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ISSUE 04 AUTUMN 2010

UNIVERSITY OF GLAMORGAN STAFF MAGAZINE

Philip Gross His extraordinary year

Open for Business Students’ Union and Glamorgan Sport Park

Designed by you Web presence revisited

University of Glamorgan Prifysgol Morgannwg


Keep it on Campus We’ve got spaces to suit every need, so why go anywhere else?

Special staff rates available. Half-day and hourly bookings now on offer. We have a meeting space and a price for everyone. Whether you want a day meeting away from your normal office space, or a fullymanaged conference, Glamorgan Conference Services can help. We have the most comprehensive range of conference and event facilities in South Wales. Our staff are on hand to help, so give us a call on 2002 to get your special staff rate.


vice-chancellor’s message

As I write, a new academic year dawns, bringing for students, a renewed sense of excitement and anticipation for the future. At the same time we, as higher education professionals, are anticipating our future, through the strategic direction in which we want to take this institution and through the external factors that are likely to impact on us in the coming months and years. At this perennial milestone, I wanted to take the opportunity to update you on some of these things. Since my appointment in April, I have been working with the Board of Governors, Directorate, Deans and Corporate Heads to develop our new strategic plan. At the presentations I hosted in May and June, I shared with you my vision for our strategic direction and, equally important, gathered feedback from you on our plans. My thanks to all of you who attended the presentations and for the comments posted on the Haveyoursay@glam.ac.uk website. The overall feedback has been positive on our strategic direction, with some helpful suggestions on specific ideas for future developments and cost savings. As you may recall, a key theme of my addresses focussed on the need to continue building the University’s reputation and profile to our external audiences. During the summer we undertook a benchmarking exercise to find out how external stakeholders view the University, involving a wide range of stakeholders from across Wales and SW England. I thought you might be interested in some of the very positive findings: 74% of those surveyed said that the reputation of the University had improved in the last three years and 74% of the schools and colleges surveyed said that they were more likely to recommend us as an institution of first choice now than they were three years ago. The survey also indicated that the most positive responses were from those who had been in direct contact with staff of the University. This is a good base to build upon and indicates the need for us to be ambassadors for our high quality activities and spread the word further, wider and louder than ever. Elsewhere, we have been engaging heavily in a number of consultations with HEFCW in July and August, as well as contributing to the development of regional HE plans and to the Frontline Resources Review. The consultations, regional plans and reviews are the enactment of Welsh educational policy, where HE has been charged with continuing to improve access to higher education, whilst also playing a significant role in the economic regeneration of the country. However, with the financial pressures facing the public sector, we also expect to see a cap on full-time undergraduate recruitment introduced from September 2011 and changes to our funding arrangements in subsequent years. More importantly, there’s the publication of the Browne Review on Fees on 11th October and the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review on 22nd October to consider. The reaction to both in policy and funding terms will undoubtedly create seismic shifts in the landscape of higher education as we manage unprecedented reductions in public spending and a probable move to an unregulated fee environment. These changes and their consequential impacts on the University, its students and key stakeholders will be a major consideration in the setting of operational plans and budgets for the period 2011-2015. I remain confident in the ability of the University, with the support of the Board of Governors, to weather these changes and remain a major provider of higher education in Wales and beyond. The importance of developing sustainable income streams from sources other than the UK Government over this period will be vital for managing these significant changes and continuing to invest in staff and facilities. Finally, I cannot close this piece without reference to the great new facilities opening this term. In January 2006, during my interviews for the post of Pro Vice-Chancellor, I used my downtime to visit the former Treforest SU building. Frankly I found it a depressing experience and was therefore delighted when David Halton asked me to lead a group looking at the development of SU facilities. The new Union is all that we could have asked for – an iconic building that demonstrates our commitment to our students and to the role of the SU within the life of the University. We are also lucky enough to welcome the opening of the new £4m Glamorgan Sport Park this term, a major plank in the development of the Glamorgan Sport brand and a major enhancement to our growing sports course provision and reputation for sporting excellence. My congratulations to all those involved in the design, construction and realisation of both these fantastic new facilities, that are worthy of our students and will no doubt go far in adding to the reputation of the University.

Julie Lydon Vice-Chancellor

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Staff Room is produced under the guidance of the editorial board: Jeremy Atkinson, Robert Baker, William Callaway, Rob Payne and Maggie McNorton. Editor: Mike Normansell Design: Glamorgan Print For more information, contact mnormans@glam.ac.uk or call 01443 482889. Staff Room Magazine Marketing & Student Recruitment University of Glamorgan, Treforest, CF37 1DL .

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news

Bwcabus timetabled for success Bwcabus, the pioneering project created at the University of Glamorgan, has won two prestigious awards for its efforts in helping to improve transport links in rural communities. Since its inception in 2009 the scheme has carried over 8000 passengers from across otherwise remote areas of rural West Wales. The project took ‘Most Innovative Transport Project’ category at the Transport Times National Awards in Manchester in July, beating off a strong field of national and regional initiatives from across the UK. It was also awarded ‘Best Partnership’, earlier this year by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Cymru. This national recognition for Bwcabus comes as the project turned one year old in August. Developed by the Wales Transport Research Centre, Bwcabus is the brainchild of transport expert Professor Stuart Cole of the Glamorgan Business School.

Bwcabus is a brand new on-demand fully accessible local bus service, tailored to the needs of passengers and operating in response to pre-booked requests. Passengers don’t need to look at a timetable; they need only to phone in advance of when they want to travel to book a journey.

Following the success of the pilot scheme in West Wales, it’s hoped that further schemes can be established elsewhere in Wales and beyond, so that other rural communities can benefit from this pioneering service. For more information go to www.traveline-cymru.info/bwcabus/

The project is run by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with Ceredigion County Council. Stephen Pilliner, Transport Manager at Carmarthenshire County Council said, “It has been a privilege to be able to work as part of a multidisciplined team to take this innovative project from concept to delivery. It is an example of how collaborative working between academia, the public and private sectors can deliver schemes that revolutionise passenger transport to improve access to services for rural communities, thereby reducing isolation and reliance on the motor car.” Owen Clark, Research Fellow at the Wales Transport Research Centre at the University, said, “Making it into the top ten alongside some of the UK’s most notable schemes is a huge achievement and reflects all the hard work of the partners in getting Bwcabus from concept through to delivery and the huge success of the scheme to date.”

A permanent base for palliative care in Blaenau Gwent has moved a step closer with the unveiling of the master plan for the Hospice of the Valleys in Ebbw Vale. The plan has been developed by the Centre for Engineering Research and Environmental Applications (CEREA) at the University of Glamorgan after being appointed by the Hospice of the Valleys as the lead design and project management consultant for the development. The Hospice will be built on a suitable plot within the reclaimed former Steelworks Site at Ebbw Vale.

Hospice of the Valleys moves a step closer

Currently the Hospice of the Valleys team provides specialist palliative care at home for patients living within the borough of Blaenau Gwent. The Hospice has outgrown its present offices and needs a new, purpose built Hospice Centre that will more adequately cater for its current and future needs. Read the full press release at http://news.glam.ac.uk

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Glamorgan builds global profile with iTunes U Glamorgan’s iTunes U site (http://bit.ly/bhsTwH) has recorded over a third of a million downloads (340,000) and over 600,000 visitors since it was launched in March. The 344 items of content are seeing an average of 13,087 downloads per week. iTunes U is packed with recordings of lectures, examples of students’ work, interviews with lecturers and fascinating facts about the University. The video, audio and PDF content can be downloaded as ‘tracks’ onto a computer or mobile media player and is available to users anywhere in the world.

More news... Social learning on the rise A new social learning space for students and staff will open soon in the area formerly occupied by Blackwell’s bookshop, in Hirwaun Building. The room – dubbed the Business School Lounge – is expected to have a relaxed, contemporary design with soft seating areas, work benches and connectivity for laptops and other media devices including wireless internet access. Social learning spaces have become an important feature of the University’s campuses; in recent months facilities have been created in several locations, including room H130, the

concept classroom, and in the new Students’ Union in Treforest as well as in the Zone restaurant and Matrix in Glyntaff. In response to these initiatives, a paper on Social Learning Spaces was submitted to the Estates Strategy Steering Group in September 2010. The paper provides a framework for a ‘hub and spoke’ system of social learning spaces at Glamorgan, with the hub being the Treforest LRC, focussing on the learning aspect, and a number of ‘spoke’ facilities dotted throughout the campus to provide appropriate spaces for the social aspect of learning to take place.

Glamorgan’s presence on iTunes U has raised the University’s profile across the globe, joining some of the world’s top institutions in sharing knowledge and output, and even attracting the attention of Hollywood screenwriter Diane Lake. Best known for work on the multi-Oscar nominated 2002 drama Frida, Diane Lake got in touch with CCI students earlier this year to offer her services, after listening to their work on ITunes U. A “full-blooded” radio dramatisation of the gruesome tale of Sweeney Todd, the murderous barber of Fleet Street, was produced by CCI staff and students at the Atrium and posted on the iTunes U site. Ms. Lake, who has written for Columbia, Disney, Miramax, Paramount and NBC, was so impressed with the radio drama she contacted Richard Hand, the CCI professor behind the radio play, and offered her services in writing a radio script based around a traditional character in crime fiction, super-sleuth Violet Strange. Professor Hand duly accepted her offer and in August, Ms. Lake, who is a professor at Emerson College in Boston, crossed the Atlantic to watch the play being created. The play is now available to listen to on iTunes U. If you are new to iTunes U, visit our portal website for details of how to get started http://itunes.glam.ac.uk/.

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Treforest SU social learning space

Blackwell’s still on campus Blackwell’s bookshop has reopened in its new home, based in L313 in Treforest LRC. They will be open Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Please let them know any book recommendations for your students and please continue to support them with your custom.

Our students speak out - NSS results 2010 Glamorgan’s overall result in the 2010 National Student Survey showed that 78% of our students agree or strongly agree that they are satisfied with the quality of their course – a 1% fall since the 2009 survey. While this is clearly disappointing to all those who have worked hard to improve student experience this year, the bigger picture is not as black and white. For instance, on 15 of the survey’s 22 measures, Glamorgan’s students are more satisfied than they were in 2009. On a further five measures, students are equally as satisfied as they were last year. Small drops in satisfaction are recorded on just two of the 22 measures.

At a subject level, there is much to celebrate. We have learned that five courses have a 100% satisfaction rate, while another 23 courses have satisfaction rates of 90% or above. Many more subjects achieve 100% satisfaction on specific measures, other than ‘overall’. The University’s committees, faculties and groups will now be looking in detail at the results and trying to plan actions which will, for example, take whatever is so good about these top scoring courses and apply it to lower-performing areas. Faculty action plans will review the effectiveness of what was tried last year and aim for more enhancements for 2011. The full results of this year’s National Student Survey were released to institutions in July and were subsequently circulated to faculties. Colleagues also have the option to run tailored reports from an online database.


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Phase one of Portfolio project complete UGCS secures prestigious contract University of Glamorgan Commercial Services (UGCS), working with staff from the Division of Chiropractic, has recently been successful in obtaining a £345,000 contract with the General Chiropractic Council, the regulatory body for the chiropractic profession. The 18-month contract is for the development and testing of a revalidation scheme for the Chiropractic profession, in line with the UK government’s policy that mandatory schemes of revalidation should be developed for all regulated health professionals, subject to the proviso that there must be a robust business case for any such scheme.

Phase one of the Academic Portfolio Review project concluded with a one-day conference on the 6th September following extensive consultations across all campuses. Around ninety colleagues took part and reviewed the project’s research, consultation and recommendations on issues such as strategic planning. Existing opportunities for curriculum development were also presented, including Welsh medium provision, WorkBased Learning, UHOVI programmes and opportunities for developments with renewable energy companies. Phase two of the project is now underway with the first drafts of faculties’ curriculum plans having been considered by a special panel meeting on October 5th. The panel included PVC Helen Marshall, APVC Melinda Drowley, the Dean of each Faculty and Mr Steve Kenny (Pro Vice Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University). Final plans for the curriculum for 2012 will now be considered at a second panel meeting on 5th November. Project Leader Melinda Drowley says, “The timescales are a challenge for everyone, but it’s critically important that we achieve our goal in order to provide clear recruitment information for 2012’s entrants.” A summary report of phase one is available on request from Denize McIntyre in Directorate (dmcintyr@glam.ac.uk).

Chiropractic -- backing regulation

GBS and ‘Gross National Happiness’

Bringing easy media richness to Blackboard In September LCSS introduced improvements to Blackboard to make it easier and quicker for you to use and added some interesting new features. Key amongst these is ‘Mashups’ for simple and immediate access to online videos (via YouTube), photographs (Flickr) and slideshows (SlideShare). These can add richness to your modules and to your students’ learning experience. You can add any of these media directly into your module from within Blackboard — you’ll find them under ‘Build Content’ when you have the ‘Edit Mode’ switched on. To see our online video guides about Mashups and more, visit http://lcss.glam.ac.uk/blendedlearning/improvedblackboard/

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Chris Lee, newly appointed divisional head of GBS, visited the Royal Institute of Management in Bhutan, the Royal University of Bhutan, the Minister of Labour at the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (PMEC), to scope the potential for partnership activities.

Chris said, “In many ways Bhutan is similar to Wales; they share the dragon emblem with the Welsh and have their own language and spectacular countryside.

New campus maps The 2010/11 campus maps are now available featuring the newly -opened Students’ Union in Treforest and the Glamorgan Sport Park. To order copies of the map, please contact Kelly Hughes on 4345 or e-mail khughes5@glam.ac.uk

The Glamorgan Business School (GBS) visited the Kingdom of Bhutan – a tiny country nestled in the Himalayas between India and China – recently to explore the possibility of delivering an MSc Strategic Procurement Management to the Bhutan public sector from 2012.

For more information about Glamorgan Business School’s postgraduate programmes please visit http://bus.glam.ac.uk/postgraduate

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Monica Gibson Sweet on the integration of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Glamorgan Business School It was with both pride and sadness that the University said goodbye to Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall at the end of August. However, this has created an opportunity to create a new 21st century faculty designed to meet the contemporary issues which we face in delivering HE in a regional, national and international context. I feel extremely proud that Directorate colleagues have entrusted the leadership of this new faculty to me and I hope that, in time, staff in the new faculty will feel that this trust has been well placed.

I very much appreciate that staff in both faculties face the uncertainty that this integration has created and this is why we are moving quickly to complete the process over the next six months. As our Vice-Chancellor commented, the decision has been taken as she feels it is “the best way to secure the faculty’s long term future given the difficult funding environment and the management overhead costs vis-a-vis the course recruitment profile of the subject areas”. The new faculty will be designed on a basis which delivers long term sustainability and to achieve this we collectively need to build an integrated faculty that not only offers high quality, viable courses, but at its core is renowned for the quality of the student experience. We have many of the building blocks in place to achieve this with much good work already taking place across both faculties and this, along with the portfolio review exercise provides us with this unique opportunity to bring the best of HaSS and the Business School together. I have every confidence that staff in both HaSS and Glamorgan Business School will continue to give their best in ensuring the

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quality of our new and returning student experience. This is essentially what we are about and, as leader designate, my philosophical stance is that students will be at the heart of our new faculty. I know that this will be shared by colleagues. I very much look forward to working with Dr Cath Jones as Associate Dean of the new Faculty and to getting to know staff in HaSS over the coming months. Cath and I intend to adopt an open and consultative approach to the new faculty and to the principles on which we will operate. This will apply equally to the structures which we will design to build on the agreed approach. We very much look forward to engaging faculty staff and wider members of the University in supporting this process. Helen Marshall is chairing the small steering group which has been established to ensure that the process is fair and equitable throughout. Cath and I will be meeting with the Director of Marketing to agree a formal communications strategy and advice in relation to this will follow on Inform etc. Again, we hope that this will facilitate wide engagement and full consultation at all stages. I look forward to serving the new Faculty as Dean and seek the support of all colleagues in managing an effective transition over the next six months.

Monica Gibson-Sweet, Dean Designate


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External View… As I ponder this column (yes, on a train, again – I really don’t spend my life on trains, though, honestly) my notebook has two open documents, External View and the Review of Academic Administration. The External View document is limited to a few hundred words, the review is not, so better to start with this one I think. Today’s Times Higher is dominated by the magazine’s own World University Rankings. Let’s take a moment to unpick that: the front cover, a whole supplement and a number of articles in our only periodical focussing on higher education in the UK, is focused on its own rankings. Why? I assume that this must be because rankings sell magazines and papers. This seems to make sense, as most broadsheet newspapers in the UK also trumpet, sometimes quite loudly, their own version of university rankings. So, we have established that league tables benefit the magazines and papers that produce them. Who else benefits? Do potential students or their advisers (parents) benefit? I’m not sure. All rankings use different ciphers to try and reduce quality to a numeric. They use research assessment outcomes, numbers of citations, UCAS tariff points, NSS scores, drop-out rates, employment rates and degree classifications. One league table even uses the hugely scientific (I don’t think) measure of ‘head teachers’ opinion’. Are these good ciphers? Well let’s forget head teachers’ opinions for now. Is the NSS a good cipher for teaching quality? Probably not. The NSS records the opinions of final year student on their perception of their experience. An unscrupulous university management might try to improve ranking by improving outcomes. Increasing the marks by 10% might improve the perception of satisfaction, as well as the degree classifications and the employment outcomes, but have you improved the quality of either the experience or the teaching? Even if they were good ciphers for something, would they be good for informing prospective students? Questions such as ‘which course?’ and ‘which university?’ are a lot more complicated than pseudo-scientific league tables. A student interested in a particular specialism in their chosen field would be better off researching the specialism of the department, rather than the league table score. A student might be better suited to the pedagogy in a former polytechnic than that of a more highly ranked research-intensive ‘old’ university. Do universities benefit? Well if you happen to be at the top of a league table, you might use it for marketing purposes. But is this just increasing the tyranny of the tables? The drive to improve or, if you happen to be at the top, to maintain position, takes effort. Is that effort appropriate? Well, I’ll leave you with this thought: should universities be striving to improve research and teaching quality, or should they be striving, as many do, to improve the perception of quality by adopting the ciphers that league-table compilers commonly use? One more thing before I sign-off: a shameless plug for the next staff development session, run by your erstwhile columnist, on Wednesday 3rd November 2pm-5pm, B54. Entitled ‘Everything you wanted to know about HE but were afraid to ask…’ or more prosaically ‘An Introduction to Higher Education’. Details can be found on Inform and the staff development web pages.

William Callaway Clerk to the Governors and Academic Registrar

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Main events arena, Students’ Union

for Business Treforest Students’ Union Overcoming snow, wind, rain and asbestos, not to mention an almost impossibly tight 12 month deadline, the brand new £5 million Treforest Students’ Union building opened right on schedule on 10th September. Staff Room caught up with Students’ Union CEO, Sian Taylor, to find out how it’s going. Congratulations on the new building! Is everything up and running now? Thanks! Yes, everything is fine! We’re all still getting used to the building, but the front-line services are all in place.

What is there for staff to do? Loads! I’d like staff to see the Union as their resource too: there’s a bigger shop than before that’s open from 8am and ‘Hair’ the new salon, open to staff and the local community (call 3534 to book an appointment). We’re also very excited that a local businesswoman has agreed to open ‘The Beauty Room’ next door to Hair, which will have a nail bar and waxing and spray tanning

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facilities. And don’t forget Reflections café and The Randy Dragon for all your breakfast, lunch or dinner needs - eat in or takeaway! How did the opening day and night go? After all the hard work over the past 12 months, it was amazing to walk in and see people having guided tours and being excited about what we have to offer. There was a real buzz about the place.

Glamorgan Sport Park Enhancing our already excellent sport science facilities, Glamorgan Sport Park places the University’s provision for sport and coaching among the best in the country adding new lab testing facilities, high-tech teaching resources and national-standard sporting venues to our repertoire. Manager of the new facility, Steve Savage, took Staff Room on a tour of the £3.7 million Sport Park. ed Glamorgan The newly-open

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So, what’s in the building? We’ve got a six-court badminton hall, two 40seater lecture rooms, a 10-seat meeting room, a notational analysis room, strength training room, fitness testing room, a large social area and office space for the facility and academic staff.

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Will it be a busy facility? It’s going to be in constant use: there’ll be academic teaching from Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm during term and coach education and performance teams using the centre in the evenings and weekends. Staff can use the building too; meeting rooms are available if you want a change of scenery and there’ll be staff sports sessions such as football available. The Cardiff City and Blues Academies are still with us too and both will have access to the facilities, with our students on the Masters programmes leading the sessions.

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What’s your favourite thing about the new Students’ Union building? The Social Learning Suite – sponsored by Endsleigh. It’s a fantastic space and already constantly busy with students.

I decided to calm my first-day nerves by trying out the new salon, but was thwarted by an unscheduled fire alarm; standing outside resplendent with wet hair, long gown and cutting collar was not my greatest moment!

How do you feel now that it’s complete? Relived, excited and most importantly, proud – especially after the Director of NUS Wales, Gail Edwards said, she couldn't think of a better SU building in the UK!”

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What do you think the building will do for the profile of Glamorgan Sport? The Sport Park will massively aid the delivery of sport sessions to our student teams and provide a fantastic teaching environment for students on academic course based at the centre, such as football and rugby coaching courses. Having managed the playing fields for

eight years the indoor facility was much needed to aid our growth in academic sports courses. The Sport Park will be officially opened on Thursday 25th November by former paralympic gold medallist, Tanni Grey-Thompson.

RWCMD build in top flight Staff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama were given the chance to don a hard hat and take a tour of the conservatoire’s building site recently, to see where they will be working next year – and to start imagining that early morning latte and pastry in the marble-floored café, overlooking Bute park. A Topping Out ceremony – so-named to mark the reaching of the highest point of the building – took place in July, to mark the completion of the concrete shell of the £22.5 million building project, which is due to open in the Spring of 2011.

Halton honoured David Halton, former Vice-Chancellor at University of Glamorgan, was among those made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Welsh College at their graduation ceremony in June. Other honoraries included Academy Award-winning American composer, Stephen Sondheim and Hay Festival founder, Peter Florence.

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Usability and You! An update on the Web Presence Strategy In May, Staff Room reported on the launch of the Web Strategy Steering Group created to oversee the implementation of the University’s Web Presence Strategy – a project with the aim of developing a more innovative online presence for the University. Four months on, Project Manager Sarah Rees gives Staff Room the low-down on what has happened since and explains some of the changes that are yet to come. A lot or a little can change in four months and both apply in the case of the Web Presence strategy. We’ve made significant improvements, most notably with the launch at the end of June of a newly designed University website www.glam.ac.uk, but there’s still a way to go and some lower-priority areas have yet to receive the developers’ treatment. Based on bold imagery, increased use of screen space and improved navigation, the new design primarily addresses the struggle for homepage ‘real estate’ – or as it was put in the Spring 2010 edition of Staff Room, ‘the delicate balancing act of appealing to our many stakeholders from just one page’. The real trick has been doing this, whilst retaining a dynamic, modern design that appeals to today’s prospective students, but that has been only part of the story. The redesign had to be responsive to user-trends too, as many of our website visitors bypass the homepage by navigating directly to their required content via search engines and marketing materials; we needed an intuitive design that visitors could navigate through easily. Our response was the five content areas: ‘Study with Us’, ‘International Students’, ‘Business Services’, ‘Our Research’ and ‘About the University’, each with their own landing pages, content and functionality developed to align with the homepage. The timing of the launch, being just three months from the time the project was established, means most of the initial development has focused around the key ‘Study with Us’ and ‘About the University’ sections. As development of these areas reaches a plateau, developers’ focus will now switch to the other three main content areas.

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A perennial sticking point with most websites is the search function and in the past, Glamorgan’s has been no exception. We looked for inspiration from search experts, Google, implementing a new website search engine function, based on the search-giants’ own infrastructure. There’s still some development work to do to refine this function, but users should already be seeing more consistent results, whether they are searching internally or externally for content. Search isn’t the only area to benefit from recent activity. ‘User experience’ has been a key focus of the strategy throughout and users should have seen the effects of this recently with some of the new value-added functionality launched on Glamlife for students, including the availability of self-service council tax certificates and Course and Module Information. Such developments will continue over the coming months as further functionality comes online. Websites, by their very nature are dynamic and changes are constant and to be expected if the goal is user-relevant content. Quite rightly then, these developments should come as responses to user feedback. As members of the University we should all take responsibility for this continuous development by feeding back both positive and negative comments where appropriate using the established +Feedback channel. Finally, Policies and Guidelines to accompany the above developments and overarching Strategy have been developed and can be located on Inform (http://inform.glam.ac.uk/web-presencestrategy/ ).

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Revised Welsh Language Scheme A unified Welsh Language Scheme has been introduced for the first time across the University of Glamorgan, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Merthyr Tydfil College. Previously, the three institutions had their own separate Welsh Language Schemes. The Welsh Language Board-approved scheme is the first example of a HE Institution, FE College and Conservatoire joining forces to produce and implement a Welsh Language Scheme. The joint commitment was marked by a week of celebrations recently, with a formal launch event in Tŷ Crawshay on the 11th October attended by numerous representatives from the fields of education and the Welsh language, with entertainment provided by students from each institution. Awareness raising activities at each of the Glamorgan Group’s campuses followed the launch. A range of materials have also been produced to raise awareness of the Scheme, including a booklet for staff explaining the implications of the Welsh Language Scheme for them. Posters and postcards were handed out during the week of activities and these are available on the website. For more information on the Welsh Language Scheme email Alex Boucher on aboucher@glam.ac.uk or Non Stevens on nstevens@glam.ac.uk.

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Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg Diwygiedig Mae Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg unedig wedi’i gyflwyno am y tro cyntaf ar draws Prifysgol Morgannwg, Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru, a Choleg Merthyr Tudful. Yn flaenorol, roedd Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg eu hunain ar wahân gan bob un ohonynt. Mae’r cynllun hwn, a dderbyniwyd cymeradwyaeth Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg, yn enghraifft gyntaf o gynllun o’r math, gyda Sefydliad AU, Coleg AB a Conservatoire yn uno i gynhyrchu a gweithredu Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg. Marciwyd yr ymrwymiad hwn gydag wythnos arbennig o ddathliadau yn ddiweddar, gyda lansiad ffurfiol yn Nhŷ Crawshay ar 11eg Hydref a fynychwyd gan gynrychiolwyr amrywiol o faes addysg a’r iaith Gymraeg, gydag adloniant gan fyfyrwyr pob sefydliad. Yn dilyn y lansiad, cafwyd gweithgareddau cynyddu ymwybyddiaeth ar bob un o gampysau Grŵp Morgannwg. Mae ystod o ddeunyddiau hefyd wedi cael eu cynhyrchu i gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o’r Cynllun, yn cynnwys llyfryn ar gyfer staff yn esbonio goblygiadau’r Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg iddynt. Dosbarthwyd posteri a cherdiau post hefyd yn ystod yr wythnos o weithgareddau, ac mae’r rhain ar gael ar y wefan. Am fwy o wybodaeth ar y Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg, e-bostiwch Alex Boucher ar aboucher@glam.ac.uk neu Non Stevens ar nstevens@glam.ac.uk

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A week of welcomes for internationals The latest intake of international students joined us for International Welcome Week in September to settle into life in Wales ahead of the start of term. 225 new students from as far afield as Asia and South America arrived over the weekend of the 11th/12th September to take advantage of the programme of support activities and events organised to help them settle in.

The 2010 International students settle in.

Award for star-struck lecturer Astronomer and Senior Lecturer Martin Griffiths of the Faculty of Health Sport and Science has received the Planetary Nebulae award of the Astronomical League for his observations and imaging of planetary nebulae in the Milky Way galaxy. The majority of the images cited for the award were taken by him using the Faulkes Telescopes in Hawaii and Australia, which are remotely controlled two-metre research grade instruments, now based at the University of Glamorgan. These telescopes are used by schools and university research groups worldwide and Glamorgan enjoys privileged access to them as part of the BSc Observational Astronomy degree. Martin said, “I am proud that the work here in astronomy at the University has been recognised by this international organisation. Astronomy is a lifelong passion and I’m constantly inspired by its discoveries and applications. Observing, researching and imaging planetary nebulae brings home a sense of scientific inclusion, enabling us to see our history and evolution as humans as a tiny and transient part of the universe we inhabit.”

As well as being among the first students to access the new Students’ Union building, they had access to a whole range of information sessions to cover issues that they are likely to encounter during their stay in the UK, including immigration, accommodation and living and working in Wales. The week’s programme of events culminated as always with the welcome meal, a regular highlight for the students (pictured). International Welcome week is managed by the International Student Support Service team.

February intake The International Office will also welcome a second tranche of international students in February 2011. This intake will include a number of popular Masters programmes and top-up undergraduate programmes. The February intake is designed to include international students from countries where exam results are published much later than in the UK. Also coming in January 2011 is the International Foundation Programme (IFP) running for students who want to progress on to an undergraduate programme in September 2011.

Visits The International Recruitment Team and Academics from the University have a jampacked overseas visits schedule for October and November to meet with prospective students who wish to study with us next year. Reading like the departures board at Heathrow, destinations include: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ireland, Norway, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, China, Mexico, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, UAE, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Romania, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Greece, Cyprus, Mauritius, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Libya and Malaysia. For more information on any of these items, or to find out more about the international team activities, visit http://international.glam.ac.uk/

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Social media are you doing it? Glamorgan’s online marketing manager, Alex Murphy, looks at the benefits of social media What is social media and why should we be using it? There are many definitions of social media, but I would define it as any online activity that allows two-way communications with the audience. Facebook is social because information is shared, commented on, linked to and passed on. Twitter allows us to post messages and comment on other messages in a completely open conversation, visible to anyone. YouTube, Flickr and many other forms of social media have one core element – they allow an interaction with your audience. Most organisations these days are involved in social media, whether consciously or not - just because you aren’t taking part in a conversation, it doesn’t mean people aren’t talking about you! So it’s important that we’re pro-actively involved, because it’s probably the best way to engage with our stakeholders and to assess general feeling about our brand, our institution, our courses, facilities and services, and to respond accordingly. A coherent, strategic social media presence can have a far more targeted and cost-effective impact than using traditional marketing alone. For example, the University already has a number of Facebook profiles, including some specific to Faculties and courses; the Students’ Union, and Glamlife also have their own. These are being used to have regular conversations with both existing and potential customers. We also have a very active Twitter presence, with our Research and International twitter feeds seeing a lot of popularity within a short period of time. CCI have a great Flickr feed and a couple of faculties have their own YouTube channels. When is it a good time to get involved in social media? This is important to consider, because while it is very easy to create a Facebook page or Twitter feed, it requires a real commitment to give it the regular attention it needs to become successful. Equally, without proper strategy and management, social media can be a waste of resources and can actually damage your brand. So, if you do want to get involved, start by thinking about what you would use social media for. Student communication, study groups, shared photo galleries, news, course promotion… the possibilities are vast. How often can you maintain it? Fewer than two or three updates a week is probably a waste of time. How will you promote it? Our core Facebook and Twitter feeds have a few thousand followers between them, so we can help promote your feed (if it fits in with our objectives), and once you’re a little established you could put the link to your account on your web pages or literature – however, to keep people engaged you need to give them a good reason to engage with you. Whether you’re already involved in social media and are wondering what your next step should be, or if you’re just starting out and debating whether social media can actually benefit you at all, the web team is here to help, so get in touch. Alex Murphy (amurphy@glam.ac.uk).

Social Stats  Facebook fans - 10,500  Twitter followers - 3,000  Twitter reach (last 50 tweets) - 57,000  Most popular YouTube video* - 14,000 views Figures derived from top 5 university accounts. *”University of Glamorgan Location”

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2010 has been quite a year for Professor Philip Gross of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In January he was awarded the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for his collection of poetry, The Water Table; he received the Wales Book of the Year award in June (accompanied in the shortlist by one of his own students) for I Spy Pinhole Eye and his newest book, a collection of poetry for children called Off Road To Everywhere – which is also illustrated by Philip’s son, Jonathan Gross – got the Poetry Book Society’s Children’s Poetry Bookshelf ‘summer choice’ award. Staff Room caught up with the modest professor to talk hippo-farts and the pressures of fame. Q: Have things changed for you this year? In practical terms I’m rather scarily busy with the invitations to readings and festivals and conferences that inevitably follow the receipt of a large prize, but work in a writer’s life is fairly seamless. Some of ‘this year’s’ poems might have been written three or four years ago, while this year I have been writing the poems which will appear in the next book, or the one after that. This year’s crop has ripened under very favourable conditions, but most of the job consists of mulching, planting, pruning and just loving what you do. The best consequence of this year, I hope, will be that a fair number of people will look at my work again with better reading glasses on.

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circumstances, into the next piece of writing. My father is in his nineties, deaf and losing all but fragments of the four or five languages he has spoken through aphasia. I have been close up to all this, and for a writer (not to mention for a son) it strikes such resonances. Q: What are your main influences? Different people at different times - like different nutrients in the diet. The real point is the conversation they have with each other in my head. At the age of 13 I read T S Eliot’s Waste Land. I didn’t understand a blind word of it, but… wow! Q: Did poetry come naturally to you or did you have to work at it? I remember my first poem was something T S Eliot-ish, with shades of Dylan Thomas. It went ‘The tiger sea claws down the ages from the cliff…’ Need I say more? Please don’t make me! In fact stories came first for me. In my early teens I wrote a spy story in which the main character was a poet, so I wrote a poem for him… then another. Then I went on writing poems and the novel, like the booster-stage of the rocket, dropped away.

Q: When did you decide on a career in writing? I knew I had to be a writer, because when I talked to the language, it seemed to talk back, and say things that I hadn’t been expecting. That’s not the same as knowing I was, in some publishable Q: Has achieving acclaim put pressure on you sense, good. But it meant that I had to keep to deliver more of the same in your next works, writing. or are you pleased to please yourself? I can see the danger of being so pleased that I’m Q: In The Water Table, you use such colourful pleasing people, I might want to please them in phrases as ‘hippo-fart’ – would you describe the same way again. Whereas in fact these recent your poetry as playful? books come out of a period when I had no Yes, seriously playful! Humour need not be particular expectations I’d be pleasing anyone. avoidance. At best, it tricks and finesses us past Fortunately I was already deeply plunged, by our defences, somewhat closer to the truth.

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Q: Many of your poems are laced with the visual and physical attributes of the moving tides – do you feel a certain affection with water? I think that water is a colossal trickster, always stirring it (and our responses) up. The affection is for the people and images reflected in the water. But I’ve always lived by the sea – and water in many guises – right from the start. I grew up in Delabole, North Cornwall – one mile from the sea (but more famously home to England’s oldest commercial slate mine and the UK’s first commercial wind farm) then had spells in Plymouth, Brighton, Bristol and now Penarth. Rivers have played their part too, in Dartmoor and, more recently, the Taff. Q: A number of your students past and present are now published authors in their own right: can you teach writing talent or do you just draw out an innate ability? We don’t teach talent. We can teach a measure of self-understanding and self-management of whatever abilities anyone has, and the skills of feeding and refreshing and testing those abilities without, at last, a tutor standing over you. We can put people in the way of challenges and stimulations which open their eyes to possibilities they’d not considered before, and to the blockages, personal or cultural, which might be getting in their way. Helping them to realise they’ve got to find the sound instincts in themselves, and put that knowledge into articulate words, is what we hope to do.

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ICT Training offer online submission using Turnitin Thanks to a successful collaboration with CELT, ICT Training is now providing regular interactive training on Turnitin – the (JISC funded) online submission tool with plagiarism detection Turnitin helps educators check students’ work for proper citation or possible plagiarism and produce originality reports that help lecturers and students view potential matches to similar submitted text.

Planning for your retirement A seminar for staff approaching retirement will be held at the University again this year, due to popular demand. Designed for anyone considering retirement in the next five years, the event aims to demystify the process of retirement, giving practical information and introducing specialists who can provide financial planning expertise to help you make and support your lifestyle choices.

To book, e-mail hrtraining@glam.ac.uk or contact Helen Harries on extension 2538 for more information.

The event is split into two: the morning session includes talks from specialists on the University’s retirement procedures and how to make the most of your pension, with speakers from both the Teachers Assurance Pension Scheme and the RCT Local Government Pension Scheme. The afternoon session provides an opportunity to meet for a one-toone discussion with any of the specialists. Appointments can also be made for further meetings after the seminar.

The application can support lecturers in monitoring their students output to ensure they produce original work and think for themselves, whilst learning how to work with outside sources. More details on the course can be found on the Staff Development pages of Inform. For available courses, e-mail icttraining@glam.ac.uk.

Coming soon… Visit the Staff Development pages on Inform to find an extensive and varied range of training and development opportunities. Here’s just a very small sample of some of the events coming up in the next few months: Researcher’s Events Developing Best Practice in Supervision with John Wakeford (27th October) ICT Finance Online – Budgetary Control Statements (1st December) Publishing Web Content Using Django (4th November) Management Development Managing Change (27th October) Recruitment & Selection (12th January) Learning, Teaching and Assessment Presenting Course Materials Using Glamlearn Content Management System (CMS) (22nd October, 24th November)

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Information Management Effective Management of Business Records (24th November) Information Compliance – Refresh Your Knowledge (22nd November) Equal Opportunities Enriching Learning and Teaching Through Inclusive Practice (16th November) Teaching Dyslexic Students Effectively (9th November) Personal Skills Development Being a Mentor (3rd November) Report Writing (2nd November) The Glamorgan Professional Communication Skills (11th November) Organisation and Time Management


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Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2009–10 Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment Awards.

Winner of Winners The Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment Awards recognise and reward achievement across the Glamorgan Group. Here are this year’s five category winners, announced at the ELTA Awards Presentation on Friday 17th September.

 Jennifer L. Austin Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Excellence and Innovation in Learning and Teaching Practice

 Anna Solic and Jo Durnall Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries – Excellence in Student Assessment

 Huw Swayne Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries – Excellence in Academic Leadership

 Sue House Learning Resources Centre – Excellence and Innovation in Student Learning Support

 Richard Owen Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences – Excellence and Innovation in Student Learning Support

The ELTA Awards are administered by CELT. The 2010/11 awards programme will be launched in January.

 Dr Ian Wilson Faculty of Advanced Technology – Excellence in Research-Informed Learning and Teaching

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Admissions Goes 20 months after the start of the original project to update the University’s Student Admissions System, developments are now reaching a crucial stage towards the delivery of a truly online student application process that will revolutionise the Glamorgan applicant experience. Already, all of our undergraduate full-time applicants apply to the University online via UCAS. Gone are the days of paper-based applications, mostly handwritten, often illegible; occasionally one would be typed if the admissions staff were lucky. Now all forms are sent electronically to the University, and following an overnight download from UCAS, appear on our own admissions system – ADMIT. The work undertaken by LCSS and supported by Faculties, Academic Registry and the Enquiries & Admissions Unit has been focussed on ensuring that the applicant experience is as seamless as possible, through the efficient processing of applications, allowing the University to effectively recruit suitably qualified students. The developments have been wide-ranging: the interface with UCAS has been overhauled and the admissions team in E&A and Faculty staff now have full access to the completed application form, allowing information to be reviewed and

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‘accept’ or ‘reject’ decisions to be made quickly. However this is only part of the solution. Gaining processing efficiencies on UCAS applications have undoubtedly assisted home undergraduate recruitment, but what about part time, postgraduate and overseas recruitment? One of the most significant developments of the second phase of this project is the ability for all of our undergraduate and postgraduate campusbased students to apply for their course via the University’s online application form. In the past, a range of weird and wonderful application forms have been used and sent to all four corners of the institution. The online application form that feeds directly into ADMIT allows all applications to be held in one repository and also allows them to be viewed by all admissions staff in Faculties and corporate departments, allowing colleagues to review notes on the applicant, including the outcome of interview decisions, conversations and ultimately the decision on whether to accept an applicant or not.

Most important is how this development will aid international recruitment. An applicant anywhere in the world will be able to apply to the University directly online and we will be able to review complete applications, enabling us to speed up the decision making process – a key factor when recruiting international students. With growing competition, an increase in targets and pressure to recruit more fee-paying students, this capability will put Glamorgan at the vanguard of international applicant (and agent) service delivery. While these developments will undoubtedly aid both the recruitment of international and home students, the approach adopted by the development team has also enabled the University to respond to external changes in both the UCAS process and more challengingly, the changes in immigration legislation initiated by the UK Boarder Agency – the UKBA. If you would like more information, please contact Ioan Evans, E&A on ievans@glam.ac.uk. Now read on to find out what ADMIT has improved since going live...


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Inaugural Lectures 2010 - 2011

E&A uses ADMIT to manage admissions process

Lectures are held on a Tuesday evening in the Glamorgan Conference Centre unless otherwise stated and start at 6pm. Refreshments are available from 5.30pm. All lectures are free and open to members of the public.

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ADMIT Dashboard monitors and flags when a response is received -- to speed up the process

Global Seeds of Change Phase one means we can: • Receive complete UCAS forms electronically • View the full UCAS application form electronically, including the personal statement and references • Improve validation and audit trail processes • Process mulit-year entry to allow us to better manage February/ March starts • Improve international applicant processing by extending data captured, processing and sending letters more efficiently and interfacing with the UKBA automatically • Add notes to applicant and choice records to assist in decision processing Phase two will mean we can: • Process home and international student applications online • Move closer towards interface between ADMIT and Quercus+ • Establish workflows to track application processing between E&A and Faculties, including enhanced note facilities • Manage Interviews • Manage Applicant Days • Integrate Clearing Information

Brazilian gold, Cuban copper and the final frontier of British anti-slavery Professor Chris Evans Professor of History Tuesday 12 October 2010 A journey through war and genocide: a personal odyssey Professor Alan Hawley Professor of Disaster Studies Tuesday 9 November 2010 Analytical science...your life in our hands! Professor Tony Davies Professor of Analytical Science Tuesday 14 December 2010, Glyntaff Campus Deterioration modelling and repair of concrete bridges Professor Abid Abu Tair Professor in Civil Engineering Tuesday 11 January 2011 Creative industries – an economic miracle or myth? Professor Peter Robertson Dean of the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries Tuesday 8 February 2011, ATRiuM Campus, Cardiff Knowledge organisation systems and information discovery Professor Douglas Tudhope Professor of Information Science Tuesday 8 March 2011 Mental health nursing research: what are the risks of that happening? Professor Paul Rogers Professor of Forensic Nursing Tuesday 12 April 2011, Glyntaff Campus From despair to where? The many faces of economic development policy Professor David Pickernell Professor in Economic Development Policy Tuesday 10 May 2011 The miner’s canary, may it fly Professor Anthony Beddow Visiting Professor, Faculty of Health, Sport and Science Tuesday 14 June 2011, Glyntaff Campus

To book your place please call 01443 483345 or email jgarrett@glam.ac.uk


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Getting to know... ...Ian Ashman Employability Unit Manager (NVQ Programme Development)

Ian Ashman is the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Centre Manager within Glamorgan Business School, responsible for delivering a variety of NVQ programmes commercially to business organisations. Ian recently completed the V2 Award: a professional qualification that allows him to externally verify the assessment decisions being made by any NVQ centre throughout the UK -- prompting the role to often be referred to as ‘the guardian of the standards’. The qualification will enable Ian to not only visit other NVQ centres and verify their quality of assessment, but more importantly enables him to identify best practice and possibly replicate this within the Business School centre. What was your first part-time job? In 6th form I did a morning paper round every day, it was a killer in the winter, getting soaking wet and then having to get home quickly to change and go to school. What did you spend your first ever pay cheque on? Difficult to remember, but it was probably driving lessons. As an apprentice engineer with Sony, the first year training was at Pontypridd College, which meant sitting on a bus for almost two hours a day from Bridgend. It soon became a bind and my priority was to get my own car. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? To treat other people the way you’d like to be treated -- simple, but very good advice. Do you have any hobbies? Football, I’m a season ticket holder for Cardiff City. I have two young sons who are also football fanatics, there’s nothing better than watching football on a Saturday afternoon with my boys either side of me. I also enjoy caravanning, we have a touring caravan and try to get away on weeks when Cardiff aren’t playing at home. What’s the best thing about your job? Being able to offer advice and support to students, as well as converting new NVQ programme enquiries into actual business. I really enjoy following up enquiries and leads, having the opportunity to meet and engage with employers and converting the enquiry into commercial business income for the university. What’s your happiest moment? The birth of my two sons.

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Which one book and record would you take to a desert island? Knowing my luck I’d have to take a book on Strategic Management, as I have an assignment coming up on the MBA I’m studying. Otherwise, personally I like the author Wilbur Smith. If I had to take one record it would be a Beatles album. Favourite tipple? Sangria. What’s your worst overindulgence? Chocolate, I don’t usually eat chocolate, but if there happens to be a box in the house, with no one’s name on, then it’s not there for much longer. Once started there’s no stopping me. Favourite food? Chicken curry Complete these sentences… I’m good at attention to detail, fixing problems and getting the job done. I’m bad at cooking and ironing. My wife tells me the only way to get better is through more practice, but I’ve successfully managed to remain consistently bad at both.


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Health promotion events The Occupational Health and Safety Services Department is pleased to present a calendar of free drop-in health and wellbeing events, designed to offer a range of therapies, services and advice for all staff. Each event promotes a theme led by a national health awareness campaign, helping us to focus on the areas of health and wellbeing that matter to you.

October 2010 Women’s Health

Our team of skilled health professionals are on-hand to provide you with a range of complimentary services to support your health and wellbeing requirements, including:

November 2010 Stress Management

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January 2011 Weight Management Clinic February 2011 40+ Health May 2011 Sun Awareness

Health and fitness testing Lifestyle consultation Work-life balance advice Relaxation sessions Complementary therapies Chiropractic advice HR support and advice General Information, advice and support WeightWatchers Visits and Advice from Public Health Wales Virgin Vie beauty demonstration Specsavers on site, conducting eye tests and hearing tests

June 2011 Men’s Health

Open to all staff

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Buy a Brick Campaign There’s still time… We’re aiming to raise £3,000 for Namatala, one of the slums of Mbale, in eastern Uganda, where people live in extreme poverty, earning on average just 65p per day. Please ‘buy a brick’ for £1.Your money will buy real bricks, to help the community in Namatala to build a nursery and primary school, storage facilities and latrines. They will receive 100% of your donations. For more information and bulk orders, contact Martin Lynch mlynch@glam.ac.uk. You can also enter a team for the Charity Quiz Night in the Randy Dragon, Treforest Students’ Union on Friday 22nd October and pit your wits against Directorate. To enter contact Lucie Thomas, HR (lethoma4@glam.ac.uk). The Buy a Brick project is a joint initiative between PONT and the University of Glamorgan. PONT is a local charity creating a bridge between Pontypridd/ Rhondda Cynon Taf and the district of Mbale. The campaign ends on the 22nd October.


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