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5 Reasons to Vote

Your voice really does make a difference

 
10 Reasons to Go to Swansea Summer Ball

Still not sure about going to Swansea Summer Ball? Take a look at these 10 reasons why you should ...

 
First Timer’s Guide to Swansea Summer Ball

Are you coming to the ONLY one-day student fest in Wales?

 
Varsity Round Up!

Swansea Men's Rugby team crowned Varsity Champions

 
First Bus Service Improvements!

Yeah, improvements! Plus - two brand new services!

 
Eating Well on Campus

We have plenty of choices for you to Eat Well on Campus

 
Cupboard Skincare - Pampering on a Budget

You don't need to spend your hard-earned cash (or student loan) on expensive, 'high-end' skincare - you can make your own from the comfort of your home. You might even have some of the ingredients in your cupboards right now!

 
We've Won a Sustainability Award!

We are incredibly excited to announce that Swansea University Students' Union has been awarded "Excellent Standard" AGAIN this year in the Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) Green Impact Awards.

 
It's Time to Coppafeel

Don't be a boob - Coppafeel and raise awareness this Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

 
An Update From Your Societies & Services Officer!

Hey, it’s Ronnie here! As your Societies and Services Officer, I have a few important updates to share with you

 
Top Tips on Making Friends

Meeting new people and socialising doesn't come easily or naturally to everyone, and that's OK. Check out our tips on overcoming the initial hurdle of introductions, and hopefully make some lifelong friendships at Uni!

 
Bus Services Update

First Cymru has made some changes to their services

 
Shwmae neu Su'mae?

Which one will you choose this Diwrnod Shwmae Su'mae Day?

 
Hapus - The Student Life Toolkit

We understand that university life can be both exciting and overwhelming, which is why we want to provide you with helpful strategies to navigate your time at Swansea

 
Moving Out, Making Friends and Mental Health

This is an exciting time for any student - but can come with understandable apprehension, stress, and emotion. Take a look at our tips below on how to keep your mental health in check, and what to do if you feel like you need some extra support

 
Fake Freshers?

No, we're not talking weird AI Freshers-bots (not this year anyway). We're warning you about the fake Freshers events and how to avoid them

 
Freshers Flu Survival Guide

Freshers Flu is real and it's coming for you ...

 
Freshers Guide to Packing (and What to Leave Behind)

The time has come to fly the nest - but where do you even start? How do you pack for Uni? Check out our guide for a stress-free(ish) move

 
Swansea - a Brief History

A (very) brief history of our ugly, lovely town

 
Graduation 2023 Checklist

Check out our Checklist for the Class of 2023

 
Plastic-Free July

David Attenborough has said that we dump eight million tonnes of plastic into the sea every year. Something needs to change - take the Plastic-Free challenge this July

 
Join the Societies Executive Committee Now!

Your Society and Services Officer wants YOU to apply for Societies Executive Committee

 
Say Hello to Your New FTOs!

Out with the old and in with the new, or something like that. Help us give a big Swansea Uni SU welcome to our 23/24 FTOs!

 
The Stonewall Uprising

Events that began on June 28th 1969 sparked what we now recognise as the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights

 
Take Pride

This month we're remembering those who took part in the Stonewall Riots, and celebrating the culture and diverse spectrum of the LGBTQIA+ community

 
World Environment Day

5th June 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, and this year the focus is fighting plastic pollution

 
Moving Out Checklist

Whether you're at the end of your first year or an experienced mover, we've put some tips and tricks together to make the moving-out experience a little easier

 
World Blood Donor Day

Give blood, give plasma, share life, share often

 
Your SU is Changing

We're making some changes here at your SU - the changes won't affect our students, but we feel it's important to keep you up-to-date with what's happening

 
Officer Statement on Student Encampment

Swansea Students’ Union supports every student’s right to peacefully protest and is committed to supporting the wellbeing of our student community.

 
What is Summer Ball?

It's almost time for the ULTIMATE end-of-year party

 
Costcutter's doing bits for Cost-of-Living

Did you know that Costuctter now offers a 'Cost-of-Living Crisis' friendly priced food and household range? Click to read more.

 
Something BIG is coming....

Following some outstanding work from your Full-Time Officer Team, led by Esyllt Rosser (President) and Gwern Dafis (Societies and Services), we have HUGE news to announce…

 
Anti-Spiking Measures in Your SU!

This year your SU has revisited and reinvested into the anti-spiking measures that we provide to our students on campus and with out partners.

 
How to properly CoppaFeel! for Breast Cancer Awareness

It’s that time of the year again…. It’s time to CoppaFeel!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and here at the SU we’ve been increasing our efforts to raise money and awareness for this cause.

 
It's Enviromenstrual Week!

Environmenstrual Week is between 17th-21st October 2022 and this year the focus is on period shame.

 
Sustainable Fashion Week 2022

This week we’ve been focussing on Sustainable Fashion Week. Tom Kemp, your Welsh Affairs Officer, has been hands of to provide you with the insight scoop on all things sustainable fashion.  Here’s his guide to sustainable fashion consumption.

 
Spotting FAKE Freshers wristbands.

There's nothing worse than getting hyped up and purchasing a wristband labelled "The ULTIMATE Freshers experience", only to realise it's a FAKE! Don't worry, we are here to help!

 
How to Survive Your Freshers Year at Swansea Uni

It's everyones favourite 'F' Word..."Freshers".

If you're a soon to be Swansea Uni Fresher and are looking for some advice on how to make the most out of your first year at Uni, then you're in luck. We've put together some of our best advice to ensure you stay ahead of the game at Uni.

 
Celebrating Black History Month

Follow our social media to see all the updates for our Black History Month celebartion!

 
Big Move Out Tips

It's that time of year again, we've put some handy tips and reminders together for you to move out of your student house.

 
Varsity Stock

Now in Fulton Outfitters!

 
Grad After Dark

Is it us or is it about to get a few degrees hotter in here?

 
UCU Strike Update

The Swansea branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has recently voted to take further industrial action relating to working conditions and pensions at Swansea University, beginning the week commencing 28th March.

 
Race Equality at Swansea University

The Students’ Union and Swansea University are consulting with you on a Race Equality Action Plan.

 
SU Elections 2022 Results

The results are in! After four days of intense campaigning and voting, you, the students of Swansea University made your voices heard.

 
Meet Your 2022 Elections Candidates!

Click here to hear from some of the friendly faces running to be your next SU Officer team.

 
The Big Safe Cycle Roadshow is back!

In partnership with: Cycle Solutions, South Wales Police, BikeAbility Wales and Sports Swansea. Come along on one of the following dates! And remember to bring your bike if you have one.

 
Ukraine Invasion - Student Support

At this troubling time, we wanted to reach out to our diverse student community to remind you that support is available to you.

 
SU Update - Storm Eunice

Due to the risk associated with storm Eunice expected on Friday 18th February, and in line with the university’s decision to close Singleton and Bay Campuses, we have made a decision to alter our services' planned opening hours.

 
A Beginners Guide to Varsity for the Casual Spectator

The Great Welsh Varsity is an unparalleled staple of life at Swansea University. Ask any sportsman or sportswoman on campus about the significance of this day and I’m sure they will not hesitate to inform you of their pre-match training, and the anti-Cardiff chants that they have arguably spent just as long practicing.

 
Statement on UCU Strikes

Photo credit: UCU Wales Twitter.

 
Sports Hardship Fund

Have finances ever stopped you from joining a sports team and leading a more active life during your time at university?

 
Love SU

This valentine’s day, we’re coming at you with all the reasons you LOVE YOUR SU!

 
Welsh Varsity Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

Following a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the date for the 2022 Welsh Varsity between Cardiff and Swansea Universities has been confirmed.

 
Nominations are Open!

Stand now to be an SU Officer for the next academic year!

 
Update from Your FTOs

Your Full-Time Officers have issued the following update.

 
Nominations open Monday at 11am!

That means that it’s almost the time where you can put your name forward for our annual SU Elections. The SU Elections are where we elect six Full-Time Officers, who are paid a salary of over £19,000, and over 15 Part-Time Officers who are volunteers alongside their studies.

 
Elections Announcement!

Our Full-time and Part-time Officer Elections happen every year. They are a chance for you as a Student at Swansea University to have your say and stand for what you believe in within the Uni.

 
Statement from your SU

Swansea University Students’ Union and Swansea University have been made aware of content published on social media by a student society.

 
Are you ready to find your future?

Join Swansea Uni Connect

 
Exam Buses from Bay Campus

During the exam period, from 5th to 21st January 2022, special free exam coaches will pick up from the Bay Campus (bus bays opposite Computational Foundry Building) and drop off at Singleton Campus/Sports Centre.

 
Swansea University Students’ Union goes plant powered

Staff at Swansea University Students’ Union are taking part in the Veganuary Workplace Challenge this January, when they will be eating a vegan diet for 31
days.

 
SU Winter Break Update

Your Students’ Union will be closing for the Winter Break on Friday 17th December 2021. Our services, shops, and venues will also operate on different hours over the break. Click here to find out more information.

 
Changes to Welsh Government Regulations on Face Coverings

Due to the emergence of the new Omicron Covid-19 variant, Welsh Government have introduced additional measures for safety.

 
Be Mighty Recycle This Christmas

Keep up the MIGHTY recycling effort this Christmas to help get Wales to number one

 
Mo'Ball 2021

Looking for an excuse to get dressed up this November? We've got the perfect solution for you!

 
Balls-eye!

Imagine this.... you’re in the Refectory with your teammates, everyone's dressed as well-known Heros and Villains, your sports captains and members are battling it out in a game of darts while you win points for your team by taking part in various challenges.... OH, then imagine there’s a 150” pair of balls hanging from the ceiling...

 
BUCS Super Rugby Movember Match- Swansea vs Hartpury

Swansea Uni RFC's big annual Movember match is here and this year they take on Hartpury!

Get down to St. Helens RFC to support the boys but to also support the Movember Foundation who raise awarness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men's suicide.

 
Be Sustainable and Get Rewarded! Join Swell!

At Swansea we care about protecting our environment and ensuring the wellbeing of our campus community. That’s why we’re launching a brand-new way for you to contribute to our sustainability efforts and get rewarded for all the good actions you’re taking

 
Statement from your SU

Student safety is our top priority here at Swansea Uni SU.

Please read our full statement from your SU and Full-time Officers!

 
Connecting Universities and Disabled Peoples Organisations

The EQuip Project aims to create and provide short-term student placement activities for disabled students between 18 and 25 with Disabled Peoples Organisations.

 
Important Information for Students Regarding COVID Passes

In light of Welsh Government decisions on the introduction of NHS COVID passed from Monday 11th of October, we are encouraging students to get prepared.

 
Missed Freshers Fayre?

If you missed Freshers Fayre or just want to refresh yourself with all the sports and societies we have at Swansea, click here and you can find their contact info.

 
Ladies Day 2021

Ladies' day is a multi-sports tournament event, awareness day, and celebration all in one. Historically, this campaign aims to increase female participation in sport and raise awareness for breast cancer and the many breast cancer charities.

 
Your Wellbeing Matters

Whatever the issue, big or small, our free and confidential Advice and Support Centre are on hand to help with it.

 
Stand Now!

Stand now to be a Part-Time Officer, NUS Delegate, or Academic Rep.

 
Freshtival Wristbands on Sale NOW!!

Freshtival is open to EVERYONE, not just Freshers. If you’re a Swansea Uni student and fancy making up for lost time, grab your ticket!

 
Students Having a Say in the Library’s Collection

We have collaborated with Swansea University Library to ask students to suggest titles which should be added to the Library which reflect decolonisation, diversity, wellbeing, and welfare.

 
Our Sustainability Commitment

At your SU, we’re passionate about protecting the environment and reversing climate change. That’s why we’ve adopted a new and improved p policy that aims to make us as sustainable an organisation as we can be within the not-too-distant future.

 
Our Voices Still Matter in Higher Education

The Race Inclusion Student Advisory Committee (RISAC), started from the passion to push for an anti-racist institution. In doing its work, it was very important to centre the voices of minority ethnic students in Swansea University as it was time for the Students’ Union to be an active participant in the change we wanted to see.

 
Goodbye to your 2020/21 FTO Team

Just like that, another year in Swansea has flown by! This year has been different for a whole host of reasons, and while it may not have been what we expected, we’re really proud of what your Officers have achieved over the year.

 
Swansea Foodbank Donation

Swansea Foodbank has received the donations you made via the donation point at Costcutter on Park Campus.

 
Period Dignity

Period poverty is a growing issue in our society, an issue only made more difficult over the pandemic. Your all-female Officer Team understood this issue and wanted to use their platform to help students affected by period poverty in Swansea.

 
Welcome to Swansea Volunteers Needed

Swansea University is on a mission to provide an unrivalled Welcome experience to new students this September.

 
Swansea Sirens Mental Health Report
Swansea Sirens doing a double down into cradle position at Varsity

Looking after the mental health of university students is particularly important because of all of the challenges that can come along with university life.

 
Support to Students Affected by the Israel-Gaza Conflict

The recently escalated violence and loss of innocent lives in Palestine and Israel has been deeply upsetting to see over the recent days and weeks. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this in our community and abroad.

 
Join the Swansea Student Media Team!

There is a wide variety of rolls available for students from any degree or discipline. No prior experience with any of the teams if required, all training is provided.

 
Outside Venues Open!

We’ve all been waiting for that cold drink in a sunny beer garden, now the wait is almost over! Your Students’ Union bars reopen for outdoor service from the 26th April. The venue teams have been working hard over Easter to provide an outdoor area on both campuses so you can enjoy the famous Swansea sunshine with us! We’ve got a brand-new beer garden at Tafarn Tawe on Bay Campus and we’ve transformed The Balcony at Fulton House on Park Campus.

 
SU Awards 2021

Nominations are now OPEN!

 
Swansea Bay to support new UK trial for COVID-19 vaccine

Swansea Bay University Health Board and Public Health Wales are looking for volunteers to participate in the latest clinical trial studying a vaccine against COVID-19.

 
Welsh Wednesday Podcast

Catch up on all the Welsh Wednesday Podcasts created by your Welsh Affairs Officer, Katie Phillips.

 
COVID-19 Support Fund

This funding has been provided by the Welsh Government’s Covid-19 Reserve, to support the national response to the pandemic, and has been distributed to universities by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

 
The Return of the SU Bars!

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who made it down to enjoy a drink in the sunshine with us. After the huge success of our outdoor areas and the latest news on relaxation of Covid-19 regulations, we are very happy to announce that we will be reopening your Students’ Union bars!

 
Graduate Outcomes Survey

The Graduate Outcomes survey is a statutory, national survey managed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). It is the biggest annual social survey in the UK and captures information on the activities and perspectives of graduates. Simply put, it’s your opportunity to be part of the big picture of education!

 
Register to Vote!

Voting in a Senedd election is your chance have your say about who’ll represent you and your community at the Senedd.

 
SU Easter Update

Click here to see updates on our services while the SU Offices are closed from Wednesday the 31st March until Thursday 15th April.

 
University Climate Action Week

Over the last week, we have been marking University Climate Action Week!

 
Student Forum 23.03.2021

If you missed the Student Forum earlier this week, you can watch it back here!

 
Learning & Teaching: Looking to the Future

How have the changes to learning and teaching in the last twelve months affected you?

Your Education Officer, Theresa, is looking to speak to students from the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law to hear your thoughts on this very important subject.

Theresa is looking to hear what has improved your learning and teaching, and what you would like improved. She will then take this forward to the University as they plan for the next academic year.

 
SU Elections 2021 - Winner's Acceptance Speeches

The results are in! And your team of Student Officers are so excited to get started! They've put some videos together to introduce themselves and thank their campaign teams.

 
Elections 2021 - The Results!

The results are in! We want to congratulate all the candidates and winners on a successful Elections period! In these Elections, we had 1,692 voters casting over 18,496 votes!

 
Census 2021

All students should be included in the census.

Wherever you are, from halls to your old bedroom at home, every student should be included in the census.

 
The National Societies and Volunteering Awards

It’s been anything but average this year…
With hundreds of amazing society and volunteering activities happening every week, the winners of the National Societies & Volunteering Awards will be those that have gone above and beyond.

 
Need to Talk Right Now?

It’s vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, support is here and you will be listened to.

 
Census 2021

All students should be included in the census.

Wherever you are, from halls to your old bedroom at home, every student should be included in the census.

 
Candidate Straw Polls

We know that it can be tricky to pick out a candidate that speaks for you amongst some crowded fields. That’s why we’ve asked the candidates to fill in these straw polls to help you understand where their priorities are for the next year.

 
Vote. Vote! VOTE!

These Elections are your opportunity to vote in your new student leaders of Swansea SU. Click here to meet your candidates, read their manifestos, and vote!

 
Rep of the Month - February

The ‘Rep of the month’ is to reward and recognise the hard work and contribution of the Reps throughout the year, and here are some of the people who support your academic experience behind the scenes.

 
International Women's Day 2021

Join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2021. Between 7th & 12th March we have an array of talks and panel discussions, interactive open conversations, mentoring opportunities and engaging workshops with the aim of celebrating the social, economic and cultural achievements of women within the wider Swansea University community.

 
AGM 2021 Review

This year’s AGM, our first held virtually, opened with introductions from your Full-Time Officers who presented the meeting.

 
Debunking Disability Myths

If you've got a question about disabilities but have been too scared to ask, this is your chance! Send in your questions about disability and we'll answer them to help break taboos and start a conversation.

 
National Student Survey

The NSS gives you the opportunity to say what you think about your course at Swansea.

The University will also use this information to make real changes to the student experience.

Responses will remain anonymous to your university or college.

 
Food On Campus

SOS-UK are carrying out research to find out more about your views and opinions related to food, including the food at your university.

The survey is open to everyone, no matter what your eating or food preferences are.

The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete, and on completion, you will be in with a chance of winning a cash prize of either £250, £100 or 10 x £25. The survey closes on 28th February 2021.

 
AGM Motions

The AGM provides the opportunity to vote on any motions that are put forward. A motion is a way to make a change to how the SU runs.

 
Rep of the Month - January

The ‘Rep of the month’ is to reward and recognise the hard work and contribution of the Reps throughout the year, and here are some of the people who support your academic experience behind the scenes.

 
What's An AGM?

So it’s time for this year’s AGM! You might be new to Swansea or haven’t attended one before. We’ve put together some common questions and answers so you can know what to expect from this year’s AGM!

 
No Detriment Policy FAQs

Your Officer team have helped put together some info all about the No Detriment Framework in place to support you and your studies during the pandemic.

 
Welsh Government announce £40 million for students

SU President Ffion welcomes the funding to help cover expenses like accommodation costs and also improve access to online learning.

 
Part-Time Officers Update

Your team of elected Part-Time Officers who represent you in addition to their studies have had a busy term one! Here's a little update from them.

 
We're One of the Most Vegan-Friendly Unis in the UK!

We are thrilled to be listed by PETA as one of the most vegan-friendly universities in the UK!

 
An Update from your Elected Officer Team

It’s no secret that the COVID restrictions have negatively impacted student wellbeing and experience, and we are here to listen to you, help you and represent you through this time.

 
Election Announced!

Keep an eye on our website for updates.

 
Reps of the Month

The ‘Rep of the month’ award is meant to reward and recognise the hard work and contribution of the Reps throughout the year, and here are some of the people who support your academic experience behind the scenes.

 
Annual Impact Report

Take a look at what we've done over the past 12 months to enhance the student experience at Swansea.

 
Virtual Refreshers

Chat to societies and the SU Officer team virtually between 2pm and 4pm.

 
Academic Integrity Starts With You

As we are now drawing closer to the assessment period, our contacts on the Academic Integrity Advisory group of the QAA are reporting increased incidences of extortion and black mail by Essay Mills.

 
Christmas Update

An update from the SU

 
Movember Round Up

Movember is over but you have raised an amazing £60,000 for men's health and mental health charities!

 
Our Strategic Plan

We are here to make your student life better, and here's how we plan to do it.

 
Speak Up This Speak Week

It’s Speak Week! This is our annual campaign where we ask you to answer just one question.

 
Run to be an SU Officer

Click here to run to be an SU Officer or to the positions available in our Elections.

 
Nominations are Open!

You can now stand as a candidate in our SU Elections! You can run to be a Full-Time Officer, which is a full-time employed position at the SU, or you can run to be a Part-Time Officer, which is a role you undertake alongside your studies.

 
Welsh Government Guidelines

The fire-break in Wales has ended but there are new national measures in place for our safety.

 
British Sign Language Resources

This November, we are raising awareness of the issues felt by our students with disabilities, as part of Disability History Month. Your elected Commuter Students Officer has put together a list of online resources on British Sign Language.

 
Movember

The 1st of Movember has arrived! Here's how to get involved.

 
Diversifying Library Collections

Your Education Officer, Theresa, comments on the library diversifying its collections.

 
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shop our special edition pink hoodie with free white tee. All profits to charity.

 
Black History Month Events

If you've missed any of our events from the months celebrations, we've got your back...

 
£10 million Welsh Government Funding

SU president Ffion responds to the announcement of the funding to support Welsh students through coronavirus.

 
Call and collect at Costcutter

You can now order your shopping via phone and collect in our Costcutter store on Singleton Campus.

 
National coronavirus fire-break

We understand that this is a difficult time, and as your SU, we are here for you.

 
Sexual Misconduct Awareness

Your Welfare Officer Liza and Societies & Services Officer Georgia-Rose are working together to tackle Sexual Misconduct by introducing a compulsory module, consent training and resources.

 
BAME Students' Advisory Committee

Your Education Officer Theresa has won the VoxStudents challenge to turn her idea of a BAME Students' Advisory Committee into reality.

 
We are open
Read the safety measures we have in place to keep you safe in our shops

Find out the opening times for our shops on campus, including the safety measures we have in place to keep you safe

 
Face coverings on campus

Face masks must be worn by staff and students. Read about the Covid-19 health and safety measures

 
Voting Is Open!

Voting is now open for our Autumn Elections! You now have the chance to elect your fellow students to represent you as Part-Time Officers, NUS Delegates, and Subject Reps.

 
 
Stand in our Autumn Elections

We are looking to elect Subject Reps, Part-time Officers and NUS Delegates to represent the student body