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October 18, 2017

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» Global Essay Mills Survey

An international research team is seeking your help, by completing a short survey on study behaviours.

Survey respondents’ anonymity is guaranteed. This survey will take you no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

The survey investigates study behaviours, students’ knowledge, and use, of essay mills, as well as what pressures may lead students to use these services. The outcomes will be used to understand student study behaviours so that the universities can look to provide better educational experiences which focus on honesty and academic integrity. The study is being undertaken across Europe, Australasia and the Americas.

 

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October 12, 2017

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» New: Digital Student Mentoring at USW

'Digital Student Mentors’ will soon be available to support new students with advice about digital services and tools.

If you’re not entirely sure how to use all the functionalities in Unilearn, how to submit your assignment online, how bar code submission works, or how to use any other web-based service at USW, you can ask these fellow students for tips. They’ll be available on all campuses from 30th October.

For more information see the Digital Mentoring web page on the Student Mentoring UniLife Channel.

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October 6, 2017

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» Celebrate International Coming Out Day with Spectrum

On Wednesday 11th October, between 12.30 – 2pm, Spectrum would like to invite staff and students to come to the Meeting House in Treforest to listen to 'coming out’ stories from Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender staff and students.

About Spectrum

Spectrum, the LGBT+ Staff Network is a group of USW staff committed to promoting LGBT equality for all within the university.

We would like to invite our LGBT staff and students to share their coming out stories to mark Coming Out Day.

It will be a chance to hear about the problems some of us have faced in our lives just because of how we were born, and it may be something you are curious about listening to.

The event will also include a chance to ask questions you didn’t know if you were 'allowed’ to ask! More than anything, listening to these insights may help you understand a little bit more, or to become more aware of some challenges the LGBT community face.

Your Story

If you who would like to share your story, please contact Rhiannon Kemp. If you are unavailable next Wednesday or are not keen to stand in front of an audience, you can either write out your story for someone to read out on the day, or you can record it and send it for us to play.

We welcome a range of different stories, from hard-hitting to tear jerkers to walks in the park, and it doesn’t have to be your 'first’ coming out story. We are coming out all the time, so you might want to share another one, or a series of ones.

We are looking to organise the same event next year in each campus, but need a bit of support from staff and students in other campuses to make it happen. If you are interested in playing a part in this next year, get in touch with Rhiannon!

Coming Out Day: Background Information

This year is the 29th anniversary since it was first observed. Coming Out Day has always been an opportunity to raise awareness of the need for LGBTQ liberation all over the world.

Here in the UK, we have won many battles to establish LGB equality in the law, but there is still work to be done, especially for Trans and Bi people.

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October 3, 2017

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» Food Recycling: Give it a Go!

On average, in every general waste bin / bag in Wales, 25% of the content is incorrectly disposed of food waste. Students, unfortunately, are currently less conscientious than other demographics about recycling food waste.

Megan Wilson, USWSU Acting President said:

“A lot of people are recycling their food, which is great, but we know that there’s a lot more we can do, especially students living in the USW areas of Treforest, Cardiff and Newport.

“Every single thing we recycle can make a big difference to how much energy we can create for student communities, whilst helping Wales become the best recycling nation in the world.

“For example, 32 recycled tea bags could produce enough energy to power a guitar amp for an hour – long enough for the next party at Eclipse Nightclub! That’s amazing!”

Food waste which is recycled in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport and Cardiff is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is used to produce methane. This is then turned into energy.

Food waste that ends up in landfill also creates the greenhouse gas methane which is leaked directly into the atmosphere. For the first twenty years after it is emitted, methane is 84 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gas, so burning it to produce energy is far preferable to letting it leak into the atmosphere. Not only does it generate energy: it actually reduces your waste’s impact on the climate.

What can I recycle?

You can recycle any food, and all food waste – but no liquids please. Keep an eye out for these unavoidable food waste items when you’re preparing food:

  • Chicken or meat bones.
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds.
  • Peels from fruit and vegetables.
  • Egg shells.
  • Plate scrapings.

For more information, head to the Recycle for Wales website

How much energy can my food waste generate?

Just two small caddies full of food waste could generate enough electricity to power a typical home for over one and a half hours.

Here are some more examples:

One pumpkin shell can generate enough power to fully charge 2 laptops
331 tea bags can generate enough electricity for a ten-minute power shower
Half a banana peal can generate enough power to fully charge a smartphone
One food caddy can generate enough power to run a light bulb for 24 hours

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» Guest Author on Campus: Maria Donovan

Novelist and short fiction writer Maria Donovan will be reading from her work in the Moot Court (TC13) on October 6th 2017 at 6.30pm. All are welcome; admission is free.

Maria Donovan is a prize-winning author known for her off-beat short fiction. Her first book was a collection of ultra-short stories, Tea for Mr Dead, followed by collected stories in Pumping Up Napoleon (Seren).

Her new book, The Chicken Soup Murder (Seren), is a psychological tale about a hidden murder and the loss of loved ones, told by a boy. It is her debut novel and was a finalist for the Dundee International Book Prize.

Maria studied English at the University of Glamorgan and taught creative writing at this university for nine years, until 2009. She is from Dorset and has spent equal time in England, the Netherlands and Wales.

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'A thoroughly original, startling and very good novel indeed.’ – Fay Weldon

'A beautifully written debut, with characters to fall in love with.’ – Danny Wallace

'A lovely, warm-hearted novel about love and grief.’ – Francesca Rhydderch

'In her debut short story collection, Pumping up Napoleon, Maria Donovan emerged as a writer of controlled economy, power and originality. The Chicken Soup Murder shows she’s just as intelligent and entertaining in the long haul of the novel… It’s fresh, suspenseful and tantalising.’ – Christopher Meredith

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October 2, 2017

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» Parking at our Pontypridd Campuses: Queues Expected on Tuesday 3 October

We are expecting a large number of students on the Treforest and Glyntaff campuses tomorrow (Tuesday 3 October) and on Tuesdays in the coming weeks.

Parking

Where possible we would encourage you to look at options with car sharing or using public transport on these days to travel to campus.

Should the car parks become full and have to close, we will be directing students and staff to a car park on Sardis Road (CF37 1DU).

New Shuttle Bus Service

A minibus shuttle will be running tomorrow and throughout October between Sardis Road and the Glyntaff and Treforest campuses. The shuttle will operate Mondays-Fridays from 8am to 7pm, departing approximately every 25 minutes.

If traffic is heavy in the area or there are queues to get into the car parks we would advise you to go to the Sardis Road car park, which costs £2 per day to park.

Study Spaces

Over the coming days we will also be providing additional space for students who are using The Zone in Lower Glyntaff. Staff will be on hand to direct you to these additional spaces should The Zone become full.

We are also altering the existing quiet study zone area in the Glyntaff library to be a social learning space between noon and 2pm daily to provide further spaces for you to access at these times.

If you have any queries, please speak to your local Advice Zone.

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September 29, 2017

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» Instructional Sports Classes at Treforest Sport Centre

Instructional courses including pole fitness, archery & climbing start next week at the Sport Centre.


The Sport Centre runs 13 weekly different instructional courses, all of which are designed to help you learn and develop new skills. Courses run for between 2, 3 or 5 weeks and must be booked in advance.

Prices depend on your membership level. They are cheaper if you are a member.

For a full list of courses available please visit the Sport Centre website

Spaces are limited. Book at Sport Centre reception.

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» Free English Classes for International Students

  • If you are an international student, you can attend free In-sessional English Classes on our Treforest campus
  • These classes can improve your confidence in your language skills
  • The classes can also help polish and improve English language skills for already skilled English speakers

As international student, you are welcome to attend free English classes with the Centre for International English (Treforest Campus).

Classes begin on 9th October 2017 and run for 8 weeks.

If you have any questions, please e-mail International English.

There is no need to register for the classes. Just come along!

  • Academic English :
    • Mondays 12-2 in room G310
    • Wednesdays 3-5 in room G408
  • General English :
    • Tuesdays 2-4 in room B16
  • English for Business :
    • Wednesdays 1-3 in room G408

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September 26, 2017

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» Student Loans Company 'phishing' Scam - Beware!

IT services have been made aware of phishing emails that are targeting students.

The emails received are purporting to be from the SLC (Student Loans Company). They have a link to a fake login page asking students to enter their details.

DO NOT TRUST THESE EMAILS

We urge all students to be vigilant and report any such emails immediately to IT Customer Support who are happy to help with any queries you may have: www.southwales.ac.uk/customersupport or 01443 482882.

IT Services have produced advice for how to deal with suspected phishing emails. Phishing scams aimed at students are very common at the start of the academic year (and at the start of each term).

It’s also worth reading the guide to scams targeting students in the UK.

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September 25, 2017

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» Another Email Scam Targets Students - Beware!

A sophisticated phishing scam is currently targeting students at several UK universities.

  • The emails try to spoof the email addresses of University Finance Departments.
  • A popular email subject is “You have been awarded a student grant”.
  • The emails include links to web pages that are branded as university websites, with web forms asking for large amounts of personal information.

IT Services have produced advice for how to deal with suspected phishing emails. Phishing scams aimed at students are very common at the start of the academic year (and at the start of each term).

It’s also worth reading the guide to scams targeting students in the UK.

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