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October 5, 2018
» Join the USW Golf Team

Play golf and represent the University of South Wales.

If you’re a golf enthusiast and want to represent your University, sign up for the USW Golf Team before it’s too late!

The first game of the season is on Wednesday 10th October and some of the perks of joining include:

  • Compete and travel around the UK playing against other top Universities
  • Home matches are played at the Vale of Glamorgan Golf Resort
  • A chance to meet like-minded students
  • Easy to sign up and take part

Please contact Lewys Thomas for more information.

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» Dyspraxia Awareness Week

To celebrate Dyspraxia Awareness Week, the Dyscovery Centre invites you to meet the team, grab some freebies and find out more about Dyspraxia.

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia, affects up to 10% of the population. It is a condition that affects movement and coordination which can make daily life more difficult.

How DCD can affect students

  • DCD affects spatial awareness and memory – this can make finding your way around a new University campus both scary and daunting
  • Multi-tasking is difficult, so cooking a meal from scratch or managing multiple coursework deadlines can be challenging
  • Feeling stressed and overwhelmed is very common
  • Someone with DCD is more likely to bump into people and dropping things is typical
  • Sequencing and structuring essays can be problematic
  • A student with DCD is more likely to also have dyslexia and/or ADHD and social difficulties

To find out more, and to meet the team from the Dyscovery Centre, drop into the Library, Treforest Campus on Monday 8th October, 10:00am – 1:00pm.

The Wellbeing and Disability Service can also provide advice and guidance on supporting students with DCD.

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October 4, 2018
» GP Registration Drop-in Sessions Available

Don’t wait until you’re ill, register with the Health Service and on-campus GP Service to access advice and support should you become unwell during your time at University.

Drop-in sessions are available on the following dates for first-year students living in Pontypridd that have been unable to register with the on-campus GP Service:

Monday 8th October, Room H018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10th October, Room H018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Friday 12th October, Room H018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please ensure you complete the online Health Registration form on Advice Zone Online before attending a session.

Advice Zone Online: register with the health service.

Make sure you complete all sections of the online form.

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» Personal Safety and Protecting Your Property

Whether you live in Halls of Residence or in private rented accommodation, we want you to have a safe and happy time whilst studying at the University of South Wales.

The following information will help to protect you and your property from harm.

Crime Prevention

There are simple things you can do to protect yourself, such as not taking ‘shortcuts’ in low footfall areas or walking in poorly-lit streets after dark, carrying a personal safety alarm (free of charge from the Students’ Union on every campus) and reporting suspicious activities to Campus Security Services or local Police. We always recommend having your Campus Security telephone number saved in your phone as well as local emergency contacts, should you need them.

Taking just a few precautions can make a big difference, especially when keeping your property safe. Student houses are prime targets for burglars – it pays to be extra vigilant. Every time you leave your property, remember to lock your doors and windows. Put your valuables out of view of ground floor windows and ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you’re away for a few days. For more tips, see our Burglary Prevention Advice.

Personal Possessions

A thief only needs a moment to make off with your valuables. Your wallet, purse, mobile phone and bankcard are all vulnerable if you look away for a second.

Follow our gadget safety advice and buy insurance so you can replace possessions if they’re stolen – your landlord is responsible for insuring the premises, but you are responsible for insuring your own belongings. Endsleigh offers competitive student prices for coverage of contents, gadgets or both. If the worst happens and you are burgled, contact your landlord and the police immediately. You will need a crime number to make an insurance claim.

If your possessions do become lost or stolen, registering your belongings may help recover them. Immobilise, the UK’s National Property Register, is free to register your valuables with and helps Police identify the owners of recovered property. Registering with the University as part of the Bike and Vehicle Registration Schemes will enable the University to contact you quickly if any issues arise with your bicycle or car.

Police and the Community

The University and local Police Services work together to protect you and your property. If you are a student living and studying on our Treforest, Glyntaff or Cardiff Campuses, South Wales Police are your local policing service. If you are a student at our Newport City campus, Gwent Police’s Stow Hill Ward covers the Newport area. You can find information about police in your area on our Community Policing pages.

South Wales Police have put together their top crime prevention advice as part of the USafe Students campaign. Collect a USafe booklet from the Students’ Union, or download it here for more tips on staying safe and getting the most out of your time at University.

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October 3, 2018
» Football Leagues Start Next Week

Starting next week, the Treforest Sports Centre will be running competitive 5 and 7-a-side football leagues. Make up your own team and enter yourselves -there are still places available so be quick!

7-a-side starts Thursday 11 October 2018
5-a-side starts Sunday 14 October 2018

  • Pick your own team
  • 8 weeks of competition
  • 7-a-side £60 / 5-a-side – £56
  • Two games every week
  • Trophies for the winning team and top goal scorer
  • Entry forms available online or at Reception in the Sports Centre.

For more information please visit the Sports Centre website or email lewys.thomas@southwales.ac.uk.

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» Improved internet on all campuses (Network 2020)

IT Services have been working to improve the wifi service and coverage across all University campuses. This means that you will have faster, more reliable internet as well as being able to access information and resources from any University location.

Work on these improvements will continue throughout the Autumn term and although disruption will be kept to a minimum, we will inform you in advance via UniLife of any potential interruption to services.

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October 1, 2018
» Restricted Access to Cardiff Campus Thursday 4 Oct

Access to the Cardiff Campus, Atrium building via the front entrance will be restricted from 7.30am to around 9.45am on Thursday 4th October 2018.

This is due to an event taking place in the foyer area. Security staff will be on hand to direct staff and students to the side and rear entrances.

Free tea and coffee will be available from the side entrance, as Mingle will be closed until approx. 9.30am on the day.

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September 28, 2018
» Complete our Mental Health Survey

Student Services are developing a Mental Health Strategy to enhance student wellbeing and improve support to those who experience mental health difficulties whilst studying at the University of South Wales.

We invite and encourage all students to contribute to the shaping of this important work by completing this survey. Your feedback will provide insights into what we can do to help meet your needs and the needs of future students at USW.

All responses will be kept anonymous. If you would like to provide more feedback or ideas about support at USW, please contact the Wellbeing Service.

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» Pontypridd Campus Parking

The demand for car parking at the University is always at a peak during the first weeks of the autumn term, however, between our Treforest and Glyntaff campuses we are able to park all cars that arrive at the University.

Thursdays are one of our busiest days for parking and the traffic delays from the A470 are caused by the amount of traffic heading towards the university plus the refuse collection that goes through at the same time. We don’t see the same queuing on any other days in the week when we have the same number of cars and we are working with RCT council to change the times of the refuse collections to try and avoid the queues.

In addition, many students may not know classmates to arrange shared travel or haven’t worked out public transport options and this may add to parking pressure.

The University has also been working to meet demand and speed up the car parking process and has:
  • worked with RCT council to ensure there are currently no roadworks affecting access to the Treforest and Glyntaff campuses
  • installed new barriers with Automatic Number Plate Recognition which have improved the speed of entry and exit to the car parks
  • removed avoidable scheduling peaks in the timetable
  • re-gravelled the lower car park surface at Glyntaff
  • provided more security officers to help with parking student vehicles
Reducing demand on car parking

If you are able to take public transport or cycle in, do this as an alternative even if it is just for a short time. Consider car sharing – use Marketplace on UniLife to advertise or find car shares with other students. Remember that wherever you park, please respect other drivers and local residents, and park legally at all times.

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September 27, 2018
» Instructional Courses at the Sports Centre start next week!

Want to try something new? Sign up to one of our seven instructional courses starting next week at the Sports Centre.

Pole Fitness

There are still spaces available on our instructional squash, pole fitness, archery and climbing courses. The courses run for four weeks and are open to both members and non-members – why not bring a friend along and try something new?

To book, visit reception in the Sports Centre or speak to a member of the reception team on (01443) 482681.

Visit the Sports Centre website for a full list of courses.

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