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October 16, 2018
» Academic Integrity and International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating

Academic integrity is a foundation of the education system. International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating promotes academic integrity, combats cheating and reminds students about legitimate ways to get help.

What is academic integrity?

Having integrity means being honest and sticking to morals that most people would agree with, such as telling the truth and not stealing. To some extent this comes down to personal choice. C. S. Lewis wrote that, “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching”. We hope you have integrity when it comes to your studies, other students and the University – this is what we mean by academic integrity.

Why is it important?

As a University we rely on people’s integrity to be able to function. We take active measures to encourage and enforce proper behaviour, such as using turnitin for essay submissions, but it’s not possible to police all aspects of students’ academic activitiy and nor is it desirable.

Why is it important to me?

If you cheat then you are not doing what you came to University to do, which is to learn and become a better, more skilled and more knowledgable person. You will have gaps in your knowledge that future colleagues and employers will pick up on and which may cost you dearly. If you get caught it could lead to disciplinary action, expulsion from your course and more.

If another student on your course cheats, it’s you they are cheating, by devaluing your hard work and accomplishments.

International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating

October 17th is International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating, which aims to raise awareness of this issue and fight against it.

“Contract cheating” is when a student gets someone else to complete academic work (e.g. writing an essay or doing an assignment) for them and passes it off as their own.

Essay writing services exist, and whilst the services themselves are not intrinsicly illegal, your use of them may breach University rules and is almost certainly unethical.

Practically speaking, if you buy an essay you have no way of knowing that it’s not copied from somewhere else, which would be caught when you submit it through turnitin. The service may also ask for more money after you have already paid and threaten to tell the University that you have asked them to do work for you. If you use an unethical service you are dealing with unethical people!

You don’t need to cheat

You have a place at this university because the University believes you are capable of completing the course you’re on.

We don’t expect you to do everything alone, here are some ways to get help:

  • If you’re not sure what is required ask your tutor.
  • Discuss the work with other students. But don’t copy or allow others to copy from you.
  • Do any informal exercises or extra work you have been set, it prepares you for assessments.
  • Learn from previous feedback – it’s how you’ll improve.
  • Research the subject, the library has great resources and Faculty Librarians who can help you individually.
  • Advice Zones can help with any issues surrounding Uni and are a good starting point if you know you need help but don’t know where to turn.

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» Football Leagues Start This Week

Make up your own team and enter yourselves – there are still places available so be quick!

Starting this week, the Treforest Sports Centre will be running competitive 5 and 7-a-side intramural football leagues. 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 11 October 2018
5-a-side starts Sunday 14 October 2018

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

For more information please visit the Sports Centre website or email lewys.thomas@southwales.ac.uk.

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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
» 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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» 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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October 8, 2018
» 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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