Welcome from Professor Keith Lloyd

"Out of every challenge comes Opportunity. Here at Swansea University we have responded to every challenge that covid-19 has thrown at us. Welcome to the third edition of Pulse magazine." - Professor Keith Lloyd

May 2022, Vol 03

Welcome - Edition 3

Spotlight on Blended Learning

Here are our top tips
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Post-pandemic, the traditional 9-5 routine seems a thing of the past.  More than ever before, work-life balance sits high on everyone’s list of priorities.  We recognise that agile working and blended learning are key to achieving this. Not only does flexibility lead to enhanced teaching and learning experiences for students and teachers alike, it also has a range of other benefits, such as financial savings and improved environmental impact.  So how do we find the balance in work-life balance?

Understand the expectations Set Yourself Up Get Involved

Spotlight on UCAS

Key Dates

Everyone knows about the big January deadline for applications but there are lots of other key dates too…

  • UCAS opens in early September each year so you can start (and submit!) any time you like from then
  • The UCAS deadline for Medicine (plus all Oxford and Cambridge courses) is 15th October every year…no matter what day of the week it lands on!
  • The UCAS deadline for all other subjects is in January and this date has varied a little in recent years so be sure to check in advance.
  • UCAS Extra opens in late-February and you can start making changes again from now right up until Clearing.
  • Your decision deadline will depend on when you receive your last offer ... if you receive decisions from all your course choices by the end of March, you’ll need to confirm your Firm and Insurance choices by early May.
  • If you’re not holding an offer that you’re happy with by July, you can pre-register for Clearing. Although offers often can’t be confirmed until results day, it’s worth researching early and making contact with admissions tutors to check if spaces are likely to be available.
Beat the Clearing Rush Check your Conditions If you don’t meet your Grades, Don’t Panic!

Well being - Mindfulness

“The time between the ages of 11 and 24 is a period of huge change and with that change can come quite unsettling feelings and emotions that are part of normal human experience. One of the most unsettling times is around exam results and what that can do is make you feel really anxious.

Anxiety can present in all sorts of ways. Some people are quite aware that they’re feeling anxious - for example if their heart beats a bit faster - but anxiety can also feel like a knot in your stomach or a lump in your throat and those feelings are almost a human response to what you’re experiencing as a threat, which goes back to quite a primitive ‘fight or flight’ idea.

Often these feelings will just pass but if you’re finding that they’re keeping you up at night or you’re worrying, or it’s affecting if you want to see your friends - that’s when anxiety is getting too much. One of the things you can do is distract yourself - try breathing in and out slowly, make a playlist or do something physical like going for a walk, talking with friends or mindful activities like colouring.

The important thing to remember is that all things pass. If you’re worried about your results give us a call as we have people here to help you. Just talking your options through can really help to clear your mind” - Professor Ann John

Professor Ann Johns research focuses on people's mental health.

Student Voice

Ross Davey, Medical Biochemistry BSc, Medicine (Graduate Entry) MBBCh
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“I was initially apprehensive about my course turning to a blended format as I was unsure how it would impact my studies. However, I soon found benefits to this style of learning and enjoy having face-to-face sessions which are complemented by the virtual format other lectures take.

“Online sessions can make it easier to plan other events in my day, where I would otherwise have to commit to being on campus for long periods of time between face-to-face lectures. Many virtual lectures are recorded, meaning taught content is more accessible and I can easily re-watch these videos later to aid my exam revision. Online teaching offers a different perspective to education, which can feel strange at times, but when paired with face-to-face teaching they make for a powerful learning experience.”

Dr Tennessee Randal, PhD Lauryn Davey, Medicine (Graduate Entry) MBBCh Hope Henry, Clearing Applicant Abbie Thomas, Foundation Year Graduate Maanasy Nadarajah, Applied Medical Sciences, BSc Lovelyn Obiakor, Public Health and Health Promotion, MSc Yuxi Tao, Psychology, BSc Katie Evans, Health and Social Care, BSc Dr April Rees, Biochemistry, BSc, and PhD Graduate

Exploring Global Problems

Exploring Global Problems is our podcast series, where academics from across the University talk about how their ground-breaking research help tackle a variety of global challenges.

The first series topics include Health Innovation, Climate Change, Green Energy and Human-centred digital technologies. Our contribution to this came from Dr Amira Guirguis whose research has explored the challenges of Novel Psychoactive Substances and how we detect them, our second episode came from Professor Paul Dyson who spoke about his work manipulating the genes of bacteria in order to potentially cure cancer.

Visit our podcast page to listen and subscribe to the series. We hope you enjoy!

Student Profiles

Get to know some of our amazing students...

Watch our head start webinar series

‘Neuroscience Of Revising’ With Professor Phil Newton

Watch Professor Phil Newton's webinar about the Neuroscience of learning held on 09/03/2021.

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Cells, Immunity and Covid-19

Watch Professor Cathy Thornton's lecture on Cells, immunity and COVID-19 held on 02/03/2021.

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Employing Genetics and Genomics in Healthcare

Join Dr Wendy Francis for her Genetics and Genomics lecture originally held on 24/03/2021.

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Antimicrobial Resistance

Join Dr Angharad Davies for a taster lecture on antimicrobial resistance recorded on 23/03/2021.

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Cell Culture

Dr Aidan Seeley's Taster Lecture on ‘Cell Culture' held on 23/02/2021.

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Conflict as a Global Health Problem

Watch Dr Jodie Croxall and Dr Louise Cleobury's Global Health lecture originally held on 22/03/2021.

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