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Thu 05 Mar 2015
Looking for work after graduation?
Finding Graduate Job
Looking for work after graduation and not sure where to look, or even when to start applying? This workshop will help you get a clearer picture of timescales, where to look for vacancies, and how to develop a plan.
This workshop will run between 12:00 and 13:00 in the Taliesin Art Hall on Tuesday March 17th.
How Do I Develop My Interview Skills?
Feel you'd like to brush up on your interview technique? In this session our Careers Advisor will provide you with hints and tips on how to survive job interviews.
This workshop will run between 12:00 and 13:00 in the Taliesin Art Hall on Monday March 23rd.
To find out more and to book a place click here.
Dod O Hyd I Swyddi I Raddedigion
Ydch chi'n chwilio am waith ar ol graddio, ond nid ydych yn siwr ble i chwilio na phryd i ddechrau gwneud ceisiadau? Bydd y gweithdy un awr hwn yn eich helpu i gael darlun mwy eglur o raddfeydd amser, ble i chwilio am swyddi a sut i ddatblygu cynllun.
Bydd y gweithdy yma yn rhedeg rhwng 12:00 a 13:00 yng Neuadd Celf Taliesin ar ddydd Mawrth, Mawrth 17eg.
Sut Allaf Ddatblygu Fy Sgiliau Cyfweliad?
Ydch chi'n teimlo eich bod am wella eich techneh mewn cyfweliadau? Yn y sesiwn hon bydd ein Hymgynghorwyr Gyrfaoedd yn rhoi cyngor I chi ar sut i oroesi mwen cyfweliadau.
Bydd y gweithdy yma yn rhedeg rhwng 12:00 a 13:00 ywn Tŷ Fulton, Ystafell Seminar 2 ar ddydd Llun, Mawrth 23ain.
I gael gwybod mwy ac i archebu lle, cliciwch yma.
Wed 04 Mar 2015
A total of 2861 students voted in the FTO elections and a total of 299 students voted on the six affiliations referenda. The results in summary are as follows. / Pleidleisiodd 2861 o fyfyrwyr ar gyfer etholiadau y swyddogion llawn amser ac yna 299 dros ymgysylltiadau. Gweler isod am y canlyniadau.
Full Time Officer & Affiliation Referenda Results 2015
Voting for this year’s Full Time Officer (FTO) elections and the Union’s Affiliations Referenda was open between Tuesday the 24th of February at midday and Friday the 27th of February at 5pm. A total of 2861 students voted in the FTO elections and a total of 299 students voted on the six affiliations referenda. The results in summary are as follows.
Full Time Officer Elections 2015
Education Officer: Robiu Salisu was duly elected with a majority total vote of of 1792 votes (quota to elected was 1136).
President: Ajing Jipur (AJ) was elected duly with a majority total vote of of 1105 votes (quota to elected was 955).
Societies & Services Officer: Alys Chapman was duly elected with a majority total vote of of 998 votes (quota to elected was 904).
Sports Officer: Felix Mmeka was duly elected with a majority total vote of of 978 votes (quota to elect was 931).
Welfare Officer: Lloyd Harris was duly elected with a majority total vote of of 991 votes (quota to elect was 846).
The winning candidate for the post of Societies & Services Officer has chosen not to take up the post and subsequently arrangements will now be made for a new election to be held. Details of the new election are available on our website.
Affiliations Referenda 2015
Advice UK: total number of votes 212, votes to keep affiliation 148, votes against affiliation 25 and abstentions 39.
NACAB (National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux): total number of votes 228, votes to keep affiliation 169, votes against affiliation 28 and abstentions 31.
NDNA (National Day Nurseries Association): total number of votes 194, votes to keep affiliation 128, votes against affiliation 32 and abstentions 34.
NUS (National Union of Students): total number of votes 291, votes to keep affiliation 250, votes against affiliation 25 and abstentions 16.
SRA (Student Radio Association): total number of votes 201, votes to keep affiliation 136, votes against affiliation 36 and abstentions 29.
UKCISA (United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs): total number of votes 205, votes to keep affiliation 134, votes against affiliation 28 and abstentions 43.
The results in full for each of the Full Time Officer positions and each of the Affiliations Referenda will be included in the official Election Report. This report will also include an account of the complaints made during the election and the actions taken by the Returning Officer.
If you have any questions please contact the Assistant Returning Officers Shona Vrac-Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sara Correia (email@example.com).
Canlyniadau etholiadau Swyddogion Llawn Amser ac ymgysylltiadau undeb y myfyrwyr 2015.
Cynhelir cyfnod etholiadau Undeb y Myfyrwyr rhang y 24ain o Chwefror tan y 27ain o Chwefror am 5yh. Pleidleisiodd 2861 o fyfyrwyr ar gyfer etholiadau y swyddogion llawn amser ac yna 299 dros ymgysylltiadau. Gweler isod am y canlyniadau.
Etholiadau swyddogion llawn amser 2015.
Swyddog addysg: Etholwyd Robiu Salisu gyda chyfanswm o 1793 o bleidleisiau (Roedd angen 1136 o bleidleisiau arno er mwyn cae ei ethol)
Llywydd: Etholwyd Ajing Jipur (AJ) gyda chyfanswm o 1105 votes bleidleisiau (Roedd angen 955 o bleidleisiau arno er mwyn cael ei ethol).
Cymdeithasau a gwasanaethau: Etholwyd Alys Chapman gyda chyfanswm o 998 o bleidleisiau (Roedd angen 904 arni er mwyn cael ei hethol).
Swyddog Chwaraeon: Etholwyd Felix Mmeka gyda chyfanwm o 978 o bleidleisiau (Roedd angen 931 o bleidleisiau arno er mwyn cael ei ethol).
Swyddog lles: Etholwyd Lloyd Harris gyda chyfanwsm o 991 o belidleisiau (Roedd angen 846 arno er mwyn cael ei ethol).
Ni fydd yr ymgeisydd dros y safle o swyddog cymdeithasau a gwasanaethau yn cymryd ei lle fel y swyddog trwy ddewis ei hun. Byddwn nawr yn trefnu is-etholiad. Gallwch ddod o hyd i’r manylion perthnasol ar ein gwefan.
Refferenda ymgysylltiadau 2015
Advice UK: cyfanswm nifer o bleidleisiau 212, pleidleisiau dros gadw cysylltiadau 148, pleidleisiau yn erbyn cysylltiadau 25 ac ymataliadau 39.
CGCCD (Cymdeithas Genedlaethol y Canolfannau Cyngor i Ddinasyddion): cyfanswm nifer o bleidleisiau 228, pleidleisiau dros gadw cysylltiadau 169, pleidleisiau yn erbyn cysylltiadau 28 ac ymataliadau 31.
CGMD (Cymdeithas Genedlaethol Meithrinfeydd Dydd): cyfanswm nifer o bleidleisiau 194, pleidleisiau dros gadw cysylltiadau 128, pleidleisiau yn erbyn cysylltiadau 32 ac ymataliadau 34.
UCM / NUS (Undeb Cenedlaethol y Myfyrwyr): cyfanswm nifer o bleidleisiau 291, pleidleisiau dros gadw cysylltiadau 250, pleidleisiau yn erbyn cysylltiadau 25 ac ymataliadau 16.
CRM (Cymdeithas Radio Myfyrwyr): cyfanswm nifer o bleidleisiau 201, pleidleisiau dros gadw cysylltiadau 136, pleidleisiau yn erbyn cysylltiadau 36 ac ymataliadau 29.
CFMRDU (Cyngor dros Faterion Myfyrwyr Rhyngwladol y Deyrnas Unedig): cyfanswm nifer o bleidleisiau 205, pleidleisiau dros gadw cysylltiadau 134, pleidleisiau yn erbyn cysylltiadau 28 ac ymataliadau 43.
Bydd y canlyniadau llawn ar gyfer pob un o'r safleoedd Swyddogion Llawn Amser a phob un o'r Refferenda Canlyniadau yn rhan o Adroddiad Swyddogol yr Etholiad. Bydd yr adroddiad yma hefyd yn cynnwys cyfrif o'r cwynion a wnaethpwyd yn ystod yr etholiad gan gynnwys cwynion a wnaethpwyd gan y Swyddogion etholiadau
Os oes unrhyw gwestiwn gennych cysyllswch gyda'r Dirprwy Swyddog sy'n Dychwelyd Shona Vrac-Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>) a Sara Correia (firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>)
Mon 23 Feb 2015
Your chance to make a mark on the history of Swansea University
Flagship café-bar name needed – win a £100 Dining Card
This is your chance to make a mark on the history of Swansea University.
With just over six months to go until the opening of the Bay Campus, our new flagship café-bar is in need of a name.
Submit your suggestions by Friday 6th March and if your suggestion is accepted then you will be rewarded with a £100 Dining Card that can be used in any Campus Catering outlets.
However - this prize pales into insignificance alongside the chance to be the person that gave the bar its name. Generations of students will marvel at your genius.
To submit your suggestion visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QWVD5T6.
The café-bar will be the most exciting feature of the retail street at the Bay Campus. Contemporary coffee shop and general chill out area by day, relaxed and funky bar by night, it needs a name that will reflect its status as the place to be.
The café-bar will be styled with beach and watersports influences, with a retro touch and echoes of a bygone era. Customised furniture and decorations will ensure that it is an oasis of calm amid a busy and modern campus.
It’s one of several outlets at the Bay Campus, which will include a main food court with multiple pods serving a mix of traditional foods, street food and internationally influenced cuisine. There will also be catering outlets in the College of Engineering, School of Management, Library and Great Hall. Keep an eye out too for new menus and developments on the Singleton Park Campus.
Themes to consider are:
Also don’t forget that:
If you have any queries please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon 16 Feb 2015
List of candidates nominated for this year's Full Time Officer Elections #SUSUVote
full time officers
<h2> President / Llywydd</h2> <ul> <li> Stephanie <strong>DALTON</strong></li> <li> Ajjing <strong>JIPUR (AJ)</strong></li> <li> Harry <strong>FORRESTER</strong></li> <li> Caleb <strong>SEVERN</strong></li> <li> Chris <strong>WALBURN</strong></li> </ul> <h2> <strong>Welfare Officer / Swyddog Lles</strong></h2> <ul> <li> Keji <strong>OLAMIDE AJEWOLE</strong></li> <li> Syed <strong>ATEEQ-UL-HASSAN</strong></li> <li> Huyam <strong>DALBANI</strong></li> <li> Lloyd <strong>HARRIS</strong></li> <li> Leigh <strong>HERRING</strong></li> <li> Alice <strong>MERCER</strong></li> <li> Verity<strong> WILLIAMS</strong></li> </ul> <h2> <strong>Education Officer/Swyddog Addysg</strong></h2> <ul> <li> Robiu <strong>SALISU</strong></li> </ul> <h2> Societies & Services Officer / Swyddog Cymdeithasau a Gwasanaethau</h2> <ul> <li> Deonte <strong>JAM</strong></li> <li> Alys <strong>CHAPMAN</strong></li> <li> Mo <strong>COMFORT</strong></li> <li> Chris <strong>WALDEN</strong></li> </ul> <h2> <strong>Sports Officer/Swyddog Chwaraeon</strong></h2> <ul> <li> Nicholas <strong>BOWSHER</strong></li> <li> Claire <strong>GUJER</strong></li> <li> Joshua <strong>GUY</strong></li> <li> Holly <strong>JANES</strong></li> <li> Hari <strong>McLOUGHLIN</strong></li> <li> Felix<strong> MMEKA</strong></li> </ul> <p> These elections will be held electronically, through a voting portal at <a href="http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/elections">www.swansea-union.co.uk/elections</a>. Polling times will open on Tuesday, 24thFebruary 2015 at midday – and will close on Friday, 27th February 2015 at 5pm.</p> <p> Election results will be available on Friday, 27th February 2015 from 7pm onwards.</p> <p> These positions are full-time – i.e. a minimum of 35 hours per week, and will be paid a salary of circa £17,528.</p> <p> For those students who have difficulty in voting, please contact Stuart Rice (Deputy Returning Officer), Sara Correia, or Shona Vrac-Lee (Assistant Returning Officers). For more information please contact one of the Assistant Returning Officers on 01792 295465 or 01792 295467 (Sara and Shona respectively), e-mail us on <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>, or go to <a href="http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/">www.swansea-union.co.uk</a>.</p> <p> Any questions? Contact <a href="mailto:email@example.com" target="_blank">firstname.lastname@example.org</a></p> <hr /> <p> Cyhelir yr etholiadau yma yn electronig, trwy borth pleidleisio ar wefan yr Undeb a <a href="http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/elections">www.swansea-union.co.uk/elections</a>. Bydd y cyfnod Pôlio yn agor arDdydd Mawrth y 24ain o Fawrth am ganol dydd - a bydd yn cau ar Ddydd Gwener, 27ain o Fawrth am 5yh.</p> <p> Dylai’r rhai sydd yn cael trafferth pleidleisio, gysylltu ag un o’r Swyddogion Dyhwelyd Cynorthwyol, Stuart Rice (Is Swyddog Dychwelyd), Sara Correia & Shona Vrac-Lee (Swyddog Ion Dychwelyd Cynorthwyol). Am fwy o wybodaeth, cysylltwch ag un o’r Swyddogion Dyhwelyd Cynorthwyol ar 01792 295465 neu 01792 295467 (Sara and Shona), ddanfonwch e-bost i <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a> neu ewch i <a href="http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/">www.swansea-union.co.uk</a>.</p> <p> Bydd canlyniadau’r Etholiad ar gael ar Ddydd Gwener, 27ain o Fawrth 2015 o 7yh ymlaen.</p> <p> Unrhyw gwestiynau? Cysylltwch â <a href="mailto:email@example.com" target="_blank">firstname.lastname@example.org</a></p>
Fri 13 Feb 2015
Following recent developments, we have a delegate place open for the NUS Wales Conference!
Interested in influencing policy at a national level?
Following recent developments, we have had 1 (male or female) delegate place open for the NUS Wales Conference (Wednesday and Thursday 11-12 March 2015 at The Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells) and 2 delegate places (both must be females) open for the NUS UK Conference (Tuesday 21 April 2015 12:00 - Thursday 23 April 2015 14:00 in Liverpool).
Here's a little video from NUS UK Conference in 2012 which will give you an idea of what it is like.
Due to the short time frame, we will proceed with an indirect election / co-option for these positions. The new delegates will be selected by the Union's Executive Committee based on expressions of interest. If you would like to put yourself forward to any of these positions, please email Sara Correia with a short paragraph indicating who you are, which conference you would like to attend and why. For NUS Wales please email this information by the 16th of February. For NUS UK please email this information by the 27th of February. Your expenses will be paid for.
Here's some more detailed information about each of the conferences:
Please get in touch with Sara if you have any questions.
Diddordeb mewn dylanwadu polisi ar lefel genedlaethol?
Yn dilyn datblygiadau diweddar, rydym wedi cael 1 (gwryw neu’n fenyw) man dirprwyo ar agor ar gyfer Cynhadledd Cymru UCM (Dydd Mercher a Dydd Iau 11-12 Mawrth 2015 yng Ngwesty Metropole yn Llandrindod Wells) a 2 man dirprwyo (rhaid i’r ddau fod yn fenywaidd) ar agor Cynhadledd DU yr UCM (Dydd Mawrth 21 Ebrill 2015 12:00 – Dydd Iau 23 Ebrill 2015 14:00 yn Lerpwl).
Dyma fideo bach o Gynhadledd DU yr UCM yn 2012 a fyddai’n rhoi syniad i chi o sut beth yw e.
Oherwydd cyfyngiad amser, byddwn yn parhau gydag etholiad anuniongyrchol / cyfetholiad ar gyfer y safleoedd hyn. Mi fydd y dirprwyon newydd yn cael eu dewis gan Bwyllgor Gweithredol yr Undeb yn seiliedig ar ddatganiadau o ddiddordeb. Os yr hoffech godi eich llaw ar gyfer unrhyw un o’r safleoedd hyn, os gwelwch yn dda ebostiwch Sara Correia gyda paragraff byr yn nodi pwy ydych chi, pa gynhadledd yr hoffech ei fynychu a pham. Ar gyfer UCM Cymru ebostiwch y gwybodaeth yma erbyn 16eg o Chwefror. Ar gyfer UCM y DU ebostiwch y gwybodaetg yma erbyn y 27ain o Chwefror. Bydd dim angen i chi dalu am eich treuliau.
Dyma fwy o wybodaeth manwl am bob un o’r cynadleddau:
UCM y DU
Cysylltwch â Sara os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau.
Thu 29 Jan 2015
The motion "Allow Student Societies to Sell Food and Drink" proposed at the last Student Forum has passed!
A total of 23 students voted in the motion put to Student Forum for Swansea University Students' Union to allow student societies to sell food and drink.
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 here.
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.
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.