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Welsh Society St David's Day Events & Gala Dinner

February 21, 2017

St David’s Day Events

12.00 – 1pm – Meet in Stilts for St David’s Day lunch
2.30 – 3pm – Opportunity for staff and students to come together to practice speaking Welsh.
5.30 – 6.15pm Clog dancing with Tudur Phillips – ATRiuM – CA B414

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Coleg Cymraeg Digwyddiadau Dydd Gwyl Dewi & Cinio Mawreddog

February 21, 2017

Digwyddiadau Dydd Gwyl Dewi (1 Mawrth)

12.00 – 1yp – Cyfarfod i gael cinio yn Stilts, Campws Trefforest ar Ddydd Gwyl Dewi
2.30 – 3yh – Cymraeg@Crawshays – Campws Trefforest – Cyfle i staff a myfyrwyr ddod at ei gilydd i ymarfer siarad Cymraeg
5.30 – 6.15yh – Clocsffit gyda Tudur Phillips!

Croeso i bawb!

Eduroam Update

February 13, 2017

The security certificate used for authentication on the eduroam wireless service is due to expire on Friday 17th February 2017. IT Services will be updating the Certificate over night from Tuesday 13th / Wednesday14th.

USW Design Competition

February 8, 2017

Now in its third year, the Alumni Office’s 'design our #USWGradbag’ competition is open to all current USW students with an eye for design.

'Coal Society ' art exhibition

February 8, 2017

The art gallery on Treforest campus has an exhibition running about the society that existed around the coal industry in Wales.

How do YOU use technology?

February 7, 2017

Over 250 USW students have already completed our survey about how they use technology in their studies, have you?

Parties, £1000 in Vouchers & a Cup of Tea: the NSS Race is On!

February 6, 2017

The National Student Survey (NSS) has been running for one week now. If you’re in your final year, you will have received an email about it last week. It’s really important to the University to get feedback from students, and the NSS is the most important feedback tool.

Global Choices Guest Speakers

February 2, 2017

The University hosts regular public lectures by influential artists, diplomats, politicians and campaigners. The Global Choices: Talking Points lecture series addresses some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today. It’s your chance to questions of people who have been witness to, or, in some cases, participants in, major world events.

Give Welsh a Cwtch

January 24, 2017

Santes Dwynwen’s Day is celebrated in Wales on 25 January. Santes Dwynwen is Wales’patron Saint of love. Celebrating this festival has become increasingly popular over recent years.

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Carwch y Gymraeg

January 24, 2017

Mae Dydd Santes Dwynwen yn cael ei ddathlu yng Nghymru ar 25 Ionawr. Santes Dwynwen yw nawddsant cariadon Cymru. Mae dathlu’r ŵyl yn boblogaidd iawn erbyn heddiw.

Opening hours during the Christmas vacation period 2016/17

December 12, 2016

The Autumn Term ends on Friday 16th December 2016, and Spring Term begins on Monday 9th January 2017.

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

Festive Meals on Campus

November 25, 2016

Get in the mood with a traditional Christmas dinner with your friends and fellow students on campus!

Weekend Read: News from South Wales (18th November 2016)

November 18, 2016

Friday at last! Time for some distractions and procrastinations for the weekend. Here’s a selection of stories that have caught our eye over the last few days in the UniLife office.

  1. USW Stories
  2. Local News
    1. Cardiff
    2. Newport
    3. Pontypridd

Made at USW Competition

November 11, 2016

Take a photo of your creative (course)work, post it on Instagram with the #MADEATUSW hashtag between now and noon on 2nd December 2016, and you could win prizes.

Weekend Read: News from South Wales

November 11, 2016

Friday at last! Time for some distractions and procrastinations for the weekend. Here’s a selection of stories that have caught our eye over the last few days in the UniLife office.

  1. USW Stories
  2. Local News
    1. Cardiff
    2. Newport
    3. Pontypridd

Santa Gift Appeal

November 7, 2016

The Students’ Union are working with RCT Council again this year with their annual Santa Appeal. Contributions to the Santa 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.

Anxiety Awareness Sessions: Book Now

November 3, 2016

Book into one of the following 'Anxiety Awareness’ 1hr sessions to learn about this condition, how it affects you and to find ways to help control it – all take place 12.30-1.30pm:

Preventing Rot and Mould in your Home

November 3, 2016

In autumn and winter, condensation can become an issue in houses and flats. If you don’t limit condensation and air rooms, this could lead to a problem with mould, which can be bad for your health.

Smoking Near Buildings: Complaints

November 2, 2016

There have been complaints recently about smokers congregating by building entrances and smoke drifting into buildings.

USW’s enhanced Cardiff Campus Opening Event

November 1, 2016

The Director-General of the BBC, Tony Hall, is making a number of major announcements about partnership work between the University and the BBC as he officially opens USW’s enhanced Cardiff Campus today (Tuesday 1 November).

Happy Diwali!

October 28, 2016

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular festival from South Asia. In Hinduism, Diwali signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Diwali is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains, though with different back stories for the celebration.

Diwali begins on the 29th October continues through the 30th October.

Mindfulness Taster Sessions in Treforest

October 28, 2016

Valleys Steps / Camau’r Cymoedd are hosting Mindfulness Taster Sessions in our Treforest Campus in November. In these sessions, Valleys Steps will teach you how you can use mindfulness in your daily life to boost wellbeing.

Printing Problem In Treforest

October 25, 2016

IT Services are aware of an ongoing systems issue that is affecting printing at Treforest campus.

Aberfan | Minute's silence

October 20, 2016

As a University community we will be joining people across Wales in marking the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.

Protect your bike!

October 18, 2016

There have been several reports of bike thefts due to poor quality locks.

Freshers' Guide to... Budgeting (Refresher!)

October 12, 2016

It’s a few weeks into term, so now is a good time to think (or re-think) about your money situation.

It’s easy to get carried away and spend too much during welcome week or on socialising with new friends, but you need to be comfortable that your money will last to avoid having a miserable time towards the end of term.

One of the most useful things you can do is to make a budget. Here’s how.

Cymraeg@Crawshays

October 10, 2016

Are you learning Welsh?
Come to practice speaking the language in an informal environment with other Welsh learners at USW.

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Cymraeg@Crawshays

October 10, 2016

‘Dych chi’n dysgu Cymraeg?
Dewch i ymarfer siarad yr iaith mewn awyrgylch anffurfiol gyda dysgwyr eraill yn y Brifysgol.

Shwmae Day

October 10, 2016

During the week of the 10-15 October, we will be celebrating Shwmae (English: how are you?) day, which is an opportunity to show that Welsh belongs to everyone and we can all use Welsh all year round – at University, in the shop, leisure centre, at work, in the community, with friends – everywhere! So why not give it a go and start every conversation with Shw’mae (shoo-my)? or Sumae(see-my)?

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Diwrnod Shwmae

October 10, 2016

Yn ystod wythnos y 10 – 15 Hydref, byddwn yn dathlu diwrnod Shwmae sy’n gyfle i ddangos fod y Gymraeg yn perthyn i bawb a gallwn ei defnyddio drwy’r flwyddyn – yn y Brifysgol, yn y siop, y ganolfan hamdden, yn y gwaith, yn y gymuned, gyda ffrindiau – ym mhobman!
Felly rhowch gynnig arni a dechreuwch bob sgwrs gyda ‘Shw’mae?’ neu ‘Sumae?’

Parking at Treforest (10 - 15 Oct)

October 10, 2016

We are again expecting large numbers of students onto the Treforest Campus at 9am this Tuesday (11 Oct) and 9am this Thursday (13 Oct).

As there will be a high demand on car parking spaces, please consider using public transport if possible or car sharing.

Weekend Read: News from South Wales

October 7, 2016

Friday at last! Time for some distractions and procrastinations for the weekend. Here’s a selection of stories that have caught our eye over the last few days in the UniLife office.

  1. USW Stories
  2. Local News
    1. Cardiff
    2. Newport
    3. Pontypridd

Car Parking in Treforest

September 27, 2016

The car parks at the Pontypridd Campuses are always busy at the start of term. The security team will do everything possible to assist with getting staff and students into the car parks, but it will not always be possible to park in the main car park at Treforest if it is full.

Welsh Language Assessment Submission

September 21, 2016

Students who are studying courses where the language of teaching is English are permitted to submit assessments in Welsh, both coursework assessments and examinations, providing:

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Cyflwyno asesiadau’n Gymraeg mewn modiwl Saesneg

September 21, 2016

Mae hawl gan fyfyrwyr, sy’n astudio cyrsiau lle mai Saesneg yw’r iaith addysgu, i gyflwyno aseiniadau yn Gymraeg, a hynny ar gyfer asesiadau gwaith cwrs ac arholiadau, ar yr amod:

Scams Targeting Students

September 21, 2016

Fraudsters and hackers may specifically target students, particularly at the start of term when loans, accommodation payments and fees are being arranged. Be careful who you trust!

NUS extra card (+ISIC)

September 19, 2016

The start of term is the best time to get your NUS card, take part in Freshers’ events and get involved with your Students’ Union.

Time to TALK about domestic abuse and sexual violence

September 16, 2016

TALK is a university based domestic abuse and sexual violence training and referral programme, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.

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TALK - Mynd i’r afael â cham-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol

September 16, 2016

Rhaglen hyfforddi ac atgyfeirio ar gyfer cam-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol yw Siarad, sy’n cael ei chynnal mewn prifysgolion a’i hariannu gan Gomisiynydd Heddlu a Throseddu De Cymru.

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.

Severn Tunnel Modernisation

September 7, 2016

The Severn Tunnel is closed 12 September – 21 October 2016 to prepare it for electric trains.

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Moderneiddio Twnnel Hafren

September 7, 2016

Bydd Twnnel Hafren ar gau 12 Medi – 21 Hydref 2016 i baratoi ar gyfer trenau trydan.

Student Discounts and Freebies

September 6, 2016

You’re probably keen to get the most for the money available to you. Fortunately, there are many student discounts available and some things are even free.

USWSU - Your Students' Union

September 5, 2016

The start of term is the best time to get your NUS card, take part in freshers’ events and get involved with your Students’ Union.

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.

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.

City of the Unexpected - Your Chance To Take Part!

August 4, 2016

Celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl, Cardiff will be transformed into a place where the laws of physics and civic predictability give way to the laws of magic, mischief and the unexpected over the weekend of 17-18 September 2016.

Need a cheap bike?

July 19, 2016

Cardiff Cycle Workshop are an independent charity who take unwanted bicycles and refurbish them ready for re-sale at discounted prices.

EU students and USW

June 28, 2016

The University has issued a public statement of its current position on EU students and the University.

EU Referendum – How does it affect you?

June 24, 2016

The electorate has voted that the UK should leave the European Union. The presumed process, commencing this Autumn and using Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, should take up to two years.

World Meat Free Day - Monday 13th June

June 8, 2016

Catering Services are supporting World Meat Free Day to raise awareness of food security issues linked to over reliance on meat. They will be offering alternatives to meat on hot counters at Stilts, Zone, Caerleon and Mingle.

Holiday Playcare Scheme - Treforest Campus

June 7, 2016

Childcare Services on Treforest Campus run a Holiday Playcare Scheme at the Playcentre and provides quality full-time and part-time holiday care for children aged 3-12 years with a fun-filled itinerary.

Summer 2016 Opening Hours

June 1, 2016

If you’re staying around the main University campuses over the summer break you’ll need to know what services and facilities are open during the vacation.

Weekly News Highlights from UniLife - 27th May

May 27, 2016

Friday already!
With a Bank Holiday ahead, and with it the prospect of some extra time to spare, here are a few items the UniLife team have selected for your reading pleasure this weekend…

Free Health & Wellbeing Courses for Carers and those with long term health problems

May 25, 2016

EPP (Education Programme for Patients) Wales provides a range of self-management health and wellbeing courses and workshops for people living with a health conditions or for those who care for someone with a health condition.

They are offering a number of free Health and wellbeing sessions in the Cardiff area, for people living with long term health problems and people caring for a friend or relative.

Phishing Email - University of South Wales students targetted

May 25, 2016

IT Support has received reports of a convincing phishing email campaign targeting University of South Wales students. The email contains a link that redirects users to a fake web page that is a copy of the University’s login page.

'Phishing’ is an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as passwords and credit card details for malicious reasons, by pretending to be a trustworthy entity, in this case the University.

Weekly News Highlights from UniLife - 20th May

May 20, 2016

Everyone’s got their head deep in exams and assessments at the moment, but other things are still going on in the outside world!
Here are a few items the UniLife team picked up on this week.

Counselling appointments now available

May 18, 2016

The Counselling Service is no longer operating a waiting list system and students are now able to book their own Counselling 1st Appointment online, as well as being able to register for online counselling.

Phishing emails about grants

May 17, 2016

The University has been alerted to the circulation of a new phishing email being sent to some students.

The phishing websites are designed to appear to be associated with the students’ own institution, often reusing branding/logos. The sites try to obtain credit card information, amongst other personal details.

Weekly News Highlights from UniLife - 13th May

May 13, 2016

It’s Friday the 13th today but we don’t believe it’s unlucky because the weekend starts here and the weather forecast is good! If you’ve been hard at work studying for exams then take a few minutes to chill and check out some of the news stories doing the rounds this week

Meningitis Case Confirmed on Campus

May 11, 2016

A first year student studying Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, living in the Treforest halls of residence was admitted to hospital on 10th May 2016 with confirmed meningococcal meningitis/septicaemia.

Rubbish!

May 10, 2016

Coming up to the summer you may be moving out of halls, moving from one shared house/flat to another, or leaving the area entirely as you’ve come to the end of your time at the University.

Weekly News Highlights from UniLife - 6th May

May 6, 2016

While elections are important, it’s good to spend a few minutes now and again thinking about something else.

Here’s a selection of stories that we spotted in the UniLife office this week.

Free Argus newspapers on Fridays

May 6, 2016

From today (Friday 6 May) the South Wales Argus will be providing free copies of their paper to staff and students at Newport City Campus every Friday.

REMINDER: There is a 10mph speed limit on all University campuses

May 3, 2016

This applies to all vehicles including motorbikes and scooters.

The maximum speed limit for vehicles within any campus is 10 miles per hour unless otherwise stated. Vehicles must at all times be driven in accordance with the Highway Code and with due care and consideration for all vehicular traffic, pedestrians, University property and wildlife.

UniLife at risk on Thursday 28th April

April 26, 2016

From noon on Thursday 28th April, UniLife and its associated online channels – such as Careers, Student Money Advice, Student Administration etc. – will be at risk while essential upgrades work is undertaken.

Have you already entered the travel survey? We need to know...

April 25, 2016

Due to an administrative error, initial responses to the Environmental Strategy and Travel Plan survey haven’t noted the name of the people responding. If you want a chance of winning a Kindle Fire for participating, you need to tell the survey organisers.

Complete the USW 2016 Travel Survey for a chance to win a Kindle Fire

April 22, 2016

Travel has been identified as one of the University’s key environmental impacts, as part of our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

In our Environmental Strategy and Travel Plan USW is committed to reducing our travel environmental impact. To do this, first we need to monitor the extent of our impact: to enable us to do this, we have put together a short, five-question travel survey.

Weekly News Highlights from UniLife

April 22, 2016

The weekend is here at last! And so too is our weekly news roundup which contains a variety of USW and South Wales news stories selected for your enjoyment.

Donate Blood on Treforest Campus

April 20, 2016

The Welsh Blood Service will be on Treforest campus to collect blood from 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4,30pm on 26th, 27th and 28th April 2016.

Performance issues with Blackboard and other external websites

April 14, 2016

This post was originally from Thursday 14 April, but on Friday 15 April, the same situation has occurred. Please follow the advice below for updates.

The IT team have notified us that the University is currently experiencing performance issues accessing some internal and many external websites.

New spam/phishing email

April 8, 2016

IT Services is alerting everyone about a new spam/phishing email that has gained attention in the national news.

Digital Learning focus groups - volunteers needed

March 23, 2016

Are you a student in your first or second year? Be involved in a project that will help shape your university’s approach to learning and teaching with technology – and earn a £10 Amazon voucher for your time and contribution.

Student Choice Awards 2016

March 21, 2016

The Students’ Union has now launched its Student Choice Awards 2016. Students are able to nominate staff and Student Representatives for one of the nine awards.

UniLife Weekly News Highlights

March 18, 2016

Here are a few stories we enjoyed in the UniLife office this week, to share with you as we wrap up another term (and unwrap another Easter egg, probably…).

Results Surgeries in the Advice Centres

March 18, 2016

Following the release of your results, advisers are on hand from 10am-4pm on Monday 21st March in your Campus Advice Centre to answer any questions that you have with regards to your results.

Opening hours during the Easter vacation period 2016

March 18, 2016

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 last day of spring term is Friday 18th March, and summer term starts on Monday 11th April.

WWF’s Earth Hour: Saturday 19 March

March 16, 2016

Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 19 March 2016, millions of people across the world will turn off their lights as part of WWF’s Earth Hour – the global celebration of our brilliant planet.

Summer of Student Innovation 2016

March 15, 2016

Do you have a bright idea that uses technology to improve study or student life? Enter the Jisc 'Summer of Student Innovation’ competition and you could win development support and money.

UniLife Weekly News Highlights

March 11, 2016

And finally we reach Friday, with a weekend of sunshine and rugby in store.
But before we say goodbye to the week that’s just gone, here’s a selection of stories that have caught our eye over the last few days in the UniLife office.

Fairtrade Late Breakfast at the Meeting House

March 9, 2016

Immigration & International Student Advice would like to invite USW staff and students to the Fairtrade Late Breakfast at the Meeting House, Treforest Campus at 10am on Friday 11th March 2016.

SVR Elections 2016-17

March 9, 2016

For the first time in USW history, Student Voice Reps (SVRs) will be elected by Course Reps in 2016-17! ALL USW students who will be returning to study in 2016-17 are eligible to stand. Nominations open Monday 7th March at 9am, until Friday 8th April 12pm.

Extenuating Circumstances and 'Fit to Sit'

March 8, 2016

Hopefully your studies are progressing well and nothing is getting in the way of your academic success. However, as you’ll soon be starting to think about submitting your assessments, the University would like to remind you about Extenuating Circumstances.

Hall Wars! Friday 18 March 2016

March 8, 2016

Make a team up from your halls of residence and compete against the rest in aid of Sports Relief – for FREE!

Welsh Assembly Election Hustings on 10 March

March 8, 2016

On 10th March, the Students’ Union is hosting a hustings event with all the political parties of Wales in attendance.

Students and staff will be able to question the parties on their policies ahead of the Welsh Assembly Elections.

UniLife Weekly News Highlights

March 4, 2016

Yay! It’s Friday and if you’re in need of a quick distraction, here are some of the news items spotted by the UniLife team this week…

Keep Your Property Safe

March 4, 2016

South Wales Police are encouraging students to ensure their property is safe while they’re away for the holidays.

UniLife's 'Wise Up!' Competition - Day 5

March 2, 2016

“Never memorize something that you can look up.” – Albert Einstein

It’s Day 5, so it’s the final chance for you to hit that search engine and maybe win one of the last two £10 Amazon vouchers in the UniLife Wise Up! quiz.

UniLife provides you with information and links to all USW’s web pages and services for students. And we’re giving you the opportunity to get smart about how to find answers to questions that might crop up during your time at USW.

Fairtrade Fortnight

March 1, 2016

Everyone’s invited to join in the Big Fairtrade Breakfast, running as part of Fairtade Fortnight, which this year runs from 29 February to 13 March.

UniLife's 'Wise Up!' Competition - Day 4

March 1, 2016

“Never memorize something that you can look up.” – Albert Einstein

Day 4: time to find out yesterday’s winners, get informed and have another go at winning one of two £10 Amazon vouchers in Wise Up! – our daily UniLife quiz competition.

UniLife provides you with information and links to all USW’s web pages and services for students. And we’re giving you the opportunity to get smart about how to find answers to questions that might crop up during your time at USW.

UniLife's 'Wise Up!' Competition - Day 3

February 29, 2016

“Never memorize something that you can look up.” – Albert Einstein

Day 3: time to find out who won yesterday, to flex that know-how muscle and have another chance to win one of two £10 Amazon vouchers in Wise Up! – the UniLife daily quiz competition.

UniLife provides you with information and links to all USW’s web pages and services for students. And we’re giving you the opportunity to get smart about how to find answers to questions that might crop up during your time at USW.

UniLife's 'Wise Up!' Competition - Day 2

February 26, 2016

We’re on Day 2 of our Wise Up! quiz. Find out who won yesterday’s competition, have another chance to show off your search skills – and maybe win one of two £10 Amazon vouchers.

UniLife provides you with information and links to all USW’s web pages and services for students. And we’re giving you the opportunity to get smart about how to find answers to questions that might crop up during your time at USW.

UniLife's 'Wise Up!' Competition - Day 1

February 25, 2016

“Never memorize something that you can look up.” – Albert Einstein

UniLife provides you with information and links to all USW’s web pages and services for students. And we’re giving you the opportunity to get smart about how to find answers to questions that might crop up during your time at USW.

Over the next week, we’re running a series of quiz rounds – with a couple of questions each day – and will give away two £10 Amazon vouchers in each round.

Study Skills Survey Research Project: please can you help?

February 19, 2016

A group of Final Year students are undertaking a research project on USW’s Study Skills’ online learning tools, to find out what influences students’ intentions on using the Study Skills online resources. Students from across the student community are invited to participate and contribute to the project.

Alan Salisbury: A Retrospective

February 18, 2016

Everyone is invited to attend the next University of South Wales art exhibition opening event and book launch in Oriel y Bont, Tŷ Crawshay, at 6-8pm on Wednesday 2 March 2016.

Help a Hedgehog

February 18, 2016

This year a lot of hedgehogs are already coming out of hibernation, even though the weather is still too cold and wet for them to survive.

Weekend Read: Local News & USW Stories

February 12, 2016

A few moments of diversion for you from your UniLife team, before we we all start the rugby-fixated, red-rose-and-chocolate-laden abundance that is the weekend before us…

Chinese New Year Food Specials

February 8, 2016

Celebrate the year of the monkey with delicious Chinese food at the Atrium, Caerleon Food Court, City Campus and Stilts.

Weekend Read: Local News & USW Stories

February 5, 2016

While we have a few minutes before all the rugby (or the anything-else-to-avoid-the-rugby-at-all-costs) gets going, here’s a quick diversion with some of the news items spotted this week in the UniLife office…

  1. USW Stories
  2. Local News
    1. Cardiff
    2. Newport
    3. Pontypridd

UniLife Weekly News Highlights

January 29, 2016

So it’s Friday.
Wet-through, and buffeted by the wind, it’s time to kick back with a hot drink and check out some of the stories that we picked up on this week in the UniLife office.

Caution Advised After Cathays Burglary

January 26, 2016

South Wales Police Cardiff Student Liaison team is encouraging students living in the Cathays area of Cardiff to be particularly vigilant about keeping their property safe.

UniLife Weekly News Highlights

January 22, 2016

So it’s Friday. Time to kick back and look back over the week that just was.
Here’s a selection of stories that have caught our eye this week in the UniLife office.

Stay safe at Uni

January 22, 2016

South Wales Police are in the Treforest Library today with advice on how to keep yourself and your property safe.

National Student Survey 2016 Is Happening Now

January 18, 2016

The National Student Survey is happening now with over 4,500 students at USW eligible to take part. If you’re an undergraduate student in your final year please check your student email account for your invitation.

UniLife Weekly News Highlights

January 15, 2016

Brrr . . . the weather is definitely getting colder, so it’s time to wrap up, make yourself a nice hot cuppa and enjoy the selection of stories that have caught our eye this week.

Caution Advised on Taff Trail at Night

January 13, 2016

The Police are investigating two indecent exposures on the Taff Trail which happened on the evening of Saturday 9th January and on the night of Monday 11th.

NEW: Weekend Round-up: Local News & USW Stories

January 8, 2016

It’s the weekend! We thought you might be in need of distractions and procrastination opportunities, so here are some stories we hope you’ll enjoy:

  1. USW Stories
  2. Local News
    1. Cardiff
    2. Newport
    3. Pontypridd

Sports and Gym Options at USW

January 8, 2016

USW has two sports centres, numerous sports teams and clubs and plenty of opportunity to get involved, keep fit and get competitive.

Ongoing Printer Issue

January 6, 2016

IT Services are working with our printing supplier to resolve a current issue whereby print jobs for both staff and students are being partially completed.

Graveyard Voices on iTunes U

December 14, 2015

The first three in a series of ‘Graveyard Voices’ podcast episodes have been published by USW on iTunes U.

Panopto unavailable Friday 11 December

December 9, 2015

Panopto will be unavailable for several hours from 4.30pm on Friday 11th December for essential system updates and the service will be considered to be ‘at risk’ for the following few days.

Opening hours during the Christmas vacation period 2015/16

December 9, 2015

The Autumn Term ends on Friday 11th December 2015, and Spring Term begins on Monday 4 January 2016.

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

Disruption to Internet Access on Campus

December 8, 2015

(last updated at 5pm, 8/12/15)

UPDATE: Internet based services have now been restored. JANET, our internet service provider, have advised the security configuration change has been applied and no further issues have been observed. Internet based services should all be back to normal. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

CRITICAL BLACKBOARD MAINTENANCE - 5.30pm Thursday 3rd December

December 3, 2015

As part of an on-going investigation into a technical issue with Blackboard
it will be necessary to perform a further re-start of the Blackboard servers today,Thursday 3rd December at 17.30 at which time the service will be unavailable.

CRITICAL BLACKBOARD MAINTENANCE - 5pm Tuesday 1st December

December 1, 2015

As part of an on-going investigation into a technical issue with Blackboard it will be necessary to perform a re-start of the Blackboard servers today,
Tuesday 1st December at 17.00 at which time the service will be unavailable.

Organ Donation - New Law

November 30, 2015

A new law making organ donation opt-out comes into force from December 1st in Wales.

Book launch by USW Creative Writing Lecturer

November 27, 2015

Barrie Llewelyn, Course Leader for English and Creative Writing (Treforest) in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences has a new collection of her short stories entitled Gather Gold and Other Stories published by Opening Chapter this month.

Have your say at the USW Students' Union AGM

November 25, 2015

The USW Students’ Union AGM will take place on Thursday 26th of November at 6pm in Eclipse at the Students’ Union in Treforest. (Don’t forget your Student ID card on the day.)

Treforest Health Centre will be Closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays

November 18, 2015

This news item is no longer current. The Treforest Health Centre is now open again for business on both Tuesdays (9am – 4pm) and Thursday (9am – 12.30)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Health Centre at Treforest will be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice.

Buy a present for a local child in need this Christmas

November 13, 2015

The Santa Appeal is an annual campaign organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Council which relies on generous donations of gifts from the public. These are then distributed to local children including those who are vulnerable and looked after.

Emergency Safe Taxi Scheme from Cardiff

November 13, 2015

An emergency Safe Taxi Scheme is now available for students who need a taxi from Cardiff to their student residence, hospital, or police station in the local area, Treforest or Newport.

Protect your bike!

November 12, 2015

There have been several reports of bike thefts due to poor quality locks.

CANCELLED: Train Strike Disruptions in South Wales

November 11, 2015

The train strike has been suspended. All Arriva Trains Wales Services are now expected to operate as normal.

  • There will be a train strike on Thursday and Friday. All Arriva Trains Wales services will be cancelled. No bus replacements will be in operation.
  • It is our intention to provide a normal service. The University is working to enable you to learn as much as normal.
  • Please allow additional travel time.
  • If you’re unable to attend, please talk to your Advice Centre or your lecturers about what to do about deadlines or missed classes

Let Paul Robeson Sing! Exhibition at The Meeting House

November 10, 2015

To continue last month’s ‘Black History Month’ celebrations, all this week at The Meeting House we have an exhibition commemorating the life of actor, singer, athlete and social activist, Paul Robeson.

BBC Generation 2016

November 2, 2015

The BBC are on the lookout for young people (18-24) to contribute to BBC Wales programmes in the run-up to the assembly elections – the project is called BBC Generation 2016.

MBCT Mindfulness Drop-Ins

October 19, 2015

****update April 2016***
Please note these these sessions are no longer running

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The University is running MBCT (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy) drop-in sessions. MBCT can enhance physical and emotional well-being, and improve resilience, focus and concentration.

Phd...The Movie(s)!

October 14, 2015

The Graduate Research Office is excited to invite you to a screening on October 28th of two of Jorge Cham’s films and their hilarious take on Higher Education as a PhD Student.

Here’s the event on facebook.

Council Tax: save yourself £100s! Get your Council Tax Exemption Certificate now.

October 13, 2015

If you live in university halls or in a house where everyone is classed as a full-time student for Council Tax purposes you’re exempt from paying Council Tax. At some point you’ll probably have to prove to the council that you’re exempt. This is easily done, but only if you have a Council Tax Exemption Certificate issued by the University.

Google Drive

October 12, 2015

USW students get Google Drive as part of their student account.

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

Have We Got Your Details Right?

October 8, 2015

  • Please check our records about you:
    • Check that your name is correct – it should match the way it appears in your passport exactly
    • Check your contact address.
    • Check your course and module information.
  • If there are any errors, please make sure they are corrected
  • Errors that are not corrected could mess up your exam timetable or lead to other problems.

Buses - Getting Around

October 8, 2015

If you’re a new student you may not be familiar with the bus services that operate to and between campuses.

Freshers' To-Do List - Refresher!

October 5, 2015

Most freshers will have started their course by now and done many of the things students need to do to settle into student life. But there’s a lot to remember and it can be easy to miss something, so 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.

Course Rep Elections 2015-16

October 5, 2015

Becoming a Course Rep is a great way to make positive changes to learning and teaching for current and future students.

Hall Wars

October 2, 2015

Hall Wars – Treforest Sports Centre Sunday 11th October 2015 (2-6pm)

Please Continue to Stay Safe

September 30, 2015

You will no doubt be aware of the three sexual assaults in Cardiff last week, and the arrest of suspects in two of those cases. Even though arrests have been made, personal safety awareness continues to be important – and not just for women.

Treforest Sport Centre Instructional Courses - Sign up TODAY!

September 29, 2015

Treforest Sport Centre’s very popular Instructional Courses programme starts on Monday 5th October. The courses aim to teach you something new every week. Courses run for between 2-5 weeks and they are great fun so sign up today. Why not bring a friend along?

Please Read: Meningitis Case Confirmed

September 29, 2015

A first year student living in halls of residence at Treforest was admitted to hospital on 28th September with confirmed meningococcal meningitis/septicaemia.

Meningitis Booster/ ACWY Vaccinations

September 29, 2015

  • If you’re under 25 and a first year student, please make sure you’ve had a Meningitis booster vaccination.
  • Contact your GP to get the vaccination.
  • Please register with a GP near your term address if you haven’t already done so.
  • In addition, please register with the USW Health Service if you want to access healthcare on-campus. This is not the same as registering with a GP. Our Health Service can help you find a local GP to register with.

CARDIFF ASSAULTS / UPDATE

September 28, 2015

USW is aware that an individual has been arrested and charged in connection with a serious sexual assault in Cardiff on Thursday. As this is the subject of an ongoing police investigation, it is not appropriate to comment further. The University continues to offer South Wales Police the University’s full support and cooperation.

Errors in UniLife / Enrolment Status Info - Resolved

September 23, 2015

This morning (Wednesday 23rd September), UniLife was affected by a data transmission problem between student records and the portal. As a result, some students may have encountered incorrect information (e.g. by seeing enrolment banners despite having already enrolled). This error has now been resolved.

Assessments Submitted in Welsh where the Language of the Teaching is English

September 22, 2015

In line with the University’s regulations on Assessment through the Medium of Welsh, students who are studying courses where the language of teaching is English are permitted to submit assessments in Welsh, both coursework assessments and examinations.

Yn y Gymraeg

Cyflwyno asesiadau'n Gymraeg mewn modiwl Saesneg

September 22, 2015

Yn unol â rheoliadau’r Brifysgol ar Asesu trwy Gyfrwng y Gymraeg, mae hawl gan fyfyrwyr, sy’n astudio cyrsiau lle mai Saesneg yw’r iaith addysgu, i gyflwyno aseiniadau yn Gymraeg, a hynny ar gyfer asesiadau gwaith cwrs ac arholiadau.

Student Loans Scams

September 21, 2015

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

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.

Living In Shared Accomodation

September 17, 2015

If you’re moving into student halls or a shared house for the first time you’re in for an interesting time!

Sports and Gym Options at USW

September 16, 2015

USW has two sports centres, numerous sports teams and clubs and plenty of opportunity to get involved, keep fit and get competitive.

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.

Lido Ponty Now Open - Free Admission

September 14, 2015

Lido Ponty is an outdoor swimming attraction, only half an hour’s walk from the Pontypridd campuses, and admission is currently free.

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.

When Will I get My Student Loan?

September 10, 2015

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

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?

Budgeting for Freshers

September 7, 2015

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.

Storytelling Suppers

September 7, 2015

Storytelling suppers – food and entertainment in Cardiff.

Criminals Catch Out One in Three Students - Don't Be The One!

September 2, 2015

It is estimated that one third of students in the UK become victims of crime at some point during their degree, mainly theft and burglary. Of these crimes, about 20% of student robberies occur in the first six weeks of the academic year, according to The Complete University Guide.

Finding a Student Job

August 28, 2015

A student job can be useful to avoid debt, gain valuable work experience and help you achieve a nicer lifestyle.

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.

Student Discounts and Freebies

August 25, 2015

You’re probably keen to get the most for the money available to you. Fortunately, there are many student discounts available and some things are even free.

Getting Started with USW's Mobile Apps

August 24, 2015

The University of South Wales has several apps for phones and tablets that can help freshers get quickly up to speed with University Life.

Sports Team Trials: Sign Up Now

August 19, 2015

If you’d like to represent the University at a competitive team sport, you can now register for the trials!

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

August 18, 2015

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' Tickets, Wristbands, Carnage, and more

August 17, 2015

Looking forward to freshers' fortnight? So are we!

Freshers' To-Do List

August 14, 2015

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.

Welcome, 2015 Freshers!

August 3, 2015

Hello to all of our new students!

Diagnostic Assessments for Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulty During Summer

June 29, 2015

The University’s Disability & Dyslexia Service (DDS) are pleased to offer dyslexia/specific learning difficulty assessments over the summer months. These are open to prospective students of University of South Wales or those on their way to other universities, to ensure that support can be in place for the start of the new term.

Results Online

June 24, 2015

For many students end of course results will be released on the 24th June 2015 and end of year results will be released on the 25th June 2015 via the Results Service.

You Said, We Are Doing... Learning from Appeals and Complaints

June 23, 2015

The University is always keen to learn from student feedback and improve what we do. Each year the University undertakes a review of the complaints and appeals it receives from its students. Below is a summary of some of the changes made following the latest review.

FREE Law Resources

June 22, 2015

Taylor Francis Online are offering some law resources free until the end of August.

Food Collections - Treforest Area

June 3, 2015

Collection of unwanted food, cleaning products and toiletries to support local charities – and help you clean out before leaving Uni for summer.

Upcoming Academic Dates and Important Reminders

May 22, 2015

The exams are over and many students will soon be leaving for summer. Congratulations if you’re graduating this year! Everyone else, please make a few notes in your diary so you remember to come back!

Rubbish!

May 20, 2015

Coming up to the summer you may be moving out of halls, or moving from one shared house or flat to another, or leaving the area entirely as you’ve come to the end of your time at the University.

Create 2015 - Creative Showcase

May 19, 2015

The University would like to invite all USW students to the private launch event for the Create/Creu 2015 Graduate Showcase at our Cardiff Campus on 29th May.

End-of-year Worries?

May 5, 2015

As final deadlines approach and the exams are just starting, you might be feeling a bit daunted by the pressure of the end of the academic year.

Student Markets - Earn Some Cash!

May 5, 2015

The Bright Ideas Team has organised a series of student markets. These are an excellent opportunity to develop your business skills and make some money!

Do You Have an Idea That Could Improve Teaching at USW?

April 27, 2015

If you have an idea for a project that will improve learning and teaching at the University, you can bid for a Learner Innovation Grant to turn your idea into reality. Those who successfully bid for a grant can be paid for up to 100 hours per project, at a rate of £7.50 per hour, to develop a specific aspect of learning and teaching practice.

Student Led Teaching Awards

April 15, 2015

Closing date for nominations is 29th April 12pm.

The Student Led Teaching Awards allow students to nominate USW teaching staff or other students who have made a real difference to their learning and development. The awards have been running for three years and allow students to recognise innovative and inspiring teaching practices.

Beware: don't waste your money! Don't get fined!

March 31, 2015

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

Student Mentors Recognised at Award Ceremony

March 26, 2015

An award ceremony was held recently to recognise the dedication of USW Student Mentors. The Student Mentors were presented with certificates and gift vouchers at a fun event held at the Meeting House on the Treforest campus, organised with help from the Super Mentors and mentoring committee members.

Opening hours during the Easter vacation period 2015

March 25, 2015

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 last day of spring term is Friday 27th March, and summer term starts on Monday 20th April.

The University will be closed starting on Friday 3rd April and will reopen on Wednesday 8th April. This covers all campuses, buildings and services, except student halls and campus security.

Exposure USW - Broadcasting Now!

March 19, 2015

Exposure is a student-run third year multiplatform project which combines TV, radio, multimedia and journalism.

Concept

March 16, 2015

Concept 2015 is an intense, four day programme which gives you the opportunity to work on a live advertising brief.
It tests your creativity, team working skills and presentation skills.

International Women's Day at USW

March 5, 2015

The University has put together a variety of interesting stories and features to celebrate International Women’s Day (8th March):

Finding a Place to Live

March 4, 2015

Already Started looking for somewhere to live for next academic year? UniLife has some helpful links.

Good practice for all users of Multi –functional printing devices

March 2, 2015

To provide the best possible service to our users, and ease access to printing facilities, the University provides its printing service via a system that stores/transfers print requests to a central print queue. These Universal print queues allow users to release print jobs on any listed multi-functional device on any Campus.

Free Microsoft Office for USW Students

February 25, 2015

For the first time, IT Services is providing Microsoft Office to staff and 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 to best prepare you for your work. As long as you’re a student at USW, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

Pyramid Selling Schemes - Be Cautious

February 23, 2015

The University has been made aware that a pyramid selling / multi-level marketing company, Vemma, is trying to recruit students on campus. Student Voice Reps have raised concerns about this company with the University.

Referencing at the University of South Wales

February 12, 2015

The Students’ Union have asked the University to remind students of the USW referencing policy. The University has an agreed approach to referencing that should be used at the University and its partner colleges. This is part of the University’s formal policies and applies to all students.

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day

February 11, 2015

Wednesday 18th of February is national University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day, to mark the occasion University of South Wales are planning events across each of our Pontypridd, Cardiff and Newport regions.

Know the Score – Drink Less, Enjoy More (or miss the rugby...)

February 10, 2015

South Wales Police are highlighting the consequences of excessive alcohol for individuals , who could be turned away from premises or even fined, in a new campaign backed by the Welsh Rugby Union which will run for the rest of the year and starts ahead of the Six Nations rugby tournament.

Mature undergraduate students needed for focus group

February 4, 2015

Update: 10/02/2015 – places on the focus group have now been filled

Are you a mature undergraduate student? Would you be interested in sharing your experiences of applying to university with the University’s Marketing and Student Recruitment Department?

University photo shoot – students required

February 4, 2015

Update: 10/02/2015 – places on the photo shoot have now been filled

The University is doing a photo shoot on Wednesday 11th February 2015 for some of its marketing and student recruitment campaigns.

Improved Printing

January 20, 2015

To respond to student feedback via Student Voice Reps and the National Student survey, whereby students felt queues at some printers were too long, the University now provides its printing services via a system that stores/transfers print requests to a central print queue.

PC Booking Online

January 7, 2015

Students are able to book PCs using our PC Booking webpage, for study sessions of up to 2 hours at numerous locations.

Protect Your Expensive Presents!

January 6, 2015

Did you get a shiny new phone for Christmas? Or maybe a new bike to help with the morning trek into University or a laptop to help you with your course work? It’s that time of year when we all get the chance to show off the new gear we may have accumulated over the festive period – but we need to take care of them.

Singers Required for Opera Choir

January 5, 2015

First Campus have secured heritage lottery funding to stage a community music project. They are looking for choristers to sing in a staging of The Archaeologist’s Wife at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on the 9th and 10th April and Tredegar House on the 11th and 12th April.

Direct Debit Payments - Amended Policy

December 18, 2014

Students paying their own fees can choose between several payment methods. One of these is to pay by Direct Debit, which, according to the Fee Payment Policy and Procedure published before the start of this academic year, incurred an admin fee of £25.00.

Print Queue Improvements as a Result of Feedback

December 11, 2014

As a result of feedback requests, the length of time a print job stays in the (Pharos) print queue has been extended from two hours to four hours for students on all campuses.

Opening hours during the Christmas vacation period 2014/15

December 10, 2014

The Autumn Term ends on Friday 12th December 2014, and Spring Term begins on Monday 5th January 2015.

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

"Outstanding balances" on UniLife homepage

November 28, 2014

The Revenue Unit will be invoicing some student cohorts today, 28th November 2014. After the invoices have been applied to the student accounts, the team will then need to match the payments that students have made against the invoices.

Blackboard Mobile Learn free to USW students

November 28, 2014

Since July 2014, the University has been covering the cost of students’ (and staff) use of Blackboard Mobile Learn, an app which lets you access much of the functionality of Blackboard on mobile devices. The app is available for Apple, Android and Blackberry products. Downloading the app has always been free, but prior to July, users had to pay to access USW course materials through the app.

CANCELLED MBCT Drop-in on 21st November

November 19, 2014

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances there will be no lunchtime MBCT Drop-in meditation at Treforest on Friday 21st November 2014.

Struggling with University life?

November 18, 2014

If you find yourself struggling, you’re not alone. University life comes with some unique challenges, and this time of year, with short days, grim weather, and a tendency for money to run out, can pile on additional strains.

Wales Arts Therapies Logo Design Competition

November 18, 2014

Due to the recent name change of WATAF (Wales Arts Therapies Advisory Forum), the organisation would like to invite USW students to design a new logo for the purposes of its public representation and marketing.

Suspected Scam Charity Collections in Treforest

November 17, 2014

The University, Trading Standards and local police have been made aware that suspicious 'charity’ collectors have approached students in Treforest, supposedly collecting for the deaf and mute.

Remembrance Day Service 2014 at the University of South Wales

November 11, 2014

Remembrance Day is held on 11th November every year to mark the day that World War One ended in 1918. In the UK, there is a two minute silence to remember those who fell. In 2014 we also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of this terrible conflict, in which almost 1,000,000 British service personnel lost their lives.

Study Stress Workshops

November 10, 2014

University life stressful? Worried about a test or exam? Can’t study? Anxious about a presentation?

The Chaplaincy

November 10, 2014

The Chaplaincy is a wide-ranging service covering all campuses. It is available to all students whatever their faith, belief or outlook.

USWSU - University of South Wales Students' Union

November 5, 2014

The University of South Wales Students’ Union (USWSU) lets you seek representation, meet new friends, play sport, socialise during the day and night, gain employment and have your voice heard.

Students' Union Survey - Have Your Say!

November 4, 2014

Your SU needs your feedback to forward on to the Quality Assurance Agency. Recommendations will be issued for the University so your views will be listened to.

Remembrance Day 2014 at the University of South Wales

November 4, 2014

Remembrance Day is held on 11th November every year to mark the day that World War One ended in 1918. In the UK, there is a two minute silence to remember those who fell. In 2014 we also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of this terrible conflict, in which almost 1,000,000 British service personnel lost their lives.

Microsoft Vulnerability

October 23, 2014

A Microsoft Windows vulnerability is currently being exploited via the internet by malicious hackers. Until a fix is available from Microsoft, IT Support would like to remind you to be very careful when opening documents originating from untrusted sources (e.g. via the web or email). In this case it particularly involves PowerPoint or Word documents.

Campus Changes link move

October 21, 2014

The Campus Changes link near the top left of the UniLife homepage will soon be removed.

Students' Union Council Elections Postponed

October 21, 2014

Due to technical difficulties, the Student’s Union’s Executive Committee have taken the decision to cancel the current Student Council elections. The elections will now be re-run at the earliest convenient opportunity.

British Legion – Launch of the Annual Poppy Appeal

October 20, 2014

This week marks the launch of the British Legion’s annual poppy appeal. One of the University’s team of newly appointed Student Voice Representatives will be taking part in the launch.

Ebola Advice

October 15, 2014

As the current Ebola outbreak continues to be a concern, the UniLife Team have added a link about Ebola to the UniLife A-Z.

Take part in the Live Well University Travel Challenge!

October 8, 2014

Sign up for the Live Well University Travel Challenge to reduce your carbon footprint by using more sustainable transport Between 13 October and 7 November and be in with a chance of winning some exciting prizes.

Yn y Gymraeg

Her Teithio Prifysgol Byw’n Dda

October 8, 2014

Nod yr Her yw cael cymaint â phosibl o bobl i deithio i brifysgol yn gynaliadwy – ar feic, ar droed, ar drafnidiaeth gyhoeddus neu drwy rannu car.

South Wales Undie Run

October 3, 2014

The Students’ Union is organising an Undie Run to raise money for cancer research, as part of the nationwide “Stand Up To Cancer” campaign.

Watch-Africa 2014

September 30, 2014

Watch-Africa 2014 is a festival of African films, with screenings, Q&As, workshops and other special events taking place across Wales from 13th September.

Police Appeal for Information after Assaults in Cathays

September 24, 2014

Police in Cardiff are appealing for information following an assault on a group of people which occurred at around 1.00am this morning (Wednesday 24th September) near Ruthin Gardens in the Cathays area of the city.

MyNewport to be switched off

September 23, 2014

To further improve the student experience and align the routes of student communication, the MyNewport portal will be decommissioned very shortly.

Race Equality Project

September 19, 2014

The University of South Wales has been chosen to take part in a pilot phase for the new Race Equality Charter Mark. The aim of the project is to identify any additional barriers encountered by ethnic minority staff and students at the university and to work towards reducing those barriers.

Changes to eduroam

September 17, 2014

Eduroam is a wifi service that is provided at the majority of higher education institutions that allows staff and students to obtain a wireless service at any participating institution.

What you need to know about becoming a Student Voice Representative

September 12, 2014

The University knows that students’ contributions to the management and development of their courses is a major advantage – so it invests in a scheme called Student Voice Representatives.

Yn y Gymraeg

Beth sydd angen gwybod am fod yn Gynrychiolydd Llais Myfyrwyr

September 12, 2014

Cred y Brifysgol fod mewnbwn myfyrwyr ar reolaeth a datblygiad eu gwobrau yn hynod bwysig. Felly, mae’r Brifysgol wedi buddsoddi mewn system o Gynrychiolwyr Llais Myfyrwyr.

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.

Ebola Update and Current Advice

September 11, 2014

The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has been widely reported in the media. While the risk to students is very low, it’s understandable if the widespread media coverage has made people a bit more concerned ahead of the new academic year.

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.

Inquiry into new psychoactive substances ("legal highs")

September 4, 2014

The National Assembly for Wales’s Health and Social Care Committee is currently looking into the issue of new psychoactive substances – also known as legal highs – in Wales.

Yn y Gymraeg

Ymchwiliad i sylweddau seicoweithredol newydd ("cyffuriau penfeddwol cyfreithlon")

September 4, 2014

Mae Pwyllgor Iechyd a Gofal Cymdeithasol Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru yn ystyried sylweddau seicoweithredol newydd – a gânt eu galw hefyd yn gyffuriau penfeddwol cyfreithlon (neu “legal highs”) – yng Nghymru.

Setting up your new email account

September 4, 2014

As announced previously, the new email service is now up and running. One of the improvements is that all students can now use a university email address based on their name, rather than their enrolment number. If you have not previously had that option, you will shortly be receiving an email with the details of the email addresses available for you to use.

USW now has a free Blackboard app!

July 30, 2014

USW students can now access Blackboard Mobile™ Learn at no cost. If you have an eligible smartphone, you can now use it to access your grades, assessments, handouts, assignments, and more.

Important information for today’s (15/7/14) Graduation Ceremonies

July 15, 2014

The Highways Agency has informed the University that there is a burst water main on Park Street, Treforest (near the Otley pub) that is causing traffic disruption. The University is aware of this and if necessary will adjust the start time of this morning’s ceremony accordingly.

Your chance to let the University know what you think!

June 27, 2014

The University is asking undergraduate students who aren’t in their final year to offer feedback through the Internal Student Survey. The survey’s results are fed into action plans to improve your experience at university.

Changes to Student Email and the Unified Student Portal (UniLife)

June 25, 2014

IT Services is currently preparing to introduce a new unified email service to our students utilising a cloud solution from Google. As part of this project we will be migrating the previous Glamorgan and Newport accounts and data into a new University of South Wales registered service.

Edited (01/08/14) to highlight: It will be necessary to stop the current email services and all other Google-provided services (e.g. your online file storage in Google Drive and your Google calendar) for a 2-week period starting on the 11th August, with the new service being available from Tuesday 26th August. If you need to access any information that’s currently in your email or online storage account during that period, please transfer it to another service in advance of the stoppage.

The Google service will provide you with an email account, a calendar, 30GB of storage space and a number of other services that can be accessed from any location and any device.

Changes to Room Numbers on our Campuses

June 10, 2014

Room numbers across the whole Glyntaff campus and some buildings in Treforest will change in July. This will make it easier to identify the building from the room number.

Internal Student Survey 2014

May 13, 2014

The University’s annual Internal Student Survey (ISS) has been launched and most non-final year undergraduate students are warmly invited to take part – if you’re eligible, you’ll have been sent an e-mail with your password for the survey.

Update about the burglaries in Treforest

May 1, 2014

Over the past few weeks there have been reports of burglaries within the Treforest area. The police have announced that two males have been arrested in connection with the burglaries and the investigation is ongoing.

Turnitin backlog cleared

April 30, 2014

Turnitin and TurnitinUK have recovered from the backlog of submissions and is now working normally.

Turnitin is up and running again: deadline update

April 29, 2014

Turnitin have confirmed that submission speeds have returned to normal and student work may now be submitted. However, you may experience some delays in receiving originality reports as Turnitin work to process the backlog.

UniLife search engines continue to run 'at risk'

April 24, 2014

The UniLife search engines were disrupted unexpectedly over the Easter bank holiday weekend. This has now been fixed. We’re sorry if you were unable to find information you were looking for during the disruption.

Recommendation to change your passwords on all websites you use

April 10, 2014

The BBC reports that tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw. The security flaw (called the “Heartbleed Bug”) has been affecting SSL encryption – the tool used to keep your email account, online banking, and personal details secure on the web. According to one estimate, up to two thirds of all secure websites in the world were affected by the vulnerability.

GO Wales Competition: Win an iPad Air

April 9, 2014

If you’re graduating this year, share your best University experience by uploading a photo and you could be in with a chance to Win a 32GB iPad Air with case!

Yn y Gymraeg

GO Wales Cystadleuaeth: Ennill iPad Air

April 9, 2014

Os ydych chi’n graddio eleni, rhannwch eich profiad gorau o’r brifysgol gyda ni trwy lwytho ffotograff a bydd cyfle gennych i ennill iPad Air 32GB gyda chês!

Police Information Appeal

April 7, 2014

Sometime overnight into the early hours of Sunday 6th April 2014 two burglaries occurred in the Park Street area.

Opening hours during the Easter vacation period 2014

April 4, 2014

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 from Thursday 17th April until Wednesday 23rd April 2014. This covers all campuses, buildings and services, except student halls and campus security.

UPDATE (10/04/14): In response to student feedback, the IT Services Department has made an arrangement with security staff and the Estates department that the 24hr IT labs (J1 in Treforest and E29 in Caerleon) will remain open over the Easter weekend and throughout the campus closure period. The Library has also extended some opening hours due to student feedback. Please see Easter Opening Hours: Changes in Response to Student Feedback for more information.

Gwobr Arloesedd yr Eisteddfod (Eisteddfod Innovation Prize)

March 21, 2014

Eisteddfod Innovation Prize

If you’ve got an exciting and innovative idea, we want to hear from you as part of a brand new competition, developed for this year’s Carmarthenshire National Eisteddfod.

Yn y Gymraeg

Gwobr Arloesedd yr Eisteddfod

March 21, 2014

Os oes gen ti syniad arloesol a chreadigol, rydym am glywed gen ti mewn cystadleuaeth newydd a chyffrous sy’n rhan o destunau Gwyddoniaeth a Thechnoleg Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Gâr, eleni.

Disabled Parking

March 12, 2014

The University would like to remind staff and students that marked disabled parking areas are only for those individuals who require disabled parking and have the correct permit.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

March 7, 2014

The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey is currently underway (until the 19th June) and we’d be really grateful if all postgraduate students could take part.

British Council 2014 UK-China Student Forum

March 5, 2014

The British Council are offering eight lucky students from the UK a free trip to Beijing, China from 19 – 24 April 2014 to participate in the British Council 2014 UK-China Student Forum. For a chance to participate, please follow the instructions below.

Can you lead a (funded) project to improve learning and teaching at USW?

March 3, 2014

Use your ideas and experiences to impact on future learning with a CELT Learner Innovation Grant. The funding will enable students to be paid for up to 100 hours per project to develop a specific aspect of learning and teaching practice. Each project will be a partnership between students and staff partners.

Donate Blood on Campus in March

February 24, 2014

The Welsh Blood Service will be in the Main Hall, Conference Centre (Treforest campus) on the following days:

Industrial action on 6 February 2014

February 5, 2014

The Trade Unions representing University of South Wales staff have asked their members to take one day of strike action on 6 February 2014.

National Minimum Wage: it applies to students, too!

January 15, 2014

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs department has asked the University to remind students of the National Minimum Wage, to ensure that any students working alongside their studies get paid what they are entitled to.

Access to more online library resources

January 10, 2014

All users at all campuses can now access a range of online library resources that were previously restricted to user groups based on the pre-merger institutions.

Caerleon Campus Travel Alert

January 3, 2014

Due to adverse weather conditions, students are advised to take care when traveling to the University’s Caerleon Campus.

Protect Your Expensive Presents!

January 2, 2014

Did you get a shiny new phone for Christmas? Or maybe a new bike to help with the morning trek into University or a laptop to help you with your course work? It’s that time of year when we all get the chance to show off the new gear we may have accumulated over the festive period – but we need to take care of them.

Struggling with University life?

December 5, 2013

If you find yourself struggling, you’re not alone. University life comes with some unique challenges, and this time of year, with short days, grim weather, and a tendency for money to run out, can pile on additional strains.

Survey - Students' attitudes towards university following a gap year?

December 3, 2013

A researcher at Cardiff University is calling on all undergraduate students to take part in a short, 10 minute survey looking into the effects of a 'gap year’ on students’ attitudes towards university. You do not need to have taken a gap year to take part in this research.

New on UniLife: Your Tools

December 2, 2013

There’s a new link on your UniLife homepage, taking you to a page which lists links to all the interactive online services the University offers.

Extenuating Circumstances - what you need to know

November 27, 2013

Hopefully your studies are progressing well and nothing is getting in the way of your academic success. However, as you’ll soon be starting to think about submitting your assessments, the University would like to remind you of the Extenuating Circumstances regulations.

Twitter Launches Alert Service in UK

November 19, 2013

Twitter has launched its emergency alert system in the UK, allowing organisations such as the police to send messages during emergencies to users who opt in.

Kaspersky issues with Windows 8.1

November 12, 2013

The University’s anti-virus vendor, Kaspersky, has informed us that their current product is not compatible with the latest release of Windows 8.1. They have advised us that a test release will be available in December.

Student Bereavements

November 8, 2013

The University confirmed with sadness on Wednesday the death of a student at our Treforest campus. Out of respect for the wishes of the family, the University will not at this time be identifying the student publicly or giving further information at this stage. There remain no suspicious circumstances and there is no risk to other students.

Incident in Treforest Halls of Residence

November 6, 2013

The body of a student was found in halls of residence on the Treforest campus this morning, Wednesday 6th November. The circumstances surrounding the death do not appear to be suspicious at this stage. There is no risk posed to the safety of other students on campus.

Preventing mould in your home

October 30, 2013

update May 2016

Please note the link below to the Rhondda Cynon Taf Housing Team’s useful guide about reducing dampness and mould is no longer working. You might find the following YouTube video useful in its place. There are also some useful tips available in this blog.

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In an article about problems in student rental properties, letting agents told the new USW student newspaper The Insight that students “generally have no idea about mould, or how to prevent it.”

Halloween 2013

October 28, 2013

Why do we celebrate Halloween? Because it’s fun! Who doesn’t like to play at being a monster, or a little bit naughty, at least for a while?

Weather warning for South Wales

October 27, 2013

Strong winds and rain will affect South Wales overnight and on Monday 28th October. Localised flooding, fallen trees and power outages may occur in some areas.

Need help with IT?

October 25, 2013

The University provides IT support by telephone, online and email and in some locations face to face. Wherever possible the aim is to resolve your query as quickly as possible by providing you with supportive information, remoting into your machine to fix a problem or by scheduling a visit to your desktop.

Competition: Student Life at USW

October 25, 2013

We’ve decided to run a competition that lets you flex your keyboard skills, practise your web-kung-fu, and whip your knowledge of all USW’s web pages and services for students into shape. Over the next week, we’ll run a series of quiz rounds – and give away two £20 Amazon vouchers in each round.

Student Book Review Competition

October 21, 2013

The Library of Wales is a Welsh Government-funded project bringing English-language classics from Wales back to print. Parthian, the publisher of the books, is running a competition for students to write a short review on any Library of Wales title.

Beware of 'Legal Highs'

October 16, 2013

During your time at University there will be lots of new experiences and lots of opportunity to try out new things – some good, some not so good. Among the potentially bad things are 'legal highs’.

Mobile Apps: a seminar series

October 9, 2013

The Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services is running a seminar series which is open to students. If you want to attend any of the seminars, please register through the relevant link below.

Staff are temporarily unable to send emails to certain external email providers

October 3, 2013

Update (4th October): The University’s email domain is no longer block by Microsoft’s email services.

Unfortunately, a University staff email account has been hijacked and used to send large quantities of spam messages to recipients around the world. As a result, the University’s email domain has been blocked by several email providers, including Hotmail, outlook.com and live.com.

Would you like to see a Disability Adviser?

September 23, 2013

The Disability & Dyslexia Service (DDS) are offering drop-in sessions between Monday 23rd September and Friday 18th October for new and returning students. It is an opportunity for you to meet with an Adviser in a confidential environment to discuss your support needs or ask questions about disability funding.

The Morning After The Night Before

September 23, 2013

If you’ve been overindulging in your first few days (or nights) at University you may find yourself dealing with a hangover.

Living In Shared Accomodation

September 18, 2013

If you’re moving into student halls or a shared house for the first time you’re in for an interesting time!

When will I get my student loan/grant?

September 9, 2013

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

This article relates to student loans (maintenance and grants) from the Student Loans Company (SLC) and its regional parts (Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency for Scotland and Student Finance Northern Ireland).

Blackboard upgrade

September 5, 2013

Blackboard has received an upgrade over the summer.

Student Loans Scams

September 3, 2013

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

Freshers: How Will You Get Here?

September 2, 2013

If you’re a new student two of the first things you’ll need to figure out are how to move into your accommodation and how you’ll commute from there to the University itself to attend lectures.

Campus developments update - summer 2013

August 28, 2013

The University’s £130m campus developments programme continues to transform the appearance and quality of our facilities across our five south Wales-based locations.