All News tagged with 'gettingstarted'

Freshers' Guide to... Sexual Consent

September 8, 2017

All universities work hard to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for students, especially during freshers’ week. After all, we want you to have a great time! You will probably be partying, meeting new people, and perhaps even enjoying a drink or two.

In all the excitement, there can be occasions when it’s wise to step back and take a moment to think. There’s a difference between lighthearted banter and abusive behaviour: don’t let any situation escalate to the latter. If someone in a group you’re with crosses the line, speak up.

If you’re lucky enough to get intimately acquainted with someone, please take consent seriously. Make sure you understand what is and what isn’t acceptable and legal behaviour. Getting this wrong would have serious consequences for everyone involved.

We recommend the BBC Documentary Is this rape: sex on trial linked to from this article – please do take an hour to watch it.

Freshers: Important Vaccinations Update

August 23, 2017

  • Please check your vaccinations are up to date before coming to University. It takes 2 weeks for vaccinations to take effect.
  • In particular, please check whether you’ve been vaccinated against Meningitis ACWY, and against MMR.

Travelling To University

August 15, 2017

It’s important to plan how you’ll get to University for the first time and how you’ll commute once you’re studying here.
Where you live and how you get about has a big impact on your quality of life while studying.

2017 Freshers' Check List

August 4, 2017

There are approximately a million things you need to do. Fear not, thanks to our check lists you can break things down into smaller manageable tasks!

Freshers' Guide to... Cooking!

September 12, 2016

You don’t have to aim for Great British Bake-Off mastery in your first year at uni, but there’s no reason to fear the kitchen and hand all your cash to takeaways.

Freshers' Guide to... Sexual Consent

September 12, 2016

All universities work hard to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for students, especially during freshers’ week. After all, we want you to have a great time! You will probably be partying, meeting new people, and perhaps even enjoying a drink or two.

In all the excitement, there can be occasions when it’s wise to step back and take a moment to think. There’s a difference between lighthearted banter and abusive behaviour: don’t let any situation escalate to the latter. If someone in a group you’re with crosses the line, speak up.

If you’re lucky enough to get intimately acquainted with someone, please take consent seriously. Make sure you understand what is and what isn’t acceptable and legal behaviour. Getting this wrong would have serious consequences for everyone involved.

We highly recommend the BBC Documentary “Is this rape: sex on trial” linked to from this article – please do take an hour to watch it.

Student Loans Scams

September 7, 2016

Be very careful if you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the Student Loans Company (Student Finance England / Wales / Northern Ireland / Student Awards Agency for Scotland) – it could be a scammer trying to steal your money.

10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About USW!

September 2, 2016

We hope you’re getting excited about coming to uni! Just for fun, we thought we’d highlight some of the lesser known factoids about the University of South Wales.

Freshers' Guide to... USW1World

September 1, 2016

After the mad rush of welcome week, you’ll soon find yourself getting into a routine. However, if you want to continue making new friends and getting a change of scenery, then USW1World is perfect for you!

Freshers' Guide to... Club Nights

August 31, 2016

Looking forward to freshers’ fortnight? So are we!

Before you rush out to buy every ticket to a night out that mentions 'students’, here are a few tips:

Freshers' Guide to... Welcome Week Events!

August 30, 2016

Visit the Getting Started website to find out about this year’s packed calendar of freshers’ and welcoming events!

Freshers' Guide to... Budgeting

August 26, 2016

One of the most useful things you can do is to make a budget, otherwise you might be having a miserable time towards the end of term.

Freshers' Guide to... Meningitis

August 25, 2016

  • Meningitis is a dangerous illness. If not diagnosed very quickly, it can kill or result in permanent harm.
  • Freshers at universities are at an elevated risk of catching meningococcal meningitis compared to most other demographics.
  • There are various types of meningitis. Some, but not all, can be prevented through vaccinations.

  • Protect yourself and your friends by learning which symptoms to look out for.
  • Protect yourself by making sure you’ve had the correct vaccinations. In particular, make sure you’ve had a vaccine that includes protection against Meningitis W.

Furry Friends and Student Life

August 24, 2016

In the past few years, the university has received anecdotal reports that some pets have been poorly cared for and, in a few cases, abandoned by students.

The next few weeks on UniLife

August 18, 2016

For the next few weeks, UniLife will help freshers prepare for University.

Freshers' Check List

August 16, 2016

There’s about a million things for you to do. But fear not, you can break things down into smaller manageable tasks. We’ve put together two check lists – one listing things you should get sorted before you arrive on campus, and the other for things you should do in the first few weeks of term.

How will you get to our campus?

August 16, 2016

For a smooth journey, plan how you’ll get to University for the first time and how you’ll commute once you’re studying here.

Hello to all of our students!

August 15, 2016

We’ll be using UniLife to help you prepare for your time at University.

Meningitis Vaccinations for USW students

October 12, 2015

The MenACWY vaccine is being offered across the UK as part of an urgent vaccination programme co-ordinated by Public Health Departments for those who are

  • new to University this year (2015-2016) and
  • under the age of 25

Beware: don't waste your money on rubbish!

October 2, 2015

Getting rid of waste isn’t exciting, but get it right or you could face hefty fines. In Treforest students have recently been fined £75 for getting it wrong.

Hangover Prevention and Cure

September 18, 2015

If you overindulge in drink during your first few days (or nights) at University you may find yourself dealing with a hangover.

Students and Sexual Consent

September 15, 2015

  • When it comes to sex, consent is vital, and a person can only consent if they are capable of making a choice
  • Make sure you understand what consent is
  • Getting this wrong can have serious consequences.

Health Centre Registration

September 14, 2015

Don’t wait until you are unwell. Call into one of the University Health Centres to register with the health service and a local Doctor.

Free Microsoft Office 365 for USW Students

September 9, 2015

IT Services is providing Microsoft Office to students free of charge. This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more is available for offline and online use. As long as you’re a student at USW, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

UniLearn

September 8, 2015

What is UniLearn?

Furry Friends and Student Life

August 27, 2015

In the past few years, the university has received anecdotal reports that some pets have been poorly cared for and, in a few cases, abandoned by students.

Campus changes

September 12, 2014

The University is changing the location of some of its courses. This will mean a better student experience as students will be able to study with other students doing similar courses and will benefit from investment in bespoke facilities.

When will I get my student loan/grant?

September 8, 2014

The exact date when students receive their student loan payment can vary, but this article details what the University anticipates will happen.

Freshers' Guide 2012

September 14, 2012

Here’s an at a glance overview of activities taking place during Freshers’ Week.

Freshers' events

September 14, 2011

The first two weeks on campus are going to be busy!