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Mon 08 Dec 2014
A high number of students have voted in this month's Forum motion
A total of 234 students voted in the motion put to Student Forum for Swansea University Students' Union to support the BDS Campaign.
The results were:
The motion has subsequently passed.
For more information on our Student Forums and how you can submit ideas please take a look at our web pages.
Wed 26 Nov 2014
Swansea University has unveiled the names of its new Bay Campus students residences
Swansea University has today unveiled the names which will be given to the new students residences following the opening of the Bay Campus in September 2015.
Whilst the development programme heralds a new era for Swansea University, the recognition of the role that Welsh heritage and culture has on attracting both local and international students has been firmly acknowledged. Through consultation with students, staff and St Modwen it was agreed that the student residence buildings should be named after our famous Welsh Castles and the Princes and Princesses of Wales. There are over 400 castles in Wales with many castles such as Dinefwr and Carreg Cennen dating as far back as the 12th Century, built to last by Lord Rhys, one of Wales’ first Princes of Wales.
Ceinwen Cloney, the President of Swansea University’s Student’s Union said:
“Honouring Welsh history through the naming of the residences is a great way to inspire new students to learn more about the rich culture of Wales’’
The residences are being built around stunning courtyards which connect each of the buildings providing a true community feel. The architecture of the student residences also reflects the ‘Castle’ themes with detail such as archways and balconies. Another similarity is that historically Castles were built at strategic locations next to the sea, students living at the Bay Campus will be able to enjoy sweeping views and access the beach from their own doorstep…
Ceinwen added: “Having seen the plans and the current building works going on, students are set to have an amazing space to live at the new Bay Campus.”
Students will be allowed to apply for accommodation at the Bay and Park Campus from January 2015.
The names of the thirteen residences are: Cadell, Cardigan, Carreg Cennen, Dinefwr, Dolbarden, Dryslwyn, Emlyn, Ewloe, Pen y Bryn, Gruffydd, Gwenllian, Llywelyn Fawr and Manorbier.
Tue 28 Oct 2014
Looking for something different to do during term time? Then come and visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay!
Looking for something different to do during term time? Then come and visit the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay!
Take part in the newly re-opened interactive adventure through time and space. Enter the Gallifrey Museum, a remnant of the ancient Time Lord civilisation, and face all the excitement and danger as you step into your very own Doctor Who Experience episode. Afterwards, walk behind the scenes and experience the world's largest collection of Doctor Who artifacts, costumes and props, updated to include new features from Peter Capaldi’s debut series, as well as relics of the show's iconic past. And, don’t forget to visit the official Doctor Who store, perfect for a little piece of memorabilia to show your housemates!
Open every day excluding Tuesdays*, from 10am - 5pm, with last entry at 3:30pm (for those those who prefer a long lie-in!). What are you waiting for?!
Come and experience something different... visit the Doctor Who 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. Offer only available for tickets purchased at the box office. Subject to availability. The Experience will also be closed Mondayâ€™s during January 2015. Visit doctorwhoexperience.com for further details.
Fri 24 Oct 2014
The Union are putting your ideas in to action and helping you make a difference on campus.
Student Forums are evolving and the next event is giving you the power to make a change at university.
The Union are asking students to tell us what change they would make if they were given the chance and these ideas will help shape our work over the next year and in to the future.
All students have been invited to join in the Student Forum taking place on the 4th of November and discuss what their priorities are. Even if you can't make the event itself we still want to hear from you and will work on your suggestions.
So far ideas have been rolling in and differences are already being made! If you'd like to be part of these changes then please tell us the one thing that has been really bothering you at university.
If the reward of making a difference isn't enough, we will also be supplying a free lunch at the event! So please come along at 1pm in the Hive and make your stamp at university.
Tue 21 Oct 2014
Who will be representing you?
The results are in! Congratulations to all our winners.
The new Part Time Officers are as follows:
PART-TIME OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS – 21.10.14;
CANLYNIADAU ETHOLIAD SWYDDOGION RHAN-AMSER
General Secretary / Ysgrifennydd Cyffredinol
Lewys THOMAS 126 Elected/Etholwyd
Re-open Nominations/Ail-agor yr Enwebiadau 19
Freshers Rep/Swyddog dros glas-fyfyrwyr
Jacob DERERLUKIEWICZ 28 Elected/Etholwyd
Re-open Nominations/Ail-agor yr Enwebiadau 10
Mature Students Officer/Swyddog dros fyfyrwyr Aeddfed
Jianni GRIMA 54 Elected/Etholwyd
Ryan RICHARDSON 41
Re-open Nominations/Ail-agor yr Enwebiadau 16
Postgraduate Officer (Research) /
Swyddog ôl raddedig (Cyrsiau Ymchwil)
David MAIR 15 Elected/Etholwyd
Re-open Nominations/Ail-agor yr Enwebiadau 3
NUS WALES & UK CONFERENCE ELECTION RESULTS :- 21.10.14
CANLYNIADAU ETHOLIAD UCM CYMRU & CHYNHADLEDD UK
NUS WALES CONFERENCE / CYNHADLEDD UCM CYMRU
3 delegates for 3 positions / 3 cynrychiolydd am 3 swydd
Robiu SALISU 68 Elected/Etholwyd
Charlotte PETERS 83 Elected/Etholwyd
Mohammed HUSSAIN 15 Elected/Etholwyd
Re-open Nomination/Ail-agor yr Enwebiadau 9
NUS UK CONFERENCE / CYNHADLEDD UCM y DU
6 delegates for 4 positions / 6 cynrychiolydd am 3 swydd
50% of delegation to be female / 50% o gynrychiolaeth i fod yn fenywaidd
Gareth FIELD 11
Mohammed HUSSAIN 34 Elected/Etholwyd
Fred KIRBY 26
Charlotte PETERS 51 Elected/Etholwyd
Heather WOOD 11 Elected/Etholwyd
Robiu SALISU 79 Elected/Etholwyd
Re-open Nominations/Ail-agor yr Enwebiadau 9
Wed 10 Sep 2014
Is there something you need to know about our events packages?
Can you buy individual Freshers’ tickets?
Limited tickets will be available on the door for events, however these will be priced individually so will be more expensive than the prices in bulk packages.
Can non Freshers’ buy wristbands?
All Swansea Uni students can purchase wristbands and packages.
When are tickets on sale until?
All packages will be available until they sell out.
What are the links to buy packages?
http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/ents/event/1053/ - Wristband
http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/ents/event/1060/ - Platinum
http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/ents/event/1059/ - Gold
I have a technical problem buying a wristband, who shall I ask?
Please message Stu Swan on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stu.swan.98?fref=ts) or email email@example.com
Where do I pick up my wristband?
You can pick up your wristband in the Freshers’ Marquee at the Arrivals Fair on the 19th and 20th September and after that Events staff will be set up in the small marquee outside Fulton House.
Is Fresh and Free included in the packages?
Only Freshers’ have entry to this event and will be given a t-shirt on key collection.
If your question hasn't been covered please message Stu Swan or ask on this article!
Tue 02 Sep 2014
On-campus retailer becomes first in Wales to adopt ‘scan bag and go’ mobile payment technology
SWANSEA University is set to become the first in the Wales to adopt a revolutionary new payment system at its retail outlet, thanks to a mobile phone app that converts smartphones into cash registers.
The Costcutter store, based at the Students’ Union, will go live with the innovative ‘Mini Checkout’ app today, allowing it to offer a queue-free experience to students who can now scan, bag and go.
The app, pioneered by Newport retail services firm Retail Merchandising Services (RMS), allows shoppers to scan items’ barcodes and directly charges their bank account, saving the time that would have been spent queuing in store, ensuring a more convenient, less stressful shopping experience.
After downloading the app, consumers are asked to input their bank details into a secure database. Then, when shopping, they can quickly pay for the items in their ‘basket’, using their stored debit card details. When exiting the store, shoppers then scan a generated barcode on their smartphone against an optical scanner to verify their digital receipt for security purposes.
With fees charged by credit cards companies to retailers ranging from up to 2.5% per transaction, this technology – available on Android and iPhone- only takes 1.5% of each transaction, with the remainder going to the retailer.
The app, which is being targeted at Britain’s 47,000 independent retailers, will be unveiled by veteran Welsh sprinter Christian Malcolm, who has joined the RMS team following his retirement.
Mr Malcolm, who started his professional career in 1998, ran his last Welsh Athletics International race earlier this month. He will now embark on the next stage of his career as an Ambassador for RMS, alongside CEO Peter O’Toole and CEO of the Celtic Manor resort Dylan Matthews.
Four-time Olympian Mr Malcolm will spearhead the marketing and rollout of Mini Checkout, with RMS aiming to export the technology globally.
In addition to its technology offering, the company provides a full range of retail services to major retail chains including store design and build, recruitment, training and distribution. Its client base includes national retailers such as Tesco, John Lewis, B&Q, Co-Op and Asda.
The firm, which increased sales by 229% between 2010 and 2012, won the ‘fastest growing firm in the retail and wholesale sector’ award at the 2013 Wales Fast Growth 50 awards and is targeting increased sales this financial year.
Alongside that, its chief executive officer, Peter O’Toole, is the current Entrepreneur of the Year, scooping the award at the 2013 IWA / Western Mail Business Awards.
Peter O’Toole, CEO of RMS and Mini Checkout, said:
“We are delighted to announce Swansea University as the first in the UK to sign up to Mini Checkout at its main retail outlet.
“This Costcutter store’s daily customers will be students and young people, all using smartphones and operating at 100mph and with the speed of this app, shopping here will be a much faster and more enjoyable shopping experience.
“With convenience stores seeking to expand and compete against major supermarkets, this technology puts them one step ahead, without having to invest in costly self-scan infrastructure and new tills. With this app, all shoppers need to do is scan, bag and go.”
Christian Malcolm said:
“This new app will appeal to tech-savvy young people and will ease the pain of queuing in a busy student store. As everyone knows, I’m all about speed and that is exactly what Mini Checkout offers retailers.
“I’m also really excited join the RMS team I’m always seeking the next challenge in life and my next goal is to help retailers improve the customer experience.”
“It is with great pleasure that I announce Christian as a new member of the RMS team. His commitment to Welsh athletics over the last 15 years has been tremendous and hopefully if he can replicate half of that with us, we will be on to a winner.”
Martin Caldwell, Swansea University Student’s Union Commercial Manager, said:
“We're always looking to be an innovative and forward thinking organisation, so we were very excited to be invited to take part in this project.
“We look forward to its future success”
Wed 13 Aug 2014
Find out more about your full time officers and how they can help you.
They may be a very different bunch of people but our team of five full time elected officers are all here to represent you.
Our officers will be on hand during arrivals and Freshers’ week to help you settle in, though in the mean time here is a little introduction to what they do.
Ceinwen is the key contact for university issues, ensuring the democratic
structure of the Union is upheld whilst working tirelessly with the university
to secure fair representation for all students.
Ilana is responsible for representing students on all education issues, both locally and
nationally. Her role encompasses anything from library fines to tuition fees and she’ll be
working hard to continue the great work around the subject rep system on campus. This year
she'll be working on campaigns such as the standardisation of university: All colleges to be
organised with the same structure, with longer office hours, online diaries and individual
timetables, practice interviews and module selection advice
In one of the most diverse officer roles, Jerry coordinates all Students’ Union societies on
campus and ensures student opinions are heard in the direction of all our services, like
MyCostcutter and our bars.
If you have a problem at university then Joel is the person to see. The Welfare Officer is
responsible for coordinating welfare campaigns and strengthening the link between
students and the local community. Joel will be working on Housing issues and
campaigning for landlord accreditation, increasing student support services on campus
and promoting health and wellbeing.
Charlotte is your rep for sports within the University and ensures Sports teams
are represented within Sports Swansea. Charlotte is responsible for the running
of sports clubs on campus and promoting sports as part of the student experience.
All our officers are democratically elected once a year so look out for information on how you can get involved with the union or event run for a full or part time position yourself.
Mon 09 Jun 2014
Students have been taking part in the annual Union awards
Students have been celebrating after being rewarded for their hard work over the past year.
The annual SU Awards have taken place and the winners have been announced:
Student Rep of the Year
Best Student Led Event
Fashion Society Fashion Show
Innovation and Enterprise Award
Best Student Led Campaign
Pole Fitness Society
People and Planet Fossil Free Swansea
Invisible Illness Campaign
Positive Swansea Award
St John Links
Swansea Student Minds
Swansea University Netball Club
Cultural and Diversity Award
Student Staff of the Year Award
Best new Society
British Sign Language
Most Improved Society
Society of the Year
Outstanding Contributin to Student Media
Sports Club of the Year
SU Individual Contribution Awards
Thu 05 Jun 2014
The Union are looking for champions to work at the IPC games in the summer.
The Students’ Union are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to act as representatives for the university working at the IPC Games in August.
The volunteer champions will act as attaches working with Paralympic teams and visitors throughout the event. It will be a fantastic opportunity for students to gain skills in a variety of sectors.
Training and induction will be provided for all volunteers.
Desired Skills & Experience: Experience of customer service, communications, public relations and the media. The ability to speak a European language is desired, however not obligatory.
Accommodation: Free accommodation to be provided in Hendrefoelan for the period of volunteering
Dates: Volunteering will take place between 14-24 August (accommodation may be available shortly before and after these dates)
Working hours: Volunteers will be offered one shift per day (probably 8-10 hours- tbc)
To apply for this amazing opportunity please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 03 Jun 2014
Students have voted to become the first Union in Wales to adopt the NUS charter
Swansea has become the first students’ union in Wales to adopt the recommendations of NUS Wales’ Welsh Language Charter.
Students made history by voting to implement the charter with a resounding 79% yes vote after a motion was proposed.
The charter seeks to improve Welsh language provision and the experience of Welsh speaking students by outlining minimum standards for Unions. The move follows the new legal obligations on the Welsh language that all public bodies are obliged to adopt.
The motion proposer Lewys Arôn said “Equality and fair play are values that Swansea University, the union and local community support. By adopting the charter the Union takes a giant leap forward in its commitment to the Welsh language.
“The union has come on leaps and bounds this year in terms of provision and the passing of this motion is the accumulation of all the hard work done this year.”
A timeline for adoption will now be drawn up by the Union executive board.
Undeb Myfyrwyr Abertawe yw’r Undeb myfyrwyr cyntaf i fabwysiadu'r awgrymiadau gan Siarter Iaith NUS Cymru.
Gwnaeth myfyrwyr prifysgol Abertawe creu hanes trwy bleidleisio o blaid gweithredu’r siarter gyda 79% o blaid mabwysiadu’r siarter yn dilyn cynnig a gafodd ei awgrymu.
Mae’r siarter yn ceisio gwella darpariaeth yr Iaith Gymraeg a phrofiad myfyrwyr sydd yn siarad yr Iaith trwy amlinelli’r safonau gofynnol I Undebau.
Gwnaeth y cynnig a awgrymwyd gan Lewys Arôn ddweud “Mae cydraddoldeb a chwarae teg yn werthoedd mae Prifysgol Abertawe, yr Undeb a’r gymuned leol yn cefnogi. Trwy fabwysiadu’r siarter mae’r Undeb yn cymryd cam enfawr ymlaen at ei ymrwymiad i’r Iaith Gymraeg.”
“Mae’r Undeb wedi mynd o nerth i nerth yn y flwyddyn yma o ran darpariaeth a’r pasio o’r cynnig yma, mae hyn o ganlyniad i’r holl waith a chafodd ei wneud eleni.”
Fe fydd llinell amser ar gyfer mabwysiadu’r siarter yn cael ei gynllunio gan fwrdd Gweithredol yr Undeb.
Fri 30 May 2014
The nominations for this year's SU Awards are out!
The nominations for this year's SU Awards have been announced.
The annual awards ceremony celebrates students success over the year and recognises societies, clubs and individuals who have given time and effort to help the Union and give other students a great experience at university.
The Garden Party will be taking place in the Abbey Meadow where the winners will be announced. Tickets are available on this site or at Fulton Outfitters store on campus.
The nominees are:
Invisible Illness Week Campaign
Christian Union ‘Discuss’ Week
History Society Poppy Appeal
Reinstate Pole Fitness Society Campaign
Islamic Awareness Week
Open Mic Night
Hogwarts Yule Ball
Debating Society Swansea Open
Christian Union Candle Light Carol Service
Pagan Society Goddess Temple
St John Links CPR Marathon
Academic Societies Trip to the Museum
Shoreline Theatre Vagina Monologues
Psychology Book Sale
Dance Society Spotlight
Choral Society Spring Concert
Outstanding Contribution to Student Media
Swansea Marrow Society
Student Staff Member of the Year:
Afro Caribbean Society
Christian Union Global Café
German Society Eurovision
Best New Society:
Swansea Feminist Society
Swansea University Psychology Society
Most Improved Society:
Society of the Year:
Wed 28 May 2014
The aim of the review is to deliver the best possible experience to students. In order to help us, we would be very grateful if you could answer the following questions. Go on, there are only 7 of them! / Bwriad yr adolygiad yw cynnig y profiad gorau posib i fyfyrwyr. Er mwy ni chi gallu ein helpu a fyddwch yn gystal ag ateb y cwestiynau isod. Ewch amdani, dim ond 7 sydd!
WIN AMAZON VOUCHERS!
1 x £200 2 x £100 2 x £50
The University is conducting a Professional Services Review. Professional Services include all central services such as the Library, Academic Registry, Student Services, Student Records, Finance, Admissions, Careers and Employability, Study Abroad. It also includes non-academic services within Colleges such as College admin offices. The aim of the review is to deliver the best possible experience to students. In order to help us, we would be very grateful if you could answer the following questions. Go on, there are only seven of them!
Professional Services Questionnaire
TALEBAU'R WIN AMAZON!
1 x £200 2 x £100 2 x £50
Mae’r Brifysgol yn cynnal adolygiad i’w gwasanaethau proffesiynol. Mae gwasanaethau proffesiynol yn cynnwys gwasanaethau megis Y Llyfrgell, cofrestr academaidd, gwasanaethau i fyfyrwyr, cofnodion myfyrwyr, cyllid, uned derbyn a’r gwasanaeth gyrfaoedd a chyflogadwyedd. Mae hefyd yn cynnwys gwasanaethau nad ydynt yn academaidd megis swyddfeydd gweinyddu Colegau. Bwriad yr adolygiad yw cynnig y profiad gorau posib i fyfyrwyr. Er mwy ni chi gallu ein helpu a fyddwch yn gystal ag ateb y cwestiynau isod. Ewch amdani, dim ond 7 sydd!
Holiadur gwasanaethau proffesiynol
Wed 16 Apr 2014
We're running our annual survey and we'd love to hear your thoughts.
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!
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.
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: email@example.com”
Fri 04 Apr 2014
The latest Student Representatives for the forthcoming year can be found here:
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
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 - 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
Accounting and Finance - UG L2 Stacey Chapuka
Business Management - UG L3 George Miller
Economics - UG L2 Silvia Nwosu
Economics - UG L3 Churchill Oyeinkediton
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Thu 27 Mar 2014
Swansea Union have been recognised for their award winning media for the second year in a row.
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.
Tue 25 Mar 2014
Before you decide to avoid the mall for a week, check out these reasons why voting is important!
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.
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/
Tue 04 Mar 2014
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:
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
Tue 11 Feb 2014
Reasons why you should consider becoming an officer!
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!
Mon 10 Feb 2014
There is help out there for students.
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 email@example.com 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