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Swansea University Students' Union
What do you think of the Union?

Wed 16 Apr 2014

We're running our annual survey and we'd love to hear your thoughts.

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The Students’ Union are running our annual feedback survey “The State of the Union”, this is the chance for you as Students to comment on the current state of the union, and tell us how we can improve.

The survey will take less than 10 minutes and will be vital in delivering both a better service for you as well as improving what we do.

As a thank you, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a number of prizes including tickets to Students’ Union events.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a prize and improving your student experience then get clicking and tell us about the State of Your Union! 

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Help us celebrate student success

Thu 10 Apr 2014

Nominations are now open for the annual SU Awards and students are being encouraged to celebrate their successes.

The awards give students the opportunity to nominate friends and clubs and societies they think have made a difference over the past year.  Whether as, Societies, Volunteers, Student Staff, Campaigning or through Media, students have contributed so much to the Union. The awards give us the chance to showcase some of the individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to truly make a difference. 

To find out more about the awards or submit a nomination then click here

 
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Statement

Thu 10 Apr 2014

The Students' Union have released the following statement.

“The Trustee Board has taken a decision to suspend the President pending the outcome of an investigation. The suspension in this case is not a disciplinary act – it is a neutral act designed to protect him, and any complainant until the investigation has been completed.

As part of the suspension, we have asked that the President does not communicate with students unless authorised to do so. If you have any questions, please email the Union Manager: stuartrice@swansea-union.co.uk

 

 
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*Latest* Student Rep Election Results for 2014-15

Fri 04 Apr 2014

The latest Student Representatives for the forthcoming year can be found here:

The current list of elected/co-opted reps for 2014-15 academic year:

Arts & Humanities

American Studies - UG L2 - Barnaby West
American Studies - UG L3 - Catrin Davies
Classics,Ancient History and Egyptology - UG L3 - Stephannie Leech
English Literature - UG L2 - Sarah Wood
English Literature - UG L3 - Cecilie Wittnebel
English Language - UG L3 - Huda Guezzou
History - UG L2 - Joe Swyny
History - UG L3 - Sean McGrevey
International Relations - UG L3 - Chris Walburn
Media Studies - UG L2 - Roberta Attuquayefio
Politics - UG L2 - Declan Murphy
Politics - UG L3 - Rhys Davies
War & Society UG L2 - Josh Dufty
War & Society UG L3 - Abbie Hockridge
Academi Hywel Teifi - Welsh UG L2 - Lewys Arôn
Academi Hywel Teifi - Welsh UG L3 - Rebecca Morgan

Engineering

Aerospace Engineering - UG L2 Matt Jaffa
Aerospace Engineering - UG L3 Ian Milodowski
Chemical Engineering - UG L2 - Joseph Odiong
Chemical Engineering - UG L3 - Natalia Wisniewska
Civil Engineering - UG L2 - Chris Jaworski
Civil Engineering - UG L3 - Yassin Zabbar
Civil Engineering - UG M - James King
Electrical & Telecommunications - UG L2 Aimma Warood
Electrical & Telecommunications - UG L3 Simon Forster
Materials Engineering - UG L2 - Roberta Klymchuk
Materials Engineering - UG L3 - Fred Cooper
Mechanical Engineering - UG L2 - Dan Williams
Mechanical Engineering - UG M - Matt Sambrook
Medical Engineering - UG L2 Matt Lane
Medical Engineering - UG L3 Gyan Bhatia
Product Design Engineering - UG L3 - Rhian Cocker

Law

Law - UG L2 Lauren Caley
Law - UG L2 Konstantinos Kalemis
Law - UG L3 Rachel Tucker
Law - UG L3 Gemma Wilkins
Law Joint Hons UG L2 Emily Richardson
Law Joint Hons UG L3 Jessie Cohill

Management

Accounting and Finance - UG L2 Stacey Chapuka
Business Management - UG L3 George Miller
Economics - UG L2 Silvia Nwosu
Economics - UG L3 Churchill Oyeinkediton

Human & Health Sciences

Healthcare & Social Care UG L3 Fatou Mendy Sambou
Health Care Science - UG L3 Zohaib Choudhury
Medical Sciences and Humanities - UG L2 Rhiannon Lee Murray
Medical Sciences and Humanities - UG L3 Chelsea Green
Midwifery - UG L3 Rehanna Saheid
Psychology - UG L2 Jayne Cartwright
Psychology - UG L3 Joe Leonard
Social Policy - UG L2 Beth Owen
Nursing - L3 Joe Polson

Science

Biology - UG L2 Bethany Sheen
Biology - UG L3 Sophie Hocking
Computer Science - UG L1 Phil Reynolds
Computer Science - UG L2 Johnathan Hill
Computer Science - UG L3 Callum Dicker
Computer Science - UG M Liam McNabb
Geography - UG L2 - Curtis Badely
Geography - UG L3 - Sam Bibb
Marine Biology - UG L2 Tammy Schuh
Marine Biology - UG L3 Robyn Lock
Mathematics - UG L3 Poppy Box
Mathematics - UG M - Callum Brennan
Physical Geography UG 2 Bee Dianna
Physical Geography UG 3 Chloe Crossman
Physics - UG L3 Nick Short
Physics - UG M Sam Bust Webber
Theoretical Physics UG M Chris Harrison
Zoology - UG L2 Hannah Evans
Zoology - UG L3 Chris Dyer

Medicine

Biochemistry - UG L3 Ji Yoon Kim
Genetics - UG L3 Sophie Jane Duckworth
Graduate Entry Medicine - UG L3 Rebecca Giddings

There are still a number of positions available for more information please contact me: matthewhurst@swansea-union.co.uk

 

 
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Congratulations to the new team

Fri 28 Mar 2014

Next year's officer team is announced

After a week of hard campaigning the results have been counted and the new full time officer team for next year has been announced.

The five elected officers are:

Ilana Cohen-Education Officer

Ceinwen Cloney-President

Jerry Isokiari-Societies and Services

Charlotte Peters-Sports Officer

Joel Gascoyne-Welfare Officer

The new team of officers will be in post from July and will be working hard to fulfil the manifesto points that encouraged students to elect them.

Union Manager Stuart Rice congratulated all the candidates saying ‘I look forward to working with the new team and enjoying a very successful year.’

Full time officers are salaried full-time roles, acting as the student voice on campus and representing students to University management.

The Subject Rep elections were also held in campaign week for the first time this year and enjoyed a positive turnout.

 

  

 
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Swansea student media the best in Wales

Thu 27 Mar 2014

Swansea Union have been recognised for their award winning media for the second year in a row.

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Swansea University Students’ Union have been recognised for their award winning media for the second year in a row.

Samantha Booth was awarded student journalist of the year and the Siren were named as best student media at last night’s NUS Wales Awards. Alongside this success SU TV was also nominated for the best student media category.

Award winner Samantha thanked everyone who has supported her saying ‘’I’m so honoured to receive the student journalist of year award. Being part of the student media has been the greatest part of my university experience. I’ve learnt more than I ever expected and I hope these skills will benefit me greatly when I try to pursue a career in journalism in the future.

‘’I was also delighted to see SU-TV shortlisted in its first year. It can only mean hopeful things for the station in the future.‘’

Samantha’s was rewarded for her dedication in setting up SU TV and also the hard work she has put in to student newspaper the Waterfront.

Siren Editor Zoe Alford said '’It's great that Swansea University had three separate nominations in Student Media categories this year. Winning this award has been so significant for Natalie and myself because we receive no funding or support from any outside body. We'd like to encourage all our writers, whether they want to be journalists or not, to engage with not only the university, but with wider community around them.’’

Student media is often recognised as a development tool for students wishing to pursue a career in this sector and we have seen many students go on to have successful careers in journalism and media.

This is the second time the Siren have won best student media award and last year Swansea student Chris Flynn was also named best student journalist.

The Siren and Samantha will now be automatically entered in to the NUS UK Awards later this year.

 
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Why all students should vote

Tue 25 Mar 2014

Before you decide to avoid the mall for a week, check out these reasons why voting is important!

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It’s Election season in the Union and we’re asking you to vote! Before you decide to avoid the mall for a week please check out the important reasons why you should vote…

·    Voting only takes two minutes and is only a few simple clicks away.

·    Have you been enjoying Wednesday afternoons free from lectures or increased feedback from your course?  Full-time Officer decisions do affect all students- FTOs sit on University boards and represent student views, a lot of decisions have been made in students interests because of them!

·   Read the manifestos! There are some really good ideas put forward by candidates, so if you can spot something you’d love to see happen then get voting!

·   If you’re a member of a sports club or society then there are officers who directly represent you. They’ll get to have a say on your funding and lobby the university to support activities!

·   All the candidates are really passionate about improving your experience, say thank you and cast a vote!

·   One vote really can make the difference between winning and losing…  you could be that vote!

Click here to find out more about the candidates and vote.

 
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President welcomes additional Placement Officers to double Paid Internships.

Thu 13 Mar 2014

Students' Union President announces additional funding for two Work Placement Officers.


“Just over a year ago when I ran to become Education Officer, I pledged to double the number of careers advisers – we did that. When I ran for President, I promised to double the number of WOW / SPIN placements on offer to students.

I am delighted to announce today that the University have confirmed that they will fund two additional Work Placement Officers to realise this ambition.” – Zahid Raja, Students’ Union President

Lucy Williams and Chris Baillieux will be joined by two more work placement officers in the Careers and Employability team due to an increased demand for placements. The new officers will be developing and supporting more opportunities for students.

A campaign in partnership with the Evening Post will begin in March will engage more companies to provide high level and quality placements for Swansea University students. Home, EU and  International students are eligible for the Week of Work (WOW) and Swansea Paid Internship Network (SPIN ) schemes.

If you’d like to get involved with a placement, contact Chris Cardew in Careers and Employability: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/careers/contactus/

 

 
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Students' and Lecturers' Unions sign joint statement on improving teaching.

Tue 04 Mar 2014

Joint statement from the Students' Union and Lecturers Union

Today, the Students’ Union President and the President of the Lecturers’ Union have signed a statement articulating a positive vision on the use of Student Module Feedback

The Students' Union and Lecturers' Union have released a joint statement outlining general principles on how module feedback should be conducted at Swansea University.

President of the Students' Union, Zahid Raja (pictured), and the President of the Lecturers Union (UCU), Dr Simon Hoffman, have been meeting to look at what the contribution of student feedback should look like in the development of teaching staff at Swansea University.

End of module surveys are completed by students across the University which are used to help inform staff reviews that take place between teaching staff and their line managers twice a year. The statement below articulates general principles in how the Students' Union and the Lecturers’ Union (UCU) believe student module feedback should be used at Swansea University.
 

Joint Statement on Student Module Feedback


Swansea UCU and Swansea SU believe that Student Module Feedback provides a valuable source of student voice on teaching and facilities at Swansea University.

We believe that Student Module Feedback provides students at Swansea University with a valuable opportunity to comment on matters which directly affect them, in particular teaching and facilities at Swansea University.

We believe that Student Module Feedback is a useful source of information for lecturers as a contribution toward strengthening teaching, and toward personal development.

We believe that Module Feedback should be undertaken in accordance with the following principles:

  1. Student Module Feedback should be carried out in such a way that allows students to make an effective contribution toward evaluating the quality of modules available at Swansea University.
     
  2. The delivery of Student Module Feedback should encourage high returns and consider the validity of the data in the wider context.
     
  3. Student Module Feedback should always be undertaken in the spirit of partnership between students and lecturers with the purpose of enhancing quality.
     
  4. Swansea University should ensure that those responsible for taught modules at Swansea University are properly supported to address issues identified as a result of Student Module Feedback.
     
  5. Student Module Feedback should be used to help Swansea University and lecturers to identify issues affecting the student experience: whilst this will involve identifying areas for improvement in teaching or facilities, Student Module Feedback should not be used as a punitive or disciplinary tool.
     
  6. Student Module Feedback should be carried out consistently throughout the University in accordance with transparent policies. 
     
  7. Amongst other things, Swansea University policy on Module Feedback should pay particular regard to issues of equality and confidentiality, both for student responders and for those responsible for taught modules.
     
  8. Without exception, Swansea University should ensure that any policy on Student Module Feedback is rigorously applied across Swansea University.
     
  9. Students and lecturers should be enabled to participate in developing policies and processes relevant to Student Module Feedback.
     
  10. Consistent with the above principles, Swansea University should close the feedback loop by ensuring that students and lecturers are informed of any impact of Student Module Feedback.


This Joint Statement shall be reviewed annually by the Swansea SU and Swansea UCU.

Zahid Raja, President
On Behalf of the Students’ Union

Dr Simon Hoffman
On Behalf of the University College Union

 
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Possibly the best graduate job?

Tue 11 Feb 2014

Reasons why you should consider becoming an officer!

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You might never have thought about running in an election before or you may not even know much about full-time officers at the university. Before you brush over the idea though, it’s worth considering a job that will give you graduate experience that is bound to blow all other CVs out of the water.

Earn circa £16k a year- being a full-time officer is a proper full-time job, complete with annual leave an office and terms of employment.

Learn professional skills- not many students leave university knowing how to chair a meeting, write an agenda or have been given the scope to make managerial decisions. Being an officer gives you this experience and the confidence to put your ideas in to action.

Make changes on campus- the full-time officer job actually allows you to make changes on campus and influence university management decisions. Think about it- is there something you’d really love to improve given the chance?

Have fun- the scope for job satisfaction is endless is this role. You’ll be making a real difference to students’ lives, sometimes even if they don’t know about it! You may be helping individual students with problems they’ve come to you to share or you might be helping create welcome events for freshers, either way you’ll feel like you’ve achieved a lot.

Represent students- you’ll be the voice for 15,000 students. Would you enjoy talking to new people and finding out what they want from their university experiences? There are some amazing ideas out there just waiting for you to put in place!

Take a study break- as long as you are a current student you can run in the elections. Do you want a sabbatical to learn new skills and boost your degree?

Meet new people- there aren’t many jobs out there that will let you meet so many new faces. You get to work in a great team with other officers, work alongside friendly staff and meet hundreds of students you might never have spoken to! Standing for election may sound scary but your friends get to support you the whole way through and you’ll meet great new people also running with you.

If these benefits sounds like a job you’d actually like to do then apply between the 20th Feb- 6th March online. You don’t need to know anything about the Students’ Union or have been involved before, all applications are welcome. Standing for election may seem daunting but it’s an experience you’ll never forget!

 

 
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Worried about eating problems?

Mon 10 Feb 2014

There is help out there for students.

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Come and join our student run support group for students with eating disorders or concerns over their eating. We offer a safe, confidential environment where you can talk about your situation with others.

The group is run by two fully trained facilitators and they are structured sessions with topics each week for discussion. You are more than welcome to bring a friend along for support.

The group runs every Monday evening, 6-7pm at the Students' Union Advice Centre (Ground Floor Fulton House)

For more information please email swansea@studentminds.org.uk or pop in and see Hayley Harris (Advisor) at the Advice Centre between 9-3pm (Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri) or check out the Advice Centre section of the website for more detail or the facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/swanseastudentminds

 
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Notice of Officer Elections

Wed 05 Feb 2014

Find out more about becoming a full-time paid officer

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 OFFICIAL NOTICE OF FULL-TIME OFFICER

E L E C T I O N S   2 0 1 4.

 

Notice is hereby given of an Election to elect five Full-time Officers for the academic year 2014-2015. The positions are :-

 

PRESIDENT

SOCIETIES & SERVICES OFFICER

WELFARE OFFICER

EDUCATION OFFICER

SPORTS OFFICER

 

Nominations will open on THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2014 at 12 noon.

Nominations will close on THURSDAY 6TH MARCH 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

Close of nominations meeting is THURSDAY 6TH MARCH 2014 at 5.15 pm

Publicity deadline is MONDAY 10TH MARCH  2014 AT 4.00 p.m.

 

Candidates will be able to pick up their publicity on THURSDAY, 20TH MARCH 2014 between the hours of midday and 6 p.m. from either Matt Hurst or Shona Vrac-Lee  – both offices are located on the 2nd floor of Union House.

 

These elections will be held electronically, through a voting portal on Swansea Union web-site – www.swansea-union.co.uk/elections   Polling times will open on Monday, 24th March 2014 at midday – and will close on Friday, 28th March 2014 at 5 p.m.

 

For those students who have difficulty in voting, please contact one of the Assistant Returning Officers (details below).

 

Election results will be available on FRIDAY, 28TH MARCH  2014 from  7 p.m. onwards.

 

These positions are full-time – i.e.// minimum of 35 hours per week – and will be paid a salary of circa £16,000.

 

Stuart Rice                               Matt Hurst & Shona Vrac-Lee

DEPUTY RETURNING                         ASSISTANT RETURNING

OFFICER.                                           OFFICERS.

 

For more information please contact one of the Assistant Returning Officers on 01792 295112  (Matt) or Shona on 01792 295467, or e-mail us on elections@swansea-union.co.uk  or go to www.swansea-union.co.uk

 

HYSBYSIAD SWYDDOGOL ETHOLIADAU SWYDDOGION

LLAWN-AMSER 2014

 

Rhoddir hysbysiad am Etholiad i ethol 5 Swyddog Llawn-amser ar gyfer y flwyddyn academaidd 2014-2015. Y safleoedd yw :-

 

LLYWYDD

SWYDDOG CYMDEITHASAU A GWASANAETHAU

SWYDDOG LLES

SWYDDOG ADDYSG

SWYDDOG CHWARAEON

 

Agorir enwebiadau ar DDYDD IAU, 20FED o CHWEFROR 2014 am ganol dydd.

Bydd yr enwebiadau yn cau ar DDYDD IAU 6ed o FAWRTH 2014 am 5.00 y.h.

Bydd y cyfarfod cau’r enwebiadau ar DDYDD IAU 6ed o FAWRTH 2014 am 5.15 y.h.

Y Dyddiad Cau ar gyfer unrhyw gyhoeddusrwydd yw DYDD LLUN, 10fed o FAWRTH 2014 AM 4.00 y.h.

 

Bydd modd i’r ymgeiswyr gasglu’u cyhoeddusrwydd ar DDYDD IAU, 20FED o FAWRTH 2014 rhwng canol dydd a 6y.h. oddi wrth Matt Hurst, neu Shona Vrac-Lee - mae’r ddwy swyddfa ar ail lawr Ty’r Undeb.

 

Cynhelir yr etholiadau yma yn electronig, trwy borth pleidleisio ar wefan yr Undeb - www.swansea-union.co.uk/elections. Bydd amseroedd Pôlio yn agor ar Ddydd Llun, 24ain o Fawrth am ganol dydd - a fyddant yn cau ar Ddydd Gwener, 28 ain o Fawrth am 5y.h.

 

Dylai’r rhai sydd yn cael trafferth pleidleisio, gysylltu ag un o’r Swyddogion Dychwelyd Cynorthwyol (manylion islaw).

 

Bydd canlyniadau’r Etholiad ar gael ar DDYDD GWENER, 28 ain o Fawrth 2014 o 7y.h. ymlaen.

 

Mae’r safleoedd yn rhai llawn-amser h.y.// o leiaf 35 awr yr wythnos - a fydd y tal thua £16,000.

 

 

Stuart Rice                               Matt Hurst & Shona Vrac-Lee

       IS SWYDDOG                              SWYDDOGION DYCHWELYD

DYCHWELYD                                     CYNORTHWYOL

Am fwy o wybodaeth, cysylltwch ag un o’r Swyddogion Dychwelyd Cynorthwyol ar 01792 295112  (Matt) neu Shona ar 01792 295467, neu danfonwch e-bost i elections@swansea-union.co.uk   neu ewch i www.swansea-union.co.uk <http://www.swansea-union.co.uk

 
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Five officer roles have been decided

Tue 04 Feb 2014

Students have voted to decide which five full time officer roles they want in place to represent them next year.

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Students have voted to decide which five full time officer roles they want in place to represent them next year.

The five positions to be elected in March will be Societies and Services, Sports, Welfare, Education and President.

An initial referendum to decide between six options of different sets of officers resulted in a tie and the two leading groups were then put forward for a second vote. Out of 183 students voting in the referendum over 63% voted to keep the President role as opposed to creating a new Liberation, Equality and Diversity role.

Elections will now be held in March for students to decide which candidates they would like to elect in to the five positions. Applications will open 20th February for students to nominate themselves to become a full-time officer from July.

The reduction of seven officers to five will allow the Union to concentrate resources in other areas to continue improving student experience.

Results:

Option One-       116

Option Three-     68

 
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Join the adventure - 20% OFF TICKETS to the Doctor Who Experience!

Tue 04 Feb 2014

Looking for something fun to do this term? Visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff!

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Looking for something fun to do this term? Visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff!

Step through a crack in time and help the Doctor, armed with his Sonic Screwdriver to escape from his foes, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters seen on screen!

Revel in all things Doctor Who from yesteryear to the present day with the biggest single collection of original Doctor Who props and sets. Relax in the onsite cafe and take home your own little piece of memorabilia from the official Doctor Who store to show your flatmates!

Open every day from 10am – 5pm excluding Tuesdays during term time last entry is at 3.30pm (for those students who prefer a long lie-in!).

So students! What are you waiting for?! With 20% * discount off tickets exclusively for students, visit the Doctor Who Experience this term!

Facebook:           http://www.facebook.com/DoctorWho

Twitter:                https://twitter.com/DW_Experience

 

*A valid student card must be presented when purchasing tickets. This offer applies during term time only, school holidays excluded. One ticket purchased per person only. Redeemable at the box office only. Subject to availability. Visit doctorwhoexperience.com for further details.

 

 
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Officer vote ends in a tie

Mon 27 Jan 2014

A run-off between the two winning options is to take place

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Student votes on the officer referendum have been calculated and the results have ended in a tie between two scenarios.

Options one and three were joint winners after the results were calculated this morning meaning a run-off between the two favourite options will be now be taking place.

The referendum will be live at 5pm today and run until 5pm Friday 31st January.

185 students voted in the referendum and the final result was a tie of 77 votes between options one and two after four rounds of voting.

Option One:

Sport

Societies and Services

President

Welfare

Education

 

Option Three:

Sport

Societies and Services

Equality, Diversity and Liberation

Welfare

Education

 
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My Employability Week has arrived

Wed 15 Jan 2014

The full list of workshops and sessions is available here.

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Swansea Employability Academy and Careers & Employability Service are hosting and delivering a series of workshops and events for ALL students.

They are designed to improve your knowledge and skills in the job application and interview process and to help you prepare for the employment sector.

You can sign up for as many sessions as you like and don't forget to take a look at the external sessions available.

Full workshop list and how to sign up.

 

 
Swansea University Students' Union
Full Time Officer Positions - Which 5.... You Decide

Mon 13 Jan 2014

Next academic year, there will be an election for 5 Full Time Officer positions. We’d like you to tell us what you think those 5 positions should be.

****Consultation Extended*****

Next term, there will be an election for 5 Full Time Officer positions. 5 Full Time Officers who will lead the Students' Union for 2014/15. We’d like you to tell us what you think those 5 positions should be.

We asked NUS to produce a report indicating what those 5 positions should be. Click here to access the report. We'd like you to read the report and by January 17th tell us what you think those positions should be and why they're important to you through an online survey - click here to access. You must log in to participate and you may return to change your contribution anytime before 12 noon on January 17th.

We'd quite like it if you could copy and paste the above and stick it in your course / house facebook group so as many people as possible can have their say on what the 5 Full Time Officer positions should be.

-> The full 7 to 5 Saga:

Earlier this term a referendum took place asking students if they wanted to reduce the number of Full Time Officers from 7 to 5 in favour of more permanent staff to support students over the long term: http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/blogs/blog/President/2013/09/24/The-Future-of-Your-Students-Union/

Students overwhelmingly votes yes to this proposal: http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/news/article/susu/Results-of-the-Referendum-Vote/

Following the vote, the Students’ Union asked the National Union of Students to independently put together a report on what those 5 positions should be. In a report released last week, NUS did indeed outline what exactly the positions should be. However, following internal criticism of the report within NUS, NUS apologised and withdrew their report and gave the Students’ Union a new report without naming what the 5 positions should be. They have however alluded to what they should be through the section labelled ‘potential innovations’.

You can access the final report by clicking here.

-> So what’s next?

The Students’ Union constitution states that in order to change the schedules (the bit where the names of the Officers are located) the Students’ Union must first consult with students, secondly make a decision at the Executive Committee, and then finally get it signed-off from the Trustee Board.

On the 17th of January the consultation will close and a poll will be released  allowing all students to vote on the options that will have been taken from the consultation.

YOU CAN HAVE YOUR SAY ON WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN BY CLICKING HERE.

Between now and January 17th, we're asking students to read the new report and tell us what you think the 5 positions should be. You should use the report and its recommendations as a starting point instead of seeing it as ‘the solution’. You can go back to the Students’ Union website to amend your response at any time before January 17th by logging in.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to email Matt Hurst - Student Voice Co-ordinator: matthewhurst@swansea-union.co.uk

 
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Swansea students are the best debaters in the country

Thu 09 Jan 2014

The Debating Society have talked their way in to winning the Welsh National Competition last month.

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Swansea students have talked their way in to winning the Welsh National Debating Competition last month.

Swansea University Students’ Union Debating Society took part in the Welsh Mace in Aberystwyth, successfully competing in four rounds before reaching the final.

The team came up against three other teams from Cardiff and Aberystwyth before winning the competition, the first time Swansea has ever done so.

Following on from the success of the win, team members Ieuan Skinner and Liam Dodd will be travelling to Dublin to take part in the International Mace, where they are hoping to replicate Swansea’s strongest performance on record.

The society are hoping to take their debating skills further afield and are aiming to build up enough funds to attend the European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia later this year. The team are also encouraging local students to get involved in the activity by holding their own competition on campus on the 15th February.

 
Swansea University Students' Union
Union welcomes £1,000,000+ improvements to student experience

Fri 13 Dec 2013

Students’ Union President Zahid Raja said, “This is fantastic news! The additional investment will go far to enhance the support students receive whilst at University.

Swansea University’s Senior Management team have today announced a series of additional investments made to areas that will directly have an impact on student life.

In a statement, Vice Chancellor Richard B. Davies said: “The University is pleased to announce significant additional investment to the Student Experience. Following a successful recruitment round, in excess of £1,000,000 has been released across a wide range of areas which will have a major positive impact on students.”

Pro Vice Chancellor Alan Speight said: “We will be funding enhancements in Learning Resources, Careers, teaching spaces, and student support services. We have worked closely with the Students’ Union in identifying priorities and we will be releasing more detail about how this resource will be spent early in 2014.”

Students’ Union President Zahid Raja said, “This is fantastic news! The additional investment will go far to enhance the support students receive whilst at University. The close relationship that exists between colleagues in the University and the Students’ Union has enabled us to work together in partnership to help identify areas in need for additional resource – I look forward to seeing how this relationship develops.”
 

All that is left to say is we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Zahid Raja (SU President) and Hilary Lappin-Scott (University Pro Vice Chancellor)

 
Swansea University Students' Union
Results of the Student Forum Ideas Vote

Tue 12 Nov 2013

Here are the results for the online vote on the 'Pole Fitness Affiliation' Idea submitted to the last Student Forum.

Every student in the University can put forward an Idea to a Student Forum. Every student in the University is then given the opportunity to vote on the Ideas put forward to each Student Forum. You can find a list of all Student Forums by clicking here.

For the Student Forum on November 7th, the following Idea was put to the vote:

Pole Fitness Affiliation

The Students' Union notes:
1. That a discussion was held by the Students’ Union Trustee Board regarding the status of the Pole Fitness society and a decision was made to rescind their affiliation with the Students’ Union.
2. Subsequently, the Students’ Union Executive Committee met to debate the issue and it was decided that there was insufficient consultation with students over the issue.

The Students' Union believes:
1. The Students’ Union should reflect the views of students in its decision making.
2. That there needs to be more student consultation on the issue. 

The Students' Union resolves:
1. That an online referendum be held on whether or not the Pole Fitness society should affiliate with the Students’ Union. There shall be no quoracy, and the matter shall be decided upon a simple majority.

Proposer: Alex McKenzie
Seconder: Rosie Inman

Supported by: Beth Morris, Heidi Muir, Emma Barratt, Chay Close, Zahid Raja, Ceinwen Cloney, Rebecca Grimes, Simon Wilde, Tori-Ilana Evans, Joel Gascoyne, Rachel Hodgson, Nish Patel, Eva Donoghue, Charlotte Peters, Matthew Johnson, Lewys Aron.

Results for the Pole Fitness Idea was as follows:

Total votes: 142

FOR: 126
AGAINST: 15
ABSTENTIONS: 1

As stated in the Idea, the Students’ Union will now conduct an online referendum asking students whether or not the Pole Fitness society should be affiliated with the Students’ Union. As this is not a constitutional issue, we have more flexibility in running this referendum. Therefore as specified in the Idea, there shall be no quoracy, and the matter shall be decided upon by a simple majority.

The referendum will open on Wednesday 13th November (tomorrow) at 12:00pm and close on Friday 15th November at 12:00pm.


To read more about how the Students' Union is working to make your voice louder, click here to read our Students' Union President's Blog.


IMPORTANT: Don't forget that students voted to go from 7 Full Time Officers to 5. Click here to read more. You have until the 18th November to tell the Students' Union what you think the remaining 5 should be doing:

English Survey: http://nussurveys.org.uk/Surveys/SSUDEMOC/201305_ssudemoc.htm
Welsh Survey: http://nussurveys.org.uk/Surveys/SSUDEMOC/Welsh/201305_ssudemoc.htm

 
Swansea University Students' Union
Worried about eating problems?

Mon 04 Nov 2013

There is help out there for students.

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Come and join our student run support group for students with eating disorders or concerns over their eating. We offer a safe, confidential environment where you can talk about your situation with others.

The group is run by two fully trained facilitators and they are structured sessions with topics each week for discussion. You are more than welcome to bring a friend along for support.

The group runs every Monday evening, 6-7pm at the Students' Union Advice Centre (Ground Floor Fulton House)

For more information please email swansea@studentminds.org.uk or pop in and see Hayley Harris (Advisor) at the Advice Centre between 9-3pm (Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri) or check out the Advice Centre section of the website for more detail or the facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/swanseastudentminds

 
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Nursery encourages children to eat healthily

Tue 29 Oct 2013

Nursery children are learning that fruit and veg can be fun!

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Children at the Students’ Union Day Nursery have been tasting fresh fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy eating plan.

The children have been learning about how the food grows and the colours and appearance of them. The food tasting was part of the Autumn theme this term, which also included learning about the changing environment before Winter.

Tracey Knuszka said ‘the idea behind the event was to let the children touch and taste the food we have been discussing’.

The Nursery’s menu is based around a healthy eating plan which encourages children to eat five portions of fruit and veg a day. During the tasting children were encouraged to talk about which foods they liked and why.

The Day Nursery aims to assist student parents who are returning to education, however is open to all. There are still spaces available in the over twos area, for any enquiries please contact nursery@swansea-union.co.uk or 01792 513151.

 

 

 
Swansea University Students' Union
Statement on University Strike Action - #StrikeAid

Sat 26 Oct 2013

Read the Students' Union's position on the Strike Action due to take place on Thursday 31st October.

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Following democratic ballots of UCU / UNISON / UNITE members in support of strike action, Swansea University staff (lecturers and support staff) will be on strike this Thursday (31st October.)

What is this about?

The strike is about pay. This is a national strike happening at Universities across the UK. Staff in Universities across the UK have suffered a real terms pay cut of 13% since 2008. The group managing the employment interests of Universities across the UK (Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education) have offered a 1% increase which is less than half the current inflation rate, and comes at a time when pay and pension packages for Vice Chancellors have continued to rise significantly, to an average of almost £250,000 p.a.. 

The current situation around pay for University staff has been described as “one of the largest sustained wage cuts any profession has suffered since the Second World War”. It is not only lecturers but those staff on lower wages, such as porters, technicians, and secretaries who have lost out, and stand to lose out again. You can read the article here

At the same time the cumulative operating surplus in the higher education sector is over £1 billion, and many higher education institutions have built up cash reserves. Overall staff costs in higher education, as a proportion of income, have fallen from 58% in 2001/02, to 55.5% in 2011/12.

In an email to his members, President of Swansea UCU (lecturers Union), Simon Hoffman, said: “No one wants to lose a day’s pay whilst on strike, but the reality is that unless the employers come back to the table with a reasonable offer, the value of our pay will continue to be whittled away. However, the employers will not return to negotiation unless we show determination to resist the on-going attempt to reduce the value of our pay.  

The Committee emphasises that this is not a strike against Swansea University or its management. Indeed we believe that management understand our reasons for taking this action and will not seek to undermine it in any way.”

Click here to read more about the conditions and events that led up to the strike action.

What is the Students' Union's position?
 

The Students' Union Executive Committee (Full Time Officers & Part Time Officers) met today to discuss the strike action and formulated the Union's position on the strike action:

•        We believe that lecturers and other staff in our University should be properly supported and remunerated. We believe that fair pay is an issue of fairness in itself, but also note that there are very clear benefits to students that pay is at a level which attracts excellent staff, and helps to support the maintenance of a happy and motivated workforce.

•       We believe that the introduction of a market into the University sector is forcing universities like ours to make rash economic decisions, incentivising large marketing budgets rather than investing in the underpinnings of a quality education.

•       The Students’ Union support the rights of all staff to challenge unfair practices, including to challenge pay and conditions which they democratically deem to be unfair.

•       The Students’ Union recognises industrial action as an entirely legitimate means of raising such concerns. However, we have concerns where industrial action unnecessarily and seriously impacts on students – including on the marking and assessment of work, and the ability of students to graduate.

•       We also note that it is entirely possible to undertake industrial action in a manner which limits negative impacts on students, and which actually encourages active support from students over issues of common cause and concern.

What practical steps will the Union take to support lecturers?

Some of you may remember #StudyAid when we handed out free tea and coffee during the stressful exam period. The Students’ Union will be taking practical action on Thursday 31st October to support University staff that are protesting by offering staff tea and coffee. We'll be calling this #StrikeAid and we'll be using the tag on twitter to articulate how this issue has an impact on students.

Whilst a number of Full Time Officers including the President will be away at the National Union of Students’ Higher Education and the Union Development Zone conferences, Full Time Officer (paid) Rosie Inman and Part Time Officer (unpaid) Chris Whitty will lead the Union’s efforts to support those who are striking on the day. All members of the Full Time and Part Time Officer team will be involved in the preparations leading up to Thursday.

Key contacts:

CONCERNED?
If you’re concerned about a deadline that is on the same day as the strike action, or worried that the content that was due to be delivered on Thursday isn’t being rescheduled appropriately, then please contact Students’ Union President Zahid Raja: president@swansea-union.co.uk

WANT TO HELP?
If you’d like to volunteer your time and help the Students’ Union support striking University staff on Thursday please email Rosie Inman: womensofficer@swansea-union.co.uk / Chris Whitty: ethics@swansea-union.co.uk

Best wishes,
Swansea University Students’ Union Executive Committee



Please direct all enquiries regarding this statement to the chair: Zahid Raja.
Email: president@swansea-union.co.uk
Phone: 01792 295468

 

 
Swansea University Students' Union
Subject Rep Elections 2013 - Results

Fri 25 Oct 2013

The first batch of Subject Reps have been elected are you one?

The following have been elected as Subject Reps for the forthcoming Academic Term:

Post

Candidates

Abnormal and Clinical Psychology - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Leighton King
Accounting and Finance - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep* Jacob Moore 
Accounting and Finance - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep* Jonathan Gardiner & Stacey Chapuka
Aerospace Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 5 - Rep Lawrence Holness
American Studies - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Rhys Matthews
Audiology - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Zohaib Choundary
Biochemistry - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Dharani Vijayakumar
Business joint honours - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Churchill Oyeinkediton
Business Management - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep* Huen Atina Sit
Business Management - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep* Thomas Steward
Chemical Engineering - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Adenyi Adekola
Chemical Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Sam Barker
Chemical Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Pritesh Chhabhadiya
Chemical Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 4 - Rep Gareth Catherall
Childhood Studies - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Thuy Vu
Civil Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Krzysztof (Chris) Jaworski
Civil Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Yassin Zabbar
Civil Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 4 - Rep Rowan Tilston
Classics,Ancient History and Egyptology - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Lucy Anne Jarvis
Classics,Ancient History and Egyptology - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Stephannie Leech
Cognitive Neuroscience - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Sebastien Whiteford
Computer Science - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Huw Fulcher
Computer Science - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Callum Dicker
Computing - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Carlin Robertson
Computing - Undergraduate - Year 4 - Rep James Alfei
Criminology single honours - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Katie Leigh Corcoran
Developmental and Therapeutic Play - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Josephina Bianchi
Economics - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep* James Healey
Economics - Postgraduate - Year 3 - Rep* Hany Latif
Economics - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Silva Nwosu
Economics - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Shane O Connor
Economics - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep James Grimshaw
Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Osama Bader
Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Simon Forster
Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Andrew Dodd
English Literature - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Heidi Brittlebank
English Literature - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Laurence Atkinson
Law - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Konstantinos Kalemis, Devante Hinds & Didem Kekilli
Law - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Gemma Wilkins, Simon Crabtree & Rachel Tucker
Law - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Guy Szablewski
Genetics - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Arul Madhavan
Geography - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Josh Pike
Human Geography - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Catherine Rylands
Innovative Ageing - Postgraduate - Year 2 - Rep Angharad Parr
International Business Economics - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep* Claire Gujer
International Relations - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Ilana Cohen
International Relations - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Chris Walburn
International Relations - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Amy Stapleton
Law Joint Honors - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Verity Williams
Management - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep* Tianyang Liu & Lindsay Davies
Marine Biology - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Sarah Ball
Materials Engineering - Postgraduate - Year 3 - Rep Chris Melvin
Materials Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Fred Cooper
Materials Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Tom Walford
Mathematics - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Sian Hood & Sarie Brice
Mechanical Engineering - Postgraduate - Year 2 - Rep Tom Lake
Mechanical Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Eghuanoye Victor Moro
Mechanical Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Joe Latham
Media Studies - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Laura Bailey
Media Studies - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Roberta Attuquayefio
Medical Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Gyan Bhatia
Medical Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Mostafa Beshr
Medical Sciences and Humanities - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep James Moggridge
Medicine - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Mark Martin
Midwifery - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Rehanna Saheid
Physics - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Nick Short
Physics - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Sam Bust Webber
Physics - Undergraduate - Year 4 - Rep Chantif Alampounti & Liam Dodd
Politics - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Akosua Darko
Politics - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Alice A C Matthews
Politics - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Naomi White & Marcus Stanway Williams
Product Design Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Rhian Cocker
Product Design Engineering - Undergraduate - Year 4 - Rep Clare Cooper
Psychology - Postgraduate - Year 1 - Rep Josh Hale
Psychology - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Jayne Cartwright
Psychology - Undergraduate - Year 2 - Rep Joe Leonard
Psychology - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Laura Cosgrove
Social Policy - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Alex Hughes
Welsh - Undergraduate - Year 1 - Rep Lewys Arôn
Zoology - Undergraduate - Year 3 - Rep Mattie Payne