wedi ei arwyddo gan Sam Warburton, cyn chwaraewr rhyngwladol undeb rygbi Cymru, yr unig beth sydd rhaid i chi wneud yw rhoi llun #Shwmae ar trydar, a thagio @CangenDeCymru a @De_Cymru yn y llun. Bydd y llun fydd yn cael ei ail-drydar a’i hoffi mwyaf yn ennill!

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» World Mental Health Day 2018

World Mental Health Day

Wednesday October 10th is World Mental Health Day! Join in the conversation about mental health and help reduce the stigma. Mental Health is everyone’s business! #WorldMentalHealthDay & #WMHD18

USW is sharing stories of students managing with mental health problemns on their Facebook page

Mental Health affects us all. How we think and feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope in tough times.

It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part amongst our family, workplace, university, community and friends. It’s also closely linked with our physical health.

Whether we call it wellbeing, emotional welfare or mental health, it’s key to living a fulfilling life.

There are a wealth of different resources and ideas on how you can get involved on the internet:-

  • Look after your mates: #inyourcorner. If you or a friend need support with mental health issues, please see sources of support and information on our Unilife Wellbeing pages.

World Mental Health Day film show

As part of World Mental Health Day on October 10, USW will be showing A Girl Interrupted in AB108 in the Aneurin Bevan Building on Glyntaff Campus.

The showing is FREE and runs from 4.30pm until 7.30pm.

The 1999 film, starring Winona Ryder, is an American biographical drama which is based on based on Susanna Kaysen’s 1993 memoir of the same name. It chronicles Kaysen’s 18-month stay at a 'mental hsopital’ where she befriends Polly, with schizophrenia; Georgina, a pathological liar; and Daisy who self-harms and has OCD. She is drawn to sociopath Lisa, who is charismatic and rebellious, encouraging Susanna to stop taking her medication and resist therapy.
The film lasts just over two hours. Time has been built in for post-movie discussion. Please feel free to bring popcorn!

More details are available from karyn.davies@southwales.ac.uk

October 8, 2018
» USW Mental Health Support

Going to university can be an exciting experience, but for some people it can also be difficult. You may feel homesick, worry about money, find the pressure of study too much or stress that you’re not fitting in.

These feelings are very common and usually subside as you begin to settle more into university life, but for some people these feelings can become overwhelming and develop into depression or other types of mental health problems. If you feel like this, it’s a good idea to do something about it as soon as possible, and seek help if that’s what you need.

There are some simple things you can do to maintain your mental health or help yourself feel better, for example:

  • Keep in touch with family and/or friends.
  • Make time to do things you enjoy.
  • Look after yourself through good diet and exercise.
  • Talk to people you trust.

If you feel you can’t cope then it’s important to seek help, and the University’s Mental Health Service is there for you, offering a range of practical support in a confidential, professional setting.

They can give advice, support and information about what may help and an opportunity to talk through your difficulties in confidence. They can also support you on a number of other issues, so you’re not on your own.

In addtion to working directly with students, the service aims to promote an understanding and acceptance of mental health and of psychological and emotional wellbeing throughout the University.

Mental health is not just a problem you have, it’s an issue for many people all over the world. October 10th is World Mental Health Day 2018, an opportunity to connect with others, and join in the conversation about mental health and help reduce the stigma. Mental Health is everyone’s business!

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» World Mental Health Day 2018

Wednesday October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Join in the conversation about mental health and help reduce the stigma. Mental Health is everyone’s business!

Mental Health affects us all. How we think and feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope in tough times.

USW’s Wellbeing Service have put together some resources about mental health in general and World Mental Health Day 2018 in particular.

There are several supporting events happening at USW on the day:

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