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November 5, 2018

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» New Courses and workshops available on all campuses!

The Wellbeing Service is pleased to announce the following courses and workshops for the Autumn term 2018.

STRESS CONTROL – Cardiff – 6 week course

ANXIETY WORKSHOP – Glyntaff – a two hour workshop

LOOK AFTER YOUR MATE – Treforest – a two hour workshop

ANXIETY WORKSHOP – Treforest – a two hour workshop

MINDFULNESS SESSION – Treforest – two hour taster session

STRESS CONTROL – Treforest – two hour taster session

ANXIETY WORKSHOP – Newport – a two hour workshop

LOOK AFTER YOUR MATE – Newport – a two hour workshop

CREATING AND MANAGING CHANGE – Treforest – (Art Therapy & Dramatherapy Group) – 8 week group

Please see Wellbeing web-pages for full details of dates, locations and how to book

November 1, 2018

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» Advice Zones closed Wednesday 7 November

The Advice Zones on all campuses will be closed for staff training on Wednesday 7th November

Please use Advice Zone Online for enquiries, to book appointments with support services or to submit claims for Extenuating Circumstances.

Loans for laptops and Macbooks due back on the 8th will be extended until Thursday 9th.

All libraries will be open as normal

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» Workshops to Help Manage Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are very common and it is perfectly normal to have worries about certain things or to feel stressed from time to time.

However, sometimes you may want a little extra support to control or deal with these feelings so the University’s Wellbeing Service have put together a programme of workshops and events designed to help you to cope effectively.

Please visit the Wellbeing Services Courses and Groups page for details of all the courses (some workshops will need to be booked in advance).

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October 29, 2018

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» Survey: video use in teaching

The Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching is running a research project about lecture recordings and the use of video for teaching, learning and assessment.

As part of this project they want to know what you, the students, feel about these things so they’re running a survey. The survey won’t take long to complete and your results are invaluable for helping the Uni plan how we should support and encourage the creation of videos for different aspects of learning.


The system we currently use is called Panopto. Panopto is a video management, lecture recording, and livecasting software service. It has many possible uses including:

• Recording lectures for later use by students.
• Live broadcast of lectures (to students or external to university).
• Upload and management of video/audio resources for use in teaching and learning.
• Submission of video/audio assessments.

Whether your lecturers have used Panopto or any other system to provide you with lecture recordings or any other types of videos/audio recordings we want to know your thoughts and ideas about these things so if you’ve got 10 minutes to spare please let us know your thoughts and experiences through the survey.

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» Launching of Rocketry Society at USW

An expert in rocket science is launching a new Rocketry Society at the University of South Wales.

Dr Phil Charlesworth will be the speaker when the project launches next month.

He was inspired to follow a career in aerospace by watching the moon landing as a child, and spent 16 years as an engineering officer in the Royal Air Force, working on satellite and long-haul communications systems.

His interest in space and satellites led him to the research arm of Airbus where, among other things, he worked on next-generation military satellites and solar aircraft.

In his spare time, he is an enthusiastic amateur rocketeer, designing and building his own rockets. He chairs the only amateur rocketry club in Wales. He is the safety and technical adviser for UKRoC, the UK component of a schools rocketry competition that runs across the UK, USA, France, and Japan.

Dr Charlesworth will give a talk – More Smoke and Noise: Getting Started in Amateur Rocketry – on November 15 at the Rocketry Society launch, which will be held in room G219 from 11.30am, followed by lunch at 12.30pm.

The project is being run by the Department of Electrical and Electronics and funded by the School of Engineering.

To book a place at the talk, sign up at Eventbrite.

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October 25, 2018

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» New Phishing Email Warning

IT Services are aware of a new email phishing attempt today and are advising all students again to be extra vigilant with received emails.

There have been several phishing attempts from imitated USW addresses with malicious links taking users to a fake sign-in page. As with IT Services’ previous Phishing Advice, please be careful when clicking links in emails.

Phishing Email Example:

Example sign-in page:

Actioned Required By Users:

1. If you have clicked and entered your password it is imperative that you immediately change your password using SSAA on an alternative device to that which you used to access the phishing email.

2. You must also notify IT Services via the IT Service Desk System that you have clicked the link, and confirm that you have changed your password. Please use insert description/ heading of “Phishing email link accessed”.

IT Services will continue to monitor the situation closely and undertake any urgent action required.

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» Online Safety

As the number of internet users continues to grow, so do the number of criminals trying to obtain personal information for fraudulent purposes. Learn about the precautions you can take to protect yourself online.


  • When selecting a password, aim for at least 8 characters, containing upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters and avoid obvious passwords, e.g. birthdays or names.
  • Never save, share or reuse passwords
  • Don’t use the same password for different services, e.g. online banking and social networks
  • Consider creating a password safe for all your passwords and remember, the University will never ask you for your password.

Protect your devices

For laptop users, there is a variety of both free and premium antivirus software solutions available. Amongst the most popular are: AVG (Free), Kaspersky, and Norton Antivirus.

  • Ensure your devices have the latest updates and antivirus installed
  • Ensure your AntiVirus updates its signatures frequently (daily / hourly)
  • Back up your data somewhere, for example, the cloud
  • Make sure personal information on your device is secure should it become lost or stolen

Phishing Emails and Websites

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, credit card details or other critical personal information.

These fake emails and websites can be very difficult to tell apart from the real thing. Phishing emails can often promise a reward of some kind if you click or enter login details – if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. There are a few things you should be aware of that will help you recognise a phishing attempt – follow IT Service’s dealing with phishing emails advice if you’re ever unsure whether you’ve been targeted.

Social Networking Responsibly

Social media is a part of modern life and increasingly, an important part of student life. The nature of social networking sites can create security risks – it’s important to remain cautious when using them.

  • Never disclose private information when social networking
  • Beware of what information can be gleaned about you, for example, your home address (e.g. from photos from your home)
  • Be wary of who you invite or accept invitations from
  • Think before you post – respect yourself and respect others online
  • Follow our online behaviour tips to ensure what your posting doesn’t have consequences for your life and career

Report Problems

If you experience any of the issues mentioned on this page or you need to report a problem, please contact IT Services as soon as possible.

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» Phishing Advice

Phishing is the phrase used to describe the use of hoax emails by cybercriminals to trick individuals into parting with important personal information. By using fake messages or fake websites which appear reasonably legitimate, cybercriminals attempt to gain email credentials to allow them access to personal details, money or to use account details to contact colleagues or friends with further phishing messages.

IT Services recently warned students following an attempted phishing attack to be extra vigilant when clicking on links in emails, especially where asked to input university credentials.

Typical phishing attacks could include:

  • Emails claiming to be from a supplier that could be targeted specifically at people working in a particular field – e.g. those working in finance may receive ‘invoice attachments’ which are a means of infecting PCs with malware or a virus.
  • Individuals may receive emails from IT Services or Microsoft advising them to change their passwords as there has been a security breach, which would require them to enter their current credentials. Cybercriminals will try to cause worry by emphasising the negative consequences of inactivity to force you into complying with their request.
  • Emails may include links to websites that may at face value look familiar that are trusted but are fake e.g. http://165.827/HESA.AC.UK or http://www.southwales.ac.uk.spoof.us/. If you have any doubts, we recommend manually entering the trusted website address.

IT Services have systems in place to identify phishing attacks and the majority of these emails do not come through to students. However, from time to time, these emails may get through the filter, which is why we advise learning about online safety and what you can do to ensure your devices and personal safety are kept safe and secure.

Some helpful reminders:

  • The University will never ask for your password in an email or over the phone. Make sure that your password is strong and unique and don’t share it with anyone
  • Be wary of emails that require you to open attachments or click on links. Only open attachments/links from trusted sources
  • Whilst not always the rule, phishing emails often include generic greetings, use phrases/terms that are unusual and may include noticeable spelling and grammatical errors
  • Be mindful that all is often not as it may seem – some emails may appear to come from certain individuals but hovering the mouse over the email address will display the true address
  • If you have clicked on a suspicious link or opened an attachment, change your password and report it to IT Services immediately via the on-line PoB system. In the subject heading insert “Phishing email link accessed”

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October 24, 2018

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» USW Online Print Store

USW Print and Design’s online print store lets you print and bind work, create custom printed gifts and buy stationery, art and related supplies.

USW Print and Design have a wide range of products and services that are affordable, professionally finished and available for collection or delivery.

Start your journey to print: uswprintanddesign.myprintdesk.net/dsf
Ordering online is easy – simply log in with your university account information, select a print service, upload a file and checkout using a Credit/ Debit Card.

Find us: USW Print and Design, Central Avenue, Treforest Campus
Call: 01443 483 634
E-mail: print@southwales.ac.uk
Visit: uswprintanddesign.co.uk

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» Instructional Courses at the Sport Centre

Fancy yourself as the next Robin Hood? Then sign up to one of our instructional courses which include archery, trampolining, climbing, pole fitness courses, and more – starting next week!

The Sports Centre runs weekly instructional courses, all of which are designed to help you learn and develop new skills. Courses run for various durations and must be booked in advance.

You don’t have to be a member to take part in any of the courses so why not bring a friend along and try something new together?

To book, visit reception in the Sports Centre or speak to our a member of our reception team on (01443) 482681. For a full list of courses visit the Sports Centre website.

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