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January 24, 2019
» Last Chance to join Football League

Hurry! The deadline for joining the 5 or 7 aside intra mural football competition is tomorrow, Friday 25th January.

Treforest Sports Centre are running competitive 5 and 7-a-side football leagues. Make up your own team and enter yourselves -there are still places available so be quick!

It doesn’t matter what your experience is, this is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends whilst improving your fitness levels.

7-a-side starts Thursday 31 January 2019
5-a-side starts Sunday 3 February 2019

  • Pick your own team
  • 8 weeks of competition
  • 7-a-side £60 / 5-a-side – £56
  • Two games every week
  • Trophies for every the winning team
  • Entry forms available online or at Reception in the Sports Centre.

The deadline for entry is Friday 25th January.

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January 23, 2019
» Stay Motivated To Achieve Your Goals

Have you kept to your New Year’s resolutions? Are they going strong, or are you struggling to keep the momentum?


It can be hard to stay motivated – especially during the winter months. Here are a few things you can do to make your resolutions stick no matter what time of year it is.

Be positive

Find the positive…no matter how small. Write down your achievements in a diary or a jar and read them when you’re feeling down. Better yet, save them until New Year’s Eve 2019 and reflect on everything you’ve accomplished – you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve achieved.

Great things start small

Small goals tend to be easier to achieve than big goals (and can help us build good habits at the same time). A small goal to set yourself might be to study for half an hour or read one journal article a day. In your personal time, it could be to go for a 10-minute walk a day or eat one less take-away a week.

Do what you enjoy

Easier said than done sometimes. If you don’t enjoy reading journals, see if you can find them in audio format. If you hate running, do some other form of exercise. If you have to do something you dislike, reward yourself afterwards. Crossing something off your to-do list can be really satisfying!

Improve your resilience

Have the ability to deal with a setback. Remind yourself of your strengths and accomplishments. Manage your internal thoughts so you stay focused on the future and what you can do next. Examine what went wrong and try a different approach. After all, failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something new.

Reward yourself

Don’t forget to celebrate your successes! When you achieve one of your goals, reward yourself – if your goal was to read every day for a week, give yourself a day off, go for a walk or plan some self-care time. Rewards don’t have to cost anything and they can be simple…like an afternoon of binge-watching your favourite series.

Still stuck for a resolution?

There’s never a bad time for creating good habits. Want to improve your overall grade but not sure how to get there? Take a look at the small (achievable) goals we’ve put together to help you get there:

  • Study for 30 minutes a day
  • Be more organised, use a diary, make a schedule and stick to it
  • Attend all lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Get your referencing up to scratch
  • Read more journal articles
  • Take part in class discussions
  • Do your homework!
  • Set an alarm for the same time every day to regulate your sleep pattern

This article was written by the Advice Zone’s Student Communication Assistant (Graduate Placement).

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January 22, 2019
» Pole Fitness Courses Starting Today!

Beginners and improvers Pole Fitness Courses starting today.

Pole Fitness

There are still places available on our Beginners (7:00pm – 7:45pm) and Improvers (7.45pm – 8.30pm) Pole Fitness Courses, which start this evening.

The courses are open to both members and non-members – why not bring a friend along and try something new?

To book, visit reception in the Sports Centre or speak to a member of the reception team on (01443) 482681.

Visit the Sports Centre website for a full list of courses.

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January 18, 2019
» Instructional Sports Classes - Learn Something New!

Fancy yourself as the next Robin Hood? Then sign up to one of our instructional courses which include archery, trampolining, climbing, pole fitness courses, and more – starting next week!


The Sports Centre runs weekly instructional courses, all of which are designed to help you learn and develop new skills. Courses run for various durations and must be booked in advance.

You don’t have to be a member to take part in any of the courses so why not bring a friend along and try something new together?

To book, visit reception in the Sports Centre or speak to our a member of our reception team on (01443) 482681. For a full list of courses visit the Sports Centre website.

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January 17, 2019
» UniLife Websites are changing

You may have noticed some of our webpages have changed. As part of our commitment to improving your user experience, we’ve been upgrading our websites or ‘channels’ to make finding the information you’re looking for easier than ever.

What you can expect

  • Improved navigation
  • Easier to find information
  • Modernised and designed with you in mind

Subscriptions and Bookmarks

You will find, with the change over to our new sites, that you no longer receive service specific information if you have previously subscribed to channels. Instead, News and Events information for all Services, campuses and faculties will be available and shown on your UniLife homepage.

If you have previously bookmarked your favourite UniLife pages, you may find this no longer works. If there are any pages you’re unable to find, please get in touch on unilife@southwales.ac.uk.

Responding to Student Feedback

Last year, we asked you what you thought about UniLife and how it could be improved. You told us UniLife needed modernising, clearer information and better functionality. We’ve been working to make sure our new look comprises all of these things.

Which websites are changing?

The following websites have recently changed:

Student Money Advice Team
Student Halls
Student Safety
Welsh at USW
Centre for International English Students

These websites will change over the next few weeks:

Academic Registry (formerly Student Administration – this includes information on Exams, Timetables, Online Enrolment, Graduation, Student Regulations and Results.)
Careers & Employability Service
Chaplaincy
Disability (formerly Disability & Dyslexia Service)
Immigration & International Student Advice
IT, Media and Technical Services
Library
Payment Hub
Student Development and Study Skills Service
Student Mentoring
Wellbeing Service (Health, Mental Health & Counselling)

Feedback

Your feedback matters, so if you’d like to let us know what you think of our new look, email your comments to unilife@southwales.ac.uk.

To ensure we can continually improve our user experience, we would also be grateful for any students willing to participate in user testing, if you are interested please get in touch!

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January 16, 2019
» Upcoming Deadline to Request Exam Adjustments

The deadline to request exam adjustments for disability requirements is Thursday 14th February.

If you have a disability and require specific adjustments for written exams, please make an appointment with a Disability Adviser as soon as possible.

The appropriate recommendations will need to be discussed with a Disability Adviser and added to your Individual Support Plan before Thursday 14th February 2019 in order to guarantee adjustments can be made.

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» Train Ticket Inspections

Revenue Protection on Transport for Wales Rail Services

Revenue protection staff from the local rail network will be intensifying their activity over the coming weeks and months. This means there will be regular train ticket checks at Treforest (and surrounding locations) which could potentially impact on students travelling to and from the University.

You MUST have a valid ticket for your journey before boarding a train where there are facilities to do so.

Please arrive at your station with time to spare, as there could be queues and you should not board a train expecting to buy a ticket on board if you can obtain a ticket at your station of departure.

You can also use the Transport for Wales website and App to buy tickets before your journey:

Purchase Tickets https://tfw.gov.wales/
Apps https://tfwrail.wales/mobile-tickets
Discounts https://tfwrail.wales/ways-to-save/railcards

Rail services staff are kept updated about broken ticket machines or un-staffed stations so please do not be tempted to 'take a chance’.

Getting caught out may lead to prosecution, fines and even a criminal record.

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January 14, 2019
» Free Health and Fitness Workshop

Want to find out how fit you are? Book on to the FREE Health and Fitness Workshop on 18th January 2019 to find out.

FREE Health and Fitness Workshop, Friday 18th January:

  • Bleep Test (20 metres)
  • VO2 Max Score
  • Body Fat Analysis
  • Height / Weight
  • Peak Flow (Lung Function)
  • Includes a FREE gym training plan

All results recorded, follow up session on Friday 15th February 2019.

Times: 8:00am, 11:30am, or 3:30pm.
To book: please contact Reception either in person or on 01443 482681.

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» January Blues

If you’re struggling a bit with being enthusiastic about anything at all, it might be the time of year that’s getting to you. For many people, January can be the worst month for winter blues.

Making just a few small lifestyle changes can significantly improve your overall wellbeing.

Get Support

If you’re not feeling at your best, why not take part in one of the Wellbeing Services’ short courses which focus on improving your wellbeing, self-control, and how to care for a friend with mental health difficulties.

Eat Healthily

Studies show that having a balanced and varied diet can lead to increased productivity as well as improved physical and mental health. Staying hydrated is just as important – aim for 2 litres of water a day to prevent feeling sluggish.

Get Some Exercise
You don’t have to run a marathon! Start small. Local gyms are a great place for beginners and there are often student offers available. Park-runs are a fantastic (and free!) opportunity to practise walking, jogging or running 5k with likeminded people. Just getting a little more active will enable your body to release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body.

Organise Yourself

Remember that diary you had for Christmas? Use it! Schedule in time for studying and remember to plan for breaks too – then stick to it. If you don’t have a diary, make use of Google Calendar or get creative and make your own. You’ll be glad you did by the time exam season comes around.

Volunteer

Volunteering doesn’t cost a penny and you’ll get a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside when you see the positive impact you’re having. There are loads of local groups that would really benefit from some help. As an added bonus, volunteering will develop your skill-set and you’ll be able to put it on your CV.

Student’s Union Activities

The Students’ Union will hold their Annual General Meeting on 24th January, why not go along, cast your vote on students’ ideas and help shape your University experience?
For those that missed Freshers’ or simply want to do it all again, ReFreshers’ will take place on 21st – 27th January. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out about joining a club or society and maybe grab yourself some freebies!

Talk it Through

Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See The Wellbeing Service for more information.

Seek Help

If, however, your symptoms are so bad that you are struggling to live a normal life, we advise visiting your GP for medical help.

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January 11, 2019
» Domestic and Sexual Violence & Abuse Survey for Male Victims

The Welsh Government want to improve the services available to male victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse across Wales.

The Welsh Government have created a survey to collect the experiences of men who’ve encountered domestic and/or sexual violence and abuse. The survey aims to research any barriers men have experienced in accessing appropriate support with a view to improving future specialist service provision.

Please visit Domestic and Sexual Violence & Abuse for Male Victims to complete the survey.

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