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July 29, 2014

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» A new dawn for Grad Edge

Over the summer, the team at USW Careers is working hard to transform the University’s Grad Edge employability initiative. Working in partnership with employers, academics and students, we are developing a brand new, innovative Grad Edge Award, to help you gain the skills and experiences key graduate employers want.

This week, we met some of these employers at our Cardiff campus. Coming from a wide range of sectors they gave us some fascinating ideas about the qualities they look for in graduate employees. Their contributions will help you get the edge in your job hunt when you leave university.

The new term will also see some major changes to our online system which will make it much more user-friendly – including new ways to book onto events, get help from USW Careers, and use brilliant new tools to perfect your job hunting skills.

Watch this space for more Grad Edge news coming soon!

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» New: Access your Printing Account from UniLife

A new feature has been added to the Your Account area of UniLife.

The Printing Account section gives you quick access to several tools:

  • Buy Print Credits
  • Request a Refund of Unused Print Credits (terms and conditions apply)
  • Online Printing System
  • Links to information about printing options on campus and terms and conditions

(Access to this feature requires being logged in to UniLife)

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July 28, 2014

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» Paddy tell us about volunteering for the Pontypridd Food Bank

(Pontypridd Food Bank)!How did you get interested in volunteering?

I have always been interested in volunteering. I was with the Air Cadets and the Scouts from a young age, and that instilled in me the ethos of helping people, so a big thing for me at University was to give something extra and to help others. I was referred to Thomas Crockett and we tried Pontypridd Food Bank as a placement. I’m still there nine months later!
Why did you get involved? (please explore reasons for volunteering, in particular ask if an aim is to get into employment, education or training or to develop particular skills for career development)

I’m not personally doing it to help me find a job – I just like to feel that I’m using my time to help another group of people.

What sort of volunteering have you been doing? For how long? Who do you do it with?

I’m volunteering with the Pontypridd Food Bank with Warwick Butler and Father Michael. My role is to take over the phone once every fortnight, so that when people request it I deliver food parcels either to individuals or to organizations. I can also open the Church up for collections. I’m working directly with the Clients, and I’m on call for a whole day so it can get quite busy.
What do you get out of volunteering? Has volunteering helped you to do other things (in particular has volunteering helped to gain employment, a place in education or training)

It may help me get employment in the future, but as I’ve said I’m really doing it because of the values involved, of helping other people. It makes you feel good to help out and the Food Bank is good in that you directly meet the people you are helping, which does make it more rewarding. I also meet a wide range of people in the role.

Have you used your volunteering on any of the following?

On your CV/job application: Yes
To talk about in an interview: No
On your UCAS application form: No

What helps you to keep going?

I think the Food Bank is one of the best Charities around, because it is so local. People from the community donate food and that goes directly to the clients. Food is the main currency, and all the work is done by volunteers: I think people can connect to that. Some people are disillusioned with larger Charities so this seems a much purer model, it all seems to happen within a three mile radius. Other people within the organization are very good and friendly, and they are always interested in what I’ve got going on. Even though I’m from a different background they make me feel valued and we can all unite over a common goal.

Is there anything (including different volunteering) you would like to do in the future?

Organizations like the Food Bank are so needed in society nowadays, especially with all the cuts going on, so I plan to keep volunteering throughout my life.

Warwick Butler, Pontypridd Food Bank Distribution Centre Manager said “Volunteers like Paddy from the University of South Wales have done very well for us over the past twelve months and without them we definitely couldn’t have coped so well the massive demand for our services. The Link with the University has definitely been worthwhile for us over the past year, but we could still do with a few more volunteers so we’ll be staying involved next year.”


If you’re interested in volunteering, take a look at the information we have on our site

July 23, 2014

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» NATO Summit - Effects on USW Campuses

As a result of the NATO summit in Newport, there will be some disruption to the university between 26th August – 7th September.

What, where and when is the NATO summit?

The NATO summit comes to South East Wales on 4th and 5th September 2014. It is the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain, with President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande expected to be among leaders and senior ministers attending from around 60 countries.

The summit will attract huge numbers of visitors to south Wales, including up to 4000 delegates, 1500 media and around 10,000 other support personnel. Accommodation providers and key venues in and around Cardiff and Newport are already fully booked in the lead up to and during the summit. Local government advice pages warn this will cause 'significant and unavoidable’ disruption to travel infrastructure at times during the two-day conference, particularly around the areas of the Celtic Manor, Cardiff City Centre and the M4. The current advice is to use public transport wherever possible during the summit and limit journeys to essential travel only.

Effects on our campuses

  • There is some disruption to the university expected between 26th August – 7th September, varying across campuses as follows:
    • Caerleon and Newport City – significant disruption;
    • Treforest – some disruption;
    • Cardiff (ATRiuM) – minor disruption;
    • Glyntaff – no disruption.
  • Travel in South Wales will be affected at times, mostly on 3rd, 4th & 5th September. You are advised to expect longer journey times on these days.
  • There will be increased campus security measures. You are advised to carry your student ID at all times on campus.

Please note: this information is correct at point of issue and could change at any time without notice. If changes occur, we will try to provide regular updates online.

Why is the University affected by the NATO summit?

The University is involved in two ways: we have the pleasure of accommodating a large delegation of support staff involved in the summit at our Treforest and Caerleon campuses, and Newport City Campus will be used as a hub for activity between 30th August – 7th September. Additionally, there is likely to be some impact on everyone living in south Wales, due to the volume of visitors expected.

The extent to which you are affected will depend on where you live and which campus you are based at. Broadly the disruptions will be as follows:


No disruption or impact expected other than travel disruptions.


A large delegation of support staff involved in the summit will be accommodated in the Treforest halls of residence during the period 28th August – 7th September. This may result in some additional vehicle traffic around campus in the early morning and late afternoon. A small part of the student car park is expected to be cordoned off for coaches.

Campus security will be slightly increased for the benefit of everyone’s safety and you may notice the presence of additional security personnel. You are asked to please carry your student ID with you at all times when on campus, as you may be asked to show it at any time.


Significant disruption is expected at Caerleon Campus due to activity associated with the summit and a large delegation of summit support staff being accommodated at Caerleon from 26th August – 7th September. Campus access will be restricted 24 hours a day. Students, visitors and non-essential staff will not be allowed access to the campus.

We are aiming to keep disruptions to a minimum by moving scheduled teaching activity and events to other venues 22nd August – 6th September.

Newport City

Significant disruption is expected from 30th August – 7th September. Campus access will be restricted 24 hours a day. Students, visitors and non-essential staff will not be allowed access to the campus.

We are aiming to keep disruptions for students and visitors to a minimum by moving scheduled teaching activity and events away from the campus during this time.

Cardiff Campus

Significant disruption is possible at times during the summit on 4th-5th September. However, we expect Cardiff campuses to remain open during this, albeit with some limited services and you may be required to show your student ID to access the building. You are advised to start your journey early, expect longer journey times and use public transport, or walk wherever possible.

Specific questions

Will access to the computer systems / drives / networks be affected by the summit?

No disruption to University networks or systems is expected as a result of the summit.

Will this affect other student activities e.g. summer language courses / other teaching?

All known scheduled activities are being moved where possible to avoid disruptions to students and guests.

Will this affect the start of term / international welcome week?

The summit will be finished by late Friday afternoon 5th September, and all delegates and support staff are expected to leave south Wales shortly afterwards, so it is not expected to affect our new term.

Will this affect Caerleon graduation ceremonies?

The Caerleon graduation ceremonies have been put back from their normal dates to avoid the summit and will take place 10th – 12th September.

Will public transport be affected?

The expectation is that public transport will not be disrupted by the summit and local government officials are advising you to use it wherever possible. This will inevitably lead to high-demand during the summit, so the advice is to leave early and allow for longer journey times.

Is the University perceived to be a terrorist target?

No, there is no perceived risk of USW being a target for terrorism. There is some risk that anti-NATO protests could attempt to disrupt events in Newport and that the University could be adversely impacted, but it is not expected to be significant.

Are we expecting to close any campuses?

No. As explained above, access to some campuses will be restricted to authorised persons. We would only consider closing a campus if the advice came directly from the police or security forces, and we are not expecting that at this stage. It’s not possible to plan for this, but we will be making every effort to ensure minimum disruption to staff, students and visitors. Some student services may be restricted for periods of time, but we will keep students informed of changes as they occur.

Can I get onto a restricted access campus with my ID badge?

No. You will not be able to access a restricted campus. At this point, Caerleon and City campuses are the only campuses with restricted access, but you should carry your ID with you at all times on all campuses.

Will there be limited parking?

As the summit is happening outside of term time, there is not expected to be a huge impact on parking, but we will keep this under review.

Will USW security cards work normally?

Yes, normal security processes will apply on all non-restricted campuses for the duration. We advise you to carry your ID at all times, just in case.

Exams /assignments

What if assignments are due to be submitted during this period?

There are not any scheduled deadlines for coursework submission at Caerleon or Newport City during this period. However, some individual students may have extended deadlines.

  • Students should email the coursework to their tutor and copy to the student administration team (emails as below).
  • Where this is not possible (e.g. if it is a piece of artwork) it should be submitted to any campus Student Advice Centre on the nearest date possible and by 8th September at the latest.
  • Students will need to ensure they explain where they would normally submit coursework and why they were unable to do so.
Is this likely to affect the timing of resits / results?

The advertised period of resit exams should not change. Timetables for specific exams on specific days are currently being drawn up. It is hoped that all results will be published in line with the University main results date of the 9th September. If for any reason, this is not possible, information will be provided online with details.

Will resit/referral exams be affected?

Exams should still take place during the advertised period, i.e. Monday 11th August to Friday 22nd August, although in line with normal practice at the University, exams will be mainly scheduled during the first week. The detailed timetable will be published week commencing 21st July as a link on the Examination Information for Students page.

How do I contact Student Administration Services/Student Advice?

Newport City

Tel: 01633 432365
Email: cityadvice@southwales.ac.uk


Tel: (01633) 432082
Email: caerleonadvice@southwales.ac.uk

Other campuses:

Treforest: treforestadvice@southwales.ac.uk
Glyntaff: glyntaffadvice@southwales.ac.uk
Cardiff: cardiffadvice@southwales.ac.uk


Can students still access library and resources / services / IT facilities / study areas?

Caerleon library will be closed 26th August – 7th September and Newport City library will be closed 30th August – 7th September. Access to other resources will be restricted for the same periods. For information, call 01443 483400.

All library services, including e-resources and support via our online chat service will be available. You will be able to access these services online or at the campuses that are not restricted.

What if staff / students need to return library books?

Any charges for unreturned books due back at Caerleon or Newport City during this period will be waived. Where possible, students are advised to renew books online or over the phone. If convenient, students can also return books at the Cardiff (Atrium), Glyntaff or Treforest Campus libraries. For information, call 01443 483400.

Will students be able to access on-campus print services?

Print room at Caerleon will be closed 26th August – 8th September. Call 01443 48 2023 for information. Students will be able to access the self-service printers on unrestricted campuses. The Treforest print room will be open as normal.

Will student email be working?

For some of the time student email will not be available, but this is not related to the NATO Summit. Read about the Changes to Student Email for more information.

How do I contact Student Support Services?

You can telephone 01443 482080 for any of the following services, or email as indicated:

New / Incoming Students

I’m a prospective student and want to visit the University
  • The University has arranged visit days for undergraduate applicants who wish to study at USW this forthcoming academic year on Saturday 16th August and Thursday 21st August. All campuses will be open during these dates. Check the website for details.
  • There is an Open Evening for prospective postgraduate students on Tuesday 9th September. All campuses are open and check the website for details.
  • There is an Open Day on September 17th for prospective undergraduate students who wish to apply to study at USW for entry 2015. You can check the website for details.
Submitting documentation

I need to submit Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) documents and/or proof of qualifications to the University so I can enrol this September. Where should I bring these documents?

Access to the Caerleon and City campus will be restricted 26th August – 7th September and 30th August – 7th September respectively. During this period you can bring your documents to the Enquiries & Admissions Unit, D Block, Treforest Campus, CF37 1DL, or visit City or Caerleon campuses after 7th September. Call 03455 76 77 78 for more information.

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July 21, 2014

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» IISA drop-in closed Monday 21st July from 2-4pm

The Immigration & International Student Advice team (IISA) afternoon drop-in at Treforest will be closed on Monday 21st July 2014.

You can still access the team in the morning between 10-12 in B68 and normal service will resume Tuesday 22nd July.

You can also email the team on international.advice@southwales.ac.uk

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

July 16, 2014

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» Gradulations!

Yes we’ve made up a new word to celebrate your success of graduating!
We’re half way through the ceremonies in Treforest and have been very happy to see so many smiling graduates.

Even though you’re leaving us the Careers Service is still here to help you get that dream job…

What we can offer you

As a graduate of this University you can access free careers support from the Careers & Employability Service for up to three years after graduation date.

Graduate Support includes:

One to One career advice

In person Careers Adviser appointments available on campus in Caerleon, Cardiff, Newport City, Treforest. Skype or telephone Careers Adviser appointments or use the Email a Careers Adviser service.

You are entitled to a maximum of ten career related interventions over the three year period.

Jobs, placements, and work experience

Sign up to Opportunities to view and receive graduate job alerts from over 4000 registered employers.
Graduate jobs and opportunities are posted daily!

Careers Events

We hold a number of recruitment, employers and professional development events
throughout the year you are welcome to come along to.
View our latest events

Staying connected

As a new graduate, you will receive our new monthly newsletter designed to keep you up to date on latest relevant opportunities, events and, information and advice from Careers Advisers connected with your degree.

Other ways to keep connected:

We wish you all the best in the future!

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July 15, 2014

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» Important information for today’s (15/7/14) Graduation Ceremonies

The Highways Agency has informed the University that there is a burst water main on Park Street, Treforest (near the Otley pub) that is causing traffic disruption. The University is aware of this and if necessary will adjust the start time of this morning’s ceremony accordingly.

Graduands and their guests for this afternoon’s ceremony are reminded to use the park and ride facility at the Glyntaff Campus.

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July 14, 2014

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» Health Centre Closed , Treforest Campus

Closed 15th July

The health Centre , Treforest Campus will be closed tomorrow 15th July due to unforeseen circumstances.
Open as normal 16th July 10.00-14.00

July 9, 2014

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» What are you doing this weekend?

On Saturday 12th July Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival will be open for all , between 11am and 10pm. Admission is free, so why not go along?

The festival hosts a wide range of specialist foods and drinks, and has a 'piazza’ where you can buy and try lots of different foods. The festival will also be hosting live music and entertainment for all!

This year’s event has a distinctive Spanish flavour due to the support of Vueling Airlines and Cardiff Airport. Visitors can unwind at the Spanish Quarter on the waterfront. Also, you can indulge in its Cava and Sangria Bar. This is not before visiting The Spanish Buffet where you’ll be able to buy all the ingredients needed for a traditional paella.

The festival is held in Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay, which is can be reached easily by train from Cardiff Queen Street station – information on trains, and the times they run, in available on the National Rail website.

Further information on the festival, as well as directions to the event, can be found on the Visit Cardiff Website

If you visit the festival and take pictures of you enjoying yourself, feel free to bring them into The International Zone in B68 for us to add to our photo collection!

July 4, 2014

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» Police Registration

New Students

If you would like to complete your Police Registration on campus, please come to B68 – the International Zone – as soon as possible to check if we have appointments.

Continuing Students

Please remember that you must update your Police Registration if any of these things have changed:

Change of Address (including moving rooms on campus)
Change of University
Change of marital status or birth of children
Extension of stay by the UK Visas and Immigration (new visa)
Change of Passport
Temporary absence of 8 weeks or more from your registered address.

This is very important as failure to report changes to your details could result in a fine of up to £5000 or 6 months imprisonment!