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December 1, 2016

Unilife News from International site
Unilife News from International site
News for tag - unilife
» Home Office 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.

As we are coming up to the Christmas period, you may also get scam emails about gifts or unusual activity on your debit or credit card.

Please do not give out personal or account information to anyone by telephone or email and, if you are not sure, come in to see us in IISA for advice.

November 30, 2016

Glamlife News from EDIC site
Glamlife News from EDIC site
Student Development and Study Skills Service News for tag - glamlife
» Xmas closure dates

Get ready for the Xmas break ! Ensure you have all your study skill resources ready.

The study skills team will be unavailable from Monday 19th December 2016 to Monday 9th January 2017

Therefore the study skills team are encouraging all our students to prepare for any assignments they have to do during the Christmas vacation period.

Visit the Study skills website for a range of online resources; alternatively book an appointment or drop-in to see the team before the end of term.

Ask a Tutor is also available until Friday 16th December.

November 25, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Festive Meals on Campus

Get in the mood with a traditional Christmas dinner with your friends and fellow students on campus!

Traditional Christmas Lunch

There will be traditional Christmas Lunches available on every campus.


Menu

Traditional Roast Turkey & Seasoning, with accompaniments for £4.75

Add a Christmas pudding with brandy sauce for £1.00

Time and Place

  • Cardiff: Tuesday 8th December and Tuesday 13th December, at Mingle
  • Glyntaff: Tuesday 8th December and Tuesday 13th December, at Zone
  • Newport: Tuesday 8th December and Tuesday 13th December
  • Treforest: Thursday 15th December and Friday 16th December, at Stilts

Treforest Student Halls Christmas Dinner

If you live in halls in Treforest, you’re invited to a free Christmas Dinner! Choose whether you want to go on Monday 5th December or Tuesday 6th December, collect a ticket from the Accommodation Lodge, then just turn up between 6pm-8pm on the day and tuck in!

Christmas Dinner Flyer

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November 21, 2016

Unilife News from International site
Unilife News from International site
News for tag - unilife
» Drop In Early Closure

Due to Staff Training – there will be no Drop In on the afternoon of Friday 25th November

Normal service will resume from Monday 28th – We apologise for any inconvenience caused

November 18, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Weekend Read: News from South Wales (18th November 2016)

Friday at last! Time for some distractions and procrastinations for the weekend. Here’s a selection of stories that have caught our eye over the last few days in the UniLife office.

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

USW Stories

Opening soon: USW Exchange – a hub for budding entrepreneurs


Global Choices

Peter Hain

Lord Peter Hain has delivered a talk on campus about Defeating ISIS, as part of the Global Choices lecture series. You can download the transcript or watch the Video Recording: Defeating ISIS.

Movie to have its Premiere at ATRiuM

Death or Liberty is coming from Australia to have its Welsh Premiere at ATRiuM. Dr Tony Moore, author and maker of this docudrama will introduce and discuss his film and sign copies of his book. Rhodri Morgan (First Minister for Wales 2000-2009) will welcome Tony to Wales to the Welsh Premiere of his film.

More info & how to reserve a ticket

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


Cardiff



Newport



Pontypridd area


And last but not least . . .

...remember when Treforest campus library was partially closed in the summer for filming? No? Well, the TV show that was being filmed, Class, is now being broadcast on BBC Three. We’ve heard rumours that our library will feature in the last episode, on December 3rd…

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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November 16, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Burglaries in Treforest

There has been a recent spate of burglaries around Treforest.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your property safe from burglars.

Here are a few tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the property, even when you’re just popping out for a few minutes. Remember to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
  • Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox – a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox.
  • Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows and out of reach from would be thieves.
  • Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property when you’re away for a few days
  • Keep doors to corridors locked and don’t wedge them open. Prevent access to uninvited guests.
  • Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with www.Immobilise.com
  • Install door and window alarms
  • Consider joining or forming a Student watch scheme or Neighbourhood watch scheme
  • Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports cash) in a properly secured safe.

For more tips, download the U-SAFE booklet, and see the wealth of advice on the Student Safety and Crime Prevention UniLife Channel.

South Wales Police have created a student burglary prevention video with more useful information and tips:

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» Invoicing for Tuition Fees - Autumn Term 2016

The Finance Department are currently invoicing students for tuition fees, and matching any payments that have already been made against those invoices.

Some students will see “outstanding balances” on their UniLife homepages. Students whose fees have already been paid may see their total invoiced amount as “outstanding balance” for up to a week while staff match payments against invoices. This will include all students who have confirmed funding from the student loan company.

Invoices are being sent out in several batches. On 16th November 2016, invoices will be issued to full-time undergraduate students.

UPDATE (17/11/16): Due to technical problems, invoices were not issued on the 16th. The Finance Department are now hoping to issue invoices to full-time undergraduate students on 21st November 2016.

Invoicing Process

  • You will receive an invoice by email to your student email address. This will state how much you are paying for tuition fees this year
  • You will also see the total fee as an 'outstanding balance’ on your UniLife homepage and the UniLife Finance Account page
  • As soon as invoices are issued, the Revenue Team will start matching payments already received or arranged against the invoices.
  • Within 5 working days after invoices having been issued, the matching will be complete.
    • If your fees have been paid (for example by a sponsor or the Student Loans Company), then the outstanding balance will disappear from UniLife after the matching is complete.
    • If there is no record of your fees having been paid, the balance will continue to show until you have either paid the fees, or contacted the Revenue Unit to correct the record.
    • Students who choose to pay via a payment plan will see a balance in their Finance Account until the fees have been paid of in entirety.

Invoicing Timeline: What Happens Next?

Please see the Fees & Debt Management Policy for details. A quick overview:

  1. Invoice Day: An invoice is issued by email and tuition fees are listed as 'outstanding balance’ on UniLife.
  2. Week 1: Staff match payments the University has already received against the invoices issued. If your fees have been paid, the balance disappears. If no matching payment is found, an email is sent to your university and your personal email address to notify you of the invoice.
  3. Weeks 2-4: If you still see a balance on UniLife after one week, then you must arrange payment or contact the Revenue Unit.
  4. Week 4: Payments have to be made within 28 days of the date of invoice. After four weeks, payment is overdue. You will receive reminders at this time.
  5. Week 6: If payment has not been arranged, your IT access will be revoked.
  6. Week 11: If payment has not been received after 77 calendar days and no agreement about your fee payments has been reached, then you will be excluded from your course. If you are an international student, your visa sponsorship status will be revoked and you will have to leave the country.
  7. Week 16: If no payment has been made within 112 calendar days of the invoice, the outstanding balance is passed to a debt collection agency to pursue.

What do I need to do?

If you see an 'outstanding balance’ on UniLife:

  • Check your email and find the invoice
  • If you expect to have to pay your own fees, please arrange payment as soon as possible.
  • If you expect someone else to have paid your fees, check the date of the invoice email.
    • If the invoice was sent to you less than a week ago, make a note in your diary to check your Finance Account again on Monday.
    • If the invoice email arrived more than a week ago, please email the Revenue Unit revenue@southwales.ac.uk as soon as possible.

What is an invoice?

Invoices are documents which

  • relate to a transaction
  • list the product / service being obtained
  • detail the agreed price for the product / service.

Invoices are important records for accounting purposes.

Is an invoice the same as a bill?

Legally, yes, but the two words are not always used the same way.

A bill is usually sent to ask for payment. An invoice can be used that way, but it is also used as a record of a transaction that has already happened. For example, when you order a product online, you pay before it is shipped, but you will also get a printed invoice delivered with the product. Similarly, you will get a printout of your bill at the supermarket, after you have paid.

The University issues invoices against every payment it receives or expects to receive from student.

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November 15, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Competition: Design this year's USW Christmas Card!

The Marketing Team are looking for students to submit a photograph entry for this year’s USW Christmas card.

The image must fit in with the theme of Christmas in South Wales, and needs to be at least 330dpi resolution (or 1MB file size). There will be a £50 cash prize for the winning image!

Deadline for entries is 12noon on Friday 25 November 2016. To enter, you must be an enrolled student at the University of South Wales.

Please email your entries, along with your name, to corporate.communications@southwales.ac.uk.

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November 11, 2016

Glamlife News from SS News Application
Glamlife News from SS News Application
News for tag - unilife
» Made at USW Competition

Take a photo of your creative (course)work, post it on Instagram with the #MADEATUSW hashtag between now and noon on 2nd December 2016, and you could win prizes.


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» Weekend Read: News from South Wales

Friday at last! Time for some distractions and procrastinations for the weekend. Here’s a selection of stories that have caught our eye over the last few days in the UniLife office.

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

USW Stories

Opening of the enhanced Cardiff Campus

Global Choices

Peter Hain The Global Choices series of high profile, prominent expert speakers on campus continues, with Lord Peter Hain delivering a talk about Defeating ISIS next week.

USW Students & Enterprise Competition Winners Karina and Maciek’s “Wonky” Business


USWSU Annual General Meeting: Proposals


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

STUDENT OFFER 👌 Students can skate 2 for 1 on all sessions at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland with Admiral Ice Rink before...

Posted by University of South Wales Students' Union on Monday, 7 November 2016


Cardiff





Newport


...and on a similar note, Newport rappers Goldie Looking Chain and local brewers Tiny Rebel are putting out a Christmas Beer together…


Pontypridd area



And last but not least . . .

...as it’s been a stressful time for those of us with an interest in (U.S.) politics lately, here’s something to help relax:

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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