Swansea University is an outward looking community of researchers and students and we value and celebrate our links with Europe and beyond. We have many European collaborations supporting student and staff mobility, research funding, and capacity building. Following the UK referendum outcome, I want to reassure all staff and students, especially those that are from Europe, that Swansea University will continue on a business as usual basis.

Provided that no unilateral action is taken by the UK government (which is unlikely), there will not be any immediate material change to the UK university sector’s participation in EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, nor to the immigration status of current and prospective EU students and staff. We expect existing project grants and contracts to be honoured.

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty foresees a two-year negotiation process between the UK and other Member States, during which time the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided. It is likely that there will be a temporary moratorium on new grants and contracts but that this will be lifted for a period when the exit process is agreed.

There will be many questions from the Swansea University community and its partners about what this vote means. We will address these as a matter of priority as the details become clear.

We know that university staff and students across the UK were overwhelmingly in favour of Europe, many passionately so, including myself. However, along with the uncertainties and challenges we now face are new opportunities. We are well-equipped as a University to respond boldly and effectively to opportunities.

 Professor Richard B. Davies, Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University

Monday June 27th, 2016

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Academic Services – Student Rep System development, SPIN- August 2016POSTGRDUATE

  • Assist with on-going enhancements to the Student Rep System.
  • Research Postgraduate specific Student Rep Systems at other HE institutions.
  • Identify the requirements for the development of a postgraduate student Rep system at Swansea (key areas of consideration being, inclusivity and accessibility).
  • Outline a strategy for the implementation of a post graduate student rep system.
  • Would suit a postgraduate student, or someone who is beginning postgraduate study in autumn 2016.

Please send a CV and covering letter to workplacements@swansea.ac.uk

Thursday June 23rd, 2016

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Student learning and research facilities at Swansea University will be transformed under a new investment programme backed by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

EUEurope’s long-term lending institution has agreed to provide £60 million to enhance both Swansea University’s historic Singleton Park Campus and to expand research facilities at the new science and innovation Bay Campus.

The next wave of Swansea University’s ambitious campus development programme to be supported by the EIB includes further space optimisation at the Singleton Park Campus to enhance the student experience, refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed Fulton House and Wallace Buildings to upgrade specialised laboratories, and redevelopment of the Talbot Building.

The scheme will also transform the student learning, social, and support spaces to better cater for modern study practices and deliver an enhanced student experience.

The campus development programme also includes construction of a new Computational Foundry at the Bay Campus, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government.

The new 25 year EIB loan follows successful completion of the new Bay Campus, which was supported by a previous £60 million loan formally agreed during a visit to Swansea in 2012 by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

The Bay Campus was constructed in less than 26 months and is already delivering significant impact for the region with Swansea University seeing a 20% intake in student and staff numbers, and a 120% increase in new research projects awarded since 2012.

A key focus of the new investment programme is the sustainability of the built environment including reducing energy use through improved energy efficiency and all new buildings will be constructed to BREEAM Excellent standard or better.

Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, said: “This is a massive vote of confidence in the University for what we have already achieved and our plans for taking the strong upward trajectory of the University even further.

“Developments planned on our Singleton Park Campus include new student facilities, refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed Fulton House and Wallace Buildings including upgraded specialised laboratories, and improvements to the Library.

“We are also embarking on Phase 2 of our Bay Campus, including a Computational Foundry, which will transform Swansea and Wales as a global destination for computational scientists.

“These exciting projects are part of our ambition to build on our current and growing success, improving student experience still further and increasing our collaborative research links with industry, and becoming a powerhouse for the regional economy.”

Jonathan Taylor, Vice-President of the EIB, said: “Leading universities across Europe recognise the need to invest to build on existing strengths and harness new opportunities. Recent investment at Swansea University has strengthened student satisfaction, enabled new collaboration with leading industrial partners, generated world class research and made an impressive contribution to the local economy.

“The EIB is pleased to have helped finance the new Bay Campus and we look forward to supporting transformation of the Singleton Park site and backing new research facilities on the Bay Campus under his new initiative through a new £60 million loan.

“Students and staff at Swansea University and the people of South Wales should be proud of the University’s continued development and impressive track record.

“Over the last decade the EIB has provided more than £1.6 billion for investment by 28 universities across the UK, and Swansea stands out as a genuine flagship that provides a model for leading institutions across Europe to follow.”

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Primary Dance Project

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Taliesin’s Primary Dance project returns with over 200 children and young people working with a professional choreographer and the performing arts students of Gower College to create an amazing evening of contemporary dance. The show that never ceases to amaze with its commitment, talent and sheer excitement.

Thursday 23 & Friday 24th June

£2 for entry

Tuesday June 21st, 2016

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food moodWe are conducting research on the reasons underlying different perceptions of taste. The aim of the study is to investigate the effect that mood can have on basic brain functions like decision making and the experience of sensory information such as taste while watching T.V.  You will be presented with some decision making tasks, a mood questionnaire a resting heart rate measure and a T.V. taste test. This will be followed by some questionnaires on food preferences, personality and general background health information including height and weight.

Participants: If you would like to take part in this study, it is important that you eat your typical breakfast/lunch 2-3 hours prior to the study, have no food allergies, have a good use of the English language. In addition it is important that you are not pregnant, are not vegetarian/vegan and that you are not taking any medication that affects appetite.

Time required: 60 minutes

Place: 9th Floor Vivian Tower, Swansea University

£8 for participation

If you would like to take part or want further information, please contact

Ruby Marzella: 636177@swansea.ac.uk; Dr Menna Price: m.j.price @swansea.ac.uk

If you want to find out about participating in other psychology research through our computerized participant system, please log onto: https://psychology-swansea.sona-systems.com/.

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