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March 26, 2018

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» NSS Race: Week 6 Results

Have you completed the National Student Survey (NSS) yet? It’s really important to the University to get feedback from students; your experience – both what you liked and what you think could be improved – will be used to help shape the future for your fellow students.

The survey has now been running for six weeks and is the most direct way of ensuring real changes are made. If you are in your final year, you will have already received an email about it.

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

Design and Digital have jumped back into first place, with Education, Early Years and Social Work and Production and Performance left battling it out for second and third place. With only 1.14 percent between the top three forerunners, every completed NSS survey counts.

The NSS closes next month; make sure you complete your survey to help ensure your school is in with a chance of winning the £2,000 end of-year-prize.

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.

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March 23, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Measles Outbreak Advice

Measles is highly contagious and is easily spread. If you develop measles you should not attend lectures or public places until at least five days after the rash develops.

There has been an increase in Measles cases in South East Wales, including the Cardiff area. Measles is highly infectious and generally spreads from person to person by coughs and sneezes.

Signs and symptoms of measles include:

  • a high temperature
  • a cough
  • conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes)
  • small white spots on the inside of the mouth (sometimes)
  • a red, blotchy rash that appears approximately 3 to 4 days later; this usually starts on the face and spreads down over the rest of the body.

It is very important to prevent the spread of this disease; if you think you have developed any of the following symptoms, please be advised:

  • do not attend any of the University buildings or go to any classes, lectures or placements
  • do not go to any social events or attend clubs, bars or parties

If you think you may have symptoms of measles, please do not go to the GP surgery, A&E department or hospital, where you could put other people at risk, without calling ahead first. If you suspect you have measles, you should contact NHS Direct Wales for an assessment (0845 46 47) or your GP to ask for advice.

If you have a possible diagnosis of measles, please inform the USW Accommodation Office/your Private Landlord Provider and the University Health Service – by telephone or email only.

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March 20, 2018

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» Earth Hour: 8.30pm-9.30pm, Saturday 24th March.

Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 24 March, millions of people across the world will turn of their lights as part of WWF’s Earth Hour – the global celebration of our brilliant planet.

University of South Wales is supporting this year’s campaign. We’re committed to taking local action to help tackle global climate change.
On the night, we’ll be turning off all non-essential lights on our campuses during Earth Hour.

You can participate in the event and help us by switching off unnecessary items in your room, flat, house, office area during the hour.

Climate change will have a massive effect on our planet – including all the people, wildlife, and habitats that it supports. Taking part in Earth Hour helps to reduce energy use and associated emissions to the environment. This demonstrates that we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and care about the future of our planet.

So why not take part? You can sign up to Earth Hour as an individual by visiting Earth Hour Wales where you can also add yourself to the Earth Hour map.

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» NSS Race: Who’s in the lead in week 6?

Have you completed the National Student Survey (NSS) yet? It’s really important to the University to get feedback from students; your experience – both what you liked and what you think could be improved – will be used to help shape the future for your fellow students.

The survey is now been running for six weeks and is the most direct way of ensuring real changes are made. If you are in your final year, you will have already received an email about it.

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

Back in first place with a lead of just 0.1% is Education, Early Years and Social Work with Design and Digital following closely behind. Production and Performance are in third position but at just over 1% behind the leader, the end-of-year prize is still there for the taking.

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.

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» Nursing training exercise at Glyntaff car park

This Wednesday (21 March) we will be holding a training exercise for nursing students and Gwent Police probationary officers in the Tramsheds car park in Lower Glyntaff.

You may see ambulances and police cars in the area but please do not be alarmed – it is only an exercise.

Part of the car park outside Tramsheds will be closed from Tuesday evening (20 March) until approximately 1pm on Wednesday (21 March). Alternative parking is available in the lower gravel car park as well as in Upper Glyntaff.  

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March 19, 2018

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» University Opening hours over Easter 2018

The last day of spring term is Friday 23rd March and summer term starts on Monday 16th April.

If you’re staying on or around our campuses over the Easter break you’ll need to know what services and facilities are open during the vacation.

The University will be closed starting on Friday 30th March and will reopen on Wednesday 4th April. This covers all campuses, buildings and services, except student halls and campus security. Opening times listed below only apply outside this 5 day closure period.

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University-wide services

  • Advice Zones – Advice Zones will be closed on the University closure days. On other days they are open as usual from 8.30am to 4.30pm (weekdays).
  • Wellbeing Service – The Wellbeing Service is operating with reduced provision until Friday 30th March, then closes completely until reopening on Monday 16th April. For the week 26th-30th March:

Cardiff Campuses

Glyntaff Campuses

Newport City Campus

Treforest Campus

  • Library – Treforest.
  • USW Print & Design – open usual days and times except during University closure period.
  • Treforest Sport Centre – opening times from 24th March to 16th April are:
    • 24th – 25th March: 10am-5.45pm;
    • 26th – 29th March: 7.45am-10.30pm;
    • 30th March – 3rd April: Closed for Easter;
    • 4th – 15th April: Monday to Friday 7.45am-10.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5.45pm;
    • 16th April – Normal term time hours resume.
  • Students’ Union:
    • Admin 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday;
    • Catering & Bar – Close after trade on 23rd March, re-open Monday 16th April;
    • Shop – Closes at 9pm on 23rd March, reopens Monday 16th April;
    • Glamorgan Student Letting open hours 9.00 am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday.

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March 18, 2018

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» All USW Campuses are open tomorrow, Monday 19th March

All USW Campuses are expected to be open as normal on Monday 19th March.

The Estates teams have worked through the weekend to make sure that key routes are cleared and salted but we’d advise you to take appropriate care when you are driving and walking.

Before you set out, it’s worth checking UniLife, the USW website, or social media from 0700 in case there’s any change from overnight weather.

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» Treforest and Glyntaff Campus Services closed today Sunday 18th March due to snow

The snow is affecting the ability of staff to travel in to Treforest and Glyntaff Campuses, so all non-essential services such as the Sports Centre and Libraries are closed today, Sunday 18th March.

Estates teams are working hard through the day to clear all USW Campuses for normal opening tomorrow. If today’s snow means that we can’t open, we’ll provide updates through the USW website, UniLife and social media. Any changes to assignment deadlines will be communicated via Blackboard.

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March 16, 2018

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» Things your lecturers wish you knew

Your lecturers have a great wealth of knowledge when it comes to advice about how to be a successful student, so we have persuaded them to share a few of their top tips with you.

You can also see these tips on the large digital screens around campus. We have included the first two of the tips with some extra information and helpful links here – keep a look out on UniLife and the screens over the coming weeks for more good advice from your lecturers.

A deadline is a deadline

Handing in your work even just a few minutes after the deadline, can adversely affect your marks.

In certain circumstances, students are allowed a further five working days to submit work but this will be capped at 40%. If work is not handed in within the correct timeframes, the assessment will receive 0%.

However, there may be occasions when circumstances outside your control mean you are unable to meet a deadline or take an exam on a particular day. If this is the case then you may be able to apply for extenuating circumstances.

If you are experiencing difficulties and think you need to apply for extenuating circumstances, please contact your Advice Zone as soon as possible.

Don’t leave referencing until last

We know many students add references after they’ve written their assignment, but it is much easier to add your sources as you go. This will help take the pressure off when you are approaching that all-important deadline.

Referencing is a crucial part of your assignment as it indicates where you have used material that did not originate with you. Making sure you reference correctly will help avoid plagiarising someone else’s work.

If you need help with any aspect of referencing, the Student Development and Study Skills Service has a wide range of resources to support you.

‘Things your lecturers wish you knew’ is compiled and created by the Progression Team.

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March 15, 2018

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» USW announces Llamau as its charity partner

University of South Wales are delighted to announce that they are adopting the homelessness charity Llamau as their charity partner for the next two years. Llamau’s mission is to eradicate homelessness for young people and vulnerable women in Wales.


Vice-Chancellor Julie Lydon with Wendy Collier from Llamau

The University made its first donation to Llamau, with its Christmas card donation at the end of 2017. Some of the University’s Graduate Interns have organised an end of term charity gig on Thursday 22nd March at Porters, Cardiff. The fundraiser is free to attend and welcomes both staff and students.

The University is already working with Llamau on various projects, such as securing work placements for students. Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, said: “Llamau is a charity that campaigns and actively supports young people who are homeless, especially young women. We are pleased to be working with another fantastic organisation that has contributed so much to social justice in Wales.”

USW’s students and alumni have also experienced first-hand the support that Llamau can provide. USW alumna Beth, benefitted from Llamau’s support before joining USW. She said: “I moved into one of Llamau’s houses when I was 18, and that was when I realised that I could achieve my dreams if I wanted to. When I moved in I wasn’t sure if I would still be able to go to university – whether I’d be able to carry on studying for my A-Levels and get the grades I needed. But Llamau helped me to see that with their support, I could achieve anything I wanted to.”

Wendy Collie, Income Generation Manager at Llamau, said: “At Llamau, we believe that no young person or vulnerable women should ever have to experience homelessness and are extremely grateful to University of South Wales for choosing to support Llamau as their nominated Charity.”

If you are organising a charity event and would like to make a donation to Llamau, you can find out more about how to do this on their website.

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