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August 18, 2017

Unilife News from International site
Unilife News from International site
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» Drop In Closed

We apologise for any inconvenience but, due to us moving offices – we will be unavailable for a couple of days.

Someone will be available for Drop In queries at our new office in H027 from Wednesday 23rd August from 2pm.

We will try and answer emails but would ask for your understanding over the next couple of days.

We look forward to welcoming you in H027

August 17, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Advice Zone – Limited Service

The Advice Zone Team will be on training days on 21st, 22nd and 23rd August. On these days there will be a limited service.

• At Treforest, the Library and Student Centre will be open from 8.30am-4.30pm and Library Assistants will be on hand to offer assistance.
• At Glyntaff, the Advice Zone in Elaine Morgan will be closed but staff in the library will be able to offer assistance, supported by colleagues from Student Administration.
• At Cardiff, the counter will not be staffed but if you require assistance please press the bell.
• At Newport, there will be a staff presence but the counter will not be staffed.

Self-service and on-line payment facilities are available at all locations. Laptops and Macbooks will not be available for collection or return on these dates, but return dates for those collected on the 18th August will be extended until the 24th August.

If you have enrolled online and received an email notification to say that your ID card is ready for collection these can be collected from the Advice Zone at Treforest, Cardiff and Newport and from the library at Glyntaff between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

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August 15, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Travelling To University


It’s important to plan how you’ll get to University for the first time and how you’ll commute once you’re studying here.
Where you live and how you get about has a big impact on your quality of life while studying.

Regular Commuting

Car parking for students is very limited. We recommend walking or using public transport to get to all our campuses.

The best option is to live within walking distance of your campus. All five campuses have plenty of student accommodation on-site or nearby.

Outside campus, many streets are permit parking only, with a limited number of permits per household. Councils apply a “no leniency” policy to enforcement of parking regulations, with frequent visits by traffic wardens to streets near our campuses.

Campus-specific Information

Useful Links

Moving to Uni

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August 11, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Fire safety – cladding and evacuation

Staff and students of the University will be aware that universities across the UK are reviewing their fire safety. Other owners of high-rise or multiple-occupant buildings are doing this too. These are the key points for the University of South Wales:

  • USW has regular independent fire risk assessments conducted by external professional assessors. Any shortcomings they identify are rapidly dealt with.
  • All USW buildings comply with building regulations.
  • Following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, we have assessed the cladding and insulation on all USW buildings. All of them meet the necessary fire retardant standards in their material and design. To make assurance doubly sure, we have also asked our independent fire safety assessor to undertake detailed testing of specific buildings – this is currently under way.
  • The companies that provide us with external student residential accommodation in Cardiff and Newport have also been contacted and they have confirmed that their buildings do not have the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower, that they have up to date fire risk assessments for the buildings, that they carry out regular alarm testing and they carry out fire evacuation drills during the academic year.
  • As well as the physical design of our buildings, we also remind all students and staff about the importance of fire prevention. This includes keeping emergency escape routes clear and working, not leaving flammable material in corridors and staircases, not propping open fire doors or using fire extinguishers as door stops, and most importantly not leaving sources of ignition unattended.
  • Most importantly of all, we don’t have a “stay put” policy. At the first indication of a fire, the University policy is to evacuate fully and immediately when the fire alarms are activated. This is fully endorsed by the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. We have regular fire drills to test and practise these procedures, and we can evacuate any building in the University in well under ten minutes.

You are welcome to raise any concerns or ask for any further information by getting in touch via Have Your Say, or your Student Union officers.

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August 8, 2017

Glamlife News from Health site
Glamlife News from Health site
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» Freshers: Have You Had Your Meningitis ACWY Vaccination yet?

As a fresher (1st year student) you are in a high risk group for getting meningitis, particularly in the first few weeks of term, so we advise you contact your GP at home to get the Meningitis ACWY vaccination before coming to uni.

Meningitis can be caught by anyone at any age but teenagers and young people have a higher risk of contracting meningitis and the related condition septicaemia. Of particular concern are those who are going to university for the first time and international students who may never have had a vaccination.

The vaccination is free to all first year students under the age of 25 from a GP. If you are unable to have the vaccine before arriving at uni please contact the Health Service to discuss how you can get the vaccine while you’re here.

Meningitis strikes fast and can kill within hours, so getting vaccinated and knowing the signs and symptoms to watch out for can save lives – maybe your own.

Check out a full list of signs and symptoms or download the Meningitis Now app for help and information at your fingertips. Be aware that meningitis symptoms can be mistaken for “freshers flu” so if in any doubt always seek medical help as soon as possible.

More information about meningitis.

August 7, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» New Campus Emergency Number - (01443 4) 83333

The University has introduced a new internal emergency number 83333 (01443 483333 from a mobile) to be used in the event that a fire is discovered or an ambulance is required on campus.

The number puts you through to the Treforest Gatehouse, which is staffed 24/7/365, so that security can manage the arrival of the emergency services. The new number replaces the requirement to call 9 999 and works across all campuses.

The benefit of this system, is that it has the facility for the security staff to patch the caller through to the emergency operator, so the security staff are informed of where the ambulance is required and the caller can give up-to-date information to the Ambulance Service.

Estates are in the process of replacing the existing fire action notices and first aid posters with ones containing the new number. For more informatiomn contact C. Wayne Jones, Health and Safety Adviser.

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August 4, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» 2017 Freshers' Check List

There are approximately a million things you need to do. Fear not, thanks to our check lists you can break things down into smaller manageable tasks!

We’ve put together two check lists – one listing things you should get sorted before you arrive on campus, and the other for things you should do in the first few weeks of term.


Download the checklist

Download the above Word Document so you can change things to suit you. Perfect for printing!

Before you get here

Things you must do:

If you are a Home/EU student and haven't enrolled yet, go to the Getting Started at USW. Non-EU International students enrol on campus during induction week.
If you pay your own fees, decide which payment plan you want to use, and arrange payments.
Good accommodation can make a big difference to your time at university. Have a read through our House Shares pages.
Attending inductions is very important – you’ll probably be allocated into Student Groups for the rest of the year during academic induction sessions. Early in September, find and download induction timetables. There will be links on your UniLife homepage to take you to induction information for your campus.
Plan how and when you’ll get here. If you’ll be living in halls, see the Moving In page to find out when you should aim to arrive.
If you’re an international student, make sure you read the pre-departure information (which includes several additional to-do lists)
Make sure you have enough money in your bank account to last you at least two weeks, just in case there are any delays in receiving your student loan.
Make sure all your vaccinations are in order. Please double check that you have had the correct Meningitis vaccination, especially if you were born between 1st September 1990 and 31st August 1996.

Things you should do:

Get an overview of your finances for the first term and plan a budget.
Don't leave it to the last minute - you don't want _all_ your stuff to be in bin bags rather than boxes & suitcases! Here's a list of things to bring to uni with you. There's also a separate list of things to bring for international students.
Check UniLife regularly: at least once a week!
If you are already living in the UK, apply for a student bank account well in advance, so it's ready to use before you get here.

Things you might want to do:

Apply online for an NUS Extra Card to get discounts in shops, online and offline.
Decide which social events, parties and club nights to buy tickets for. Some freshers' events sell out in advance.
Find fellow freshers on social networks (but please don't reveal too much of your personal information online).
Practice how to cook one or two meals (and if you want to make friends quickly, learn how to bake a simple cake, brownies or cookies!). If you're not au fait with laundering clothes, you might want to ask your parents for a few pointers, too!
Make a list of regional things and places to see: sometimes, a day trip or a weekend away can be a huge boost to morale!
Give any pet you may have a big cwtch. Ditto for parents / family. Promise them you'll call them regularly – and keep your promise!

international students jumping for joy

After you’ve arrived on campus

Things you must do:

Attend your induction sessions in freshers' week. There, you'll probably get allocated to a student group, which determines which Timetable you'll be using all year.
Get your timetable sorted.
Register with the University Health Service and also with a local GP clinic. Don't wait until you're ill - that's the worst time to have to sort out which clinic to go to!

Things you should do:

Find out which books you need to read for your modules. You might need to buy some of them and get others from the library.
Register to vote: having a continuous record will be good for your credit rating.
Collect your NUS Card (if you have ordered one) from the Students' Union on your campus.
Get a TV Licence if you have a TV, or if you watch live TV or BBC iPlayer online.
If you are a full-time student and eligible, get a Council Tax Letter once teaching starts. With this letter, you won't have to pay Council Tax.
Keep track of your bank balance and check it against your budget on a weekly basis.
If you live in the private sector, find out what the rubbish & recycling collection schedule for your area is. Avoid upsetting your neighbours and incurring a fine!
Decide whether you need home contents insurance – burglars target student houses especially because of all the gadgets and students' sometimes lax attitude to security! (If you live in halls, insurance may already be included in your contract)

Things you might want to do:

Book yourself onto some Taster Sessions organised by the Sport Centre and clubs and societies – a unique chance to have a go at something new!
Browse through UniLife Connect, USW's careers portal. The vacancies database includes student jobs, summer jobs and graduate jobs...
If your neighbours know you, this'll make them more likely to approach you in person (rather than calling the authorities) if there's ever a problem.

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August 3, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» USW at the Pride Cymru Parade

Join the University’s staff and students and march in the Pride Cymru Parade later this month as part of Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend.

On Saturday 26 August, come along to a pre-march brunch at the ATRiuM in the Cardiff Campus from 9am. At the brunch, we will also be joined by representatives from Stonewall and a Stonewall Cymru youth group who will be sharing their experiences of being young LGBT role models.

We will be leaving the ATRiuM at 10.30am to start the march through Cardiff City Centre, arriving at Cardiff City Hall.

If you would like to take part, please email hradministration@southwales.ac.uk to confirm your attendance. Please feel free to bring along friends and family with you – the more, the merrier.

A limited number of USW t-shirts will be available for anyone representing the University on the march.

USW is a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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July 27, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Change of Address: Let Student Finance Know

If your address changes at any time while you’re studying, you should let Student Finance know.

If you don’t keep your contact address up to date, you might not get your entitlement letter or declaration form and your student finance payments might be late.

To update your details log into your student finance account and update your details in 'Your Profile’. Use the links below to visit your student finance provider:

Wales and EU


Northern Ireland


NHS Wales

Aside from Student Finance, there are numerous other institutions who need your details to be up-to-date. Have a look at our Moving House Checklist for more info.

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July 18, 2017

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Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Upcoming Advice Zone Closures

In the coming weeks, there are several days when Advice Zones will be closed.

  • Glyntaff Advice Zone will be closed on Friday 21 July 2017

UPDATE Closure of the Advice Zone was planned for the 1st August for a Team and Training day. This has been rescheduled until later in the month. Details to follow once confirmed.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

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