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October 20, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Aberfan | Minute's silence

As a University community we will be joining people across Wales in marking the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster.

The disaster claimed the lives of 144 people, 116 of them primary school children, when a spoil tip containing waste material from coal mining slid down from its position on the hillside above the village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, at 0915 on 21 October 1966.

Our University community is marking the anniversary and remembering all affected by the disaster.

At 0915 on Friday 21 October, the University is encouraging colleagues and students across the USW Group to pause and join a minute’s silence.

On Friday 21 October at 1230, the University will hold a commemoration at the Meeting House on our Treforest Campus. It will include a rolling presentation with information about the disaster, showing some of the iconic images, from 9.00am- 5pm which will be paused during the ceremony.

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October 18, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Protect your bike!

There have been several reports of bike thefts due to poor quality locks.

You can take a few simple steps to reduce the potential of becoming
a victim of crime:

  • Get a good quality bike lock such as a D-lock also known as a U-lock. Look for “Sold Secure Ltd” approved locks.
  • If you have an expensive pedal cycle, use a secondary lock, to loop around the wheels and frame.
  • Lock your bike to something secure e.g. bike rack or secure immoveable object.
  • Use a bike shed where available.
  • Make the lock and bike difficult to manoeuvre when parked.
  • Lock up removable parts (e.g. quick release wheels)

For more information and a video showing you how to secure your bike please see How to protect your bike.

There are several secure bike sheds that staff and students can access, please check our travel pages for the locations on your campus.

If you do become a victim of crime and your pedal cycle is stolen, you will need to report the theft to the Police:
Emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Police Non emergency dial 101.

If the theft has occurred on or near university premises, please also report to University Security:

  • Cardiff Campus (01443) 668543 or call in to reception.
  • Treforest Campus (01443) 482057 or call into the Gatehouse.
  • Glyntaff Campus (01443) 483011 or call into Anzani House.
  • City Campus (01633) 435020 or call in to reception.
  • Caerleon Campus (01633) 432082 or call in to reception.

If you have registered your property on Immobilise.com you will need to update the status of your item to stolen.

If your pedal cycle is found insecure or causing an obstruction on campus the University Security Team may remove it for safe keeping.

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October 17, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
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News for tag - unilife
» Freshers' Guide to... MS Office 365, Software Freebies & Discounts (ReFresher)

As a USW student, you have access to professional software, either free, on-campus or at a discount.

You may not have been making the most of this up to now, but it really can help as you get deeper into your academic work.

Microsoft Office 365

If you have a computer, a smartphone or a tablet, you can download Microsoft Office applications free of charge for personal use.

This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and more is available for offline and online use. As long as you’re a student at USW, you can use this software for free. You can install it on up to five compatible PCs and Macs, plus up to five tablets, plus up to 5 phones.

Cloud Computing / Google Drive

USW’s student email system is powered by Google, so all USW students have access to personal Google Drives and Google’s cloud-based office programmes (Google Docs).

Google Drive includes 30GB of storage space for your files, and you can set it up to share selected files with other students. It can be a useful tool for backing up your work.

Specialised Software

With your student account, you also have access to some software which is only of interest to students on certain courses.

  • SPSS Software is a statistics package.
  • Microsoft Dreamspark offers software primarily of interest to Computing students and developers.
  • Autodesk offers 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment.

Discounted Software

You can buy software at special student prices. Some retailers specialise in these:

Buying Hardware and Software

For more information, see the procuring IT hardware and software page on the IT Services website.

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» Treforest Campus' Side Gate to be Closed at Night

Treforest Campus’ Brook Street gate is to be closed at 10.30pm each night starting on Monday 17th October 2016.

The gate will re-open at approximately 4.30am.

The gate is near Ferndale Building at the north edge of campus. You can find it marked as 'Entrance (Pedestrian only)’ on the Campus Map.

If you were planning to use the gate to exit/enter campus late at night please consider an alternative route before getting to the gate and finding it closed.

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October 12, 2016

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» Freshers' Guide to... Budgeting (Refresher!)

It’s a few weeks into term, so now is a good time to think (or re-think) about your money situation.

It’s easy to get carried away and spend too much during welcome week or on socialising with new friends, but you need to be comfortable that your money will last to avoid having a miserable time towards the end of term.

One of the most useful things you can do is to make a budget. Here’s how.

There are many budget calculators out there, but really, you’re better off making your own budget – and making a new one at the start of each term and don’t forget, the Student Money Advice Team are here to help and advise on all of your money related queries.

How to plan

Step 1: Incoming Money! :-)

Start looking only at the first term. Add together all your known and confirmed incomes for this term:

  • Student Loan / Maintenance Loan
  • Any scholarships payments
  • Any salary from a job (if you have one)
  • Any allowance from parents
  • Any other certain income
Step 2: Outgoing Money! :-(

Then, add together all the fixed expenses for the whole term.

  • Accommodation
  • Any utilities, bills, insurance (internet, electricity, gas, water, etc.)
  • Transport costs
  • Any other fixed costs
Step 3: Maths!!! O.o

Then, calculate:

  • Subtract the total fixed expenses from your total confirmed income. The result is the money you have available.
  • Count the number of weeks you’ll be on campus
  • Divide your available money by the number of weeks. That gives you the maximum weekly budget.
  • To be on the safe side, take at least 20% off. Better yet, 30%.
  • That gives you a ballpark weekly budget you can use for food, clothes and socials.

Why take 20%-30% off? You’ll need more money around Freshers’ Week, Christmas, and perhaps around Halloween. You may need to travel home to your family unexpectedly, or have other surprise expenses. If you don’t plan to put some money aside for such occasions, you’ll end up in debt, or struggling to get by. Even in Freshers’ Week and at Christmas, you’ll still have to watch the pennies – but if you budget correctly, at least there will be some pennies left by the time Christmas comes around!

Step 4: Stick to the budget!

Once you know the weekly budget you can afford, you’ll have to find a way to stick to your budget that works for you. Here are three different methods that can help:

  • take out cash at the start of the week and then leave your bank card at home, using only the cash you’ve already taken out. (Don’t cheat by using your smartphone to pay for things!)
  • use a spreadsheet to keep track of your spending and your budget.
  • if you’re very organised, try piggybanking: set up several different bank accounts, each fed by a standing order and each storing money for expected costs. Storing this money separately from the money you can use for everyday living means you’ll always know how much you can safely spend. (If you do set up more than one bank account, do not choose accounts that can have overdrafts – multiple overdrafts are a road to certain financial doom! Open only one student bank account – but choose carefully.)
Step 5: Remain Vigilant! O:-)

Monitor your spending during term. Keep track of your money and, if your circumstances change, make a new budget!

Step 6: Redo From Start.

Repeat Steps 1-5 each term!


Money Tips

  • Read through MoneySavingExpert’s Supermarket Shopping Tips
    • Why not try menu planning and cooking and freezing some things in advance? (Just don’t hog the entire freezer: your flatmates also need it!)
    • Forget the “finest” food brands. These just add a dollop of fat, sugar and/or salt for a big price hike. Use discount products instead.
    • The late afternoon is a great time for bargains wherever perishable foor is sold!
    • Learn to cook a few budget meals (thanks to inflation, these will set you back more than 50p today – but the recipes will still be budget friendly!)
  • Keep away from take-aways – A well-planned shopping trip at the supermarket once a week will save you money. Make a shopping list and stick to it, and never go into a supermarket while you are hungry, or you will buy ALL THE FOOD.
  • Student Discount Cards – Student Discounts are not always advertised. If they don’t have a visible sign, ask at the checkout about student discounts. An NUS card is often worth the investment. All shops with student discount recognise it, and it includes discounts at The Co-Operative groceries and Amazon (on some product types)!
  • Think hard before signing long-term contracts – You may have money now but before you sign a monthly contract (e.g. for a mobile phone or broadband) ask yourself if you will be able to afford it in 3 months’ time. Many contracts last up to 24 months, and your circumstances may change in that time. Some contracts (especially broadband deals) include hefty charges if you need to cancel early.
  • Don’t go mad in freshers’ week. Lots of shops (and bars / clubs) raise prices early in October, in order to make the most of students who just received their loans. You don’t need everything that is on offer, and you don’t need it immediately. Shop around and compare prices. When buying personal purchases such as clothes, think about what you can afford, rather than what you want.

discount shop

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October 10, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Cymraeg@Crawshays

Are you learning Welsh?
Come to practice speaking the language in an informal environment with other Welsh learners at USW.

Where: Crawshays Cafe, Trefforest
When: 12.10.16 a 26.10.16
What time: 2.30 – 3.00pm

This can count towards the suggested 18 practice hours for Welsh learners outside of the classroom. Practice makes perfect!



‘Dych chi’n dysgu Cymraeg?
Dewch i ymarfer siarad yr iaith mewn awyrgylch anffurfiol gyda dysgwyr eraill yn y Brifysgol.

Ble: Crawshays Cafe, Trefforest
Pryd: 12.10.16 a 26.10.16
Faint o’r gloch: 2.30 – 3.00pm

Gall hyn gyfrif tuag at yr 18 awr rydym yn awgrymu eich bod yn ymarfer tu allan i’r dosbarth.

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Glamlife News from Counselling Site
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» World Mental Health Day 2016

World Mental Health Day

Today 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 & #WMHD16

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.

USW is supporting World Mental Health Day with a focus on Social Anxiety:

Glamlife News from SS News Application
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» Shwmae Day

During the week of the 10-15 October, we will be celebrating Shwmae (English: how are you?) day, which is an opportunity to show that Welsh belongs to everyone and we can all use Welsh all year round – at University, in the shop, leisure centre, at work, in the community, with friends – everywhere! So why not give it a go and start every conversation with Shw’mae (shoo-my)? or Sumae(see-my)?

What’s on?
12th of October – ‘Cymraeg@Crawshays’, Crawshays Café, Treforest, 2.30 – 3.00pm. (See poster for more information).
14th of October – Coffee Morning, Stilts, 10.30 – 11.30am
14th of October – Come and have a Chat and an opportunity to Network with others over lunch with the Welsh Society, Mingle, Atrium, Cardiff, 12.00 – 1.00pm
For more information and ideas see www.shwmae.cymru.


Diwrnod Shwmae

Yn ystod wythnos y 10 – 15 Hydref, byddwn yn dathlu diwrnod Shwmae sy’n gyfle i ddangos fod y Gymraeg yn perthyn i bawb a gallwn ei defnyddio drwy’r flwyddyn – yn y Brifysgol, yn y siop, y ganolfan hamdden, yn y gwaith, yn y gymuned, gyda ffrindiau – ym mhobman!
Felly rhowch gynnig arni a dechreuwch bob sgwrs gyda ‘Shw’mae?’ neu ‘Sumae?’

Beth sydd ymlaen?

12fed o Hydref – ‘Cymraeg@Crawshays’, Caffi Crawshays, Trefforest, 2.30 – 3.00yp. (Gweler poster am fwy o fanylion).
14eg o Hydref – Bore Coffi, Stilts, 10.30 – 11.30yb
14eg o Hydref – Sgwrs ac rhwydweithio dros ginio gyda’r Gymdeithas Gymraeg. Mingle, Atrium, Caerdydd, 12.00 – 1.00yp.
Am ragor o wybodaeth a syniadau ewch i www.shwmae.cymru.

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» The Big Ideas Wales Challenge

Bright Ideas’ search for Wales’ next top young entrepreneurs has started again.

If you’re aged 16 – 24, motivated, ambitious and raring to get your business off the ground, join the Big Ideas Wales Challenge. Applications for the challenge are now open.

More information and to apply.

It’s completely free.

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» Parking at Treforest (10 - 15 Oct)

We are again expecting large numbers of students onto the Treforest Campus at 9am this Tuesday (11 Oct) and 9am this Thursday (13 Oct).

As there will be a high demand on car parking spaces, please consider using public transport if possible or car sharing.

When the main car park (opposite Ty Crawshay) is full, bollards will be put across the entrance. We would ask that drivers don’t queue on the road waiting for a space to become available as this will hold up other drivers in the area. Please also refrain from driving around the bollards as this creates additional risks and potentially further delays.

An electronic sign on the A470 north exit slip road will be switched on when the main Treforest car park is full and will direct people to park at the Glyntaff campus. The University’s shuttle bus service is now running every 30 minutes between Treforest and Glyntaff – timetable here.

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