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November 1, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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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
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» 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

October 6, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Celebrate International Coming Out Day with Spectrum

On Wednesday 11th October, between 12.30 – 2pm, Spectrum would like to invite staff and students to come to the Meeting House in Treforest to listen to 'coming out’ stories from Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender staff and students.

About Spectrum

Spectrum, the LGBT+ Staff Network is a group of USW staff committed to promoting LGBT equality for all within the university.

We would like to invite our LGBT staff and students to share their coming out stories to mark Coming Out Day.

It will be a chance to hear about the problems some of us have faced in our lives just because of how we were born, and it may be something you are curious about listening to.

The event will also include a chance to ask questions you didn’t know if you were 'allowed’ to ask! More than anything, listening to these insights may help you understand a little bit more, or to become more aware of some challenges the LGBT community face.

Your Story

If you who would like to share your story, please contact Rhiannon Kemp. If you are unavailable next Wednesday or are not keen to stand in front of an audience, you can either write out your story for someone to read out on the day, or you can record it and send it for us to play.

We welcome a range of different stories, from hard-hitting to tear jerkers to walks in the park, and it doesn’t have to be your 'first’ coming out story. We are coming out all the time, so you might want to share another one, or a series of ones.

We are looking to organise the same event next year in each campus, but need a bit of support from staff and students in other campuses to make it happen. If you are interested in playing a part in this next year, get in touch with Rhiannon!

Coming Out Day: Background Information

This year is the 29th anniversary since it was first observed. Coming Out Day has always been an opportunity to raise awareness of the need for LGBTQ liberation all over the world.

Here in the UK, we have won many battles to establish LGB equality in the law, but there is still work to be done, especially for Trans and Bi people.

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October 3, 2017

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Food Recycling: Give it a Go!

On average, in every general waste bin / bag in Wales, 25% of the content is incorrectly disposed of food waste. Students, unfortunately, are currently less conscientious than other demographics about recycling food waste.

Megan Wilson, USWSU Acting President said:

“A lot of people are recycling their food, which is great, but we know that there’s a lot more we can do, especially students living in the USW areas of Treforest, Cardiff and Newport.

“Every single thing we recycle can make a big difference to how much energy we can create for student communities, whilst helping Wales become the best recycling nation in the world.

“For example, 32 recycled tea bags could produce enough energy to power a guitar amp for an hour – long enough for the next party at Eclipse Nightclub! That’s amazing!”

Food waste which is recycled in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Newport and Cardiff is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant where it is used to produce methane. This is then turned into energy.

Food waste that ends up in landfill also creates the greenhouse gas methane which is leaked directly into the atmosphere. For the first twenty years after it is emitted, methane is 84 times more potent than CO2 as greenhouse gas, so burning it to produce energy is far preferable to letting it leak into the atmosphere. Not only does it generate energy: it actually reduces your waste’s impact on the climate.

What can I recycle?

You can recycle any food, and all food waste – but no liquids please. Keep an eye out for these unavoidable food waste items when you’re preparing food:

For more information, head to the Recycle for Wales website

How much energy can my food waste generate?

Just two small caddies full of food waste could generate enough electricity to power a typical home for over one and a half hours.

Here are some more examples:

One pumpkin shell can generate enough power to fully charge 2 laptops
331 tea bags can generate enough electricity for a ten-minute power shower
Half a banana peal can generate enough power to fully charge a smartphone
One food caddy can generate enough power to run a light bulb for 24 hours

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