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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
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
Mon 04 Nov 2013
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
Tue 29 Oct 2013
Nursery children are learning that fruit and veg can be fun!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01792 513151.
Sat 26 Oct 2013
Read the Students' Union's position on the Strike Action due to take place on Thursday 31st October.
Swansea University Students Union
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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / Chris Whitty: email@example.com
Swansea University Students’ Union Executive Committee
Please direct all enquiries regarding this statement to the chair: Zahid Raja.
Phone: 01792 295468
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:
Wed 23 Oct 2013
Zahid Raja, President of the Students’ Union welcomed the decision taken by the Learning & Teaching committee of the University to amend the Blackboard Minimum Content policy.
Swansea University Students Union
Zahid Raja, Students' Union President, welcomed the decision taken by the Learning & Teaching committee of the University to amend the Blackboard Minimum Content policy to require that lecture materials are made available on Blackboard in advance of lectures (at least 24 hours before.)
Zahid said: “I’m incredibly excited about this policy. Some lecturers do this already, so it will be exciting to see students across the University receive the same convenience. The proposer of the paper, Michelle Lee (Learning & Teaching Chair of the College of Human Health Sciences), rightly pointed out that the students who will see the biggest benefit will be those in the student community suffering from mental health, and access impairment.”
The Students’ Union pushed for this to become a requirement from this year, however, following debate at two meetings, it was agreed that to provide some lead in time. Therefore this will be a recommendation for 2013-14, before becoming a requirement in 2014-15.
Consultation and support will be carried out with students and staff during this period to ensure its success. Subject Reps will be critical in helping to define the delivery of this policy.
Tue 15 Oct 2013
Referendum succeeds to amend the constitution in all areas where it makes reference to 7 Full Time Officers to 5
Mon 07 Oct 2013
Grab yourself a great opportunity and become an elected rep
OFFICIAL NOTICE OF POLL – PART-TIME OFFICER ELECTIONS
Notice is hereby given of an Election to elect4 Part-time Officers for the academic year 2013-2014. The positions are :-
FRESHERS REP. (Only 1st Years are eligible to apply);
POSTGRADUATE REP. (Only Postgraduates are eligible to apply);
STUDENT WITH CARING RESPONSIBLITIES OFFICER;
WELSH AFFAIRS OFFICER (SWYDDOG MATERION CYMRAEG)
We will also be electing student representatives to attend the following Conferences on behalf of Swansea Students’ Union :-
NUS WALES DELEGATES x 3
NUS UK DELEGATES x 4
The Students’ Union will also be electing Subject Representatives for every level of every course in the University. This opportunity is for all; including undergraduates, postgraduate taught and postgraduate teaching students.
More information can be sought from the President, Zahid Raja:
Nominations will open on THURSDAY, 10TH OCTOBER 2013 at 12 noon.
Nominations will close on THURSDAY, 17TH OCTOBER 2013 at 5.00 p.m.
Candidates can nominate themselves on-line from midday on the 10TH October 2013 at www.swansea-union.co.uk please follow the links for the nomination process.
Publicity deadline is FRIDAY, 18TH OCTOBER 2013 AT 4.00 p.m.
There will be a meeting with the Returning Officers on THURSDAY, 17TH OCTOBER 2013 at 5.00 p.m. Could candidates please make every effort to attend.
Voting will take place via an on-line portal at www.swansea-union.co.uk
on Thursday, 24th October 2013 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Election results will be announced the same evening.
*More details are available from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Stuart Rice Shona Vrac-Lee / Matt Hurst
DEPUTY RETURNING ASSISTANT RETURNING
HYSBYSIAD SWYDDOGOL YNGLYN Â PHLEIDLEISIO - ETHOLIADAU SWYDDOGION RHAN-AMSER
Rhodir hysbysiad yma am y bleidlais i ethol 4 Swyddog Rhan-amser ar gyfer blwyddyn academaidd 2013-2014. Y safleoedd yw:-
CYNRYCHIOLWR/AIG GLAS FYFYRWYR (Glas fyfyrwyr yn unig sy’n gymwys i geisio);
SWYDDOG MYFYRWYR HYN (Myfyrwyr Hyn yn unig sy’n gymwys i geisio);
MYFYRWYR GYDA CHYFRIFOLDEBAU GOFAL;
SWYDDOG MATERION CYMRAEG (WELSH AFFAIRS OFFICER)
Fyddwn hefyd yn ethol cynrychiolwyr myfyrwyr i fynychu’r cynadleddau dilynol ar ran Undeb Myfyrwyr Abertawe:-
ANFONOGION UCM CYMRU x 3
ANFONOGION UCM Y DU x 4
Bu’r Undeb Myfyrwyr hefyd yn etholi Cynrychiolwyr Pwnc am pob lefel o pob cwrs yn y Brifysgol. Mae hyn yn cyfle i pawb; gan cynnwys israddedigion, ol-raddedigion ag addysgir ac ol-raddedigion sy’n dysgu.
Mae fwy o wybodaeth ar gael o’r llywydd, Zahid Raja:
Bydd enwebiadau yn agor ar Ddydd Iau 10fed o Hydref 2013, am 12 ganol dydd.
Bydd enwebiadau yn cau Ddydd Iau, 17eg o Hydref 2013 am 5.00 y.p.
Gall ymgeisiwyr enwebu eu hunain ar-lein o ganol dydd ar y 10fed o Hydref 2013 ar wefan www.swansea-union.co.uk dilynwch y linc os gwelwch yn dda ar gyfer y broses enwebu.
Terfyn Amser y Cyhoeddusrwydd ydy Dydd Gwener, Hydref 18eg 2013 am 4:00y.p.
Bydd yna gyfarfod gyda’r Swyddogion Adroddol ar Ddydd Iau 17eg o Hydref 2013 am 5:00 y.p. Gall ymgeiswyr wneud pob ymdrech i fynychu.
Bydd Pleidleisio yn digwydd ar-lein ar wefan www.swansea-union.co.uk ar Ddydd Iau, 24ain o Hydref 2013 rhwng 8 y.b. and 8 y.h.
Bydd canlyniadau’r etholiad yn cael eu cyhoeddi yr un noswaith.
*Mwy o fanylion ar gael trwy firstname.lastname@example.org neu email@example.com
Stuart Rice Shona Vrac-Lee / Matt Hurst
Dirprwy Swyddog Adroddol Swyddogion Adroddol Cynorthwyol
Wed 02 Oct 2013
Students are being asked to decide the future of their Union
Notice is hereby given of a Students’ Union Referendum.
It is proposed that the number of Full-time Officers will reduce from 7 to 5.
That the amendment to numbers come into effect at the next set of Full-time Officer elections.
The options shall be:
I agree with the amendment
I disagree with the amendment
The Referendum will take place via an on-line voting portal at www.swansea-union.co.uk between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday 10th October, Friday 11th October, Saturday 12th October, Sunday 13th October and Monday 14th October 2013.
The quoracy for a valid referendum (3%) shall be 459 based on student numbers of 15275
Hysbysir drwy hyn, Refferendwm Undeb Myfyrwyr.
Cynigir gostwng nifer y Swyddogion Llawn Amser o 7 i 5.
Fod y newid i’r nifer yn digwydd yn ystod yr etholiadau nesaf ar gyfer Swyddogion Llawn-amser.
Yr opsiynau fydd:
Rwy’n cytuno gyda’r newid
Rwy’n anghytuno gyda’r newid
Bydd y refferendwm yn cymryd lle trwy borth ar-lein ar wefan yr undeb - www.swansea-union.co.uk <http://www.swansea-union.co.uk> rhwng 8yb ac 8yh ar Ddydd Iau 10fed Hydref, Gwener 11eg o Hydref, Sadwrn 12eg o Hydref, Sul 13eg o Hydref, a Llun 14eg o Hydref 2013.
Bu’r cworwm am refferendwm dilys (3%) yn 459, yn seiliedig ar rhifau myfyrwyr o 15275
Thu 26 Sep 2013
The SU Welfare Officer shares some top tips
Three years ago today I moved into room number twelve, floor five, Cefn Bryn as a naïve fresh faced eighteen year old. I’m not here to be your mother, but there are some life lessons I’ve learned the hard way to aid you in your first two weeks of uni.
1. Don’t earn yourself a nickname – Responsible drinking sounds like something your mother would say, but don’t get so drunk that you do something stupid that you never live down. I’ve seen it happen, it’s not fun.
2. Don’t walk home alone – Taxis are cheap enough in Swansea to not risk it! Go home in a group, the post going out talks in your kitchen are half the fun.
3. Do drink lots of water – you will thank yourself in the morning. Aid your post-going-out housemate bonding session with water. It’s for the best, it might save you a headache in the morning.
4. Don’t look for trouble – there’s a zero tolerance policy, don’t test it. Boxing beer goggles won’t help you earn your degree.
5. Safe sex is great sex – just don’t forget it! You can get free condoms from the offices on the third floor in Union House – use them!
6. Everybody loves good neighbours. Next door don’t always appreciate a 3am alarm call and smashed bottles in the street aren’t child friendly.
My main piece of advice though is to have fun and make sure you remember it for the right reasons!
Wed 14 Aug 2013
On campus? In the Student Village? How about Ty Beck? Wherever you'll be spending your first year, find out who your neighbours are and chat about the upcoming year!
Welcome to Swansea University!
One of the most important things when arriving at the University, is getting to know your housemates. Whether you're on Singleton Campus, at the Student Village or in Ty Beck, its great to get to know the people you'll be sharing with over the next few months.
In partnership with the Accomodation Services at the University, we've set up the below Official Facebook groups for you to get to know your neighbours! Head over to your accomodation group and start chatting to decide who's doing the dishes and when to make a house trip down to the Gower!
Please Note: To join the group, you'll need to be a registered resident of that halls. You become registered once you're accepted onto your university course.
Caswell - https://www.facebook.com/groups/541934452521348/
Cefn Bryn - https://www.facebook.com/groups/575782925801671/
Horton - https://www.facebook.com/groups/214652638687232/
Kilvey - https://www.facebook.com/groups/420911991358153/
Langland - https://www.facebook.com/groups/145036932363452/
Oxwich - https://www.facebook.com/groups/185071145001933/
Penmaen - https://www.facebook.com/groups/221865487937482/
Preseli - https://www.facebook.com/groups/411273438985272/
Rhossili - https://www.facebook.com/groups/176640509179940/
Hendrefoelan Student Village
Houses 1-40 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/214835172000133/
Houses 41-67 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/590844977605049/
Houses 68-77 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/643951155616374/
Flats 80-123 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/148367295357871/
Houses 124-135 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/364778850315026/
Houses 136-165 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/410694065716122/
Flats 166-195 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/540322806003956/
Flats 196-210 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/492190974188848/
Flats 211-233 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/278555468953895/
Ty Beck - https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeckHouse/
THE ABOVE ARE THE ONLY OFFICIAL FACEBOOK GROUPS OF ACCOMODATION HALLS.
Any other accomodation groups are in no way associated with Swansea University or Swansea University Students' Union.
The Union have increased satisfaction over the past year
The Students’ Union has been ranked in the top 25% of all UK institutions for student satisfaction, recent NSS results show.
74% of students surveyed said they were satisfied with the Union, an increase of 3% from 2012, placing us above average compared to other institutions. Swansea student satisfaction has remained high in the University at 86% with a good achievement of a 3% increase in assessment and feedback.
The National Student Survey is a study carried out across the UK, asking students their views on teaching, feedback, organisation and academic support. It is only the second year the Students’ Union has been included as a separate question and the increase continues the successful trend.
Union President, Zahid Raja said “I am thrilled to see that Swansea University Students’ Union has continued its upward trajectory. This result is on the back of being announced as NUS Wales Higher Education Students’ Union; firmly placing the Students’ Union in the top quartile of all UK Students’ Unions.
“This year, we will be launching our new strategic plan outlining how we aim to enhance the student experience whilst leading on the ‘students as partners’ agenda in Wales in order to realise our ambitions in joining the top 10% of Students’ Unions by 2020.
“I was also delighted to see the rise in Assessment and Feedback this year - part of this was down to the campaign we ran explaining to students their rights when it came to getting good quality assessment and feedback.”
The survey reflects the national achievement of the Union this year, being awarded the Best Higher Education Students’ Union in Wales by NUS.
The Union’s broad array of services also stood out in the survey with 78% of students satisfied with the range of entertainments and social events on offer and a high 82% of students feeling satisfied with the range of clubs and societies available.
The annual survey will be launched again in the New Year and Students will again have the chance to air their views.
Tue 13 Aug 2013
The Union condemns recent law changes
In response to recent law changes affecting LGBT people in Russia, Swansea University Students’ Union will come together to organise a campaign during October to show the Russian Embassy that the world is watching.
The campaign will involve students signing postcards that we will send on to the Russian Embassy in London. We will also be recording a short video to increase awareness of how the lives of LGBT people in Russia have been affected.
Joel Gascoyne, Swansea University Students’ Union LGBT Officer (Open Place) said: "With regards to the recent dreadful actions undertaken by the Russian government in limiting and violating the rights of LGBT citizens, the union would like to make it clear that we stand in solidarity with the LGBT community in Russia who are under attack.”
Zahid Raja, Swansea University Students’ Union President said: “Swansea University Students’ Union is a strong champion of LGBT rights with two dedicated LGBT Officers leading the LGBT liberation campaign. As future leaders of society and citizens of a global community, students at Swansea University have a responsibility to speak out against human rights violations. Students have the power to shape the global community, don’t believe me? Check out this video from my good pal, Morgan Freeman: http://youtu.be/9_tCtvmAm4M - your words can lead to their freedom.”
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind students that if you face any bullying relating to sexuality or otherwise, you should get in touch with us immediately:
Tel: 01792 295821
Tue 23 Jul 2013
The Welsh Assembly want your views
The National Assembly for Wales’ Finance Committee is currently conducting an inquiry into full time Higher Education funding.
This inquiry is looking at the financial considerations students take into account when deciding whether to go to university and what impact the Welsh Government’s tuition fee grant has on an individual’s choice. The purpose of this inquiry is to look at whether the Welsh Government is delivering value for money in this area.
The Committee would like to hear the views of first and second-year Welsh undergraduates who are studying in English or Welsh Higher Education Institutions, by completing a short questionnaire.
To complete the questionnaire in English, please follow the link below:
To complete the questionnaire in Welsh, please follow the link below:
Further information on the Higher Education Funding Inquiry can be found at:
If you have any questions, please contact Rhys Morgan on 02920 898 261 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru – Ymchwiliad i Gyllido Addysg Uwch
Mae'r Pwyllgor Cyllid Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru yn cynnal ymchwiliad i ariannu Addysg Uwch llawn amser.
Mae’r ymchwiliad hwn yn edrych ar yr ystyriaethau ariannol y bydd myfyrwyr yn meddwl amdanynt wrth benderfynu a ydynt am fynd i’r brifysgol a pha effaith y mae grant ffioedd dysgu Llywodraeth Cymru yn ei chael ar ddewis unigolyn. Pwrpas yr ymchwiliad yw gweld a yw Llywodraeth Cymru yn darparu gwerth am arian yn y maes hwn.
Hoffai’r Pwyllgor glywed barn myfyrwyr Gymraeg yn eu blynyddoedd cyntaf neu ail mewn Sefydliadau Addysg Uwchradd yng Nghymru neu yn Lloegr, drwy gwblhau holiadur byr.
I gwblhau’r holiadur drwy gyfrwng Saesneg, dilynwch y linc isod:
I gwblhau’r holiadur drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg, dilynwch y linc isod:
Cewch o hyd i ragor o wybodaeth am yr Ymchwiliad Gyllido Addysg Uwch yma:
Os boed gennych unrhyw gwestiynau, cysylltwch gyda Rhys Morgan 02920 898 261 neu drwy e-bost: email@example.com
Thu 30 May 2013
The Union and University have issued a joint statement advising students how to seek help.
Following the recent death of a student at the University, we would like to remind students of the services that are available to help those who are dealing with bereavement and distress. The Students’ Union Advice & Support Centre is based on the ground floor of Fulton House by the west entrance. The Centre is staffed by professional advisers who will be able to support those affected, and will also be able to refer them to other relevant support services including those available on campus through WellbeingServices. The Advice & Support Centre can be contacted via phone on 01792 295821 and is open from 9am-4.30pm for students drop in. Wellbeing Services is in Horton House and their drop-in sessions are 2-3.30pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10-11.30am on Fridays. Information on bereavement can be found on the University website at www.swan.ac.uk/media/bereavement%20guide.pdf or via CRUSE at www.cruse.org.uk/
Any student who feels unable to sit an exam or is concerned about their exam performance as a result of bereavement related distress should consult with their College without delay.
Tom Upton, President
Swansea University Students' Union/ Undeb Myfyrwyr Prifysgol Abertawe
Director of Student Services"
Wed 22 May 2013
TV Licensing launches refund campaign for students moving home for the summer months
As students in Swansea University prepare for their exams, TV Licensing is reminding those moving home for the summer they might be able to claim a refund on their TV Licence, worth £36.37.
To be eligible, students need to have a TV Licence, be leaving their halls or rented accommodation in Swansea and moving back home to a licensed address.
Any finance-savvy student who purchased a TV Licence at the start of the academic year will have a full three months remaining on their licence. This means they can now claim a refund for the final unused quarter. The savings could pay for a ticket to a gig, a one-way flight to Amsterdam or night out to celebrate the end of student exams.
Sara Jones, spokesperson for TV Licensing in Wales, said:
“With exams fast approaching and the Easter term coming to an end, the student refund is fantastic news for students who planned ahead and bought their licence at the start of the academic year. It’s vital students understand the law when it comes to watching or streaming live TV or they risk prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.”
Recent research* by TV Licensing shows three out of five students watch at least an hour of TV a day, and 71 per cent of students use their laptop to watch TV. A TV Licence is needed to watch, record or stream programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV. This is the case whether you use a TV, laptop, games console, tablet, mobile phone, or any other device.
Phil Davis, Chair of the National Association of Student Money Advisers (NASMA), added:
“The summer is a great opportunity for students to repair their bank balances, and it’s important they use every opportunity to do so. Getting a refund on the unused three months of a TV Licence is a really easy step to take.
“It’s important students buy a TV licence at the earliest opportunity when starting university and take advantage of the flexible payment options available to them. Most of all, it’s vital students avoid fines for not holding a TV Licence – a quick visit to www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo helps students ensure they are covered to watch TV on a range of devices.”
To arrange a refund, or for further information, simply visit: www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo, or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090.
Tue 23 Apr 2013
The Welsh Ambulance Service are encouraging students to stay safe
The Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS) is encouraging students to stay safe and plan ahead as they gear up for this coming Wednesday’s annual Varsity sports day in Cardiff city centre.
With over 20 sporting events taking place across the city, culminating in the Cardiff v Swansea students Varsity rugby match at the Millennium Stadium, the day is expected to be a busy one for the capital.
Additional services are being put in place to prepare for an anticipated increase in emergency calls to ensure the ambulance service can concentrate on reaching those patients with serious or immediately life threatening illnesses or injuries.
The ambulance service’s mobile treatment centre on St Mary’s Street, supported by St John Wales volunteers, will be open to primarily treat walk-in patients and minor injuries.
Cardiff’s Alcohol Treatment Centre based at Ebenezer Chapel on Charles Street will also be open. The triage project, a joint venture between Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan councils and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and supported by WAS and South Wales Police, treats casualties and provides an alcohol recovery service to ensure the safety of patients who have overindulged.
Bob Tooby, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Head of Service for Cardiff and the Vale said: “We do anticipate an increase in calls associated with the Varsity sports day. There can be a tendency for students to overindulge in alcohol and become unwell and although we don’t want to be killjoys, we do ask students to act responsibly and look after their friends and colleagues.
“Please think in advance about the consequences of day and night drinking, make sure you have planned how you are getting home and bear in mind that it often gets much colder late at night.
“The ambulance service and emergency departments are for emergencies only. Please ‘Choose Well’ and remember that pharmacies, GPs Out of Hours, NHS Direct Wales and self help are all alternatives to dialling 999.
“Unfortunately over indulgence can also mean an increase in abuse of our staff so please remember to treat our staff just as you would wish them to treat you.”
Mon 22 Apr 2013
If you are thinking of purchasing a gown with 'Get Down and Graduate' please read.
Are you graduating this year? Then, please take two minutes to read this important bulletin on graduation gowns.
If you have heard or used the company ‘Get Gown and Graduate’ then please be warned that they are not currently approved by the University due to the uncertainty of whether they are selling the correct regulation ceremonial gowns for Swansea University.
The University have issued warnings on their website stating that if you are not in the correct regulation gowns, you will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony; even if you turn up on the day in these robes, until they have been approved by the University.
The University and Students’ Union are doing research into this company and their gowns; once this is complete there will be an announcement.
Thank you for reading and happy graduation.
Thu 18 Apr 2013
Become an officer and boost your skills.
Do you want to gain invaulable experience working as a part-time officer for the Union?
Part-time officers are a voluntary elected position in the Union. Officers are elected to represent students and run campaigns on the issues that matter to them. Its a great experience and will allow you to really improve students lives whilst increasing your own employability!
Notice is hereby given of an Election to elect 11 Part-time Officers for the academic year 2013-2014. The positions are :-
COMMUNITY & HOUSING OFFICER
MATURE STUDENTS OFFICER
BLACK STUDENTS OFFICER
LGBT OFFICER (OPEN PLACE)
LGBT OFFICER (WOMEN’S PLACE)
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OFFICER
Nominations will open on TUESDAY, 23RD APRIL 2013 at 12 noon.
Nominations will close on TUESDAY, 30TH APRIL 2013 at 5.00 p.m.
Candidates can nominate themselves on-line from midday on the 23rd April 2013 at www.swansea-union.co.uk please follow the links for the nomination process.
Publicity deadline is WEDNESDAY, 1ST MAY 2013 AT 4.00 p.m.
There will be a meeting with the Returning Officers on TUESDAY, 30TH APRIL 2013 at 5.00 p.m. Could candidates please make every effort to attend.
Voting will take place via an on-line portal at www.swansea-union.co.uk on Tuesday, 7th May 2013 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Stuart Rice Shona Vrac-Lee / Matt Hurst
DEPUTY RETURNING ASSISTANT RETURNING
HYSBYSIAD SWYDDOGOL YNGLYN Â PHLEIDLEISIO – ETHOLIADAU SWYDDOGION RHAN-AMSER
Rhodir hysbysiad yma am y bleidlais i ethol 11 Swyddog Rhan-Amser ar gyfer blwyddyn academaidd 2013-2014. Y safleoedd yw:-
SWYDDOG CYMUNED A TAI
SWYDDOG YR AMGYLCHEDD
SWYDDOG MYFYRWYR HYN
SWYDDOG MYFYRWYR DU
SWYDDOG LHBT (LLE AGORED)
SWYDDOG LHBT (LLE MENYWOD)
SWYDDOG MYFYRWYR AG ANABLEDD
Bydd enwebiadau yn agor ar Ddydd Mawrth 23ains o Ebrill 2013, am 12 ganol dydd.
Bydd enwebiadau yn cau Ddydd Mawrth, 30ain o Ebrill 2013 am 5.00 y.p.
Gall ymgeisiwyr enwebu eu hunain ar-lein o ganol dydd ar y 23ain o Ebrill 2013 ar wefan www.swansea-union.co.uk dilynwch y linc os gwelwch yn dda ar gyfer y broses enwebu.
Terfyn Amser y Cyhoeddusrwydd ydy Dydd Mercher, Mai 1af 2013 am 4:00y.p.
Bydd yna gyfarfod gyda’r Swyddogion Adroddol ar Ddydd Mawrth 30ain o Ebrill 2013 am 5:00 y.p. Gall ymgeiswyr wneud pob ymdrech i fynychu.
Bydd Pleidleisio yn digwydd ar-lein ar wefan www.swansea-union.co.uk ar Ddydd Mawrth, 7fed o Fai 2013 rhwng 8 y.b. and 8 y.p.
Is-Adroddwr Adroddwyr Cynorthwyol
Wed 17 Apr 2013
The Students’ Union has been investigating why students will receive their loans and grants one week after the start of the final term.
The Students’ Union has been investigating why students will receive their loans and grants one week after the start of the final term.
In a response to the Education Officer, Mr Raymond Ciborowski, Registrar and Chief Operating Officer said:
In a departure from the practice in previous years, the SLC required information from the University on the term dates applicable for AY 12/13 in November 2011 (rather than in early 2012).
The date that was supplied to the SLC for the start of the Summer Term was 22/04/13. It was understood that this date had been formally confirmed.
In January, however, the Summer Term start date for 2012 was finally set as 15/04/13.
The University did not inform the SLC of this discrepancy in the dates.
Students were informed individually by the SLC at the start of the academic year that the payment date for loans/grants for the Summer Term would be 22/04/13.
In March the University became aware of the discrepancy between the payment date and the start of term date and emailed all affected students before the Easter Vacation alerting them to the payment date of 22/04/13, and making students aware of how to access Money Advice if they were going to experience financial difficulties.
I can only apologise if this has caused any confusion for students who would have expected the payment date, as normal, to coincide with the date of the start of term.
I understand a number of students have been in contact with Money Advice for support.
Zahid Raja, Education Officer said:
I welcome the clarity in the response from the University. However, for many, this administrative error has caused much distress. For those who believe that they have incurred bank charges as a result of the error, it is recommended that you contact Raymond directly: Raymond.Ciborowski@swansea.ac.uk
If you need help with this, please get in touch with the Students’ Union Advice Centre who offer independent advice on such issues: http://www.swansea-union.co.uk/advice/advicecentre/
If you’re struggling to make ends meet whilst you’re waiting for your loan / grant, please contact the Swansea University Money Advice Service who can help you access the financial contingency fund: Email Address: MoneyDoctors@swansea.ac.uk Phone Number: 01792 606 699
Fri 15 Mar 2013
The Students' Union has won five NUS Wales Awards
Swansea University Students’ Union are celebrating after being named Higher Education Students’ Union of the year at the NUS Wales Awards on Wednesday night.
Alongside this success the Union also won four awards in other categories at the event, including a Community Relations award for all the hard work we have been doing to integrate students in to the local community and help keep making Swansea a great place to live. The Union had a total of eight nominations in six categories, coming out on top for prizes on the night.
The winning prizes also included, Higher Education Officer of the year for International Officer Mahaboob Basha, Society of the Year won by Choral Society and Best Student Journalist picked up by Chris Flynn.
President Tom Upton said ‘Being up for nomination in so many categories at the awards this year was really exciting but to have been winners in nearly all of the categories was completely unexpected.
“Our staff, officers and students do so much to make Swansea Union brilliant and it all paid off on Wednesday night.”
The Union has worked hard over the last year to improve student feedback implementing a number of new forums and rep systems and has campaigned to improve represntation for students at the university, efforts which have now been recognised at a national level.
Swansea students other nominations included Human Rights Action Society, The Siren for student media and Samantha Booth for student journalist of the year.
Mon 11 Mar 2013
A new team of seven officers will be representing you next year.
After a gruelling week of campaigning seven students have been elected to represent you at University next year.
A new team of Full-time Officers will be starting from July 1st and their role will be to ensure you get the best experience at Swansea University as possible.
Even if you don't get involved in the Union, officers play a huge part in your University, standing up for students needs, ensuring the University are representing you and even simply making uni fun.
The Union broke their voting record for the second year in a row with 3,286 students casting their votes.
The list of elected officers are:
President- Zahid Raja
Education Officer- Swaran Singh
Societies and Services Officer- Ceinwen Cloney
Sports Officer- Charlotte Peters
Welfare Officer- Becky Grimes
Women's Officer- Rosie Inman
International Officer- Eva Donoghue
Look out for them on campus and don't forget to say hello next year!
*Photograph courtesy of Jon May photography
Fri 01 Mar 2013
Are you free on the 22nd March? Would you like something fantastic to put on your CV?
Volunteer as a Green Impact Auditor/ Gwirfoddoli fel Archwiliwr Effaith Gwyrdd
Are you free on the 22nd March? Would you like something fantastic to put on your CV?
The Students’ Union are looking for student volunteers to help out with the Green Impact staff audit. Green Impact is an award that Students’ Unions and Universities can work towards to get recognition of their environmentally friendly credentials.
Throughout the past year, teams of staff across the campus have been completing 'green' tasks to create positive environmental changes in their departments. However, before staff can be recognised and awarded they must be audited to the national standard – their awards are in your hands!
As a volunteer you will be required to undergo a morning training session where you will be trained by a National Union of Students Green Impact staff member. After your delicious free lunch you will then head out and complete the audits of departments.
This scheme is a great opportunity to gain some important employability skills and experience, and also earn points if you are part of the Employability Awards http://www.swan.ac.uk/employability-awards/.
If you’re interested, let us know ASAP to secure your place. Last year we had over 200 applicants!
To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Level of study
Gwirfoddoli fel Archwiliwr Effaith Gwyrdd
A ydych yn rhydd ar y 22ain o Fawrth? A hoffech gael rhywbeth ffantastig i roi ar eich CV?
Mae’r Undeb Myfyrwyr yn edrych am fyfyrwyr i wirfoddoli i helpu allan gyda’r archwiliad Effaith Gwyrdd staff. Mae Effaith Gwyrdd yn wobr y gall yr Undeb a’r Brifysgol gweithio tuag at i gael cydnabyddiaeth am eu cymwysterau amgylcheddol cyfeillgar.
Trwy gydol y flwyddyn ddiwethaf, mae timau o staff ar draws y campws wedi bod yn cwblhau tasgau ‘gwyrdd’ er mwyn creu newidiadau amgylcheddol cadarnhaol yn eu hadrannau. Er hynny, cyn y gall staff cael eu cydnabyddi a’u gwobrwyo mae’n rhaid iddynt gael ei archwilio i safon genedlaethol - mae eu gwobrwyon yn eich dwylo!
Fel gwirfoddolwr, byddwch yn cael eich gofyn i fynychu bore hyfforddiant lle byddwch yn cael eu hyfforddi gan aelod o staff Effaith Gwyrdd yr Undeb Genedlaethol Myfyrwyr. Ar ôl i’ch cinio blasus rhad ac am ddim, byddwch wedyn yn mynd allan a chwblhau archwiliadau o’r adrannau.
Mae’r cynllun hwn yn gyfle gwych i ennill rhai sgiliau a phrofiad cyflogadwyedd pwysig, a hefyd ennill pwyntiau os ydych yn rhan o’r Gwobrau Cyflogadwyedd <http://www.swan.ac.uk/employability-awards/>.
Os oes gennych ddiddordeb, gadewch i ni wybod cyn gynted â phosibl i sicrhau eich lle. Llynedd roedd gennym dros 200 o ymgeiswyr!
I wneud cais anfonwch e-bost i email@example.com gyda’r wybodaeth ganlynol:
Tue 26 Feb 2013
Every year students vote on our affiliations, but what does it all mean?
Alongside the Full-time Officer election next week the Union will also be asking all students to decide who we affiliate to.
The Union currently affiliates to a number of groups which provide support and help on important issues. All members have the chance to vote and decide where we spend your money. If you've ever wondered what they all mean on your ballot paper then read on:
NUS (National Union of Students):- £30,359
The National Union of students is the national body of Students’ Unions which represents students at a Wales as well at UK level, NUS provides training, help and support to both officers, students and staff within in Unions. NUS supports student rights and campaigns to improve student experience. It also provides the NUS Extra Card.
For more information; www.nus.org.uk
Advice UK: - £769
Advice UK is the largest support network for Advice and Advice centres in the UK, it helps its members with help and support, insurance and guidance for workers in Advice Centres across the country.
For more information; www.adviceuk.org.uk
N.A.C.A.B: - (National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux):- £864
N.A.C.A.B provides advice and supports the Union’s Advice Centre, a national organisation that helped over 2 million people in the last year. The N.A.C.A.B is part of Citizens Advice.
For more information; www.citizensadvice.org.uk
U.K.C.I.S.A. (United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs) £357
The UKCISA is the UK’s National advisory body that supports and serves the interests of International Students and those who work with them. The guidance and support from the UKCISA supports the Advice Centre as well as the International Officer in their roles.
For more information; www.ukcisa.org.uk
S.R.A (Student Radio Association) £84
The student radio association acts as the support body for student radio in the UK, the body encourages good practice and networking between stations as well as support and guidance.
For more information; www.studentradio.org.uk
N.D.N.A. (National Day Nurseries Association) £145
The NDNA is the national charity representing Children’s day nurseries across the UK, they provide information, training and support so that the Union can deliver quality care to young children.
For more information; www.ndna.org.uk
The voting for this election will be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th of March 8am – 8pm
Results will be declared the following day