A Django site.
February 14, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Volunteers wanted to help at Newport Marathon

Run 4 Wales are looking for volunteers to help at the Newport Marathon and 10K on Sunday 29 April 2018.

The event, which starts and finishes just by Newport City Campus, will offer runners of all ages and abilities the opportunity to take part in one of the UK’s flattest marathon courses.

Volunteers are essential to make the event possible. Run 4 Wales are looking for individuals and groups of all sizes to get involved with bag drop, start/finish area roles and water station management. Everything you will need for your role is provided, all you need to do is bring lots of enthusiasm to help make the day great for the runners and spectators alike.

As an Extra Miler you will get up close to the action and get to mingle with the athletes. You will also be provided with kit to keep as a memento of the day.

If you would like to find out more, or volunteer to be an Extra Miler, visit the Newport Wales Marathon website or contact Marina at Run 4 Wales at volunteers@run4wales.org or 02921 660790.

What are these?

February 12, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» The NSS Race is On! Can Your School Win?

The National Student Survey (NSS) has been running for a while now. If you’re in your final year, you should have already received an email about it. It’s really important to the University to get feedback from students, and the NSS is the most important feedback tool.

If you’ve not done so already, please Complete the NSS

Currently the school with the highest percentage of students completing the survey is the School of Design & Digital.

NSS Response rates as of 12/2/18

The school with the highest response rate when the survey closes will win £2000 for a student activity working with the Students’ Union. Last year the school that won (Education) organised a party for graduating students.

What are these?

» How do you use Unilife? (Survey)

The UniLife Team are currently exploring how you use UniLife during your time at University and we’ve created a survey to get your input.

You can access the survey here:

UniLife Survey

It should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Your feedback will provide insight into what your personal experience of UniLife has been and what you think could be improved. By hearing from a range of students, we can make sure UniLife is improved in a way that meets your needs, and the needs of future students at USW.

If you would like more information, please email sarah.jones3@southwales.ac.uk.

What are these?

February 7, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» The Students’ Union has launched its Student Choice Awards 2018

Students are able to nominate staff and students for one of nine awards. Nominations are open to students until Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 12pm.

The Student Choice Awards are a way of recognising staff and students who have made a real contribution to the student experience, both academically and personally, and to give thanks to their efforts.

A judging panel made up of Student Representatives will review the nominations gathered and the winners will be determined based on the quality of nominations received.

And the winner is…

The results will be announced at the Student Choice Awards ceremony on Tuesday 24th April in Treforest.

Staff and students who have been shortlisted will be notified and invited to attend the Awards ceremony. The content of the nominations will be made available to nominees upon request.

The award categories, other entry criteria and the nomination form can be found on the Students’ Union website.

The feedback gathered through the nominations will be collated by the Students’ Union and shared with the University to develop best practice sharing across the institution and enhance learning and teaching.

What are these?

» Instructional Courses at the Sport Centre start next week!

Want to try something new? Sign up to one of 12 instructional courses at the Sports Centre, which include archery, pole fitness, climbing, trampolining, fencing and salsa.

You do not have to be a member to take part in any of the courses. Courses start the week commencing 12th Febraury and run for 4 weeks.

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

For a full list of courses, see the Sports Centre website.

What are these?

» Study Tips for a Successful Year

2018 is already well underway, and now is the time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to set yourself up for a successful year at uni. A little time spent now taking some basic steps can make the rest of the year much easier for you and remove many of the worries you might have.


  • Uni email account daily (Tip: install an app of the email in your smartphone to give you notifications when you receive emails)
  • Your timetable and any changes and make sure you understand it
  • Your deadlines and meet them. Late submission is penalised.
  • Reading lists, these are vital. FindIt / use the library.
  • UniLearn (Blackboard) for all course information


  • Get things done early, start assignments as soon as they are given. Work first, have fun later. Apply this to everything – essays, coursework, projects, revision. (Tip: Student Development and Study Skills can help with organisation, essay writing, referencing)
  • Prioritise your work effectively
  • Group work is only effective if you set a plan. Set a goal and manage your time to produce high quality work and achieve the goal in time.


  • Print off any available lecture notes beforehand.
  • Go to Lectures. They aren’t 'optional’. Often material covered provides a basis for later classes or practical work.
  • Make your own notes during lectures and reading. (Tip: If you find it hard to make notes quickly stick to key points and go over examples and other extra information with a friend afterwards).
  • Ask for notes off someone else or do the reading if you miss a lecture (everyone does occasionally)
  • Read through your notes after the lecture to make sure they’re still legible and make sense.
  • Organise your notes. File them, or keep everything in one notebook. (Tip: Look for a note-keeping application (like MS Office OneNote or Notability for iPad) to store electronic copies/scans of notes.)
  • Remember to back up your work!
  • Ask for feedback. Whether you have done well or not, talk to your lecturer as guidance for your next assignment
  • If you are feeling unenthusiastic about your course or wondering if university is for you, and these tips aren’t going to do the trick and you would like to talk to someone about this; the following support is available.

(These tips were inspired by The Student Room).

What are these?

February 5, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» USW Disability & Dyslexia Service and Wellbeing Service are moving

The Disability & Dyslexia Service and Wellbeing Service are moving to new offices on the ground floor of Hirwaun Building on the Treforest Campus between the 12th and 16th of February.

The new space will provide an improved experience for students as well as easier collaboration between the services.

There will be a brief disruption to services at the Treforest campus during these dates including the availability of Disability Advisers, Mental Health Advisers, Counselling Service and the Health Service.
Services will not be affected at Cardiff, Newport or Glyntaff campuses.

Mental Health Mentor and Specialist Study Skills Tutor appointments will continue to operate across all campuses as normal during this time.

Urgent queries should be directed to:
Disability & Dyslexia Service ddsadviser@southwales.ac.uk
Wellbeing Service mhs@southwales.ac.uk

USW Disability & Dyslexia Service and Wellbeing Service apologise for any disruption caused by the move and look forward to welcoming you to their new space.

What are these?

February 1, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Talk about Mental Health – Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day on the 1st of February, is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives

Don’t be afraid to talk about mental health. Mental health problems are common and one in four of us will be affected at some point in our lives. So being able to talk about mental health is something that’s important for us all.

The fact that it’s sometimes difficult to talk about mental health problems can be one of the hardest parts of having a mental illness. Whether it’s fear or awkwardness about talking to someone you know about their mental health problem – or talking about our own mental health problem, being unable to talk about mental health isn’t good for anyone.

Wherever you are – at home, at work or on the top of a mountain – have your conversation about mental health today!

Support for students who are experiencing mental or emotional distress is also available from the University’s Mental Health Service.

What are these?

January 31, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» HEFCW – making sure that Universities are financially secure and delivering an excellent student experience

HEFCW is the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and works with Universities like USW to ensure that they are financially secure and working to deliver an excellent experience for their students

HEFCW works with universities and FE colleges in many different ways including:

  • Coordinating the NSS Survey in Wales
  • Ensuring that graduates in Wales have the skills they need for the workplace
  • Encouraging increased flexible learning options, including part-time provision, work-based and distance learning
  • Working to achieve meaningful partnerships between students, educators and student unions
  • Consulting with students in key areas such as developing fee and access plans
  • Ensuring that the voice of Wales, including Welsh students, is represented at all levels of decision-making
  • Protecting the student interest so all students have the opportunity to succeed
  • Providing more opportunities for studying through the medium of Welsh

If you would like to find out more about HEFCW and what they are currently doing for students in HE, including their plans for the future, please visit their website.

What are these?

January 28, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Online IT Customer Support Service (PoB) unavailable -Sunday 28th January 2018

Please be aware that the Online IT Customer Support Service (PoB) is unavailable today -Sunday 28th January 2018.

IT Services apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our students who may be trying to log an IT support request and are working to resolve this unexpected problem.

As an alternative a voicemail message can be left on the telephone service +44 1443 482882, this will be actioned when the service next opens at 8.30am on Monday 29th January 2018.

In addition a suitable solution to an IT query may be found on the IT Services website.

What are these?