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Business workshops at City Campus

The Royal National College for the Blind visit USW

During the Christmas period a number of our school and college partners took advantage of an exciting range of interactive and topical workshops all related to business and the world of work.

St Cyres school, Coleg Y Cymoedd, Brecon High School and Brislington Enterprise College were among those that selected the Psychology of Marketing workshop and were introduced to the concept of the consumersavvy society. Ever present social media and how this has shaped the marketing landscape was debated and innovative tools for communicating with their target audience were discussed for use in the classroom and their own business ventures. The afternoon session, Accounting in Everything looked at the crucial role of the balance sheet. The lecture explored budgets and forecasts, managing tax affairs, deciding how to invest an organisation’s money and reporting its profits, all of which outlined how accountants play a vital and incredibly interesting role in business.

Three graduates of BA (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management course at the University of South Wales have secured positions at Axiom Manufacturing Services. The manufacturing company, supplier to EADS, located in Newbridge, headhunted Pippa Bleach prior to her finishing her degree. They also appointed David Trevelion through their graduate program and selected Chloe Hale when recruiting for a Trainee Strategic Buyer. During her studies at the University, Pippa undertook a year-long work placement with technology giant Intel. Pippa was responsible for the supply of $250m worth of business, working as an Embedded Geographic Business and Supply Analyst at the company’s Reading base. This experience has clearly boosted Pippa’s attractiveness to employers and has been one of the key motives to her being headhunted.

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The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) joined a number of other schools and colleges at our business focused events at our City Campus, Newport.

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Logistics and Supply Chain Graduates Recruited by Axiom

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When speaking about the three appointments at Axiom, Scott Parfitt, Senior Lecturer in the School of Business said: “This is fantastic news and demonstrates the high calibre of logistics graduates produced by the University. This is a fine example of how an organisation has tapped into the quality of graduates that have emerged from the University over the last two decades.” “The BA (Hons) Logistics and Supply Chain Management course at the University has an excellent reputation for the number of its graduates securing highly sought positions following graduation. This outcome is clearly a reflection of the course having the top number of paid placements across the University. With links to organisations such as GE Aviation, PROXIMA and Shared Business Services UK, there are countless opportunities being presented to students on the course.”

Elizabeth Hudson, Teacher in Charge of Academic Studies, sought out the University of South Wales after hearing about our Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Student Support. Working together, 16 students from the RNC with varying degrees of visual impairment were able to access the full breadth of on campus subject specific activity along with their guide dogs and support team. They were also given the opportunity to meet the University’s own Disability and Dyslexia Team, who gave a bespoke presentation and introduced the students to our very own visually impared USW Ambassadors, Jason Willer and Emily Harris.

This was an excellent event that really helped our students to seriously consider Higher Education.

Elizabeth Hudson, Royal National College

Our morning session included workshops on the Psychology of Marketing and From Jobs to Ferguson: What Makes a Great Leader. In the latter students from Coleg Gwent Ebbw Vale Campus and The College Merthyr Tydfil explored the differences and similarities between the management and leadership of some of the world’s most famous sporting icons and business innovators. As a crucial quality in business, students were challenged to evaluate their own leadership style.

February 2014 Dear Colleague, With the turn of the year and the arrival of the UCAS deadline, we are reminded of the importance of well-informed choices for young people throughout the country. Here at the University of South Wales we take great care when building resources and events which enable your learners to develop those choices through on campus and off campus activity. We provide genuine contact with a breadth of subject areas and encourage a sound appreciation of the supporting literature for courses and their host higher education institutions. Nurturing their ability to make those well rounded, informed decisions is at the heart of our work. Visit www.southwales.ac.uk/schools to book the right level of HE support for you and your learners. Also in this newsletter, you’ll read fascinating stories of graduate success, student profiles and discover some of the exciting opportunities available to our students.

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If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the subject specific activities and services on offer to schools and colleges, or for further information on any of the items contained in this newsletter, please get in touch with me on 01443 482 849 or joseph.murphy@southwales.ac.uk. May we take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year. We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and look forward to working with you soon! Kind regards

Joseph Murphy BA PGCE Student Recruitment Officer

Graduate Success

Name: Phillipa Bleach Age: 27

Important Information: Things you need to know this term Applicant and Interview Days The University will be holding subject-specific applicant days and interview days between February and April for students who have applied to study for 2014. Students will have the opportunity to check that the course is the right one for them and ask those all important questions. All applicants who are made an offer or invited to interview will receive a personal invitation to an applicant day or interview day. Attendance is a vital part of the University decision making process, so please encourage your students to attend.

Undergraduate Bursaries and Scholarships 2014 / 2015 The University of South Wales is committed to support students accessing the very best personal and professional opportunities available, through a range of scholarships and bursaries.

For more information about studying business at the University of South Wales, visit: www.southwales.ac.uk/business-andmanagement For more information, visit: www.southwales.ac.uk

The Centenary Undergraduate Bursary provides a guaranteed place in halls, plus a discount of £1,500 off accommodation costs without the necessity of means testing. Our Flying Start Scholarship, also not means tested, offers an iPad and £750 worth of support to our most capable applicants. There are also five Welshmedium scholarships worth £1,000 each to those students who study at least one module each academic year, through the medium of Welsh. For more information on scholarships and bursaries and to make an application visit www.southwales.ac.uk/money.

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Interactive Moot Courtroom Debate

The University of South Wales offers a range of activities and events, such as taster sessions, sample lectures and masterclasses. These are all designed to give students a taste for studying a particular subject at degree level. In addition to these, many of our lecturers are available to visit schools to deliver subject specific sessions, as well as attend careers events. Book places for your students, download a programme or request your own bespoke session online at: www.southwales.ac.uk/schools

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University Plays Host to Young Leaders Launch Event

Business and Accounting 12 February and 2 April 2014 A-level workshops An overview of the University’s School of Business is followed by a choice of workshops which unpick the wide ranging areas that the study of business covers. This ranges from marketing and accounting (BS2: Business Functions) to human resources (BS1: Business Framework). An interactive business pop quiz follows, in addition to a campus tour and student life talk.

Who wants to be a millionaire? Are self-made millionaires a special breed or can anyone become one? This session explores the backgrounds of some successful entrepreneurs and investigates what makes them ‘tick’. Students will assess their entrepreneurial potential and take part in a time-constrained problem-solving exercise, all of which link to the subject of innovation, a vital ingredient of successful entrepreneurship.

Law 1 April 2014 Interactive Moot Court Debate This taster event will introduce you to a real-life case study and encourage you to delve into the detail of how law underpins the presented scenario. You will also get the chance to compete in teams as part of an interactive law quiz. This is followed by an informative session on routes into the legal profession, a campus tour and a student experience talk.

The University of South Wales played host to the launch of this year’s Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Heads of the Valleys Young Leaders programme, delivered in partnership with Acorn Recruitment and Training, in colleges at Merthyr Tydfil and Ebbw Vale. The ILM is a highly regarded management body in the UK and pride themselves on developing great leaders who ultimately go on to transform people and organisations. The launch event, held on the Treforest Campus, provided an opportunity for college learners to visit the University and receive an initial introduction to the ILM qualification and the value of developing leadership skills. Dr Francis Cowe, deputy director of UHOVI, welcomed attendees to the launch and introduced Fiona Argent from Acorn who provided those in attendance with a course overview. The closing speaker was Andrew Thomas, head of the University’s School of Business, who delivered a mini lecture on ‘Leadership – Have you got what it takes?’ The event was well received by attendees that included Suzanna Thomas, head of learner services at The Blaenau Gwent

Learning Zone, and Lisa Thomas, assistant principal advanced programmes at The College Merthyr Tydfil. Speaking about the event, Francis Cowe said, “This exciting initiative brings together students from Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent for a chance to engage with industry experts, experience academic lectures and undertake visits on campus as well as to have a taste of some real leadership and management work experience. Learners will undertake an ILM award usually only done by those already in employment. “As part of the University of South Wales, UHOVI is pleased to help local learners and hopes that this pilot supports them in their aspiration to become future leaders and builds long term links with the University for the students and colleges. The Valleys have a long history of providing leaders in the field of politics, engineering, science, health and education and we hope that this programme helps continue that tradition for generations to come.” Following on from the launch, students have been invited back on campus to attend further sessions that will undoubtedly compliment their studies.

Ysgol Y Strade won the hotly contested Best Legal Defence Award, and the mood of the visit was best captured in the following quote from one of our visitors:

The scenario and case study was provided by Claire Lewis, a Senior Lecturer and LLB Course Leader, enabled the students to participate fully in the debate surrounding the interpretation of a new criminal offence, ‘squatting’ created by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, 2012.

I will definitely consider the University of South Wales for a course, especially having had time with a University of South Wales ambassador

The students were also keen to explore both the academic and social sides of university life during their visit, in particular what living on campus was really like. Our student ambassadors Steve and Daisy were on hand throughout the day, facilitating parts of the debate and sharing their own, unique experiences at the University of South Wales. The ranking of our newly formed University was also an area discussed during the visit, with many of our guests impressed with our status as the largest university in Wales and the sixth largest in the UK.

As part of the visit, a series of pathways available to progress into the legal profession at the University of South Wales were also presented by our Law team.

Download the event resources at: www.southwales.ac.uk/law-event

USW Opens Free Legal and Financial Advice Clinic A new Legal and Financial Advice Clinic has opened in Cardiff, giving individuals and small businesses access to free legal and financial advice. At a time when funding for Legal Aid is radically changing, the University of South Wales’s Clinic will provide a free community based face-to-face advice service. The initiative will be manned by trained student clinic volunteers working under the supervision of practising solicitors and barristers from the firms Civitas, Harding Evans, Howells and Hugh James. In addition to community and business benefits of the clinic, the students will also get the hands-on training needed to get them ahead in their chosen professions. Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Business and Society said, “The University of South Wales is known throughout the legal and financial professions as a training ground for some of the very best practitioners anywhere. We have a long-standing commitment to enhancing employability for our graduates.” Speaking ahead of the event Chris Nott, Chair of the Welsh Government Advisory Panel for Financial and Professional Services said, “There are significant opportunities for growth in the financial and professional services sector in Wales and in Cardiff in particular. This clinic will help students develop some of the skills they will need to take advantage of the employment opportunities in this sector.”

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Business, Law, Accounting and Finance Events

Last term sudents and staff from Ysgol Y Strade, The College Merthyr Tydfil, Queen Elizabeth High School, Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni and Cardiff High School attended our Law Interactive Moot Court Debate.

Business Scholarship Winner Awarded Lisa Rees, BA (Hons) Event Management student from the University of South Wales, has won this year’s Business Opportunities Scholarship Scheme (BOSS) awarded by local entrepreneur Rachel Bedgood from Complete Background Screening. The annual scholarship is offered to applicants of business courses who start their studies in Treforest each September. Applicants are required to submit a short essay entry under the title of ‘When you graduate from university what will you bring to your local Welsh community?’. Led by Pontypridd based company, Complete Background Screening (CBS), the scholarship scheme offers a unique package of financial support and mentoring for aspiring business students. On receipt of her scholarship Lisa commented; “I want to start my own events business and thought the event management course at the University was an excellent way of developing my skills to support this. I’ve always had a passion for running events in the local community, and I

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wanted a course that covered everything from managing and marketing an event to understanding how to assess risk. “When I found out that I was eligible for the Business Opportunities Scholarship Scheme, I just had to apply. It’s a great opportunity for me to source further funding for my studies, through which I hope to further progress my future career plans.” Since starting her degree in September, Lisa has already registered her own business ‘Candy Moments’, a confectionery based events company who specialise in personalised services for weddings and parties. She’s now hoping the additional financial support and mentoring provided by the scholarship scheme will be a real source of inspiration.


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