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September 22, 2016

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» Freshers' Guide to... Neighbours

Good relations with your neighbours can help prevent stress and conflicts, so make sure you say hello as soon as you’ve settled in!

Saying hellow with cake is especially friendly

Know your neighbours

  • Introduce yourself. Communities are more secure when people know who lives around them.
  • Exchange contact details. If there’s a problem, it’s better if people can get in touch easily.
  • Keep them in mind. Do you have neighbours in a wheelchair? Don’t obstruct pavements with bin bags any longer than you have to. Student neighbours? Don’t throw a party the night before their exams. Elderly or vulnerable neighbours? Checking in on them during heat waves or very cold weather could make a big, potentially even life-saving difference.

Prevent stress

The most common sources of stressful disagreements among neighbours are…

  • Noise
  • Rubbish (and waste collection issues)
  • Visible mess
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Parking
  • Pets

... which we cover in detail on the Neighbours and Community Living page, along with advice about what to do if you’re having a problem with neighbours.


Don’t forget the closest neighbours: those who share a house with you! See our Freshers’ Guide to Shared Accommodation for a few brief tips and useful links!

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September 21, 2016

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» Freshers' Guide to... Shuttle Buses, and Special Bus Services

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

See the Shuttle Buses page on UniLife for timetables and details!

University Shuttle Buses

The University runs two free shuttle bus services:

  • Treforest – Glyntaff (Sport Centre in Treforest to Lower Glyntaff, outside Elaine Morgan Building)
  • Treforest – USW Sport Park / Tyn y Wern (from outside the Students’ Union in the lay-by next to the Randy Dragon night club, to the lay-by outside the main Sports Park building.)

Students’ Union Buses

This week, the SU is offering Night Buses between Treforest and Cardiff.

Day Trips and Excursions

coach outside ATRiuM

The USW1World trips programme organises excursions and day trips, some by coach, some by train or other transport methods, throughout the year. These are not free, but the costs are kept at a minimum. If you’d like to go on an outing and be social, why not go along?

Free Supermarket Buses (not affiliated with USW)

Several supermarkets offer free bus services which are not affiliated with the University. Nonetheless, these may be useful to students, as they pass near our campuses and through residential areas popular with students.

Find out details on the Shuttle Buses page.

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» Welsh Language Assessment Submission

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:

  1. they inform the University at the start of a module or, at the latest, within four weeks of starting a module that they wish to do so and
  2. the University is able to make the necessary arrangements for marking the work in such a way that academic standards are not compromised.

The University will endeavour to make the necessary arrangements for the marking of work submitted in Welsh but cannot guarantee to be able to do so in relation to all forms of assessment. Students should also discuss their wish to submit work in Welsh with the Module Leader and can seek further advice and guidance from the Welsh Language Unit by e-mailing cymraeg@decymru.ac.uk.


Cyflwyno asesiadau’n Gymraeg mewn modiwl Saesneg

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:

  1. eu bod yn rhoi gwybod i’r Brifysgol ar ddechrau modiwl, neu o fewn pedair wythnos fan hwyraf o ddechrau modiwl, a
  2. bod y Brifysgol yn gallu gwneud y trefniadau angenrheidiol i farcio’r gwaith mewn modd nad yw’n anfanteisio safonau academaidd.

Bydd y Brifysgol yn gwneud ei orau i wneud y trefniadau angenrheidiol i farcio gwaith a gyflwynwyd yn Gymraeg ond ni all warantu ei bod yn gallu gwneud hynny ar gyfer pob math o asesu. Dylai myfyrwyr drafod eu dymuniad i gyflwyno gwaith yn Gymraeg gydag Arweinydd y Modiwl hefyd a chael cyngor ac arweiniad pellach gan yr Uned Iaith Gymraeg trwy e-bostio cymraeg@decymru.ac.uk

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» Scams Targeting Students

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!

If you receive an unexpected email or phone call, be cautious. Fraudsters may try to impersonate the Student Loans Company, the UK Border Agency, the University of South Wales, or other people or institutions, to gain your trust and rip you off.

This is especially common at the start of term, when various types of real payments are being arranged. There have been numerous reports of phishing emails over the last few years, like this recent one on the BBC: Students warned of new 'phishing’ scam.

The Student Safety channel has a list of some of the common types of scams targeting students, and what you can do to avoid getting duped.

IT Services also have advice for dealing with phishing Emails.

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September 20, 2016

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» Freshers' Guide to... Shared Accomodation

If you’re sharing a flat with fellow students for the first time, you’re in for an interesting time!

Living with a group of your peers can be a great experience. You’ll have the chance to make new friends and expand your social circle, experience the camaraderie of spending so much time together and very probably be surprised by seeing how other people really live their lives.

There are challenges too, like sorting out bills, doing your own cooking and making sure your new home is secure. The UniLife page Accommodation: Tips for Shared Living has a lot of useful information on many of these practical issues.

Sometimes more difficult are the inter-personal issues: deciding who does the washing up can be harder than your degree! Check out Save The Student’s Surviving shared living for a more informal article on the topic.

Good luck!

Fresher moving in: interesting times ahead

a clean and tidy kitchen


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September 19, 2016

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» Link for Partner College Students

If you are studying at a Partner College, we’ve created optimised new landing pages for you.

Location of Partner College Students link

USW students who are based in Partner Colleges use some services that are run by the University. However, for the most part, it’ll be the college and its staff supporting our students.

This year, the UniLife team has worked with Partner Colleges to create a solution that will (hopefully) reduce the confusion. The new 'Landing Pages’ act as bridges between UniLife (USW’s student portal) and the websites of the Partner Colleges.

The link to Partner College landing pages is now included in the 'Your Study’ section on the homepage of UniLife. (See illustration). This follows on from being included as “Important Announcement” at the top of UniLIfe during the enrolment period.

If your course is delivered at a Partner College, please visit the pages for USW students at Partner Colleges.

Please make the page for your college your starting point when you need to find out an answer that relates to your student experience.

We’d recommend bookmarking the landing page for your college (if it is included).

Work is ongoing to produce landing pages for those colleges which haven’t been included so far.


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» NUS extra card (+ISIC)

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.

The National Union of Students, of which the University of South Wales Students’ Union (USWSU) is a part, represents students on a national level, so it’s taken seriously in high-level negotiations, and is able to secure some great deals and discounts for its members. To access them you’ll need an NUS extra card.

All students who purchase an NUS extra card will now have the added benefit of the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) bolt-on, which is the only internationally accepted proof of student status. In addition to the existing 200 UK discounts on everything from university supplies to fashion, the ISIC bolt on gives NUS extra cardholders’ access to more than 42,000 discounts worldwide.

You can buy your NUS extra card from any Students’ Union Information Point, which you can visit at Treforest, Newport City and Cardiff campuses or online through our “Click and Collect service here.

Choose from a 1 year card for just £12, a 2 year card for £22 or a 3 year card for only £32.

Proceeds from the sale of NUS extra are fed straight back into the student movement to help improve the lives of students through campaigns such as #CutTheCosts, and to give students a powerful voice.

UniLife’s USWSU page has a lot of information about USWSU and how it works, or you can go directly to USWSU’s own website where you can find details about 2016 Freshers’ events.

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September 16, 2016

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» Time to TALK about domestic abuse and sexual violence

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


TALK to us…

Tell If you are experiencing, or have been the victim of, domestic abuse or sexual violence please tell us.
Advise University staff have received specialist training to help identify, advise and refer victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence.
Listen We will listen to you. An independent, specialist advocate is available to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Keep safe We are committed to working with you to keep you safe.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident of violence, abuse and/or pattern of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour within an intimate, ex-intimate or family relationship.

Domestic abuse is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control a partner. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

What is sexual violence?

Sexual Violence can be defined as any behaviour of a perceived sexual nature which is unwanted and takes place without consent.

Sexual Violence includes any sexual act, or attempt to obtain a sexual act by violence of coercion, such as rape, unwanted sexual comments or advances, acts to sexually exploit a person or acts directed against a person’s sexuality, regardless of the relationship to the victim.

Talk to Student Services or contact Julie Grady, Independent Specialist:


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

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.


SIARAD â ni…

Dweud Os ydych yn dioddef o gam-drin domestig neu drais rhywiol, neu os yw hynny wedi digwydd i chi yn y gorffennol, dywedwch wrthym ni.
Cynghori Mae staff prifysgolion wedi cael hyfforddiant arbenigol i’w helpu i nodi dioddefwyr o gamdrin rhywiol a thrais rhywiol.
Gwrando Byddwn yn gwrando arnoch chi. Bydd hyrwyddwr unigol arbenigol ar gael i helpu dioddefwyr cam-drin domestig a thrais rhywiol, rhoi cyngor iddynt a’u hatgyfeirio.
Cadw’n Ddiogel Rydym wedi ymrwymo i weithio i’ch cadw’n ddiogel.

Beth yw cam-drin domestig?

Cam-drin domestig yw unrhyw achos o drais, cam-drin a/neu batrwm o ymddygiad sy’n rheoli, yn gorfodi neu’n bygwth partner, cyn-bartner neu aelod o’r teulu.

Cam-drin domestig yw brawychu partner yn gyson, dro ar ôl tro neu ar hap er mwyn ei reoli. Gall y cam-drin fod yn gorfforol, emosiynol, seicolegol, ariannol neu rywiol.

Beth yw trais rhywiol?

Gellir diffinio trais rhywiol fel unrhyw ymddygiad o natur rywiol ganfyddedig sy’n ddigroeso ac yn digwydd heb ganiatâd.

Mae trais rhywiol yn cynnwys unrhyw weithred rywiol, neu ymgais i gyflawni gweithred rywiol drwy drais gorfodol, fel treisio, sylwadau neu gynigion rhywiol digroeso, gweithredoedd i ecsbloetio person yn rhywiol neu weithredoedd yn erbyn rhywioldeb person, beth bynnag yw’r berthynas â'r dioddefwr.

Siaradwch â'r Gwasanaethau i Fyfyrwyr neu cysylltwch â Julie Grady, Arbenigwr Annibynnol:

TALK project

The Police are working in partnership with universities in South Wales to support students who are experiencing, or have been a victim of, domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Local domestic abuse charity, Atal y Fro, will deliver the TALK project, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

TALK stands for Tell, Advise, Listen and Keep Safe and aims to tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence amongst students by

  • improving early identification and intervention
  • increasing reporting by increasing victim confidence and
  • encouraging prevention.

Atal y Fro’s independent adviser will be a dedicated point of referral for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and deliver training to university and Students’ Union staff.

Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Alun Michael, said

“Our student population in South Wales is a unique community. Most are young, many are living away from home for the first time, and often they are vulnerable because they do not have their normal support system of parents and friends around them.
“This is why it is so important that students and university staff have access to a specialist, independent adviser who will deliver targeted training and be a dedicated point of referral.”

The Independent Adviser will also work with staff and student groups to develop their understanding of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and the importance of challenging and reporting inappropriate behaviour.

Director of Atal y Fro, Kay Quinn says

“We are delighted to be taking this project forward, to be in a position to help university staff and students understand the complexities of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and to support victims.
“We will deliver an on-going training programme designed to empower staff to recognise the signs of abuse, and to take the appropriate steps to refer the victim to our advocate who will listen to and work with them to keep them safe.”

IRIS programme

The TALK project was developed following the success of IRIS programme with GP Practices (IRIS stand for “Identification and Referral to Improve Safety”), in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan in November 2014 and in Cwm Taf (Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taf) in November 2015.

As of the end of July 2016, 24 surgeries in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan are fully trained, involving 345 staff, and 165 referrals have been made to specialist services. In Cwm Taf 16 surgeries are fully trained, involving 334 staff, generating 100 referrals, 37 of which were first time disclosures.

A domestic abuse survivor said

“I was in a relationship with another student while I was at university, and I was a victim of domestic abuse.
“I was clearly unhappy, and yet a number of professionals did not recognise that I was experiencing this abuse nor question my change in behaviour. Had my doctor or any one of my tutors or university staff spotted the signs and asked the right questions, I believe it would have helped bring an end to the difficult situation I was in far sooner.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Drake said

“We have an excellent working relationship with each of the universities in South Wales, with dedicated policing teams working with our student population and university staff.
“This project is an extension of this proactive work and ensures that we are doing all we can to identify, intervene and protect people.”

Commissioner Alun Michael stressed the need for more to be done to build on the work that has already been undertaken:

“We want all students studying and living in South Wales to feel confident that if they are a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence the police and their partners will be ready to take prompt, positive action to help. That’s why South Wales Police are working with a wide range of statutory and third sector partner agencies to protect vulnerable people.”

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» Meningitis Vaccination Clinics at Treforest Campus

Most people have had a vaccination against Meningitis C as a young child. Since 2015, additional vaccinations against Meningitis W are recommended in the UK.

Meningitis W used to be extremely rare in the UK. However, the number of cases has been growing rapidly. If you’re under 25 and a first year student, you should get a vaccination against meningitis if you haven'’t already done so. Specifically, please get the Men ACWY vaccine.

The USW Health Service has arranged special vaccination clinics during freshers’ week, at our Treforest campus. To be eligible, you must

  • Register with Ashgrove Surgery in Pontypridd. (You can do this through the Health Centre)
  • Be under 25 years old and a first year student
  • You can book an appointment by phoning the Health Centre on 01443 4820821

For more information about meningitis, please see the Freshers’ Guide to Meningitis

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September 12, 2016

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» Freshers' Guide to... Cooking!

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.

Student Recipes

Greengrocer's Display

External Websites

There are some exciting student-friendly recipe collections, filled with easy, affordable and delightful meals:

UniLife Recipe Collection

You can also download the recipes below, most of which were originally produced by Public Health Wales for students.

Healthy eating

Food sold on University of South Wales campuses is covered by the University’s Nutrition Policy.

Nutrition: the Balanced Diet

  • A third of your diet should be starchy carbs like porridge, bread, potatoes, pasta and rice – these are your best source of energy and will make you feel fuller for longer.
  • Another third of your diet should be fruit and veg. They’re packed with vitamins and fibre.
  • A sixth of your diet should be protein such as (low-fat) meat, fish or vegetarian sources of protein like beans, lentils and eggs.
  • The final sixth should be calcium-rich foods – for example dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt. If you are vegan, use calcium-fortified vegan milk alternatives, oranges, leafy greens such as cabbage, rocket and kale, and/or nut-based products.


Eating healthily is not expensive. It can be cheaper and more nutritious to buy basic ingredients and make your own meals.

  • Buy unbranded products at supermarkets
  • Use discount shops and low price food retailers
  • Shop around at local grocers and markets
  • Avoid wastage by planning your meals

For more tips on keeping costs low, visit the Student Money Advice Team’s Managing Your Money pages.

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