We hope all our students have had an enjoyable summer, and whether you’re returning, have recently joined us, or are just starting out on your studies we’d like to say how happy we are to have you with us.

As we commence this new semester, we want to let you know about some exciting changes that have taken place to enhance your university experience and some important operational updates.

Teaching Timetables

Your teaching timetables for Semester 1 is now available.

Timetables may be subject to change due to operational factors, so please make sure you consult your online timetable regularly as some adjustments could still be made.

Problems or conflicts with the scheduling of the timetable should be referred to your faculty student support teams in the first instance, who will be happy to assist you.

Please note that post-Christmas teaching timetables will be formalised during mid-December, and communications will follow when these are accessible.

If you’re a new student and are keen to locate your timetable, head over to the school induction webpages where you can select your Faculty and find useful information.

Travel Changes

We’ve made some positive changes to our bus services over the summer months. The new First Cymru Uni Bws network, designed around the needs of Swansea’s students, now covers all student accommodation areas with day ticket bus prices also remaining the same as the 2022/23 term.

The service numbers you need to know for 2023/24 are:

  • Service 90 – Linking Bay Campus to Swansea Bus Station, Swansea Train Station, and Student Roost.
  • Service 91 – Linking Singleton Campus to Sketty & Uplands, Swansea Bus Station, and Bay Campus (this 24 hour service now covers Uplands, Sketty, Brynmill and Sainsbury’s near Wind Street)
  • Service 92 – Linking Singleton Campus to Coppergate, Parc Tawe and Bay Campus. This is your quickest Campus to Campus link!
  • Service 93 – Linking True Student Accommodation, Fabian Way P&R and Bay Campus.
  • Service 94 – Linking True Student Accommodation, Student Roost and Singleton Campus.

We’ve also listened to your feedback and extended the 24 hours bus services, which will now run from Monday to Saturday!

Don’t forget, if you’re under 22 you qualify for a MyTravelPass, meaning you can save a whopping 30% on bus travel in Wales! It’s free to apply for on the Welsh Government’s website here.

Changes to University Policies

Our Assessment Marking and Feedback Policy (formerly known as the Assessment and Feedback Policy) aims to improve the effectiveness of assessment and feedback for students and staff. It has recently been updated in relation to assessment penalties, marking and moderation timelines, moderation requirements and Welsh medium requirements. You can check out the full updated policy on our MyUni webpage.

Campus Developments

We have been super busy making improvements across our campuses including new labs, improved roadways and footpaths and upgraded lighting and signage. We’ve even introduced a new smart bus shelter on Singleton Campus which comes with a living roof, making our green flag grounds even more biodiverse.

The team is working hard on more exciting projects to liven up our university grounds and campuses – make sure you keep up to date with the Student Newsletter to find out about these!

Introducing Harbwr Fulton

Harbwr in Fulton House (the former Refectory, on the first floor) provides a comfortable and welcoming meeting point in the middle of campus for everyone to enjoy and from 18th September, it will open to students, staff and visitors to the University.

It will provide a multi-functional social and activity space, with a mix of seating options, booths and digital installations and a unique, outdoor ‘Terrace’ area, maximising our unrivalled position on Swansea Bay. Read more about it on our webpage.

Library Study Spaces have had a refresh!

We have been busy making improvements to study and collaborative spaces over the summer, including the introduction of a brand new quiet study space at Singleton Library.

Over on Bay Campus, you can enjoy fresh new furniture, an update to the colour scheme, and even more amazing resources in the Central Hall area.

Living in the Local Community

For many of you, this will be the first time you live in the local community, which can be a bit of an adjustment. Getting used to living in a shared house with bills, contracts, keys might sound a bit complicated, but here’s really no need to worry! We’ve put together some tips to help you out:

  • Understand what it means to be a tenant – Make sure you read your contract, take inventory and photos (take them when you move in), make sure your deposit is protected and you have personal belongings and content insurance. It’s also wise to take meter readings when you move in – that way you can track how much gas and electricity you’re using!
  • Keep it tidy – Keep your home and garden clean and tidy. You can make a rota with your flatmates and set some rules and chores in place with each other. Something you’ll have to adjust to is managing your own household waste, too. Make sure you follow the local recycling rules, and that you put the correct bins out on the correct day (check out the council website for more information)
  •  Give back – Volunteer work can make your CV stand out from the crowd, gives you awesome new experiences, and helps the local community! There are plenty of ways to volunteer with local groups in and around Swansea. One great option is working with Discovery, who are conveniently based on Singleton Campus

Remember, you can stay up to date with all the latest student news by visiting our newsletter, or by following us on Instagram and Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you on campus very soon!

Monday September 18th, 2023

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