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September 10, 2018

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» Your University Email Account

Check your USW email account regularly: it’s used for official communications and notices.

All USW students have a University email account which is set up during enrolment. Your email address is simply your student number followed by @students.southwales.ac.uk, for example 12345678@students.southwales.ac.uk.

It’s important that you check this email account regularly as it is the primary official communications tool the University will use to contact you.

Accessing your USW email account

The link 'Your Mail’ on the UniLife home page takes you to your inbox or you can use this direct link:
Gmail – your student email account.

You can also set up your computer or mobile device to access your student email account using the email application of your choice, see Student Email Guides.

Other online services

Your student email address is supplied by Google and is part of a larger Google account which also gives you access to Google Drive and Google Docs which can be useful for online file storage, word processing and several other things.

The University uses 'single sign on’ which means you will use the same log in information (username and password) to access a number of other services, including:

  • UniLife – the student portal – Blackboard, Advice Zone Online, and email can be accessed via UniLife
  • Advice Zone Online – the University’s online student support system
  • Blackboard – the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • WiFi – wifi internet access on campus

Resetting your password

If you have trouble logging in to UniLife or accessing your student email account you can reset your password by visiting Self-service Account Administration (SSAA). As a security measure your password will expire automatically every 120 days, when you will need to use the same link to update it.

If you continue to experience problems with your username or password, you will need to contact IT Support.

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September 6, 2018

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» Postgraduate Students: Suspension of Studies & Extenuating Circumstances Claims Deadline

Suspension of Studies

The final date for postgraduate students (September 17/18 courses) to submit suspension of studies requests is 12:00 noon, Monday 17 September 2018.

If you are thinking of suspending your studies, whether for personal or academic reasons, we strongly recommend you discuss this decision with your Campus Advice Zone and your Course Leader. We may be able to provide you with guidance or support, which could help you to continue engaging in your studies.

If you are thinking of interrupting your studies by applying for suspension of studies, you must first make an appointment with your Campus Advice Zone. You are required to submit an application with supporting evidence by 12:00 pm Monday 17 September 2018.

Extenuating Circumstances

The final date for postgraduate students (September 17/18 courses) to submit extenuating circumstances claims is 12:00 noon, Monday 17 September 2018.

If you wish to claim extenuating circumstances, claim forms and guidance notes are available from Advice Zone Online:

  • Log in to Advice Zone Online via the login button on the Advice Zone Online information page
  • Type 'Extenuating Circumstances’ into the search box and select 'Search’
  • Select 'How do I apply for Extenuating Circumstances’ from the list
  • Please read the instructions carefully to request and apply for Extenuating Circumstances.

All claims must be made on the official extenuating circumstances form and must be supported by appropriate independent evidence. Incomplete claims or claims without evidence will not be accepted.

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» Your Students' Union - What's On

The start of term is the best time to get involved with the Students’ Union, attend Freshers’ events, get your TOTUM card, and experience lots of new things.

When you enrol with the University you’ll automatically become a member of the Students’ Union. Every year, a team of Executive Officers are elected by the student body to represent and guide the Students’ Union. Your full-time Officers for 2018-19 are Mish Wick (President), Liam Powell (VP Education and Welfare, Pontypridd), Niall O’Reilly (VP Education and Welfare, Cardiff and Newport) and Rhys Pewtner (VP Student Activities). You can read more about what they will be working on this year here.

We strive to make sure you have the chance to enrich every aspect of your student life. We support over 100 clubs, teams and societies, 700 SVR and Course Reps and annually hold over 150 events at our venues. This year we’ve got heaps of events taking place during Freshers’ – from the official Welcome Party ft. Alexandra from Love Island to Freshers’ Fair, there’s something for everyone and it’s a fantastic way to make new friends. Make sure you don’t miss out by buying your tickets in advance.

Freshers’ wouldn’t be the same without making the most of student discounts. The National Union of Students 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 a “TOTUM card“https://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/, the new name for the NUS extra card.
All students who purchase a TOTUM card will benefit from over 200 UK discounts on everything from university supplies to fashion, plus more than 42,000 discounts worldwide.

You can buy your TOTUM 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. Proceeds from the sale of TOTUM cards are fed straight back into the student movement to help improve the lives of students through campaigns such as #CutTheCosts.

Visit USWSU’s website to find out more about your Students’ Union, or go directly to Freshers’ 2018 for everything Freshers’ related.

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September 5, 2018

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» Finding a Student Job

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

It’s important to get the balance right between work and study, which is why we recommend no more than 12-16 hours a week alongside your studies.

Types of work

There is a range of part-time jobs available for students. Some of the more popular part-time student jobs are:

  • Working for your University or Students’ Union
  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Seasonal jobs
  • Volunteering is a great way to develop the skills that will help you on your path to your dream job

Starting your search
A good place to start your job search is by exploring the resources and support available at USW. Visit the Career and Employability Services’ Job Searching pages for comprehensive guidance on everything from searching for jobs related to your studies, to finding your dream graduate job.

If you’ve decided a part-time job would suit your lifestyle, the part-time jobs page provides useful information that will help you find part-time or temporary work whilst you study.

Throughout the academic year, the University’s Careers and Employability Service organises a number of events and fairs, which provide invaluable opportunities to network and meet local employers. Previous attendees have included Hilton Hotels, PMP Recruitment and Cardiff Council.

If you are in your final year thinking about graduate jobs, or a second year student still considering whether you should do a year out, UniLife Connect has thousands of opportunities listed, with hundreds of employers adding more every day.

Getting the job

Different jobs have different application requirements; USW Careers and Employability Service can provide advice on preparing your CV, writing an application and acing an interview.

If you’ve read the resources available and think you’d benefit from a one-to-one appointment with a Career Adviser, you can arrange a face to face, phone or Skype appointment for free career-related advice.

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September 4, 2018

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» Results Day

Results Day – Wednesday 5th September (September Assessment Boards)

We would like to wish you all every success! But whatever your outcome, a dedicated team of Progression Advisers will be working across the University campuses on Results Day. They will be available to discuss your options and answer any questions that you may have. Appointments are now available to book.

In the meantime, be prepared!

  • University staff are unable to give results out over the phone or via email. You must check these yourselves via our Results Service
  • You will need your University login details – you may need to update your password
  • What Happens Next? More information can be found here

Remember that University staff are unable to discuss your results with anyone else unless you have given permission for us to liaise with a nominated person on your behalf.

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September 3, 2018

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» Student Discounts and Freebies

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.

Student Discount Schemes

You have several options:

  • A TOTUM card for £12 is usually worth the investment. All shops with student discount recognise it, and it includes discounts on groceries at The Co-Operative and some products from Amazon, to name just a few highlights.
  • Your Student ID card may also be recognised locally near our campuses, but won’t get you discounts in online shops.
  • UNiDAYS is an alternative, independent student discount scheme / 'digital student ID’, which you can use in online stores and some high street retailers. It’s free to register.
  • StudentBeans also offers a 'digital student ID’ and discounts. It’s free to register.

However, don’t let discounts tempt you into overspending!

Get an overview of Student Discounts on TheStudentRoom and check out the SaveTheStudent’s Student Discounts Directory.

Save money on travel

  • Rail discounts for students: there are several schemes that may allow students to travel more cheaply than simply by buying a train ticket each day, see Train Tickets, Railcards and Discounts.
  • TOTUM card holders can get an exclusive 20% discount on travel across the UK with National Express coaches.
  • If you do have a car, ensure your car insurance is good value (and consider doing a Pass Plus Cymru course, which could get you better deals with insurers).
  • If you need to buy a bicycle, check the student travel pages to find out about discounts the University has negotiated for our students with local bike retailers near your campus.


  • Use Freebies when you can. If you like festivals, go to free festivals. There are also some student freebies on other websites – but always make sure you read the terms and conditions, are comfortable with how your data will be used, and that you don’t inadvertently subscribe to something which will charge you money if you don’t cancel by a certain date.
  • Don’t forget about other free stuff available to everyone, not just students. Websites like freecycle can be amazing for furniture and equipment. Someone else’s junk could be just what you need, and it’s free. Be quick if you do see something, as it’s likely to go quickly if it’s free.
  • Many companies, especially supermarkets and restaurants, have their own savings and loyalty schemes. Even if the discount seems small it’s still a potential saving.

More Advice

For more general money advice, see Advice on Managing Your Money.

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» Moving in

Moving away from home and living and studying independently can feel like a big step – here we offer some guidance on arriving and adapting to university life.

Freshers’ week officially begins on Monday 17th September, with classes starting from Monday 24th September. Familiarise yourself with your arrival information to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines. The type of contract you have with your accommodation provider will determine your official move-in date. Make sure you check your contract – this will state the start date of your contract, which is the day you can move in from.

Don’t forget to look out for our Student Ambassadors when you arrive; the team will help you unpack your car, move in and answer any questions you might have.

Private Accommodation
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 Private Sector Accommodation page has a lot of useful information, from finding approved accommodation to bills and inventory.

What to bring
Yes, you will need all the practical things like textbooks, stationary, bedding and food, but it’s a good idea to bring things that will make you feel at home. The first few weeks of University will be busy and you’ll meet more people than ever before and possibly forget their names just as quickly. Photographs of friends and family, a favourite teddy and a blanket you’re particularly fond of are all things that will help you settle once Freshers’ week is over and the hard work begins. Here’s a helpful checklist of the do’s and don’ts when packing.

Settling in and support
Our Campus Life Co-ordinators are committed to making sure you settle into University life and have the best possible experience whilst living in student accommodation. The team will be on hand with a listening ear, encouraging you to share your experiences and make use of the quality support services available. Our Campus Life Co-ordinators are permanent residents in Halls during term time and are dedicated to facilitating a positive student experience.

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August 31, 2018

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» New and improved bike facilities

A new bike shelter has been installed at the Atrium, Cardiff Campus.

The new bike shelter at the Atrium has the capacity to hold 20 bikes and can be accessed securely using the staff/student card reader.

To gain access to the bike shelter, please speak to a member of our Atrium Security Team who are located within the Security office.

If you already have access to the existing bike shelter at the Atrium, you should already be able to use the new bike shelter. If, however, your card fails to read, you may need to re-activate your card.

Please remember to always lock your bike securely using a suitable bike lock and refer to the 'locking your bike’ guide within the shelter.

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August 28, 2018

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» Want improved accommodation standards?

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (RCTCBC) are in the process of reviewing their Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) Licensing Scheme 2014.

What is the Additional Licensing (HMO) Scheme 2014?

On 1st April 2014 the Council introduced a new HMO Licensing Scheme as a way of improving the quality and management of rented accommodation in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Licensing gives the Council the power to require all landlords of HMOs (included in the scheme) to apply for a license and provide details of the management arrangements and the property. This enables the Council to place conditions on the landlord to ensure minimum standards of safety, welfare and management are maintained.

An Additional Licensing Scheme can last for a maximum of 5 years at which point it is reviewed to determine whether it has achieved the desired outcomes and if it should be extended or withdrawn.

How you can help…

RCTCBC wants your feedback on whether the Additional Licensing Scheme has achieved its aim, and if it is extended, whether it will help continue to improve the standards for safety, security, management and quality of rented accommodation in RCT.

The survey takes no more than 2 minutes to complete and your views will help RCTCBC review the effectiveness of the HMO Additional Scheme. Please note, the information you provide in the survey may be used for statistical purposes but all personal details will be anonymous.

Complete the survey

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» Money: making the most of it with a budget

It’s the start of term and a whole new academic year, a good time to think about (or re-think) your money situation. If you’re a fresher you might have already seen Getting Started’s Student Money Tips, if not check them out now.

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 sure 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 make a budget. Don’t think of budgeting as scrimping and saving to spend less, but as a tool to help you spend your money where you get the most benefit.

How to budget

Step 1: Incoming Money

Add together all your confirmed incomes for this term:

  • Student Loan / Maintenance Loan
  • Any scholarships payments
  • Any salary from a job (if you have one)
  • Any allowance from parents
  • Any other definite income

Step 2: Outgoing Money

Add together all the fixed expenses for the whole term.

  • Accommodation
  • Any utilities, insurance, bills
  • Transport costs
  • Any other fixed costs

Step 3: Maths!!!

Then, calculate:

  • Subtract your total outgoing money from your total incoming money to get the amount you have left over for the whole term.
  • Divide this by the number of weeks in the term. This gives you an amount per week.
  • To be on the safe side, take 20% to 30% off.
  • That gives you a ballpark weekly budget you can use for food, clothes and socialising.

Why take 20% to 30% off? You’ll need more money around Freshers’ Week, Christmas, and perhaps around Halloween. You may need to travel home to your family unexpectedly, or have other surprise expenses. If you don’t plan to put some money aside for such occasions, you’ll end up in debt, or struggling to get by. Even in Freshers’ Week and at Christmas, you’ll still have to watch the pennies – but if you budget correctly, at least there will be some pennies left by the time Christmas comes around!

Step 4: Stick to the budget

Once you know how much you can afford to spend each week, you’ll have to find a way to stick to your budget that works for you. Here are three different methods that can help:

  • take out cash at the start of the week and then leave your bank card at home, using only the cash you’ve already taken out. (Don’t cheat by using your smartphone to pay for things!)
  • use a spreadsheet to keep track of your spending and your budget (you can use the free Google Sheets spreadsheet as part of your USW student account).
  • if you’re very organised, try piggybanking: set up several different bank accounts, each fed by a standing order and each storing money for expected costs. Storing this money separately from the money you can use for everyday living means you’ll always know how much you can safely spend. (If you do set up more than one bank account, do not choose accounts that can have overdrafts – multiple overdrafts are a road to certain financial doom! Open only one student bank account – but choose carefully.)

Step 5: Remain Vigilant

Monitor your spending during term. Keep track of your money and, if your circumstances change, make a new budget!

Step 6: Redo From Start.

Repeat Steps 1-5 each term!


Money Tips

  • Read through MoneySavingExpert’s Supermarket Shopping Tips
    • Why not try menu planning and cooking and freezing some things in advance? (Just don’t hog the entire freezer: your flatmates also need it!)
    • Forget the “finest” food brands. These just add a dollop of fat, sugar and/or salt for a big price hike. Use discount products instead.
    • The late afternoon is a great time for bargains wherever perishable foor is sold!
    • Learn to cook a few budget meals (thanks to inflation, these will set you back more than 50p today – but the recipes will still be budget friendly!)
  • Keep away from take-aways – A well-planned shopping trip at the supermarket once a week will save you money. Make a shopping list and stick to it, and never go into a supermarket while you are hungry, or you will buy ALL THE FOOD.
  • Student Discount Cards – Student Discounts are not always advertised. If they don’t have a visible sign, ask at the checkout about student discounts. A TOTUM Card is often worth the investment. All shops with student discount recognise it, and it includes discounts at The Co-Operative groceries and Amazon (on some product types)!
  • Think hard before signing long-term contracts – You may have money now but before you sign a monthly contract (e.g. for a mobile phone or broadband) ask yourself if you will be able to afford it in 3 months’ time. Many contracts last up to 24 months, and your circumstances may change in that time. Some contracts (especially broadband deals) include hefty charges if you need to cancel early.
  • Don’t go mad in freshers’ week. Lots of shops (and bars / clubs) raise prices early in October, in order to make the most of students who just received their loans. You don’t need everything that is on offer, and you don’t need it immediately. Shop around and compare prices. When buying personal purchases such as clothes, think about what you can afford, rather than what you want.

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