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May 17, 2017

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» Are you ex-Armed Forces and graduating this year?

The University is interested in hearing from you about your experiences at University and your plans after graduation.

If you’d like to share your story please contact Ross Hall, Armed Forces Officer, ross.hall@southwales.ac.uk.

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May 15, 2017

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» USWSU Campus Information Team Vacancies

The University of South Wales Students’ Union are looking for new members of their Campus Information Team for a September 2017 start on Newport City, Treforest and Cardiff campuses.

The Union are looking for people who have a friendly and confident manner, who are approcahable and who can be a hub of information for both students and guests visiting the Students’ Union.
Ideally, applicants will be in their second or third year of studies and familiar with their specific campus and the way the Union and University operate.

You can find more details and how to apply on USWSU’s website here.

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» TV Licence Refund? Don't Forget to Claim if You're Moving Home For The Summer

TV Licensing would like to remind those students moving home for the summer they may be able to claim a refund on their licence.

Students who purchased a TV Licence at the start of the academic year will have a full three months remaining on their licence and refunds can be claimed for unused quarters.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the refund. To be eligible, students need to have a TV Licence, be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and be moving to a licensed address.

Matt Francis, spokesperson for TV Licensing Wales, said: “The student refund is brilliant news for students and we encourage those who bought their licence at the start of the academic year to take advantage of it. We want to help students understand the law when it comes to watching live TV on any device and help them avoid a fine. Reminding them about the refund is part of knowing when you do and don’t need a licence.”

Recent research by TV Licensing shows four out of five students watch TV via some device with 74 per cent of students using a laptop to watch TV. A TV Licence is needed to watch, record or stream programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV. This is the case whether you use a TV, laptop, games console, tablet, mobile phone, or any other device.

To arrange a refund, or for further information, simply visit: www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo, or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6113.

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May 11, 2017

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» Extenuating Circumstances Claims Deadline: 23rd May 2017

The final date to submit Extenuating Circumstances claims for the 2016/17 academic session is 12.00 midday on Tuesday 23rd May 2017.

There may be a small number of courses exempt from this deadline. You can check with your Campus Advice Zone if you are not sure.

All claims must be made on the official extenuating circumstances form and must be supported by appropriate independent evidence. Incomplete claims or claims without evidence will not be accepted.

For further information and advice and to obtain the relevant forms please contact your Campus Advice Zone.

Any claims submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Any student who believes that they have good reason for being unable to submit an extenuating circumstances claim prior to the deadline, can consider making an appeal through the Academic Appeals regulations to appeal against the decision of the assessment board.

You are strongly recommended to discuss the appeal process with your Campus Advice Zone.

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May 10, 2017

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» Higher Education Alcohol and Drug Survey (HEADS)

Would you like to take part in the Higher Education Alcohol and Drug Survey?

The HEADS Survey

HEADS is a survey of university students in Wales. The main aim is to understand more about alcohol and drug use within Higher Education. HEADS also aims to find out more about victimisation experiences, offending behaviour and gambling.

HEADS is anonymous and wholly voluntary. There is no obligation to take part, although we really hope that you will! It will take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Taking part will give you the chance to win an iPad, Amazon vouchers or high street shopping vouchers.

Please click here to take part in the HEADS survey.

Help With Alcohol And Drug Problems

If you have concerns about your own or a friend’s use of alcohol, use of drugs, or gambling,
please see the following UniLife pages:
Drugs and Substance Misuse
Gambling

Other sources of support are listed below:

DAN 24/7 (Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline)
Tel: 08088082234; or text DAN to 81066; or go to http://www.dan247.org.uk/

The Living Room in Cardiff
(for support with gambling problems)
Tel: 029 2049 3895
Web: http://www.cais.co.uk/services/living-room-cardiff/

Gamblers Anonymous
Tel: 020 7384 3040 (calls charged at local rate)
Web: https://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/

Victim Support
Web: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/wales
Tel: South Wales – 0300 303 0161
Tel: Gwent – 0300 123 2133
Tel: North Wales – 0300 30 30 159
Tel: Dyfed Powys – 0300 123 2996

More Information About The Survey

HEADS has been developed by researchers at the University of South Wales with the support of Welsh Government and the Developing a Caring Wales (DACW) consortium of drug and alcohol charities.

The survey company that holds the data is Smart Survey, which is based in the UK. The company is keen to preserve anonymity and ensures that not even the IP address of the respondent is held. The questions cover some personal issues and we assure you that there is no way that this information could be traced back to you or fall into the wrong hands. The survey is conducted by Professor Katy Holloway and Emeritus Professor Trevor Bennett from the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales in collaboration with Dr Rhian Hills from Welsh Government. The results will be presented in aggregated form and we plan to publish in academic peer-reviewed journals. The research has received ethical approval from the University of South Wales, Faculty of Business and Society Research Committee. If you have any queries about any aspect of HEADS, please contact us at headssurvey@southwales.ac.uk (May 2017).

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May 8, 2017

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» Love Where you Live: Get it Out for Cardiff!

Have you thought about what to do with your recycling and waste when you move out at the end of term? Leaving it on the pavement on move out day, without prior arrangement, could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100.

The City of Cardiff Council can help.

Here are your options:

1. Think ahead! Recycling and food waste is collected every Wednesday and general waste every other week. There are two general waste collections in June:

Cathays Plasnewydd / Roath
Wednesday June 7th Wednesday June 14th
Wednesday June 21st Wednesday June 28th

Put your recycling and waste out no earlier than 4.30pm on Tuesday, and by 6am on collection day.

2. Before you pack up your car to leave, take a trip to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre on Wedal Road.

  • Using our recycling centres is free, but don’t forget – you will need ID (e.g. a tenancy agreement) to prove you are a resident.
  • Please note that you cannot use vans at Wedal Road. Vans can be used at the city’s other recycling sites but must be booked in advance by calling (029) 2087 2087.

3. Pay for an arranged collection

  • Pay for a one-off collection, any day of the week, from as little as £10.
  • Collections must be arranged in advance. To get a quote, call (029) 2087 2087 or email wheeliebin@cardiff.gov.uk

4. Use our free bulky waste collection service

  • Large or awkward recyclable household items such as beds, mattresses and white goods can be collected free of charge.
  • To arrange a collection, call (029) 2087 2087.

5. Give reusable items to charity at a Get it Out for Cardiff Green Zone Collection Point or YMCA re-use bank.

  • Collection Points and YMCA banks can accept reusable items such as clothes, small electrical items, books, DVDs/CDs.
  • Green Zones can also accept donations of unopened, in date food (tins/packets/jars), and kitchen items (plates/mugs/utensils/pans)

Cymraeg

Annog myfyrwyr i garu eu cartref a Gwaredu'r Gwastraff!

dych chi wedi ystyried beth fyddwch chi’n ei wneud gyda’ch gwastraff a’ch ailgylchu pan fyddwch yn symud allan ddiwedd y tymor? Os byddwch yn eu gadael ar y palmant ar y diwrnod yr ydych yn symud allan, a heb drefnu o flaen llaw i wneud hynny, gallech chi gael Hysbysiad Tâl Cosb o hyd at £100.

Gall Cyngor Dinas Caerdydd helpu.

Dyma’r opsiynau:

1. Blaengynlluniwch! Cesglir ailgylchu a gwastraff bob dydd Mercher a gwastraff cyffredinol bob yn ail wythnos. Ceir dau gasgliad gwastraff cyffredinol ym Mehefin:

Cathays Plasnewydd / Y Rhath
Dydd Mercher 7 Mehefin Dydd Mercher 14 Mehefin
Dydd Mercher 21 Mehefin Dydd Mercher 28 Mehefin

Rhowch eich ailgylchu a’ch gwastraff allan dim cynharach na 4.30pm dydd Mawrth, ac erbyn 6am ar ddiwrnod y casgliad.

2. Cyn i chi bacio eich car i adael, ewch i’r Ganolfan Ailgylchu Gwastraff y Cartref lleol ar Heol Wedal

  • Cewch ddefnyddio ein canolfannau ailgylchu am ddim, ond cofiwch – bydd angen ID arnoch (e.e. cytundeb tenantiaeth) i brofi eich bod yn breswylydd.
  • Ni allwch ddefnyddio faniau yn Wedal Road. Gallwch ddefnyddio safleoedd ailgylchu eraill y ddinas ond rhaid i chi drefnu hyn ymlaen llaw trwy ffonio (029) 2087 2088.

3. Talu am gasgliad wedi’i drefnu

  • Talwch gyn lleied â £10 am gasgliad un tro, unrhyw ddiwrnod o’r wythnos.
  • Rhaid trefnu casgliadau o flaen llaw. I gael dyfynbris, ffoniwch (029) 2087 2088* neu e-bostiwch biniauolwynion@caerdydd.gov.uk

4. Defnyddiwch ein gwasanaeth casglu gwastraff swmpus am ddim

  • Gellir casglu eitemau mawr neu anodd eu trin y cartref sy’n ailgylchadwy megis gwelyau, matresi a pheiriannau’r gegin am ddim.
  • I drefnu casgliad, ffoniwch (029) 2087 2088.

5. Rhowch eitemau y gellir eu hailddefnyddio i elusen mewn Man Casglu Gwyrdd Gwaredu’r Gwastraff neu fanc ailddefnyddio YMCA.

  • Gall mannau casglu a banciau YMCA dderbyn eitemau y gellir eu hailddefnyddio fel dillad, eitemau trydanol bach, llyfrau, DVDs/CDs.
  • Gall mannau gwyrdd hefyd dderbyn rhoddion o fwyd o fewn dyddiad heb eu hagor (tuniau/pacedi/jariau), ac eitemau cegin (platiau/mygiau/cyllyll a ffyrc ac ati/padelli)

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May 4, 2017

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» Final NSS response rate winners (Phase Two)

Congratulations to the students of the School of Education, Early Years and Social Work, who have maintained their lead to win the second of two celebration events as the School with the highest NSS response rates at the end of the survey.

NSS Response Rates

The top five schools at end of the NSS survey were as follows:

  1. Education, Early Years and Social Work: 82.24%
  2. Computing and Maths: 78.88%
  3. Art and Design: 78.44%
  4. Psychology and Therapeutic Studies: 77.37%
  5. Care Sciences: 77.16%

This is our highest NSS response rate since 2013 and fastest response rate to date. This is particularly impressive as response rates this year in the HE sector saw a drop from 72% to 68%. The final response rate for USW this year was 75.6% compared with 73.23% in 2016, so a big thank you to everyone who took part in the survey.

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May 2, 2017

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» "The New World Order: Winners and losers" - free talk

Talk CANCELLED – to be rescheduled at a later date.

Dyfrig John CBE, global banking and investment expert, is giving a talk at USW on 12th May.

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Dyfrig, a graduate of USW, has worked at the highest levels of international banking and finance, culminating in his tenure as Chief Executive of HSBC. He has also served on the boards of the Lloyds Banking Group and Principality. Dyfrig’s contribution to banking was described by HSBC Chairman Stephen Green as “immeasurable”.

In the hour-long lecture at USW – entitled The New World Order: Winners and Losers – Dyfrig will discuss the developments at home and abroad that have led to the UK’s impending exit from Europe, the rise of populist leaders in Europe, and the election of President Trump. He will examine what the future holds, not only for the UK, but for the global economy.

Dr Andrew Thompson, Head of USW’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, said: “With all that is currently happening in the global economy, not least the uncertainty about Brexit, it is our pleasure to welcome on to campus one of the most respected figures in the UK financial services industry.

“Dyfrig John is one of the most senior figures in the British banking and finance sector, so it is a great privilege to welcome him to the University. Given all the change we are experiencing at the moment, not least with a General Election on the horizon, it is especially important to take a longer view of the direction in which we are moving, economically and politically.

“In his remarks on the future of the world economy, Dyfrig John does just that. He will be looking at, but also beyond, Brexit and Trump, to the changing place of European states, the rise of China and India as the world’s great economies of the near future and of the changing face of work in the global economy. More than ever we need to think not just big but also long – that’s what the audience will be invited to do in this talk.”

The lecture is open to members of the public, as well as school and college groups. It is part of USW’s Global Choices: Talking Points series.

The event starts at noon on May 12th at Treforest Campus.

The event is free to attend, book a place here.

For more information about Global Choices and other free talks see the Global Choices site.

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April 10, 2017

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» NSS - It's Not Over Yet!

The National Student Survey (NSS) has just a few weeks left before it closes. The University needs feedback from students, and the NSS – which is probably your final chance to do so – is the most important feedback tool of all.

Prizes you can win this year:

  1. NEW for 2017: the University will pay the Students’ Union to organise a celebration event for students of the Schools…
    • which had the highest percentage response rate by the 28th February (won by the School of Education, Early Years and Social Work, which narrowly overtook the School of Care Sciences in a last-minute sprint)
    • which will have the highest percentage response rate by the 30th April (The race is still on!)

The Race

Here’s the state of the race as of Friday, 7th April:

Education, Early Years and Social Work: 81%; Computing and Mathematics: 77%; Art and Design: 77%; Care Sciences: 75%; Psychology and Therapeutic Studies: 75%; Music and Performance: 74%; Law and Finance: 74%; Media: 73%; Humanities and Social Sciences: 73%; Applied Science: 72%; Business School: 72%; Engineering: 70%; Health, Sport and Professional Practice: 66%

Well done, Education, Early Years & Social Work students. At this rate, the school may well the prize for the second round as well as the one they’ve already won for the first round!

Meanwhile, Health, Sport and Professional Practice students are limping on in last place. Oh dear.

Fill in the NSS, encourage your coursemates, and spread the word! If you want to party, help your School top the league!

The Back Of The Queue

The NSS only publishes results for courses where the number of submissions is at least 10 and at least 50% of eligible students. If fewer students fill in the survey, the results are not published.

The majority of courses have now successfully crossed that threshold, some haven’t yet. Here are the courses which are still falling short, and the number of survey submissions that are required for the NSS results to be published:

Course School NSS Response Shortfall
BA (HONS) CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE Humanities and Social Sciences 3
BA (HONS) PERFORMING ARTS Music and Performance 1
BA Business Studies Business School 1
BA Creative and Professional Writing Humanities and Social Sciences 1
BA Photography Art and Design 1
Bachelor of Midwifery Care Sciences 1
BEng Mechanical Engineering Engineering 2
BSc Civil Engineering Engineering 3
BSc Computer Security Computing and Maths 1
BSc Computing Computing and Maths 2
BSc Forensic Chemistry Applied Science 2
BSc Geology Applied Science 1
BSc Lighting Design and Technology Engineering 9
BSc Live Event Technology Engineering 1
BSc Natural History Applied Science 2
BSc Pharmaceutical Science Applied Science 1
BSc Sociology with Criminology Humanities and Social Sciences 1
BSc Sound Technology Music and Performance 1
Foundation Degree Animal Health and Welfare Applied Science 1
Foundation Degree Community Football Coaching and Development Health, Sport and Professional Practiice 5
Foundation Degree Creative Industries (Film and Video) Media 1
Foundation Degree in Psychology Psychology and Therapeutic Studies 1
Foundation Degree Rugby Coaching and Development Health, Sport and Professional Practiice 1
Higher National Diploma Animal Studies Applied Science 2
HND Information Communication Technology Computing and Maths 2
HND Mechanical Engineering Engineering 3
ICAEW Law and Finance 5
MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering Engineering 1

It’s literally up to one or two students on most of these courses! If you’re in your final year, don’t miss out on your chance to contribute!

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April 7, 2017

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» IT Systems Will Be Running 'At Risk' on Monday 10th April

A Business Continuity Test Day scheduled for Monday 10th April will put all of the University’s IT systems 'at risk’ to test whether they can cope under pressure.

What does that mean?

IT Services are not anticipating any disruption to services, but systems will be 'at risk’, so problems are more likely to occur than usual. IT Services can’t plan for where these might occur, so please be prepared for potential delays or temporary loss of services during the day.

Monday 10th April is the first day of the Easter vacation, so there will be limited impact on teaching and learning and IT Services are not expecting many assessment submissions.

What do I need to do?

On Monday, please save any work you do on Univeristy computers as regularly as you can, and back it up where possible.

How do I report an IT issue on 10th April?

Via IT Customer Support on 01443 482882

How long will services be at risk?

We expect normal service to be resumed on Tuesday 11th April.

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