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March 21, 2018

Glamlife News from Chaplaincy site
Glamlife News from Chaplaincy site
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» Exams and Ramadan - meeting 23rd of March

For the next few years, Ramadan will fall during the exam period. The University has set out ways in which it can support you in observing this holy month whilst meeting the obligations of your exams.

There will be a meeting to inform students of these arrangements immediately after Jummah on Friday 23rd of March at the Meeting House on Treforest Campus. If you are a student who observes Ramadan and you are sitting exams it is important that you attend.

Thank you.

Vaughan Rees
Director of Chaplaincy
University of South Wales
01443 654069

March 20, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Earth Hour: 8.30pm-9.30pm, Saturday 24th March.

Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 24 March, millions of people across the world will turn of their lights as part of WWF’s Earth Hour – the global celebration of our brilliant planet.

University of South Wales is supporting this year’s campaign. We’re committed to taking local action to help tackle global climate change.
On the night, we’ll be turning off all non-essential lights on our campuses during Earth Hour.

You can participate in the event and help us by switching off unnecessary items in your room, flat, house, office area during the hour.

Climate change will have a massive effect on our planet – including all the people, wildlife, and habitats that it supports. Taking part in Earth Hour helps to reduce energy use and associated emissions to the environment. This demonstrates that we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and care about the future of our planet.

So why not take part? You can sign up to Earth Hour as an individual by visiting Earth Hour Wales where you can also add yourself to the Earth Hour map.


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» NSS Race: Who’s in the lead in week 6?

Have you completed the National Student Survey (NSS) yet? It’s really important to the University to get feedback from students; your experience – both what you liked and what you think could be improved – will be used to help shape the future for your fellow students.

The survey is now been running for six weeks and is the most direct way of ensuring real changes are made. If you are in your final year, you will have already received an email about it.

If you’ve not done so already, please Complete the NSS

Back in first place with a lead of just 0.1% is Education, Early Years and Social Work with Design and Digital following closely behind. Production and Performance are in third position but at just over 1% behind the leader, the end-of-year prize is still there for the taking.

The school with the highest response rate when the survey closes will win £2000 for a student activity working with the Students’ Union. Last year the school that won (Education) organised a party for graduating students.

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» Nursing training exercise at Glyntaff car park

This Wednesday (21 March) we will be holding a training exercise for nursing students and Gwent Police probationary officers in the Tramsheds car park in Lower Glyntaff.

You may see ambulances and police cars in the area but please do not be alarmed – it is only an exercise.

Part of the car park outside Tramsheds will be closed from Tuesday evening (20 March) until approximately 1pm on Wednesday (21 March). Alternative parking is available in the lower gravel car park as well as in Upper Glyntaff.  

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March 19, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» University Opening hours over Easter 2018

The last day of spring term is Friday 23rd March and summer term starts on Monday 16th April.

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 starting on Friday 30th March and will reopen on Wednesday 4th April. This covers all campuses, buildings and services, except student halls and campus security. Opening times listed below only apply outside this 5 day closure period.

Easter Bunny Eschews Chocolate Eggs

University-wide services

  • Advice Zones – Advice Zones will be closed on the University closure days. On other days they are open as usual from 8.30am to 4.30pm (weekdays).
  • Student Development and Study Skills Service – offering a selection of tutorial appointments across the campuses for weeks Monday 26th March – Thurs 29th March and Monday 9th April – Friday 13th April. This will be a reduced service , so students need to check availability of these bookable appointments.

Cardiff Campuses

Glyntaff Campuses

  • SU Shop – Closes at 4.30pm on 23rd March, reopens Monday 16th April.

Newport City Campus

Treforest Campus

  • Library – Treforest.
  • USW Print & Design – open usual days and times except during University closure period.
  • Treforest Sport Centre – opening times from 24th March to 16th April are:
    • 24th – 25th March: 10am-5.45pm;
    • 26th – 29th March: 7.45am-10.30pm;
    • 30th March – 3rd April: Closed for Easter;
    • 4th – 15th April: Monday to Friday 7.45am-10.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5.45pm;
    • 16th April – Normal term time hours resume.
  • Students’ Union:
    • Admin 8.30am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday;
    • Catering & Bar – Close after trade on 23rd March, re-open Monday 16th April;
    • Shop – Closes at 9pm on 23rd March, reopens Monday 16th April;
    • Glamorgan Student Letting open hours 9.00 am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday.

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Glamlife News from Health site
Glamlife News from Health site
Health Service News for tag - glamlife
» Health centre closed Thursday 22nd March

Due to staff training there will be NO NURSE available at either Treforest or Newport campus Thurs 22nd March 2018

Please contact NHS WALES DIRECT 0845 46 47

March 18, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» All USW Campuses are open tomorrow, Monday 19th March

All USW Campuses are expected to be open as normal on Monday 19th March.

The Estates teams have worked through the weekend to make sure that key routes are cleared and salted but we’d advise you to take appropriate care when you are driving and walking.

Before you set out, it’s worth checking UniLife, the USW website, or social media from 0700 in case there’s any change from overnight weather.

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» Treforest and Glyntaff Campus Services closed today Sunday 18th March due to snow

The snow is affecting the ability of staff to travel in to Treforest and Glyntaff Campuses, so all non-essential services such as the Sports Centre and Libraries are closed today, Sunday 18th March.

Estates teams are working hard through the day to clear all USW Campuses for normal opening tomorrow. If today’s snow means that we can’t open, we’ll provide updates through the USW website, UniLife and social media. Any changes to assignment deadlines will be communicated via Blackboard.

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March 16, 2018

Unilife News from International site
Unilife News from International site
News for tag - unilife
» Home Office Telephone Frauds and Scams - March 2018

We have, again, been made aware that a number of students have recently been contacted by fraudsters saying that there is a problem with their visa and then trying to extort money from them.

This time the fraudsters have varied their tactic and are asking students to purchase iTunes vouchers to pay to get their visa corrected.

If you are contacted by someone purporting to be from the Home Office or other government agency, please ask for their contact details and tell them you will ask the University’s Immigration & International Student Advice team (IISA) to speak to them on your behalf.

If they refuse to accept this, then it is likely to be a scam, state you will contact the UKVI via the University for verification and then hang up. Please then contact the IISA immediately.

Please do not give out personal or account information to anyone by telephone or email and, if you are not sure, come in to see us in IISA for advice.

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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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 persuaded them to share 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 first two of the tips with some extra information and helpful links here – keep a look out on UniLife and the screens over the coming weeks for more good advice from your lecturers.

A deadline is a deadline

Handing in your work even just a few minutes after the deadline, can adversely affect your marks.

In certain circumstances, students are allowed a further five working days to submit work but this will be capped at 40%. If work is not handed in within the correct timeframes, the assessment will receive 0%.

However, there may be occasions when circumstances outside your control mean you are unable to meet a deadline or take an exam on a particular day. If this is the case then you may be able to apply for extenuating circumstances.

If you are experiencing difficulties and think you need to apply for extenuating circumstances, please contact your Advice Zone as soon as possible.

Don’t leave referencing until last

We know many students add references after they’ve written their assignment, but it is much easier to add your sources as you go. This will help take the pressure off when you are approaching that all-important deadline.

Referencing is a crucial part of your assignment as it indicates where you have used material that did not originate with you. Making sure you reference correctly will help avoid plagiarising someone else’s work.

If you need help with any aspect of referencing, the Student Development and Study Skills Service has a wide range of resources to support you.

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

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