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May 25, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Blackboard access problems

Some students are currently experiencing problems with Blackboard.

IT Services are working to resolve this problem as soon as possible, and expect a resolution within an hour – by around 11.30am on 25/5/16.

We apologise for any inconvenience this is causing.

If you have further issues or would like your case specifically looked at please contact IT Support at www.southwales.ac.uk/customersupport or telephone 01443 4 82882.

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» Phishing Email - University of South Wales students targetted

IT Support has received reports of a convincing phishing email campaign targeting University of South Wales students. The email contains a link that redirects users to a fake web page that is a copy of the University’s login page.

'Phishing’ is an attempt to acquire sensitive information such as passwords and credit card details for malicious reasons, by pretending to be a trustworthy entity, in this case the University.

ACTION REQUIRED – If you receive an email with the subject line “IT Service Desk: Important account information”, please delete the email without responding to it and without clicking any links in it. If you have clicked a link, please contact IT Support for further advice. Furthermore, if you have entered your username and password into the fake web page, please change your password immediately from a clean PC and then contact IT Customer Support.

Contact IT Customer Support on www.southwales.ac.uk/customersupport or telephone 01443 4 82882.

An example of the FAKE email can be seen below:

From: University of South Wales
Date: 24 May 2016 at 21:13:15 BST
To:

Subject: IT Service Desk: Important account information

Dear all,

Due to a barrage of unending attacks by the bad guys on our computer systems, we have implemented a new security system for all users. The security system is needed to ensure protection of your information on our servers.

Please login below to activate this system.

New Security System

Best Regards,
IT Service Desk
University of South Wales

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May 20, 2016

Unilife News from International site
Unilife News from International site
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» What to do on the weekend?

Want to know what fun activity you can take part in on the weekend?

On Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May 2016, Cardiff Craft & Hobby Show is back in Cardiff City Stadium, bringing you a fabulous range of exhibitors and craft goodies! Featuring a range of craft suppliers who showcase everything from paper crafts and beads to fabrics and wool.

Doors open at 10.00am and close at 4.00pm each day.

Tickets are priced at £5 on the door. Under 10’s go free and each ticket holder will receive a free cup of tea or coffee at the show.


Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Weekly News Highlights from UniLife - 20th May

Everyone’s got their head deep in exams and assessments at the moment, but other things are still going on in the outside world!
Here are a few items the UniLife team picked up on this week.

  1. USW Stories
  2. Local News
    1. Cardiff
    2. Newport
    3. Pontypridd

USW Stories

There was a lot of puppy love in the ATRriuM this week


Still plenty of opportunities to check out fellow students’ & graduates’ work


Local News

These news stories are not directly about the University, but may be of interest if you are living and studying in South Wales

It’s going to impact on a lot of us, so it’s worth getting in the know.

A bit further away, but it looks amazing!

Cardiff

There are still a few days left in National Vegetarian Week. But hey, who needs an excuse?


If you think you know Cardiff, you might still be surprised.


Newport

Sounds promising…


Pontypridd area

Any Pontypridd-based writers around in June?


Now if the weather would just warm up a bit…


And last but not least . . .

Do make sure you take the opportunity to make your opinion known.


Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Unilife News from International site
Unilife News from International site
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» Telephone frauds and scams

We have, again, been made aware that a number of students have recently been contacted by fraudsters saying that there is a problem with their visa and then trying to extort money from them.

Please be aware of their tactics and know that the Home Office or legitimate organisations never contact students to insist they pay money at very short notice. For details, see the UKCISA item on telephone frauds and scams.

If you are contacted by someone purporting to be from the Home Office or other government agency, please ask for their contact details and tell them you will ask the University’s Immigration & International Student Advice team (IISA) to speak to them on your behalf. If they refuse to accept this, then it is likely to be a scam, state you will contact the UKVI via the University for verification and then hang up. Please then contact the IISA immediately.

May 19, 2016

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Student Money News
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» Energy Saving Advice

How Students Can Seek Support in Switching Energy Suppliers and Reducing Their Energy Costs

For most students, university is the first time they’ve lived in a home of their own – sharing a house with friends is often one of the most memorable highlights of our student days. For many, it’s also the first time they’ve dealt with an energy supplier.

There are a lot of suppliers and tariffs to choose from, and it can be hard to know where to start. Even once you’re set up, reading meters and sorting bill payments between several people can be a lot to manage.

Fortunately, help is at hand for anyone who needs support to understand or keep track of their energy usage. The Community Action Partnership (CAP), a joint initiative between NEA Cymru and British Gas, has been working to bring affordable warmth to people in Cardiff over the past two years. During this time, CAP has delivering a varied programme of awareness sessions and events to help people understand how to use energy more efficiently. As part of this work, NEA Cymru has provided free training to student advisers from universities across the city, including USW, arming them with the skills needed to help the student community understand more about energy usage, paying bills and how to heat homes efficiently.

Whether you need help switching energy suppliers, are confused about your landlord’s responsibilities, or want to find out about how you can cut your energy usage, your student advisers can offer free, impartial advice. Please get in touch with Student Money Advice Team

As well as speaking to a student adviser, here are five energy tips that you can use at home:
• Keep furniture away from radiators to allow heat to flow around the room easily
• Block draughts to stop heat escaping by fitting insulation strips on windows and doors or by covering keyholes and letterboxes (but be careful not to block vents, these are important to keep air circulating). These strips can be bought cheaply at a local DIY store
• Save energy and reduce condensation by keeping lids on pans when cooking
• Save electricity by defrosting the freezer regularly. As it gets more frosted-up, the freezer has to work harder to keep cold, so more electricity is used
• Don’t dry clothes on the radiators – this can cause mould and condensation. It also makes the boiler work harder than it needs to by heating the clothes as well as the room.

Whether you’re a British Gas customer or not, you can call the British Gas Energy Efficiency Advice Line on 0800 072 8629 or visit their website for more advice on improving the energy efficiency of your home.

May 18, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Counselling appointments now available

The Counselling Service is no longer operating a waiting list system and students are now able to book their own Counselling 1st Appointment online, as well as being able to register for online counselling.

Students can view what appointments are available, but are advised to keep checking the appointment system if there is not one that suits them at the time.

It also possible to book an an appointment by contacting the Student Services Helpdesk in the Treforest Library & Student Centre on 01443 482080 (open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.30pm).

Because of the refurbishment in Cardiff Campus there are no more appointments in Cardiff until the new academic year. However, provision will continue to be available at our Pontypridd and Newport city campuses until the end of term. For anyone who cannot reach one of those campuses, you can call 01443 480480 to arrange a telephone or Skype appointment, or book one online.

For anyone interested in finding out more about the Counselling and Wellbeing Service at USW, and for information about what support the Service can offer them, their regular 20 minute Wellbeing Drop-in sessions may be useful. Although you cannot book these online, information about when and where they’re being held is also available through the appointment system calendar, or by calling Student Services Helpdesk. Please note these Drop-ins are only available during term-time.

There will be a reduced service through the summer vacation, with appointments at Treforest campus and online appointments available. These can be booked online or via Student Services Reception.

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Unilife News from International site
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» Don't forget our Summer fun evening in Bute Park on 10th June!

You are invited to Bute Park in Cardiff on Friday 10th June for a picnic and summer fun evening, filled with our usual array of games, balls and our small parachute.

All students, home and international, are welcome. Feel free to bring your families!

There is also a café situated in the park called ‘The Secret Garden café’ if you want to try something new, or you could pack your own picnic with a few friends and enjoy it in the park.

We will be meeting at Treforest Train Station at 2pm, or meet us at 3pm outside Cardiff Queen Street Train station and we will walk to the park together.

If any of you haven’t had the time to visit Bute Park, then here is the opportunity for you to take advantage of the beautiful scenery Cardiff has to offer. We hope to see you there!

» Don’t forget our Summer fun evening in Bute park!

You are invited to Bute Park in Cardiff on Friday 10th June for a picnic and summer fun evening with our usual array of games, balls and our small parachute.

Summer is coming, term is nearly over, and after your exams you will want some time to unwind! We know you have all been diligently studying for your exams and completing your final papers. It’s important to work hard, but it’s also important to play hard as well!

We want to take advantage of the warm weather and invite you all to a picnic and summer fun evening we are organising on Friday 10th June 2016 in Bute Park, Cardiff. We will be bringing our usual array of games, balls and our small parachute, so all you need to bring is yourself.

There is a café situated in the park called ‘The Secret Garden café’ if you want to try something new, or you could pack your own picnic with a few friends and enjoy it in the park.

We will be meeting at Treforest Train Station at 2pm, or meet us at 3pm outside Cardiff Queen Street Train station and we will walk to the park together.

If any of you haven’t had the time to visit Bute Park, then here is the opportunity for you to take advantage of the beautiful scenery Cardiff has to offer. We hope to see you there!

May 17, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Phishing emails about grants

The University has been alerted to the circulation of a new phishing email being sent to some students.

The phishing websites are designed to appear to be associated with the students’ own institution, often reusing branding/logos. The sites try to obtain credit card information, amongst other personal details.

Emails may have the subject “You have been awarded a grant” and continue with the text:

I am pleased to inform you that you have been awarded the Student Educational Grant by the Department for Education (DfE). The grant is based on student’s financial circumstance and academic performance.

As it is our interest to ensure that you are funded hassle-free, please submit your details via the link below as soon as possible so that your grant can be processed promptly.

(link to phishing website)

Again, congratulation on your award.

If you receive this email, or any other suspicious emails asking for money or your password, please do not click any links in it. For further advice, see the IT team’s page Dealing with phishing emails.

If you have questions or concerns regarding spam emails, please contact IT Support by telephone on +44 (0) 1443 482882 or online at support.southwales.ac.uk.

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