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February 15, 2019

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Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Courses at the Sports Centre

Instructional Courses starting next week – learn something new with us!


There are still spaces available on our instructional pole fitness, archery, climbing, self-defence and trampolining 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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» Things your lecturers wish you knew

Your lecturers have a great wealth of knowledge when it comes to advice about how to be a successful student, so we have kindly shared a few of their top tips with you.

You can also see these tips on the large digital screens around campus. We have included the three of the tips with some extra information and helpful links here

Education is a journey

Each element of assessment you undertake will shape and test your knowledge and experience. They all contribute to your learning journey.
One bad mark is not the end of the world; make sure you understand your feedback and use it to make improvements for your next assignment. If you are unsure how to do this, ask to speak to your lecturer or contact study skills for support.

Consider your career options early

Keep potential careers that are open to you in mind. Life at university can be very busy so it is a good idea to start thinking about how you develop the graduate attributes employers are looking for.

Key staff in USW Careers are aligned to faculties to provide you with a bespoke service. Find out more information by clicking here.

Contribute in class

Contributing in class gives you the opportunity to explore concepts and allows you to test your understanding of a given topic. Speaking up in class will also give you an excellent experience of expressing yourself in front of others.

It is also vital that you seek clarity if there is anything you do not understand.

Click here to see our other top tips.

‘Things your lecturers wish you knew’ is compiled and created by the Progression Team.

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February 13, 2019

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Racial harassment at university: questionnaire for students

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an enquiry to understand the types of racial harassment experienced at HE institutions.

They would like to hear from any students who have experienced, witnessed or helped in an incident of racial harassment from September 2015 onwards.

The racial harassment survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. You can save your answers at any stage in the survey and come back to it later.

Thank you for taking part.

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February 12, 2019

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Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» How fit are you? FREE Health and Fitness workshop

Sign up for the FREE Health and Fitness workshop at Treforest Sports Centre on Friday 15 February and test your fitness by undergoing the following tests:

• Bleep Test (20 metres)
• VO2 Max score
• Body Fat Analysis
• Height/Weight
• Peak Flow (Lung function)
• Includes a FREE gym training plan

Times 8am, 11.30am or 3.30pm.
All results will be recorded, with a follow up session on Friday 22 March 2019

Book at Treforest reception, call in or phone 01443 482681

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» USW Online Print Store

USW Print and Design’s online print store lets you print and bind work, create custom printed gifts and buy stationery, art and related supplies.

USW Print and Design’s online print store creates accessible print opportunities online for students at the University of South Wales. Simply click on the link, log in, select a print service, upload a file and checkout using a credit/debit card.

Start your journey to print: uswprintanddesign.myprintdesk.net/dsf

We have a wide range of products and services that are affordable, professionally finished and available for collection or delivery. Order online or find us on Central Avenue, Treforest Campus.

Any queries or for further information, please contact the USW Print and Design team.
Call: 01443 483 634
E-mail: print@southwales.ac.uk
Visit: uswprintanddesign.co.uk

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February 8, 2019

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Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Wrap-up Study Tips for a Successful Year

Christmas may feel like a distant memory and New Year’s resolutions might have already gone to pot. But it’s not too late to make this year a success at uni. Wrap-up warm with these study tips to help make the next months as comfortable as possible and stop that bleak mid-winter chill.

Base layer – your thermals!
Our snowman may like to go commando but without these essentials you won’t get far.

  • Check your Uni email account daily (Tip: install an app where you can access personal and uni accounts in one place and to get notifications when you receive emails.)
  • Check Your timetable and any changes and make sure you understand it.
  • Know your deadlines and meet them. Late submission is penalised.
  • Look up reading lists, these are vital. Use FindIt and the library.
  • Check UniLearn (Blackboard) for all course information

Warm coat – weathering the assessment storm
When that wind starts to bite wrap-up with these tips to help keep it at bay!

  • Get things done early, start assignments as soon as they are given. Work first, have fun later. Apply this to everything – essays, coursework, projects, revision. (Tip: Student Development and Study Skills can help with organisation, essay writing, referencing.)
  • Prioritise your work effectively
  • Group work is only effective if you set a plan. Set a goal and manage your time to produce high quality work and achieve the goal in time.
  • Go to Lectures. They aren’t 'optional’. Often material covered provides a basis for later classes or practical work.
  • Remember to back up your work!

Hat, scarf and gloves – don’t leave yourself exposed!
Accessories aren’t an afterthought and neither are these tips.

  • Print off any available lecture notes beforehand.
  • Make your own notes during lectures and reading. (Tip: If you find it hard to make notes quickly, stick to key points and go over examples and other extra information with a friend afterwards.)
  • Ask for notes off someone else or do the reading if you miss a lecture (everyone does occasionally)
  • Read through your notes after the lecture to make sure they’re still legible and make sense.
  • Organise your notes. File them, or keep everything in one notebook. (Tip: Look for a note-keeping application (like MS Office OneNote or Notability for iPad) to store electronic copies/scans of notes.)
  • Ask for feedback. Whether you have done well or not, talk to your lecturer as guidance for your next assignment

If you are feeling unenthusiastic about your course or wondering if university is for you, and these tips aren’t going to do the trick and you would like to talk to someone about this; the following support is available. You may also find the January Blues article helpful.

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February 1, 2019

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» National Student Money Week

Monday 4th February marks the start of National Student Money Week.

To celebrate National Student Money Week, the Student Money Advice Team will be providing advice and support to help you overcome any bad money habits you might have.

The Student Money Advice team will be on campus on the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday 5th Feb, 11.00 – 1.00, Newport, B floor
  • Wednesday 6th Feb, 11.00 – 1.00, Treforest, Library and Student Centre
  • Thurs 7th Feb, 11.00 – 1.00, Upper Glyntaff
  • Fri 8th Feb, 11.00 – 1.00, Atrium

Visit the team, get some advice and maybe grab yourself some freebies!

Enter our competition

We want to hear what your best money saving technique is. Share your best bargain tip on #USWNSMW19 or by emailing money@southwales.ac.uk to be in with a chance of winning a £50.00 Amazon Voucher!

If you’re not able to attend any of the events on the above dates, but have a question on finance and budgeting, the Student Money Advice Team can help. Book an appointment through Advice Zone Online or see here for more information.

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» All Campuses Open Today

Snow Update: all campuses open today.

Estates teams are working hard to ensure all roads and pathways are clear and safe to drive on slowly.

We remind students to be cautious when driving and walking on campus.

On days with snow, UniLife can get very busy and the website can be slow to load, so please check Twitter (@USWunilife) if you have difficulties accessing Unilife.

During inclement weather you are also advised to check Blackboard regularly for any changes to your teaching timetable.

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January 31, 2019

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Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Snow Update

There are no campus closures expected at this time.

Pontypridd Campus is likely to have a small amount of snow and University staff are working hard gritting and maintaining clear routes and paths on campus.

Please make sure you take extra care on and around campus.

Any further updates will be posted on UniLife.

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January 25, 2019

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Appointment Booking

How to book a Student Support Appointment online.

Feedback from Loop has indicated that students are unsure how to book a Student Support appointment online.

Appointments can be booked online with the following services:

Step-by-step guide

Here is a step by step guide to made sure you can confidently book appointments.

1. Log onto UniLife
2. Click on Appointments tab (this takes you to Advice Zone Online)
3. Look for available appointments
4. If you know who you want to speak to (person or service) type that into the search box
5. Find the appointment you want and select 'book’
6. A box will open where you can add any additional details (e.g. access needs), this is optional
7. Select 'Book now’

View the Advice Zone Online video guide.

After you have booked your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation to your University email account. This email will contain all the details you need for your appointment and a ‘check-in code’.

Attending your appointment

When you arrive for your appointment, please enter the check-in code sent in your confirmation email into the designated PC. Your adviser will be notified that you have arrived for your appointment. Please take a seat in the waiting area and wait to be called for your appointment.

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