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November 19, 2018
» Personalised USW Graduation Gifts

Are you graduating this December? To mark this special occasion why not purchase one of our bespoke gifts.

USW Print and Design have a range of graduation mugs, coasters, tote bags and A4 crest prints, these can all be personalised at no extra cost. They also offer framed photographs/degree certificates, complimented by an embroidered University of South Wales crest and a stunning frame available in either silver or beech.

Find USW Print and Design at the Brecon building foyer during graduation, or call in to their shop on the Treforest Campus on Central Avenue at any other time.
Gifts can be purchased to take away, or ordered online: uswprintanddesign.myprintdesk.net/dsf.

Any queries or for further information, please contact the USW Print and Design team:
Call: 01443 483 634
E-mail: print@southwales.ac.uk.
Visit: uswprintanddesign.co.uk.

To keep up-to-date with USW Print and Design news, offers and competitions follow them on instagram.com/uswprintanddesign/ or Twitter twitter.com/uswprintdesign.

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November 15, 2018
» Phishing Email Warning

IT Services are aware of a new email phishing attempt today and are advising all students again to be extra vigilant with received emails.

IT Services are advising students again to be aware of spam phishing emails that would appear to come from legitimate sources such as USW Staff, including the Vice Chancellor, and other external companies such as HMRC.

IT Services advise not to submit your user details and passwords into any links within emails.

Please be alert to this kind of activity.

If you have any concerns or are in any doubt please contact the IT Service desk on 01443 482882 or online.

For further information on dealing with Phishing emails please, see here.

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» Assignment Feedback

The University aims to provide feedback to students within twenty working days of the coursework submission deadline (excluding student vacation periods).

You have put in the hard work, submitted your assignment and are now patiently awaiting your results, but you might be wondering what happens after you submit your work.

The Assignment Marking Process

The assignment marking process is made up of a number of phases to ensure sure you receive meaningful feedback which will inform subsequent and related coursework and examination assessments.

A 2000 word assignment takes approx. 20-50 minutes to mark.

  • This is a rough guide, some assignments will be marked differently
  • An average person reads approx. 225 words per minute
  • The original read can take approx. 8-10mins

After reading through your assignment, your lecturer will:

  • Carry out an in-depth re-read, making notes on your work to give you feedback. Approx. 5-15 mins
  • Check on your originality score and whether there is suspected academic misconduct. Approx 1-10 mins
  • A reference check – whether you have used the required method and if you have referenced correctly. Approx 2-8 mins

Multiply this time by the number of students on your module. Remember, there could be more than one class to mark and your lecturer could have multiple assignments from other modules/year groups.

In addition to marking your work, your lecturer might also have to plan lectures and tutorials, mark other assessments, supervise dissertations, conduct their own research and teaching.

Once your lecturer has completed grading your work, the results will be moderated internally by another member of staff to ensure fairness and accuracy in marking.

One last thing….

The grade you are given (after 20 working days) is provisional until the assessments are formally ratified at the university subject boards.

This feature was written by the Advice Zone’s Student Communication Assistant (Graduate Placement) in conjunction with Helen Martin, Academic Subject Manager – Policing and Security.

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November 12, 2018
» Donate Blood on Treforest Campus

The Welsh Blood Service will be holding a donation clinic from 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.20pm on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st November 2018 in the USW Conference Centre, Treforest

If you’d like to donate blood, please book your appointment in advance

Once you have booked an appointment, you will receive an email confirmation and a text message reminder before your appointment.

In addition to the blood donation sessions, the Welsh Blood Service will be in Stilts today (Tuesday 13th) as well as 19th 20th 21st of November. They will be giving you the opportunity to find out your blood group and to make appointments to give blood.

For more information visit the Welsh Blood Service.

If giving is in your blood, please help – every drop counts

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November 9, 2018
» Submit Your Ideas to the AGM

Update: Please note, this year’s AGM and has been postponed to 24th January 2019. Visit www.uswsu.com/agm for more information.

The University of South Wales Students’ Union Annual General Meeting takes place every year and all students are invited and encouraged to attend.

Whether it’s debating and adopting a policy or mandating the Exec Officers to campaign on specific issues, the AGM is an opportunity for you to have your say on the direction of the Students’ Union.

I want to see change!

If you want to bring about change in the Union or University, write an idea and propose it to be adopted as policy or as a call to action at the Annual General Meeting. Visit the Students’ Union website for information on how to submit an idea (it’s easier than you think). All ideas must be submitted by 12:00 pm on the 15th of November.

When is the AGM?

This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday 29th November at 6:00 pm in Eclipse at the Students’ Union in Treforest. The AGM is open to all USW students; you do not have to have been previously involved in any Students’ Union activities. Don’t forget to register before 27th November if you’re planning to use the free transport from Cardiff and Newport!

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» The Santa Appeal

Add one more gift to your Christmas list this year.

The Santa Appeal is a campaign organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Council and takes place on an annual basis. The yearly tradition works by relying on the generous donations of the public. Contributions to the appeal are made in the form of gift bags and are distributed to children including those that are vulnerable and looked after, to make sure that no one misses out at Christmas.

The Students’ Union is once again participating in the appeal. If you would like to donate, then please contact Mel on mel.monks@southwales.ac.uk for the name and age of a child to buy for.

After we’ve given you the name and age of a child to buy for, you need to pop your presents into a gift bag and bring it along to the Students’ Union Info Desk (Atrium, Newport City or Treforest) by 26th November. From here, we’ll deliver your gifts to an RCT collection point so that all of the children receive their presents just in time for Christmas!

Last year, generous students and staff donated over 150 gifts to the appeal. Hopefully, you can help us make this years’ appeal even more successful.

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» Close of Student Support Fund for Dyslexia Assessment Fees

Due to high demand, the Student Support Fund for Dyslexia Assessment fees is now closed.

Students who have a Disability Adviser appointment booked for next week (week commencing 9th November 2018) will still be considered for assessment funding under this scheme if appropriate.

Students who do not already have an appointment should make an appointment to meet with a Disability Adviser to discuss assessment requirements and fee payment options.

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November 7, 2018
» Christmas Raffle Prizes to be won!

The University’s Enquiries and Admissions team will be holding a Christmas Raffle on Tuesday 11th December.

The raffle is open to staff, students, friends and families so take part and help us raise much-needed funds for the University’s partner charity, Llamau.

Tickets are available to buy now and prizes include:

  • Tickets to Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspurs, Newport Dragons taking on a team of your choice (excludes Welsh opposition), and Glamorgan Cricket T20 match.
  • Day passes to Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Caerphilly Mountain Ranch, Dyffryn Gardens, and Rhondda Heritage Park.
  • A Premier league football shirt of your choice (or full stripe for children), cheese hampers, cuddly toys, vouchers for Edwards Coaches and vouchers for USW Hair Salon…and more!

Tickets can be bought from Colin or Rachel in Enquiries & Admissions, D1, Dyffryn Building, Treforest Campus during normal office hours. Prices are £2 per ticket or £5 per strip of five.

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November 6, 2018
» Act of Remembrance to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month falls on Sunday this year. People throughout the country will be observing two minutes silence during the Remembrance Services in our local communities.

To recognise and honour the former students of this University who have lost their lives in war, we will be holding a formal Act of Remembrance to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice on Friday 9th November.

The service will take place at the Meeting House at 10:00am followed by the placing of poppy wreaths at the following locations:

Memorial plaque, Ty Crawshay, Treforest Campus – 10:50am
Memorial plinth, Aneurin Bevan Building, Glyntaff Campus – 11:45am
Newport City Campus – 2:00pm
The Street, Cardiff Campus – 3:30pm

We welcome anyone who would like to join us at any of these ceremonies.

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November 5, 2018
» New Courses and workshops available on all campuses!

The Wellbeing Service is pleased to announce the following courses and workshops for the Autumn term 2018.

STRESS CONTROL – Cardiff – 6 week course

ANXIETY WORKSHOP – Glyntaff – a two hour workshop

LOOK AFTER YOUR MATE – Treforest – a two hour workshop

ANXIETY WORKSHOP – Treforest – a two hour workshop

MINDFULNESS SESSION – Treforest – two hour taster session

STRESS CONTROL – Treforest – two hour taster session

ANXIETY WORKSHOP – Newport – a two hour workshop

LOOK AFTER YOUR MATE – Newport – a two hour workshop

CREATING AND MANAGING CHANGE – Treforest – (Art Therapy & Dramatherapy Group) – 8 week group

Please see Wellbeing web-pages for full details of dates, locations and how to book