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November 15, 2018
» Assignment Feedback

The University aims to provide feedback to students within twenty working days of the coursework submission deadline (excluding student vacation periods).

You have put in the hard work, submitted your assignment and are now patiently awaiting your results, but you might be wondering what happens after you submit your work.

The Assignment Marking Process

The assignment marking process is made up of a number of phases to ensure sure you receive meaningful feedback which will inform subsequent and related coursework and examination assessments.

A 2000 word assignment takes approx. 20-50 minutes to mark.

  • This is a rough guide, some assignments will be marked differently
  • An average person reads approx. 225 words per minute
  • The original read can take approx. 8-10mins

After reading through your assignment, your lecturer will:

  • Carry out an in-depth re-read, making notes on your work to give you feedback. Approx. 5-15 mins
  • Check on your originality score and whether there is suspected academic misconduct. Approx 1-10 mins
  • A reference check – whether you have used the required method and if you have referenced correctly. Approx 2-8 mins

Multiply this time by the number of students on your module. Remember, there could be more than one class to mark and your lecturer could have multiple assignments from other modules/year groups.

In addition to marking your work, your lecturer might also have to plan lectures and tutorials, mark other assessments, supervise dissertations, conduct their own research and teaching.

Once your lecturer has completed grading your work, the results will be moderated internally by another member of staff to ensure fairness and accuracy in marking.

One last thing….

The grade you are given (after 20 working days) is provisional until the assessments are formally ratified at the university subject boards.

This feature was written by the Advice Zone’s Student Communication Assistant (Graduate Placement) in conjunction with Helen Martin, Academic Subject Manager – Policing and Security.

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November 12, 2018
» Donate Blood on Treforest Campus

The Welsh Blood Service will be holding a donation clinic from 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.20pm on Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st November 2018 in the USW Conference Centre, Treforest

If you’d like to donate blood, please book your appointment in advance

Once you have booked an appointment, you will receive an email confirmation and a text message reminder before your appointment.

In addition to the blood donation sessions, the Welsh Blood Service will be in Stilts today (Tuesday 13th) as well as 19th 20th 21st of November. They will be giving you the opportunity to find out your blood group and to make appointments to give blood.

For more information visit the Welsh Blood Service.

If giving is in your blood, please help – every drop counts

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November 9, 2018
» The Santa Appeal

Add one more gift to your Christmas list this year.

The Santa Appeal is a campaign organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Council and takes place on an annual basis. The yearly tradition works by relying on the generous donations of the public. Contributions to the appeal are made in the form of gift bags and are distributed to children including those that are vulnerable and looked after, to make sure that no one misses out at Christmas.

The Students’ Union is once again participating in the appeal. If you would like to donate, then please contact Mel on mel.monks@southwales.ac.uk for the name and age of a child to buy for.

After we’ve given you the name and age of a child to buy for, you need to pop your presents into a gift bag and bring it along to the Students’ Union Info Desk (Atrium, Newport City or Treforest) by 26th November. From here, we’ll deliver your gifts to an RCT collection point so that all of the children receive their presents just in time for Christmas!

Last year, generous students and staff donated over 150 gifts to the appeal. Hopefully, you can help us make this years’ appeal even more successful.

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» Submit Your Ideas to the AGM

Update: Please note, this year’s AGM and has been postponed to 24th January 2019. Visit www.uswsu.com/agm for more information.

The University of South Wales Students’ Union Annual General Meeting takes place every year and all students are invited and encouraged to attend.

Whether it’s debating and adopting a policy or mandating the Exec Officers to campaign on specific issues, the AGM is an opportunity for you to have your say on the direction of the Students’ Union.

I want to see change!

If you want to bring about change in the Union or University, write an idea and propose it to be adopted as policy or as a call to action at the Annual General Meeting. Visit the Students’ Union website for information on how to submit an idea (it’s easier than you think). All ideas must be submitted by 12:00 pm on the 15th of November.

When is the AGM?

This year’s AGM will take place on Thursday 29th November at 6:00 pm in Eclipse at the Students’ Union in Treforest. The AGM is open to all USW students; you do not have to have been previously involved in any Students’ Union activities. Don’t forget to register before 27th November if you’re planning to use the free transport from Cardiff and Newport!

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» Close of Student Support Fund for Dyslexia Assessment Fees

Due to high demand, the Student Support Fund for Dyslexia Assessment fees is now closed.

Students who have a Disability Adviser appointment booked for next week (week commencing 9th November 2018) will still be considered for assessment funding under this scheme if appropriate.

Students who do not already have an appointment should make an appointment to meet with a Disability Adviser to discuss assessment requirements and fee payment options.

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November 7, 2018
» Christmas Raffle Prizes to be won!

The University’s Enquiries and Admissions team will be holding a Christmas Raffle on Tuesday 11th December.

The raffle is open to staff, students, friends and families so take part and help us raise much-needed funds for the University’s partner charity, Llamau.

Tickets are available to buy now and prizes include:

  • Tickets to Cardiff City vs Tottenham Hotspurs, Newport Dragons taking on a team of your choice (excludes Welsh opposition), and Glamorgan Cricket T20 match.
  • Day passes to Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Caerphilly Mountain Ranch, Dyffryn Gardens, and Rhondda Heritage Park.
  • A Premier league football shirt of your choice (or full stripe for children), cheese hampers, cuddly toys, vouchers for Edwards Coaches and vouchers for USW Hair Salon…and more!

Tickets can be bought from Colin or Rachel in Enquiries & Admissions, D1, Dyffryn Building, Treforest Campus during normal office hours. Prices are £2 per ticket or £5 per strip of five.

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November 6, 2018
» Act of Remembrance to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month falls on Sunday this year. People throughout the country will be observing two minutes silence during the Remembrance Services in our local communities.

To recognise and honour the former students of this University who have lost their lives in war, we will be holding a formal Act of Remembrance to mark the 100th Anniversary of the First Armistice on Friday 9th November.

The service will take place at the Meeting House at 10:00am followed by the placing of poppy wreaths at the following locations:

Memorial plaque, Ty Crawshay, Treforest Campus – 10:50am
Memorial plinth, Aneurin Bevan Building, Glyntaff Campus – 11:45am
Newport City Campus – 2:00pm
The Street, Cardiff Campus – 3:30pm

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

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November 1, 2018
» Advice Zones closed Wednesday 7 November

The Advice Zones on all campuses will be closed for staff training on Wednesday 7th November

Please use Advice Zone Online for enquiries, to book appointments with support services or to submit claims for Extenuating Circumstances.

Loans for laptops and Macbooks due back on the 8th will be extended until Thursday 9th.

All libraries will be open as normal

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» Workshops to Help Manage Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are very common and it is perfectly normal to have worries about certain things or to feel stressed from time to time.

However, sometimes you may want a little extra support to control or deal with these feelings so the University’s Wellbeing Service have put together a programme of workshops and events designed to help you to cope effectively.

Please visit the Wellbeing Services Courses and Groups page for details of all the courses (some workshops will need to be booked in advance).

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October 29, 2018
» Survey: video use in teaching

The Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching is running a research project about lecture recordings and the use of video for teaching, learning and assessment.

As part of this project they want to know what you, the students, feel about these things so they’re running a survey. The survey won’t take long to complete and your results are invaluable for helping the Uni plan how we should support and encourage the creation of videos for different aspects of learning.


The system we currently use is called Panopto. Panopto is a video management, lecture recording, and livecasting software service. It has many possible uses including:

• Recording lectures for later use by students.
• Live broadcast of lectures (to students or external to university).
• Upload and management of video/audio resources for use in teaching and learning.
• Submission of video/audio assessments.

Whether your lecturers have used Panopto or any other system to provide you with lecture recordings or any other types of videos/audio recordings we want to know your thoughts and ideas about these things so if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare please let us know your thoughts and experiences through the survey.

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