Le Mepris/Contempt (15)

Tuesday 31 May 7.30pmLeMeprisMAIN

Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli, Fritz Lang

Screenwriter Paul Javal finds himself embroiled in a battle of wills on the set of a new adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey. Siding with the producer and his chequebook, Paul’s decision-making incurs the displeasure of his wife, the beautiful Camille, whose increasing contempt for her husband results in a tragic conclusion.

Rough Diamonds

Wednesday 1 June 6pm

Premiering new works by Swansea’s Student Writers


Theatr Triongl presents


Thursday 2 June 7.30pm

After the death of her husband, 74 year old Enid is forced to sell the house she’s lived in for most of her life.  Enid, now homeless, decides to take matters into her own hands. A darkly funny show exploring what it is we call ‘home’.

This play is bilingual (Welsh /English)


Vento em Madeira

Friday 3 June 7.30pm

with the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Jazz Ensemble (performing in the foyer from 6.30pm)

Melting together Samba, Afro Brazilian folklore, Jazz and Classical traditions to magical effect, Vento Em Madeira are one of the foremost instrumental groups in Brazil.

Tapas and wine will be served at the bar from 5pm to 7pm (£6 for three tapas  + a glass of wine or beer). Call box office on 602060 to pre-order.


Tuesday May 31st, 2016

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archSwansea University is playing a key role in transforming the way healthcare is delivered

As part of ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health), the university is working with ABMU and Hywel Dda health boards to transform how healthcare is delivered and create the NHS workforce needed to deliver this vision.

The Medical School’ new  Physician Associate post graduate diploma, starting in September, is one of only two of its kind in Wales. The course has been developed between Swansea University’s Medical School and College of Human and Health Science through the ARCH partnership.

Dr Wyn Harris, the Programme Director and Honorary Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School, said: “The Physician Associate role is seen as a key part of modernising the NHS workforce and a vital step towards shaping a healthcare service fit for the 21st Century.”

Although the role is relatively new to the UK, Physician Associates are already seen as a key role in the US and have been in existence for years and are an established part of the American medical workforce.

Dr Harris added: “Physician Associates work to support doctors and take on many of the roles of a junior doctor. They are trained clinicians and can undertake initial patient assessments and carry out procedures. They are trained generally so they can work in all areas of healthcare such as medicine, surgery, paediatrics and mental health and can also work in primary or secondary care. “Another benefit of this role is Physician Associates tend to work in a particular clinical area for a number of years which provides continuity and consistency, which is difficult to achieve with junior doctors who frequently move departments.”

Swansea University Medical School is launching its two-year course in September and has 15 funded places available. The course will teach students the knowledge and clinical skills they require to pass the National Certification Examination and start work as a Physician Associate.

How do Physician Associates fit into the NHS workforce?

Dr Harris added: “Although Physician Associates are dependent practitioners, they can also practise independently and make independent decisions. This is enabled by collaboration and supportive working relationships with their clinical supervisors, meaning that there is always someone who can discuss cases, give advice, and review patients if necessary.

“The Physician Associate role is to take on tasks traditionally performed by junior doctors, they attend ward rounds, assess patients and organise aspects of the management plan.”


Professor Keith Lloyd, Dean of the Medical School, said the course was a great example of the ARCH partners delivering on their promise to transform healthcare, he said: “The structure of healthcare in Wales allows us to work closely together and this will ensure, as a Medical School, we are helping deliver the right workforce for the future NHS.

“Reshaping the NHS workforce offers many opportunities, it can deliver benefits for patients through more patient-focused care and improved health outcomes.

“Our Physician Associate students will spend the majority of year one undertaking university-based theory and practical sessions with some early clinical exposure to the working environment of the NHS. During their second year, students will mainly take up clinical placements, with students applying their learning in the care of real patients under the supervision of a clinically qualified mentor.

“Physician Associates work across a wide range of departments and a particular advantage of this role is maintaining the Physician Associate’s general knowledge which allows flexibility and transferability of skills. They can also work closely with our GPs and support chronic disease management as well as carry out urgent same-day appointments. These appointments can be triaged by the GP who then works with the Physician Associate to manage the patients, which will help relieve pressure on our primary care services.”

Professor Andrew Davies, ARCH and ABMU chair, has praised the new course being offered at Swansea University saying the collaborative approach was key to its success. Prof Davies said: We know there is an urgent need to reshape the NHS workforce to equip it to meet the changing demand from the population it serves.

“I have always worked hard to make sure we develop the “U” in ABMU and we recognise that the university is a key partner for our two health boards and through ARCH we have been given the opportunity to develop the current workforce and also develop new roles, such as the Physician Associate.

 “We have two health boards in this area but only one health economy, it is common sense we collaborate in a meaningful way to deliver transformation and develop new models of care, but we also need to create and develop the right workforce to deliver these aims.

“Our close relationship with the Medical School is key to meeting this challenge.”

Professor Keith Lloyd added:This course will attract passionate and skilled graduates and should be viewed as an important vehicle to attract talent into the NHS in Wales.”

Closing date for applications is June 19. Competition is anticipated to be high for this innovative course with only 15 places available for 2016/17.

All applications should be made directly to PA.admissions@swansea.ac.uk for more detail on the course visit our website   bit.ly/SUMS_PACourse 

Friday May 27th, 2016

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Bay eveWe are excited to be nominated for the Swansea Life Awards in the category of Café Culture.

With an excellent range of sandwiches, paninis and salads as well as traditional desserts, cakes and pastries from Monday to Saturday and a locally sourced Sunday lunch, the Café Bar and Restaurant is the perfect setting in which to relax with friends and family while taking in the sea air and beautiful views across the Bay.

Help us get through the nominations and win best Café Culture in Swansea!  Vote online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SLVOTE16 until the 8th June.

Thursday May 26th, 2016

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Late night Bus Service – We want to say a huge thank you to all students who respected the code of conduct and have helped us keep the late night bus service running for the next academic year! To see find out more about the code of conduct please click here.

Annual Bus Fees – We have a price freeze on the annual bus passes! For the 2016/2017 academic year, they will remain at £300 for the inner Swansea ticket and includes 7 days a week travel and the Late Night Bus.

Further Service – The number 8 and 8X will continue in 2016/2017 with the 8X being upgraded to a half hourly service for the 2016/2017 year.  The number 10 will continue to run every 20 minutes and   with an out of term time hourly service.

Active Travellers – We will be selling 10 Carnet bus tickets for Active Travellers at the MyUni hub. Perfect if you plan to make a small number of journeys, these tickets will be at a cost of £35 for 10 all day tickets (limit of 3 batches per student per academic year)

Plan your trip – We are the first University in Wales to launch a tailor made my journey website for all your travel needs, and to plan your travels between home and campus! Please go to http://myunijourney.traveline.cymru and plan your MyUni Journey today!  The website includes all your up to date sustainable travel information

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312-International College Wales Swansea Students on beachSwansea University continues its success story by climbing into the top 40 in the Guardian University League Tables for 2017.

The Guardian University League Tables which rank UK Universities, were published today and confirm that Swansea University is a rising star, having improved its overall ranking over the past year from 52nd to 39th – which is the largest jump by a university in Wales.The new ranking also indicates a remarkable performance by the University which has jumped 45 places in just 6 years, (from 94th in 2012 to 39th in 2017).

Amongst some of the most notable results for the University are for teaching (up 45 places to 15thplace), overall course satisfaction (up 28 places to 7th place) and career prospects, which is at 14th place.

Some subject areas have scored at the very highest levels with Criminology being rated top in the country while four subjects – Social Policy and Administration, American Studies, Computer Science and Media and Film Studies appear in the top ten. A further seven subjects (Sports Science, Social Work, Mathematics, Engineering (General), Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine and Engineering: Chemical) are also featured in the top 20 courses in the UK.

This new ranking is the latest accolade that the University has received in recent months. It kicked off 2016 by appearing in the global top 200 in the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) world ranking of the ‘most international universities’, in January. In March, Engineering disciplines were ranked among the world’s elite by higher education data specialists QS in the World University Rankings 2016. Just a month later in April, the University won 2016 WhatUni Award for Best Courses and Lecturers, and in the same month it also featured in the top 50 in of the Complete University Guide.

Wednesday May 25th, 2016

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