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November 2, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Loop – New & Improved for 2017

Loop is USW’s online course and module evaluation system. It’s your main way of telling the University directly how your course and modules are going.

When is Loop open for feedback?

Loop is open all year round. This ensures we capture the views of all students irrespective of their start date and the duration of their course or modules.

However, right now (November) is a great time for students who started in September to tell us how your course is going. Giving feedback early in the year means that we might make to make changes soon enough for you to benefit from them! Therefore, we are very keen for you to put in feedback between 6th-26th November.

How does Loop work?

Loop is an online tool which anyone can access using their University IT account. It is available in both English and Welsh at the following link:


What happens after you’ve given feedback?

We are asking Course Leaders to look through the results and provide an initial response to students within a few weeks of 26th November, and publish this on Blackboard. So your cohort should get a response from your course team during December.

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November 1, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» English Club : a Fun Way to Practice Your English on Wednesday Afternoons

Come along to the English Club, held on Wednesdays, 14.30-16.30 in the Treforest Library Training Room.

Take part in fun group activities and improve your English language and study skills.

Contact Nicola Shelswell for more information

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» Learn something new with the Treforest Sport Centre

New instructional courses including fencing, trampolining, salsa, climbing and archery start next week.


Contact reception to book – limited spaces available.

For a full list of our courses please see Instructional Courses.

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October 30, 2017

Student Union Site
Students' Union News
» University Challenge - Join the USW Team

Be a part of USW’s new University Challege team.

University Challenge

USWSU are organising a team for the TV show University Challenge.

If you want to apply please email supres@southwales.ac.uk with your name and student number saying that you’re interested in being on the team.

You must be registered as a student at this University and cannot be graduating in December 2017. You must also not have competed in University Challenge for another team.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8th November.

October 27, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Halloween and Bonfire Night around South Wales - 2017

Skip to Halloween

Skip to Bonfire Night

pumpkins - photo by Ed Brambley


Halloween is celebrated on 31st October. It’s thought to be a western equivalent of the many Festivals of the Dead held by cultures around the world. It has its roots in ancient pre-Christian religions, specifically the Celtic Samhain festival.

Among grown up fans of Halloween, dressing up and going out is popular. Here are a few ghastly events that you could go to.

USW Ghouls and Ghosties

Terror Tales from Wales on USW’s iTunesU

icon Scare yourself silly with some Terror Tales from Wales on itunesU.

These stories are dramatised selections from 'Welsh Ghost Stories’ by Rev Elias Owen, published in 1896. They give a sample of traditional tales of the supernatural drawing on Welsh folklore and local legends. The speaker, Paul Owens, is a graduate from the University’s BA Drama degree (now working as a voice actor).


Graveyard Voices on USW’s iTunesU

'Graveyard Voices’ are short audio monologues, creepy and somewhat humorous vignettes by students of USW’s School of Music & Performance.

GRAVEYARD VOICES: Being Human Festival Project 2015

Tales of the Living Dead in Horror Comics of the 1950s and Beyond

Book cover Professor Richard Hand has published a chapter entitled Disruptive Corpses: Tales of the Living Dead in Horror Comics of the 1950s and Beyond. The chapter appears in the Vampires and Zombies: Transnational Transformations volume edited by D. Fischer-Hornung, T. Fox and M. Mueller and published by University Press of Mississippi in 2016.

Having a Monster of a Time

...at the Students’ Union

...out and about in South Wales

Considerate Tricks and Treats

People around you will have different lifestyles. Young families, elderly people, people doing 9-5 jobs, students on other courses: they all have different schedules. Loud noise is the most common causes for complaints.

  • Street noise: When you’re returning from a night out, do so without waking up the entire street.
  • Parties: If you want to throw a party, let neighbours know in advance, and make sure they know how to contact you if it gets too much for them. Also let them know the time by which the party will end and stick to that promise.
  • Guests can be noisy even if you aren’t. Ask your guests to be considerate. Encourage them to be quiet when leaving your home. If you don’t want people to smoke inside your home, also make sure that smokers congregating outside don’t cause noise spillage to the neighbourhood…



Bonfire Night

An illustration of Guy Fawkes

Remember, remember the Fifth of November…

In 1605 Guy Fawkes was part of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. The plot failed and Guy Fawkes was executed. On or around 5th November every year, firework displays light up the sky as Bonfire Night is celebrated all around Britain.

Local events

If you would like to get into the spirit of the Bonfire Night celebrations, there are local events that you can attend. Of course, you can buy your own fireworks and organise a party with your friends – just remember that fireworks can be dangerous when not handled correctly.

Alternatively, you could turn up at pre-arranged professional fireworks displays arranged throughout South Wales.

List of Bonfire Night 2017 fireworks displays, on WalesOnline


  • Sparks in the Park is taking place in Blackweir Fields, Bute Park, Cardiff on 4th November. The event requiring advance booking and buying tickets if you want to gain admission. You might be able to observe the fireworks display from outside the ticketed area…
  • Grangetown Fireworks Display

See more fireworks displays in and around Cardiff on the FamiliesOnline website.


Pontypridd and nearby valleys

See more fireworks displays in and around Rhondda Cynon Taff on the FamiliesOnline website.

Fireworks Safety

Only buy legal fireworks through trustworthy shops. In recent years, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has seized over half a ton of illegal fireworks. Illegal fireworks might be cheaper, but they can be dangerous.

If you want to buy fireworks for your own use, please follow the Fireworks Code:

  1. Light sparklers one at time and wear gloves
  2. Buy fireworks marked BS 7114
  3. Keep fireworks in a closed box
  4. Follow the instructions on each firework
  5. Light them at arm’s length using a taper
  6. Stand well back
  7. Never go back to a lit firework
  8. Never put fireworks in your pocket
  9. Never throw fireworks
  10. Keep cats and dogs inside
  11. Never give sparklers to a child under 5

Advice for Pet Owners

RSCPA Cymru advises to keep dogs and cats indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off. If you have small animals that live outdoors, the advice is to consider bringing them indoors. This needs to be done gradually because of things like a sudden change in temperature.

For more information, see the BANG campaign on the Fire Service website.

The history of Bonfire Night

For in-depth details about the history of Bonfire Night, and what happened to Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators, visit the BBC British History website.

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October 24, 2017

Glamlife News from Health site
Glamlife News from Health site
Health Service News for tag - glamlife
» Health centre closed 30th oct

Change to Health centre opening

The Health Centre will be closed all day on Monday 30th Oct
In addition there will be NO GP clinic available on campus either on this day

Health Centre will be open as per normal on Tuesday 31st Oct.

Please contact your GP for any health problems or NHS Direct 0845 46 47
www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk for advice during this period.

For students registered at Ashgrove Surgery who feel they need to see a Dr urgently please ring Ashgrove on 01443 404 444 as there will be some reserved Urgent Bookable on Day appointments available to book

October 18, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Global Essay Mills Survey

An international research team is seeking your help, by completing a short survey on study behaviours.

Survey respondents’ anonymity is guaranteed. This survey will take you no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

The survey investigates study behaviours, students’ knowledge, and use, of essay mills, as well as what pressures may lead students to use these services. The outcomes will be used to understand student study behaviours so that the universities can look to provide better educational experiences which focus on honesty and academic integrity. The study is being undertaken across Europe, Australasia and the Americas.


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October 13, 2017

Glamlife News from Counselling Site
Glamlife News from Counselling Site
The Wellbeing Service News for tag - glamlife is about »
» Mental Health ; Universities need to offer more support

A video about student mental health made by Huffington Post for World Mental Health Day


Universities Need To Do More For Students Struggling With Thei…

75% of mental health difficulties develop by the age of 25.

Posted by HuffPost UK on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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October 12, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» New: Digital Student Mentoring at USW

'Digital Student Mentors’ will soon be available to support new students with advice about digital services and tools.

If you’re not entirely sure how to use all the functionalities in Unilearn, how to submit your assignment online, how bar code submission works, or how to use any other web-based service at USW, you can ask these fellow students for tips. They’ll be available on all campuses from 30th October.

For more information see the Digital Mentoring web page on the Student Mentoring UniLife Channel.

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October 9, 2017

Glamlife News from Counselling Site
Glamlife News from Counselling Site
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» World Mental Health Day 2017

World Mental Health Day

Tuesday October 10th is World Mental Health Day! Join in the conversation about mental health and help reduce the stigma. Mental Health is everyone’s business! #WorldMentalHealthDay & #WMHD17

Mental Health affects us all. How we think and feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope in tough times.

It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part amongst our family, workplace, university, community and friends. It’s also closely linked with our physical health.

Whether we call it wellbeing, emotional welfare or mental health, it’s key to living a fulfilling life.

There are a wealth of different resources and ideas on how you can get involved on the internet:-

World Mental Health Day film show

As part of World Mental Health Day on October 10, USW will be showing A Beautiful Mind in TRB001 in the Brecon Bulding on Treforest Campus.

The showing runs from 4.30pm until 7.30pm.

The 2001 film, starring Russell Crowe, is an American biographical drama which is based on the life of John Nash, Nobel Laureate in Economics.

The story begins in Nash’s days as a graduate student at Princeton University. In the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on wife Alicia and friends.

The film lasts just over two hours. Time has been built in for post-movie discussion.

More details are available from karyn.davies@southwales.ac.uk