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January 14, 2019

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
» January Blues

If you’re struggling a bit with being enthusiastic about anything at all, it might be the time of year that’s getting to you. For many people, January can be the worst month for winter blues.

Making just a few small lifestyle changes can significantly improve your overall wellbeing.

Get Support

If you’re not feeling at your best, why not take part in one of the Wellbeing Services’ short courses which focus on improving your wellbeing, self-control, and how to care for a friend with mental health difficulties.

Eat Healthily

Studies show that having a balanced and varied diet can lead to increased productivity as well as improved physical and mental health. Staying hydrated is just as important – aim for 2 litres of water a day to prevent feeling sluggish.

Get Some Exercise
You don’t have to run a marathon! Start small. Local gyms are a great place for beginners and there are often student offers available. Park-runs are a fantastic (and free!) opportunity to practise walking, jogging or running 5k with likeminded people. Just getting a little more active will enable your body to release endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body.

Organise Yourself

Remember that diary you had for Christmas? Use it! Schedule in time for studying and remember to plan for breaks too – then stick to it. If you don’t have a diary, make use of Google Calendar or get creative and make your own. You’ll be glad you did by the time exam season comes around.


Volunteering doesn’t cost a penny and you’ll get a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside when you see the positive impact you’re having. There are loads of local groups that would really benefit from some help. As an added bonus, volunteering will develop your skill-set and you’ll be able to put it on your CV.

Student’s Union Activities

The Students’ Union will hold their Annual General Meeting on 24th January, why not go along, cast your vote on students’ ideas and help shape your University experience?
For those that missed Freshers’ or simply want to do it all again, ReFreshers’ will take place on 21st – 27th January. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out about joining a club or society and maybe grab yourself some freebies!

Talk it Through

Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See The Wellbeing Service for more information.

Seek Help

If, however, your symptoms are so bad that you are struggling to live a normal life, we advise visiting your GP for medical help.

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January 11, 2019

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
» Domestic and Sexual Violence & Abuse Survey for Male Victims

The Welsh Government want to improve the services available to male victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse across Wales.

The Welsh Government have created a survey to collect the experiences of men who’ve encountered domestic and/or sexual violence and abuse. The survey aims to research any barriers men have experienced in accessing appropriate support with a view to improving future specialist service provision.

Please visit Domestic and Sexual Violence & Abuse for Male Victims to complete the survey.

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» Join a Football League!

Treforest Sports Centre are running competitive 5 and 7-a-side football leagues. Make up your own team and enter yourselves -there are still places available so be quick!

It doesn’t matter what your experience is, this is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends whilst improving your fitness levels.

7-a-side starts Thursday 31 January 2019
5-a-side starts Sunday 3 February 2019

  • Pick your own team
  • 8 weeks of competition
  • 7-a-side £60 / 5-a-side – £56
  • Two games every week
  • Trophies for every the winning team
  • Entry forms available online or at Reception in the Sports Centre.

Pay before 18th January and get one week FREE.

The deadline for entry is Friday 25th January.

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January 7, 2019

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
» Health and Fitness classes start back TODAY!

Want to get fit in 2019?
Health & Fitness classes @USWSport Centre start TODAY! 25 classes a week. Classes range from Yoga to Boxing Fitness.
For a full list of classes please visit the Treforest Sports Centre website.


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January 4, 2019

Unilife News from International site
Unilife News from International site
News for tag - unilife
» Tier 4 Visa Requirements

In order to make sure that you are complying with your Tier 4 visa requirements there are a number of things that you are required to do.

Three of the things the University require are:

• You must scan your fingerprint every 7 days
• You must attend and engage with your classes, making sure that you sign in at the beginning of your class
• You must meet your coursework/assessment submission requirements

This is really important, as your Tier 4 visa may be at risk if you fail to adhere to the requirements set out above – complying with these requirements will help ensure that you are able to complete your studies and your Tier 4 sponsorship is not withdrawn.

If you have any concerns about your ability to fulfil your visa requirements then you should speak to your course leader, the IISA team or the Advice Zone and they will be able to provide you with appropriate advice and guidance.

For more information on how to Protect your Tier 4 Status – please see information at UKCISA

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
» Join the Treforest Sports Centre and you could win a tablet!

Want to win a tablet?

Join the @USWSport Centre as a Student Premier member in January for £145 and you will be entered into a draw!

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December 14, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
» Christmas Newsletter

The first term is almost over, so get ready to put your feet up and relax – you’ve earned it. Let’s take a quick look at all the amazing things that have happened this year and how to prepare for the next term.

Autumn Term Round-up

Mental Health Awareness

The Wellbeing Service have been working hard to raise awareness of good mental health in celebration of World Mental Health Day. Take a look at their self-help resources which can be used any time of the year.

We know things can start getting tough when assignments roll in, which is why the team have been providing free courses on managing stress and anxiety (there’s still availability for next year!)

Whilst Christmas is a time for celebration for some it can be a difficult holiday. Have a read of the Wellbeing Service’s self-care tips, as provided by Blurt, and remember to try to stay active – there are heaps of health benefits to be gained from exercising.

Understanding your Assessments

Assessments can be overwhelming. Knowing what’s expected of you and practising self-discipline is said to be one of the biggest hurdles when starting University, in fact, 29 per cent of you agreed. We’ve provided tricks and treats to help you overcome some of the common pitfalls when writing assignments and asked your lecturers to share some of the things they wish you knew.

After you’ve put in all the hard work, waiting for your results can feel like forever! We’ve put together a guide to explain why it takes your lecturer 20 working days to mark your work. And if you didn’t get the result you were hoping for, don’t worry, here’s how to bounce back from a disappointing mark.

Charitable Appeals

From food banks to Children in Need, we’ve been busy raising important funds for local and national charities.

A big well done to the Students’ Union, who raised £629.00 as part of their Movember campaign, gathered 231 gifts for the Santa Appeal and braved the weather on Halloween to gather donations for the food bank.

The Advice Zones across all campuses raised over £300.00 for Children in Need and the Enquiries and Admissions Christmas raffle raised a total of £604.00 for the University’s Charity Partner, Llamau.

Well done to everyone that helped make these charitable events possible and a special thank you to all the staff and students that generously donated.

What’s on this Christmas

If you’re planning to stay in University over Christmas, there’s plenty to see and do. Here are some of our favourite festive events…

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

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December 12, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
» Opening hours during the Christmas vacation period 2018/19

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

Autumn term ends on Friday 14th December 2018 and Spring term begins on Monday 7th January 2019.

Between those dates is the Christmas vacation, when services will be reduced.
For part of that time period the University will actually close:

The University (all campuses, buildings and services except student halls and campus security) will close on Friday 21st December 2018 and re-open Wednesday January 2nd 2019.

Outside of the closure dates, but during the vacation, the following applies:

All Campuses

Advice Zones are open 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday 17th – Friday 21st December and 2nd-5th January 2019
The number of student support appointments available may be reduced during the vacation.

Treforest Campus


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December 10, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
» Christmas - Stay Safe During the Festive Season

Christmas is a great time to relax, enjoy yourself, or catch up with loved ones. Unfortunately, Christmas is also a time for a spike in criminal activities, so follow the advice below to make sure you Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Driving Home for Christmas

If you are driving home for Christmas, make sure you have checked your car before you go (fluid levels, petrol, tyres). The weather at this time of year is unpredictable; make sure you pack a drink and some non-perishables as well as a blanket

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time to relax and let your hair down…especially as you have been studying hard for the past few months. Follow these tips for a safe night out on the town

  • Do not drink and drive – always book a reputable taxi home.
  • On the subject of taxis – use a firm you trust. There are many stories of illegal companies operating throughout the UK
  • Never leave your drink unattended even for one second
  • Never leave your bag or phone unattended
  • Always stay with your group while out. Do not wander off on your own and make sure your friends don’t either.
  • Stay in well-lit areas if walking from pub to pub or home. Never walk home alone.

Is Your House All Alone at Christmas?

An empty house is an easy target for would be burglars. Here is some safety advice to make sure your property is safe this Christmas.

  • Check all your windows and doors before you leave to deter would-be burglars
  • Make sure you either take your valuables home with you or hide them out of sight!
  • Ask someone you trust to keep an eye on the property while you are away, get them to check no mail is left hanging out of mailbox
  • Close the ground floor curtains
  • If you have the technology, have the lights in the house come on at set times.
  • Keep the heater on timed to avoid any frozen pipes on your return.
  • Ensure any boxes from gifts are well disposed of; you don’t want to advertise any expensive goods you may have had for Christmas

More student safety information can be found here.

Merry Xmas Everybody, wrap up warm in this Winter Wonderland, because Baby it’s Cold Outside!

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Glamlife News from Counselling Site
Glamlife News from Counselling Site
The Wellbeing Service News for tag - glamlife is about »
» Self-Care For The Festive Season

Here in Wellbeing we are aware that Christmas is a difficult time for many of us.

Xmas Tree

So if you’re not exactly fizzing with festive spirit and know that for you this is a time to survive rather than celebrate, here are some really useful suggestions from our friends at The Blurt Foundation: Self-Care for the Festive Season.