The lifespan and development research group at the Department of Psychology, Swansea University, is conducting a new study with babies aged 5-7 months old investigating the early stages of play with toys. If you take part in the study, you, the parent, will be present with the researcher and your baby for the entirety of the session. The session can be arranged at any time to suit your schedule, will be under an hour, and we will give you £10 to cover your travel expenses.

Interested? If you want to get involved or would like further information, please contact Lauren Dillon on or Dr Vicky Lovett on 01792 295270, or email

If you are interested in taking part in research but your child is a different age, please get in touch as we have other studies available.

Monday June 29th, 2015

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Lewys Arôn has been elected president of the Students’ Union following the resignation of previously elected Ajjing Jipur.

Six candidates were running for the position and the election went to all seven stages until Lewys became a clear winner. The by-election made history by being the first ever to be ran entirely online with 976 students voting overall with a huge 804 voters being Full-Time Undergraduates.

The Students’ Union welcomes Lewys into his new role and looks forward to working with him to ensure that his plans and the plans of the students he represents become successes.

Talking about his election Lewys said “I can’t wait to get started on my manifesto pledges, with a priority being an accessible revamped website to engage with more students across two campuses.

It’s an honour to be the first Welsh speaking Union President elected for over a decade. Students can rest assured my door will always be open to welcome their ideas, concerns and feedback. Diolch!”

You can see the pledges on Lewys’ manifesto here.

Thursday June 25th, 2015

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We are delighted to announce that this year’s SURF Research as Art Exhibition and Presentation event is to take place on 25th June between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at the Digital Technium Building, Singleton Campus.

This event will celebrate the diversity and beauty of research at Swansea University. Students and staff from across the University were invited to enter an image that captured their research or inspired their research. Over 90 entries were received. A distinguished panel of judges selected a total of 17 winners.
All the entries will be displayed at an exhibition in the Digital Technium Building at Swansea University. The exhibition will be officially opened at the same time as the Research as Art Presentation event, at 2:30pm on Thursday 25th June in the Digital Technium Atrium (ground floor, left off reception) with the prize giving at 3:00pm. Prizes will be awarded by the Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Martin Stringer. Drinks and nibbles will be available.

A high-profile judging panel was assembled for the competition, with a broad range of expertise:
•Professor John Womersley – RCUK Executive Board, RCUK Champion for Public Engagement with Research, and Chief Executive Officer of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
•Dr Gail Cardew – Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution, Vice-President of Euroscience, Wellcome Collection Advisory Panel, EPSRC Peer Review College
•Flora Graham – Digital Editor of, also worked for BBC, CBC and CNET UK as a writer/broadcaster
•David Hastie – Director LOCWS International and Arts Across the City

On behalf of SURF we hope to see you there … this event is always lively and invigorating, providing something new and exciting for the University, aiming to stimulate conversations and meetings between diverse researchers across campus… and to have a drink and a chat!
If you have any queries please contact

Monday June 22nd, 2015

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Celebrating, Consolidating and Expanding Community Research Across the Swansea Valley.

We have been awarded a grant from the AHRC to put on an event to celebrate, consolidate and expand community research across the Swansea Valley. We are proposing to run this on 25th June 2015 at the Swansea Museum Collections Centre.

This event creates an opportunity to ask how you, existing and aspiring community groups, historians and researchers, wish to engage with industrial heritage in and around the Swansea Valley in the future. The event will, celebrate existing research, strengthen networks, and set an agenda for future community historical research in the Lower Swansea Valley. This will inform future funding bids and specifically a forthcoming application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a living history laboratory at the Hafod-MorfaCopperworks.

It will address the following questions.
• How would you like to celebrate, consolidate and expand the portfolio of community research completed to date?
• How can the development of a living history laboratory facility at HMCW facilitate further community history research in the Swansea Valley?
• How can community based research contribute to the heritage led development of the HMCW?
• How can digital and cultural innovations expand the reach and impact of community heritage projects and research?

A major part of the day will be workshops to explore how research and community projects might develop around key themes such as the following, which we have extrapolated from existing community research interests.
• Movement of goods and people
• Human Impact, disability and human disaster
• Conservation and preservation of the physical and natural landscape
• Community, social change, faith and identity
• Identity, achievement and aspiration

Please download an agenda for the day and the registration form here: Please return the registration form to Kate Spiller, Project Coordinator ( by 5 pm Monday June 15th 2015. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

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Female student holding books

Our university library management system and resource discovery services will be changing towards the end of June as part of a Wales-wide project to share the systems to enable shared services across Welsh Higher Education.
During the upgrade:

 Use iFindDiscover to find items in our libraries.

 iFindDiscover won’t know if items are on the shelves.

 Borrow and return items at the library issue desks (staffed hours).

 No requests, book renewals or self-issue and self-return.

Wednesday June 17th, 2015

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