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August 20, 2018

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» Travelling To University (and Parking!)


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.

Regular Commuting

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

There are many ways to get to campus. The easiest, cheapest and least stressful is often walking, and walking is good for you! Even 10 mintues a day has health benefits. All five campuses have plenty of student accommodation on-site or nearby.

If you live further away you could cycle, take the train or bus, drive by car, or ride a motorbike.

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. We want the University to be a valued part of our local communities. Please always park considerately.

Campus-specific Information

Useful Links

Moving to Uni

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August 14, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» 2018 Freshers' Check List

It seems like there are a million things you need to do when you first come to uni.
Our check list helps you break things down into more manageable tasks!


Download the checklist

Download the above Word Document so you can change things to suit you and tick off what you’ve done. Perfect for printing!

Before you get here

Things you must do:

If you are a Home(UK) student or a student from the EEA or Switzerland and haven't enrolled yet, go to Getting Started at USW to find out how to enrol online and what else you need to do. International student from outside the EEA / Switzerland need to do personalised enrolment on campus during induction week, International Students Enrolment Information.
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. You might find our Tips for Shared Living useful.
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 USW’s pre-departure information (which includes several additional to-do lists) before leaving your home country.
Make sure you have enough money in your bank account to last you at least two weeks, just in case you need it, for example if 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).
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. They can also help you register 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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» UniLife Changes August 2018

Can you spot the difference?

UniLife has recently had a slight redesign, as we try to make the site simpler and easier to use.

Elements of the homepage have been moved around and the number of links reduced as we try to put the things you need most right in front of you. For example there’s now a direct link to the A-Z near the top of the page, because we know that the A-Z is very popular.

The changes are subtle, so don’t be surprised if they don’t jump out at you. UniLife is constantly a work in progress, and big changes are planned for the near future.

We would love to hear your feedback on what you like or don’t like about UniLife, and what you might want from a future version of the site. You can email UniLife@southwales.ac.uk at any time.

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August 7, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Blackboard and UniLearn - essential maintenance affecting services

Blackboard and UniLearn will be unavailable during our scheduled summer upgrade on Monday 13th August 2018 between 1am and 10am and should be considered to be 'at risk’ until 1pm.

If you have any queries relating to this message please contact IT Support on +44 1443 4 82882 or online at www.southwales.ac.uk/customersupport.

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» Essential PANOPTO Maintenance

IT Services are carrying out an update to the PANOPTO recording software across all campuses durring the week of the 3rd August to the 9th August 2018.

Whilst disruption should be limited, users will see the update apply when machines are rebooted.

If you have any queries relating to this message please contact IT Support on +44 1443 4 82882 or online at www.southwales.ac.uk/customersupport.

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August 6, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Advice Zone Online Notifications Problem - FIXED

This issue was resolved on 6/8/18


Email alerts are not being sent to students from Advice Zone Online.

Due to an ongoing technical issue, students won’t get email notifications when they create a question in Advice Zone Online, or when staff respond with an update.

As a workaround, if you have created a question or are expecting a response, please log in to Adice Zone Online to check for updates.
You can also call or drop in to your Advice Zone to check on the progress of a query.

We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible, and hope that once a fix is in place all relevant notification emails will be sent.

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August 1, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Temporary Matrix Cafe Closure

The Matrix café in the Alfred Russell Wallace Building at Glyntaff will be closed from Thursday 1st August due to refurbishment works.

The refurbished café will reopen at the start of the Autumn term in September.

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July 30, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Extended Treforest Library Hours

Treforest Library opening hours will be extended during the exam resit period.

From Monday 30th July – Sunday 5th August, Treforest Library will be providing additional opening hours for students resitting exams this summer.

For further details, please visit Treforest Library’s Summer Opening Hours.

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July 19, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Pride Cymru Parade Brunch

Join us for Stonewall’s Youth Pride event as part of Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend at 9:00 am, Saturday 25th August at Atrium, Cardiff Campus.

This event will bring together young people from across South Wales, Stonewall colleagues and USW staff and students for brunch and a few talks. All USW staff and students are invited and encouraged to attend; 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.

We will be leaving the Atrium at 10:30 am to start the march through Cardiff City Centre, arriving at Cardiff City Hall.

Stonewall Youth Pride Workshop

Stonewall will be running a workshop at this event which is open to anyone aged between 16 and 21 years old. If you are interested in attending this workshop, you can register for a place here. Places are limited so we encourage you to sign up early.

University of South Wales is Stonewall Diversity Champion; you can find out more about Stonewall here.

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July 17, 2018

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» What's on this Summer: August

Whether you like to party, have an appreciation for the arts and culture, live to explore the great outdoors or sample fine foods, South Wales and the surrounding areas offer you plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself this summer.

Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons


Flying Kites and Lazy Owls

Birds of Prey
2 August 2018, Caerphilly Castle (Location Map)

The National Eisteddfod of Wales

Welsh Culture Celebrationl
3 - 11 August 2018, Cardiff, various locations

Friday Twilights at the Zoo

An evening at the Zoo
3 August 2018, Bristol (Location Map)

Big Welsh Bite

Food Festival
4 - 5 August 2018, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park (Location Map)

Falconry at Tintern Abbey

Birds of prey spectacular

4 – 5 August 2018, Tintern Abbey (Location Map)

Wildlife Walks: Brilliant Bumblebees

Guided Walk
5 August 2018, St Fagans

Barry Island 10K

Charity Run
5 August 2018, Barry Island

(Miniature) Chariot Racing

Remote-controlled Roman chariot racing
7 – 8 August 2018,Caerleon Roman Fortress (Location Map)

Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show

Agricultural Show
8 August 2018, Fonmon Castle Park (Location Map)

Maes B

Music Event
8 – 11 August 2018,Cardiff Bay (Location Map)

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Hot Air Balloon Display
9 – 12 August 2018, Bristol (Location Map)

Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour

Walking Tour
10 August 2018, Bristol (various dates)


Medieval fun and mayhem
11 – 12 August 2018, Caerphilly Castle (Location Map)

Street Magic and Theatre Weekender

World Class Magicians Performance
11 – 12 August 2018, Barry Island

Pen Y Fan Great Outdoor Event

Outdoor Activities Day
16 August 2018, Brecon (Location Map)

Green Man Festival

Music Festival
16 – 19 August 2018, Brecon

Barry Breakout

Hip Hop event
18 – 19 August 2018, Barry Island

Grand Medieval Mêlée

Medieval Reenactment and Encampment
18 – 19 August 2018, Cardiff Castle

Pride Cymru’s Big Weekend

LGBT+ Festival
24 – 26 August 2018, Cardiff Castle

Friends Fest at Blaise Castle Estate

Celebration of the World’s Greatest TV Show
24 – 2 September 2018, Bristol (Location Map)

Cinema by the Sea

Open Air Cinema
25 – 26 August 2018, Barry Island

Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts Extreme Sailing Series

Sailing Racing Event
25 – 27 August 2018, Cardiff Bay (Location Map)

Roman Shield Making

Make your own Roman shield
30 – 31 August 2018, Caerleon Baths (Location Map)

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