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December 11, 2017

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» Advice Zones will be closed on Monday 18th December for staff training

The Advice Zones on all campuses will be closed on Monday 18th December for staff training.

Libraries at all locations will remain open but there will be limited front line service. Library Attendants will be able to assist with general library enquiries at Cardiff, Treforest and Glyntaff. At Newport there will be self service only for the borrow and return of books.

The Advice Zone will re-open at 8.30am on Tuesday 19th December.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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November 29, 2017

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» Countdown to Christmas with USW Print and Design

USW Print & Design have launched a range of Christmas products, available to order now.

Personalised Santa scrolls

You will receive a traditional scroll letter from Santa or Siôn Corn, a 'nice’ or 'naughty’ list certificate and Christmas Eve note – sealed with a wax sticker – ready to open. The letters cost £3.00. They will be ready for next day collection at USW Print and Design reception, Treforest Campus. Orders can be requested until Friday 22nd December 2017. You just need to print and complete a Santa Letter form (or a Siôn Corn form) and email it to print@southwales.ac.uk.

Personalised 2018 desktop calendars – a stocking filler or new year’s gift

Complete a personalised calendar form and provide 12 separate portrait images (on USB stick or CD). The calendars cost £5.50 each and will be presented in a plastic case used as a stand. USWP&D will contact the customer when it is ready for collection (usually within 48 hours).

Personalised Christmas gifts

USW Print & Design are offering a number of seasonal gifts in the run up to Christmas – get your orders in before the end of term. Please see the Christmas gifts leaflet for further information.

They can also design and print t-shirts, Christmas labels, tags and wrap, canvas art, mugs, tote bags, mouse mats, coasters, Santa sacks, aprons, Santa scrolls and calendars.

Where to find USW Print & Design

Find USWP&D on Central Avenue, Treforest Campus and look out for their giant advent calendar window display. Share their window Christmas art on social media #USWChristmasCountdown.

You can also find USWP&D on Instagram: uswprintanddesign and discover what festive idea or christmas product is revealed each day in December!

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November 20, 2017

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» Loop Course and Module Evaluation - Progress So Far

A message from the Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching & Student Experience at USW.

“Thank you very much for your engagement with our Loop course and module evaluation so far. In just two weeks we have had over 4,000 course and 12,000 module evaluations completed.

“That is a great start, and we hugely appreciate it. There is still time to complete it if you have not done so already. We would like to see as many of you as possible complete Loop so that we are able to really understand where you think things are going well for you on your course, and where we need to improve. Once you complete it we will aim to give you and your peers on your course an initial response to your feedback before Christmas. So look out for that either in your classes or through Blackboard.

“I am also reviewing your Loop evaluations, as is your Students’ Union, to learn what we can do at University level to help support your course leaders and your lecturers to enhance your experience. Your views are important to us in making sure that we can deliver the best experience. We want you to be proud of your time as a USW student and for you to feel that you have been able to achieve your best. Your opinion counts in helping us do that.

“If you have not completed the survey, you can do so here: http://loop.southwales.ac.uk/.

“Many thanks for taking the time to do so, and best wishes for the rest of the term.”

Ben Calvert
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Experience)

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November 13, 2017

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» New interactive book on iTunes U: "Vision to Viewer: your idea from script to screen"

Cover 'Vision to Viewer: your idea from script to screen’ teaches you how to make a film. The book is visually engaging and features interviews with film industry professionals.

Part One:
Find out how to develop and structure an idea into a script, and how to find your voice. Learn about script and character development, and how to plan your story well.

Part Two:
The second half of the book is about film production. Get the confidence to produce a movie, understand the collaborative nature of the film making process, and read technical advice about cameras, lenses, lighting, sound and camera angles.

Part Three:
The final part of the book covers post-production and distribution. Learn how to edit your film to enhance its emotional impact. The book also covers how to find an audience for your film.

Vision to Viewer: your idea from script to screen is published by the University of South Wales, and is a translation of 'Syniad i’r Sgrin’, published originally in Welsh by Y Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Sample pages

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November 9, 2017

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» Remembrance on Campus

Armistice Day / Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year. People around the UK will be observing a two-minute silence then, and there will be Remembrance services on Sunday in our local communities.

To recognise and honour the former students of this University who have lost their lives in war, we will be having a brief ceremony to lay a poppy wreath on the memorial plaque on Friday 10th November in Tŷ Crawshay at 9.30am, on the memorial plinth at Glyntaff at 10.30am and at Newport City at 2pm.

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

Memorial Plaque

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» Donate blood this afternoon

Today is the last day that the Welsh Blood Service will be at the Treforest Campus.

They are at the Conference Centre between 2pm and 4.20pm this afternoon.

If you would like to book an appointment or receive advice on ‘walk in’ availability please call 0800 252266 or pop into the Conference Centre.

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November 2, 2017

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» Loop – New & Improved for 2017

Loop is USW’s online course and module evaluation system. It’s your main way of telling the University directly how your course and modules are going.

When is Loop open for feedback?

Loop is open all year round. This ensures we capture the views of all students irrespective of their start date and the duration of their course or modules.

However, right now (November) is a great time for students who started in September to tell us how your course is going. Giving feedback early in the year means that we might make to make changes soon enough for you to benefit from them! Therefore, we are very keen for you to put in feedback between 6th-26th November.

How does Loop work?

Loop is an online tool which anyone can access using their University IT account. It is available in both English and Welsh at the following link:


What happens after you’ve given feedback?

We are asking Course Leaders to look through the results and provide an initial response to students within a few weeks of 26th November, and publish this on Blackboard. So your cohort should get a response from your course team during December.

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November 1, 2017

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» English Club : a Fun Way to Practice Your English on Wednesday Afternoons

Come along to the English Club, held on Wednesdays, 14.30-16.30 in the Treforest Library Training Room.

Take part in fun group activities and improve your English language and study skills.

Contact Nicola Shelswell for more information

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» Learn something new with the Treforest Sport Centre

New instructional courses including fencing, trampolining, salsa, climbing and archery start next week.


Contact reception to book – limited spaces available.

For a full list of our courses please see Instructional Courses.

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October 27, 2017

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» Halloween and Bonfire Night around South Wales - 2017

Skip to Halloween

Skip to Bonfire Night

pumpkins - photo by Ed Brambley


Halloween is celebrated on 31st October. It’s thought to be a western equivalent of the many Festivals of the Dead held by cultures around the world. It has its roots in ancient pre-Christian religions, specifically the Celtic Samhain festival.

Among grown up fans of Halloween, dressing up and going out is popular. Here are a few ghastly events that you could go to.

USW Ghouls and Ghosties

Terror Tales from Wales on USW’s iTunesU

icon Scare yourself silly with some Terror Tales from Wales on itunesU.

These stories are dramatised selections from 'Welsh Ghost Stories’ by Rev Elias Owen, published in 1896. They give a sample of traditional tales of the supernatural drawing on Welsh folklore and local legends. The speaker, Paul Owens, is a graduate from the University’s BA Drama degree (now working as a voice actor).


Graveyard Voices on USW’s iTunesU

'Graveyard Voices’ are short audio monologues, creepy and somewhat humorous vignettes by students of USW’s School of Music & Performance.

GRAVEYARD VOICES: Being Human Festival Project 2015

Tales of the Living Dead in Horror Comics of the 1950s and Beyond

Book cover Professor Richard Hand has published a chapter entitled Disruptive Corpses: Tales of the Living Dead in Horror Comics of the 1950s and Beyond. The chapter appears in the Vampires and Zombies: Transnational Transformations volume edited by D. Fischer-Hornung, T. Fox and M. Mueller and published by University Press of Mississippi in 2016.

Having a Monster of a Time

...at the Students’ Union

...out and about in South Wales

Considerate Tricks and Treats

People around you will have different lifestyles. Young families, elderly people, people doing 9-5 jobs, students on other courses: they all have different schedules. Loud noise is the most common causes for complaints.

  • Street noise: When you’re returning from a night out, do so without waking up the entire street.
  • Parties: If you want to throw a party, let neighbours know in advance, and make sure they know how to contact you if it gets too much for them. Also let them know the time by which the party will end and stick to that promise.
  • Guests can be noisy even if you aren’t. Ask your guests to be considerate. Encourage them to be quiet when leaving your home. If you don’t want people to smoke inside your home, also make sure that smokers congregating outside don’t cause noise spillage to the neighbourhood…



Bonfire Night

An illustration of Guy Fawkes

Remember, remember the Fifth of November…

In 1605 Guy Fawkes was part of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The plot failed and Guy Fawkes was executed. On or around 5th November every year, firework displays light up the sky as Bonfire Night is celebrated all around Britain.

Local events

If you would like to get into the spirit of the Bonfire Night celebrations, there are local events that you can attend. Of course, you can buy your own fireworks and organise a party with your friends – just remember that fireworks can be dangerous when not handled correctly.

Alternatively, you could turn up at pre-arranged professional fireworks displays arranged throughout South Wales.

List of Bonfire Night 2017 fireworks displays, on WalesOnline


  • Sparks in the Park is taking place in Blackweir Fields, Bute Park, Cardiff on 4th November. The event requiring advance booking and buying tickets if you want to gain admission. You might be able to observe the fireworks display from outside the ticketed area…
  • Grangetown Fireworks Display

See more fireworks displays in and around Cardiff on the FamiliesOnline website.


Pontypridd and nearby valleys

See more fireworks displays in and around Rhondda Cynon Taff on the FamiliesOnline website.

Fireworks Safety

Only buy legal fireworks through trustworthy shops. In recent years, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has seized over half a ton of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks might be cheaper, but they can be dangerous.

If you want to buy fireworks for your own use, please follow the Fireworks Code:

  1. Light sparklers one at time and wear gloves
  2. Buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  3. Keep fireworks in a closed box
  4. Follow the instructions on each firework
  5. Light them at arm’s length using a taper
  6. Stand well back
  7. Never go back to a lit firework
  8. Never put fireworks in your pocket
  9. Never throw fireworks
  10. Keep cats and dogs inside
  11. Never give sparklers to a child under 5

Advice for Pet Owners

RSCPA Cymru advises to keep dogs and cats indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. If you have small animals that live outdoors, the advice is to consider bringing them indoors. This needs to be done gradually because of things like a sudden change in temperature.

For more information, see the BANG campaign on the Fire Service website.

The history of Bonfire Night

For in-depth details about the history of Bonfire Night, and what happened to Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators, visit the BBC British History website.

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