News

Hi everyone!

Thanks very much for all of you have submitted, rated and commented on ideas so far on My Voice. We have had loads of really great ideas and have been working hard to start conversations and get the ball rolling on many of them by working in partnership across college departments and help you influence change! Some ideas have been easy to implement but some take some time and we are working hard to make sure your voice is heard. Here are where we are with some of your ideas that we've decided to take forward and form part of our Student Partnership Agreement.

Fairer Absence System - We looked into this and found that not all students are aware of what support is available to them through the existing college policies and we will be working to make sure these are more widely promoted. NUS are currently working to review the process and City SA will support them in this to ensure the fairest system is used.

Longer Opening Hours - We worked with staff in the library to extend library opening hours from 7pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday. These extra two hours are not staffed, but the spaces are still open to students. We hope to see earlier opening hours and weekend times extended in the future.

No Taught Classes in Open Spaces - The college have agreed that the open classrooms should not normally be used for traditional lectures. These rooms are to be used for break out spaces, group work, project work and self-directed study. We are forming a working group to review the timetabling process and implement rules for room usage with the hope the spaces will be used more effectively.

Staff Teaching Qualification Requirements - The College offers a programme for all teaching staff to complete formal teaching qualifications while working at City and most staff will have achieved this within their first two years in their roles. The idea was discussed further at the Student Representative Council where it was discussed that industry experience, attitude, enthusiasm and motivation was more important than a standard teaching qualification. We have decided to introduce student-led Teaching Awards in academic year 18/19 to allow students to nominate those who display best teaching practices in various different ways.

MyCity App - MyCity will be under a renovation over summer and the IT department are looking into introducing a new system called Canvas which is more mobile native and so things like timetables and documents would be more accessible on mobile devices. Stay tuned for more updates on this.

Language Classes - CitySA are liaising with relevant staff in the languages department within the college to look into the possibility of running language classes and offering e-learning materials for students to improve their language skills and increase employability. 

Cheaper Printing - You felt that you were given insufficient funds on your print cards this year. We are working with IT to review how the funds are decided and distributed so it is fairer for all students. Additionally, we are going to remind lecturing staff that all essential course materials should be printed using the college print room by staff and distributed to students and that students should not be using their personal allowance for this. 

If you have any questions at all then fire them over to me: megan.cartwright@cityofglasgowcollege.ac.uk

Best,

Megan

Student President

posted on 6 Apr 2018

In association with Surfers Against Sewage, Pennard ward are holding a Big Spring Beach Clean at Pobbles on Saturday 7th April 2018. The meeting point is 2pm at the National Trust Hut at Pennard Cliffs car park. 

This beach clean forms part of Pennard's commitment to achieving Plastic Free Coastline accreditation this year.

As far as possible, litter picking equipment will be provided but it is advisable to bring your own gloves if possible.

Looking forward to a great afternoon and we will update on the event next week!

posted on 5 Apr 2018

A brief reminder that the 12th of April sees the referendum for the local Neighbourhood Plan.

Whatever you think of it you should have your say as it is very important and will affect you!.

More info at http://www.broughtonandolddalbypc.org.uk/

posted on 1 Apr 2018

Recent Publications

  • Saumya, S., Singh, J.P., Baabdullah, A., Rana, N.P. and Dwivedi, Y.K. (2018). Ranking Online Consumer Reviews: The Case of Amazon and Snapdeal. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications [Ranking: ABS-2*, Impact Factor: 1.954, SNIP: 2.303, CiteScore: 3.83].
  • Al-Muftah, H., Weerakkody, V., Sivarajah, U. and Rana, N.P., and Irani, Z. (2018). E-diplomacy Implementation: Exploring Causal Relationships Using Interpretive Structural Modelling. Government Information Quarterly [Ranking: ABS-3*, ABDC: A].
  • Veeramootoo, M., Nunkoo R, & Dwivedi, YK (2018). What Determines Success of an E-Government Service? Validation of an Integrative Model of E-Filing Continuance Usage. Forthcoming in Government Information Quarterly [Ranking: ABS: 3; IF2016: 4.090; SNIP: 2.780; CiteScore: 5.81].
  • Shareef, MA, Baabdullah, A, Dutta, S, Kumar, V, & Dwivedi, YK (2018). Consumer Adoption of Mobile Banking Services: An Empirical Examination of Factors According to Adoption Stages. Forthcoming in Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services. [Ranking: ABS: 2; ABDC: A; SNIP: 1.745; CiteScore: 3.35].
  • PhD student Kuttimani Tamilmani paper is accepted for publication and presentation in 47th European Marketing Academy (EMAC) Conference organised by The University of Strathclyde. This paper is co-authored by his supervisors: Dr Nripendra P Rana and Professor Yogesh Dwivedi.

Conferences and External Events

  • Professor Yogesh Dwivedi and Dr Nripendra Rana jointly delivered a Webinar on “Re-examining the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT): Towards a Revised Theoretical Model”, which was organised by British Academy of Management - Ebusiness & Egovernment Special Interest Group on 28th Feb 2018.      
  • Professor Yogesh Dwivedi delivered a keynote entitled “Structuring and Writing a Research Article: A Reflective Guidance’” at UKAIS PhD Consortium organised at St Anne’s College, Oxford, UK on 19th March 2018.


Centre for Migration Policy Research Seminars

Cross-disciplinary seminars at Swansea University, hosted by the Centre for Migration Policy Research (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/cmpr/ ) and funded by the College of Science. These seminars target some of the key contemporary issues affecting our world such as “deportation”, “containment”, “visibility”, “control”, “flight”, “risk”, “fear”, “management”, “resistance” and “mobility”. These seminars critically engage with the global political challenges, linked but not limited to the field of migration. Every session will last for half a day, on average consist of three presentations and focus on one notion, unpacking its current uses, tracing its genealogy and addressing theoretical and critical points that its use raises. More information about these seminars can be found here: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/cmpr/cmpr-seminars/


A&F Research Seminars

A Hawkes Centre Seminar: Identification of global and national shocks in international financial markets via general dynamic factor models
17/04/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Stefano Soccorsi
Affiliation: Lancaster

A quasi-likelihood approach to the distribution of financial returns
18/04/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Yuzhi Cai

A Hawkes Centre Seminar: Does the stock market predict macro-variables?
24/04/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: David McMillan
Affiliation: Stirling

Boardroom quality and stock price synchronicity
25/04/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Sabur Mollah

Employment protection and share repurchases: Evidence from wrongful discharge laws
01/05/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Viet Anh Dang
Affiliation: Manchester

Discrete time affine term structure models with squared Gaussian shocks
02/05/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Marco Realdon

posted on 29 Mar 2018

What is Participatory Budgeting?

It is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, and a type of participatory democracy, in which ordinary people decide how to allocate part of a budget. Community members identify spending priorities.

What does that mean and how does it work in Pennard?

In Pennard, we are taking part in the Swansea Rural Community Voice Project. This is community engagement in a way that has never been done before. This project gives every resident the opportunity to have their say on facilities, amenities and ideas for positive change they'd like to see within their community.

The Project makes use of a digital platform, www.vocaleyes.org. Here, residents who register are able to rate and debate suggested ideas for change in the community. The process is anonymous so it affords residents the opportunity to be honest and brave and anyone can add an idea for the rest of the community to decide if it's a priority or not. This provides a list of priorities for the community that in turn, informs elected representatives, such as the ward Councillor or Community Council, where there is a need. It also provides opportunities for members of the community to come together and bring about positive change themselves.

As a further commitment to this Project, Pennard Community Council have increased the Environmental Project fund to £5000 for the 2018/19 financial year. This is visible under the "Budgets" section of the VocalEyes platform. As ideas are rated, the top rated ones become priorities. Where appropriate, the Community Council will allocate funds to these priorities to help them become a reality. These transactions will also be visible to all on the platform. 

As you can see, your voice can really make a difference in Pennard. Don't let others direct where the money is spent, make sure you have your say on positive changes you'd like to see in your community.


posted on 27 Mar 2018

Your Students' Association have been working in partnership with Baxter Storey over the past few months, providing them with your feedback and ideas! We received over 200 ratings for ideas relating to more vegan, vegetarian and food intolerance options

Baxter Storey have now introduced more food options and products for students with specific dietary requirements. Please ask a member of the Catering staff for what options are available and they'll be able to point them out to you.

If there are any other food options or products you would like on the menu, please email: amiller@baxterstorey.com

Food featured in the video: Pesto roasted vegetable baguette topped with buffalo mozzarella. Sea salt, thyme and black pepper roasted vegetable baguette with a duo of roast vineyard cherry tomatoes and mustard slaw. Full range of Grab 'n' Go vegetarian sandwiches, pasta pots, jacket potatoes and fillings. New vegan lines coming soon! 
My Voice - More vegan, vegetarian and intolerances food options.

posted on 7 Mar 2018

A big thank you to the student who submitted the idea "Menu selection and prices to be displayed more clearly." 

Baxter Storey have now installed new overhead signage in the refectory at City Campus! If there are still areas you wish to have more signage then please contact: amiller@baxterstorey.com
My Voice - Refectory Signage

posted on 27 Feb 2018

Dr Kim Cuong Ly has been awarded a University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School prize for PhD excellence. This has been awarded on the basis of the excellence of her PhD thesis and the significance of its contribution to her field of study. The value of the prize is £1000.

Publications

Professor Yaw Debrah has had his paper ‘Institutional Legitimacy, Cross-Border Trade and Institutional Voids: Insights from the Cocoa Industry in Ghana’ accepted for publication in the Journal of Rural Studies (ABS 3*)

Further output from Professor Steve Cook's continuing pedagogical research on widening participation has been accepted for publication by Studies in Higher Education (ABS 3*).  The article is part of a joint project with Duncan Watson (UEA) and Rob Webb (Nottingham).

Professor Yogesh Dwivedi, Dr Nripendra Rana and Dr Hatice Kizgin have a special issue proposal (on Advances in Theory and Practice of Digital Marketing) accepted by the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-retailing-and-consumer-services), which is also coedited by Dr Emma Slade from the School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol, UK and Professor Nitish Singh from the School of Business, Saint Louis University, USA. This special issue is linked with a workshop that will be held in the School of Management on 10th of July 2018. The Call for Papers is attached for further information about this special issue. Prof Dwivedi, Dr Rana and Dr Kizgin would be happy to discuss if anyone is interested in developing a paper for consideration in this special issue.

Professor Yogesh Dwivedi recently founded a Springer book series on Advances in Theory and Practice of Emerging Markets (http://www.springer.com/series/15802). The first volume (entitled: Service Quality in Indian Hospitals: Perspectives from an Emerging Market) of this series has now been published. Further detail about this volume is available at http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319678870. The second volume of this series (entitled: Emerging Markets from a Multidisciplinary Perspective Challenges, Opportunities and Research Agenda; coedited by Dwivedi, Y.K., Rana, N.P., Slade, E.L., Shareef, M.A., Clement, M., Simintiras, A. and Lal, B.) will be published by April/May 2018 (http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319750125). This volume has been developed from the contributions from EMaRC Workshop, which was held in 2017 at the School of Management. Further volumes are under development. 


Dr Hany Abel-Latif’s article “When you’re stuck in quicksand, stop kicking” based on an ongoing research project in collaboration with Prof. Mahmoud El-Gamal from Rice University, USA, appeared this month on the Forum (the Economic Research Forum ERF policy portal). In this research-based policy article, the authors build on the findings of their paper “Financial liquidity, geopolitics and oil prices”, and argue that investing in megaprojects (known as Vision 2030) in a number of countries in the MENA region is not the best way to transform these economies in time of low oil prices.

Link to the Forum article: http://theforum.erf.org.eg/2018/01/16/youre-stuck-quicksand-stop-kicking/

Link to the working paper: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3095787

Dr Brian Varian’s paper 'Anglo-American trade costs during the first era of globalization: the contribution of a bilateral tariff series' has appeared in the February 2018 issue of the Economic History Review  (ABS 4*).

Dr Elaine Forde had a chapter published in the open access book ‘Self-Build Homes: Social Discourse, Experiences and Directions’: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/self-build-homes


Conference, Committee, Workshop and Seminar Invitations

Dr Dario Debowics has had his paper ‘A Study on Altruistic and Electoral Income Redistribution: Theory and Data’ accepted to be presented at the Royal Economic Society Conference 2018 at University of Sussex on 26th-28th March.

Dr Kim Cuong Ly was invited to present at a seminar at Heriot-Watt University on “Do banks adjust their liquidity to cope with environmental variation? A study of bank deregulation”, co-authored by Yuxiang Jiang (University of Leeds) on 22nd January 2018.

Dr Kim Cuong Ly has had her paper “Pecking order hypothesis under negative investment environment”, co-authored by Professor Katsutoshi Shimizu (Nagoya University, Japan) accepted to be presented at the Royal Economic Society Conference 2018 at University of Sussex in March.

Professor Steve Cook's recent pedagogical research into evidence-based learning has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming HEA Annual Conference in July 2018.  The work arises from a joint research project with Duncan Watson (UEA) and Rob Webb (Nottingham).

Dr Elaine Forde has been invited to the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany to present a paper about her Energy Anthropology Research at an International Colloquium in May.

Dr Brian Varian’s paper 'The economics of Edwardian imperial preference: what can New Zealand reveal?' has recently been accepted to be presented at the Economic History Society Annual Conference at Keele University in April and at the Britain and the World Conference at the University of Exeter in June.

Dr Brian Varian’s paper 'Protection and the British rayon industry during the interwar gold standard, 1925-31' has recently been accepted to be presented at the World Economic History Congress at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in August.

Dr Carl Cater and PhD students Rhiannon Rees (SoM) and Olga Garcia (Aberystwyth University) attended the International Adventure Conference in Segovia, Spain in early February https://www.adventureconference18.com. The International Adventure Conference is the forum for members of the Adventure Tourism Research Association, set up by Dr Cater and colleagues in 2013 (www.atra.global ). Rhiannon presented her work in poster format on “Information sources and consumer behaviour in travel: An investigation of destination activity choice in a multi-channel digital age”, whilst Dr Cater and Olga presented their findings from Olga’s PhD examining ocean literacy strategies for scuba divers in Mallorca. The conference was based at CENAM, the Spanish centre for environmental education, in the beautiful Sierra de Guadarrama mountains just north of Madrid, near the historical town of Segovia. Despite snow and sub zero temperatures (in Spain!), delegates were able to engage in a range of exciting interactive workshops as well as the usual excellent academic presentations. https://www.facebook.com/adventuretourismresearchassociation/

Research Grants

Professor Sabur Mollah has received 175,000 Malaysian Ringgit (Approx. £32,000) from Taylor's University Flagship Research Grant under the following project:

Title of the Project: Cyber Risk and Bank Stability.

PI: Dr. Hamid Uddin, Taylor's University, Malaysia

Co-I: Prof. Sabur Mollah

Dr Kim Cuong Ly has recently been awarded FY2018 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short-term) to conduct a research visit in Japan under the leadership of the host institution, Nagoya University on the project "International comparative analysis of corporate financing behaviors". (Under this funding scheme, 95 applications were received, among which 15 fellowships were awarded across different research categories. The selection ratio is 15.8%).


REF Cycle

We have completed the 2017 Mini REF cycle and will soon be starting the next one. Those with active Impact Case studies have been asked to update them by the end of this month; Dr Louisa Huxtable-Thomas is leading on this for the School.  The next output Mini REF needs to be completed by the end of July, so please continue to upload papers onto RIS and complete Open Access requirements. Professor Steve Cook is leading on this for the School and more details will follow when we have them from the University.

The University is also planning to complete an Environmental Mini REF by June 2018 and Professor Yaw Debrah is leading on this for the School.


Centre for Migration Policy Research Seminars

Cross-disciplinary seminars at Swansea University, hosted by the Centre for Migration Policy Research (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/cmpr/ ) and funded by the College of Science. These seminars target some of the key contemporary issues affecting our world such as “deportation”, “containment”, “visibility”, “control”, “flight”, “risk”, “fear”, “management”, “resistance” and “mobility”. These seminars critically engage with the global political challenges, linked but not limited to the field of migration. Every session will last for half a day, on average consist of three presentations and focus on one notion, unpacking its current uses, tracing its genealogy and addressing theoretical and critical points that its use raises. More information about these seminars can be found here: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/cmpr/cmpr-seminars/


A&F Research Seminars

A Hawkes Seminar: The bond market benefits of corporate social capital
27/02/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Henri Servaes
Affiliation: London Business School

Volatility forecasting across tanker freight rates: the role of oil price shocks
28/02/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Katerina Tsakou

TBA
06/03/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Jerry Coackley
Affiliation: Essex

TBA
07/03/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Twm Evans

A Hawkes Centre Seminar: Financial literacy and attitudes to redistribution
13/03/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Georgios Panos
Affiliation: University of Glasgow

Distribution as expenditure
14/03/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM111
Speaker: Alexis Antoniades
Affiliation: Georgetown University/Qatar

TBA
20/03/2018
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Marc Goergen
Affiliation: Cardiff

The progression of financial narrative processing
21/03/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM111
Speaker: Mahmoud Ilhaj
Affiliation: Lancaster

A Hawkes Centre Seminar: Identification of global and national shocks in international financial markets via general dynamic factor models
17/04/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Stefano Soccorsi
Affiliation: Lancaster

A quasi-likelihood approach to the distribution of financial returns
18/04/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Yuzhi Cai

A Hawkes Centre Seminar: TBA
24/04/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: David McMillan
Affiliation: Stirling

Boardroom quality and stock price synchronicity
25/04/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Sabur Mollah

 TBA
01/05/2018 16:00-18:00
Room: SoM239
Speaker: Viet Anh Dang
Affiliation: Manchester

Discrete time affine term structure models with squared Gaussian shocks
02/05/18 16:00 – 18:00
SoM101
Speaker: Marco Realdon

posted on 26 Feb 2018

Dr Carl Cater has recently taken on the role of Chair of the School Ethics and Governance Committee. Carl joined the School in September 2017 to take up an Associate Professorship in Marketing; he is an experienced researcher with an active interest in the ethical aspects of research design and governance, and has published a number of articles and reports on the implementation of ethical training and oversight in higher education institutions.

Congratulations to Ellen Spender. She was awarded her MSc Accounting & Finance award, with distinction, at our Winter degree ceremony last month.

Congratulations to our School Careers Team who were shortlisted in the Best University Careers/Employability Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2018. The award was sponsored by Microsoft and the ceremony took place in London on 23rd February 2018.

posted on 26 Feb 2018

The £13.5million open innovation project AgorIP – which is hosted at the School of Management is now online. AgorIP is a new approach to innovation which can help bring ideas and innovation to life.

Thanks to EU and Welsh Government support, AgorIP is a Swansea University project which is helping academics, clinicians and innovators realise the potential of their idea, product or research. The AgorIP team which is based on the first floor of the School of Management has now launched its new website www.agorip.com.

AgorIP is led by Swansea University’s Head of Commercial Services Dr Gerry Ronan.

Dr Ronan said: “The team is made up of technology transfer managers and officers who work to support inventors, researchers, clinicians, academics to take their IP to the marketplace and help make it a commercial success. The project is working to capture, protect, develop and commercialise ideas, inventions or innovation.

“Swansea University is now in the top 8 for UK universities for creating spin-out firms and we firmly believe the AgorIP project will help sustain this growth.

“We have had more than 200 inquiries, of which 90 projects have now been funded. I was delighted to present the project to our Swansea University Court last month and the warm reception the project and its aims received.”

AgorIP provides support to NHS, academia and industry along with new and existing enterprises, including multinationals in developing IP. A pilot phase has already demonstrated the potential to attract significant inward-investment with £13.5m project recently awarded to provide support in establishing over 200 opportunities (including 25+ major projects) over the next 5 years up to 2020.

 

If you want to find out more about the project you can call in to seem them in their offices or email them at agorip@swansea.ac.uk or follow them on Twitter @AgorIP_swan

posted on 26 Feb 2018

Thanks to everyone that has submitted ideas, voted or commented on the topic 'What can City of Glasgow College do to ensure your learning experience is excellent and innovative?' We are currently taking ideas through to the City Partnership Forum and will update you in the upcoming weeks on the outcomes.

Cycle Store / Bike Racks
Thanks for your idea 'Bike Racks'. There is a Cycle Store located on the Ground Floor at City Campus which accommodates 315 bikes. If you study at Riverside Campus, there are 200 external bike racks. Please contact reception if you are not sure where these are located.

My Voice - Bike Racks

posted on 21 Feb 2018

This is an early version of what we intend to become a fully fledged Events and Meeting Minutes/Notes module.

Here is an example of the early release:

https://vocaleyes.org/vocaleyes/event/view/id/2

posted on 5 Feb 2018

Thanks to all who attended the Well-being, Well-doing in Swansea event at Volcano on Friday evening. Lots positive feedback received.

The big conversation is asking:

What are the tangible projects that need to be implemented to bring this fantastic vision statement, this ground breaking local manifesto, this plan for the Well-being for Future Generations in Swansea into reality for local people on the ground?

Read more here..

Don't forget there is another event this Sat 10th @ Volcano with more inspiring ideas for positive action here in Swansea. Starts with delicious free food from 7pm. Hope to see you there.

posted on 4 Feb 2018

* Dr Jafar Ojra, Ellen Spender and David Bolton presented at a conference aimed at Year 9 comprehensive school students. Organised by SAILS, the conference brought students to the university and hosted various mini lectures to help them decide topics to choose for GCSE. The aim was to be the first conference of its kind held in Wales.

 

* Call for case studies

The School of Management is submitting its first application to the Athena SWAN charter in 2018. The Career Progression working group is responsible for offering an accurate reflection of our conditions within the School that impact career progression opportunities for staff (both academic and professional services), in addition to inputting into an action plan of how the School aims to tackle some of the key areas of improvement. In order to do this successfully, we need your help. Here are the members within this working group who are seeking case studies to support our application – these can range from success stories to indicating potential areas of improvement: Jocelyn Finniear, Sophie Lacey, Cath Groves, Sarah Owens, Gareth Davies, Paul White, Yujie Cai, Kim Howell.

If you would like to offer a case study please contact any member of the group (this can be done formally or informally). All conversations will be confidential. Each and every one collected will be anonymised and only used for the purpose of the Athena SWAN application, not every case study will be used however all information will of course be gathered confidentially by the person from the group it is disclosed to. Any colleague has the right to withdraw their case study should they no longer wish to contribute. If you have any questions, or are unsure about a particular case you may wish to contribute, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact: Sophie Lacey s.l.lacey@swansea.ac.uk

 

* Staff Training

Lecture Capture Training Session; Tuesday January 30th

11am; SoM 010

Simon Gibbon (SALT) has kindly agreed to deliver a further lecture capture training session, at SOM. The session will run on Tuesday 30 January 2018, at 11.00, in SoM 010. Delivered by Simon Gibbon (SALT), the session will provide training, and the opportunity to ask questions, on the use of lecture capture. The session should last around 30 minutes, so if interested in attending please let Mark Johncock know by Monday January 29th, so that a lecture capture account can be set up for you.

 

- Supporting Student Employability

Wednesday 7th February 2018; 2pm-3pm; Grove Extension, room 273

The ‘Go Beyond’ programme aims to ensure that Swansea University students are provided the best learning experience to help develop their personal and professional skills whilst they study. With Employability an increasingly important part of Higher Education, this session, which is being led by Swansea Employability Academy, will outline the support available to staff to help them consider how best to improve student employability. To register your attendance please book on ABW.


If you have any staff news you would like to share with colleagues please email SoMnews@swansea.ac.uk



posted on 26 Jan 2018

* Dr Vu Tran, Dr Rui Fan and Professor Sasha Talavera have had their paper ‘Social Media Bots and Stock Markets’ accepted to be presented at the Royal Economic Society Conference 2018 at University of Sussex in March.

* Dr Dario Debowicz’ s
paper, ‘A Study on Altruistic and Electoral Income Redistribution: Theory and Data’, in collaboration with Dr Alejandro Saporiti and Yizhi Wang has been accepted to be presented at the Royal Economic Society in March (link: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3002526).

* Terry Filer
has had her paper on “Using VR to increase student engagement and employability skills when teaching taxation” accepted for presentation at the 4th International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP -2018), Adelaide, South Australia, 9th –10th February, 2018.

* Professor Steve Cook’s
pedagogical research has received recent recognition in the form of a request to provide an address at the Economics Network's Making the Economy Count symposium.  In addition, Steve has been invited to contribute an element of his joint recent research with Duncan Watson of UEA to an upcoming special edition of the HEA's Higher Education Pedagogies Journal.

* Dr Kim Cuong Ly
has had the following paper accepted for a publication: Ly, K. and Shimizu, K. (2018) 'Funding liquidity risk and internal markets in multi-bank holding companies: Diversification or internalization?’, International Review of Financial Analysis, Accepted (ABS 3*).

* Professor Steve Cook
has had two recent papers accepted by Energy Economics and International Journal of Finance and Economics (both ABS 3*).  The former paper (co-authored with Jack Fosten of UEA) considers the asymmetric modelling of energy prices while the latter paper (co-authored with Duncan Watson of UEA) derives results concerning the relationship between time deformation and conditional volatility in financial time series.

* Professor Yogesh Dwivedi
has had the following 3* paper, which he has have co-authored with collaborators from Australia, accepted for publication: Hossain, MA, Dwivedi, YK, Chan, C, Standing, S & Olanrewaju, A-S (2017). Sharing political content in online social media: A planned and unplanned behaviour approach. Information Systems Frontiers. [Ranking: ABS: 3; ABDC: A; IF2016: 2.521; SNIP: 1.230; CiteScore: 2.39].

* Professor Sasha Talavera
has had the following 3* paper accepted for publication in Economics Letters: "The Responses of Internet Retail Prices to Aggregate Shocks: A High-Frequency Approach" co-authored with Yuriy Gorodnichenko (UC Berkeley) and Slavik Sheremirov (FED Boston) (3* ABS).

* Dr. Aled Eirug
has had the following article accepted for publication: Eirug, A. (2017 ‘The Security Services in South Wales During the First World War’, The Welsh History Review, Volume 28, Number 4, December 2017, pp. 753-784


* Call for papers

Well-being in the service industry

The Service Industries Journal are welcoming submissions for an upcoming special issue of Wellbeing Research in the Service Industries.
Deadline for abstracts: March 1st 2018
Deadline for full paper submission: August 31st 2018
Special issue publication: January 2019
For more information see here: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/bes/fsij-wellbeing-research-in-the-service-industries?utm_source=CPB&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JML03561


* Upcoming Research Seminars


- Speed of convergence to market efficiency: Evidence from developed and emerging markets – Thanaset Chevapatrakul

6th February, SoM room 239


- Identifying social network effects – Peter Dolton

13th February, SoM room 239


- Psychopathic traits of corporate leadership as predictors of future stock returns – Tomasz Wisniewski

20th February, SoM room 239


If you have any research news you would like to share with colleagues please email SoMnews@swansea.ac.uk

posted on 26 Jan 2018

One of Wales’s fastest growing businesses has announced an exciting new research collaboration with Swansea University.

Water technology company Hydro Industries is based in South West Wales and is rapidly establishing itself as a world leader in water treatment solutions. It prides itself in developing cutting edge systems to solve the pressing problems associated with water pollution and water scarcity worldwide.

The Llangennech-based business, which has clients including Ford, Shell, T&T Salvage and Harsco, announced its research partnership with Swansea University’s School of Management at the annual UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) event held at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea this week.

Wayne Preece, Chief Executive of Hydro Industries, told UKSPA delegates that the partnership will focus on finding innovative solutions to global water challenges through collaborative research and development.

He said: “We are very excited to be working with one of the UK’s top universities. This is our first partnership with academia and we are looking forward to working with Swansea University to help our region become a world leader in water innovation, research and its commercialisation.”

 

Bold New Step:

Mr Preece added: “Hydro’s knowledge and expertise is founded on many years of experience in the water and environmental industries. We are now taking a bold new step to ensure we can keep on innovating and developing as a business. While our core business is based around the industrial waste water market, we are also passionate about using our ground breaking technology to provide clean and safe drinking water to those who desperately need it around the globe.”

Approximately 700 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Hydro Industries has worked in some of the world’s most challenging environments such as Sudan, Somalia and regions of India to provide clean water to those who need it most.

 

Access to Clean Water:

Professor Marc Clement, Dean of the School of Management at Swansea University, has praised the humanitarian aspect of Hydro Industries work.

Professor Clement said: “Hydro is a wonderful example of Welsh innovation and commercial success working together to help those most in need around the world.

“With population growth, climate change and industrial pollution threatening the quality and quantity of water available for human use, we are committed to working with this global water tech leader to achieve a safe, secure water supply.

 

“In this day and age, access to clean water should not be considered a luxury.

 

“The School of Management is committed to driving research, innovation and entrepreneurship through these kinds of industry partnerships and we look forward to creating a solid foundation of water research and development with Hydro in the Swansea Bay City Region.”

The School of Management ranks in the top 10 UK business schools for Research Impact and was a key part of developing and securing the £1.3billion Swansea Bay City region City Deal.

Professor Marc Clement welcomed UKSPA delegates to Swansea University during the two-day conference of the UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) on Thursday and Friday, January 25th & 26th.

Professor Clement talked about the progress of the 11 projects which make up the City Deal with Carmarthenshire Council chief executive Mark James. Professor Clement said: “The City Deal has kick-started a new profile and momentum for this region, encouraging many new global partnerships such as our new collaboration with Hydro Industries.

“This region is establishing itself as a leader in innovation, testing new concepts and then being able to commercialise them for a global market.

“We have started work on the School of Management’s Centre for Regional Innovation at the Civic Centre which will allow us to grow our academic excellence outside of the Bay Campus - right in the heart of the city centre and puts us close to Swansea Council’s digital district and digital indoor arena.

“And further west, the Llanelli Wellness & Life Science Village project in Carmarthenshire is also taking shape with public engagement taking place and dialogue with potential project partners.”

posted on 26 Jan 2018

Another great day invigorating Pupil Voice with participatory democracy, this time at Glyncollen Primary School in Swansea..

The student council did an amazing job and managed to get over 100 students at the school engaged today amassing an impressive 2385 interactions, 52 ideas and 350 comments..

Some students even took the initiative to engage in the big conversation around the Swansea Well-being Plan and in Morriston, their local ward.

Ideas such as Plastic Free School & More Cycle Training came out as some of the highest priorities!

Read the full blog post here: http://blog.vocaleyes.org/2018/01/student-representatives-engage-the-rest-of-the-school-in-participatory-democracy/

posted on 24 Jan 2018

We have had great success in Pennard Ward and have planted a beautiful Silver Birch to commemorate 50 years since the passing of Vernon Watkins and 50 years since Pennard Primary School and Library were opened.

Local company, Gower Unearthed, work tirelessly raising awareness of Gower myths, legends and history. They have been awarded funding to bring Vernon Watkins and his work to life for the 50th anniversary and have run some great initiatives across Swansea and Gower.

I met with Charlotte and Helen of Gower Unearthed to discuss the Swansea Rural Community Voice Project and how it could work for them. We discussed their current and future projects and during our conversations, one of us suggested that planting a tree for Vernon would be a lovely way to mark this special anniversary.

 Without further discussions, the idea was uploaded to VocalEyes into Pennard Ward, was rated and debated by Pennard residents and by the end of the month was top of the list of priorities for the ward.

 It was during this time, we spoke to residents about the idea  of planting a tree and discovered the Primary School and Library were both also celebrating a 50th anniversary. With all the crossover links between Vernon’s poetry, children, learning, books and literacy, the idea morphed into a joint celebration.

 

We approached the Primary school to find out what they thought about a tree to celebrate their special anniversary, also recognizing the Library and Vernon Watkins, and were delighted by the response.

Charlotte and Helen both wanted to help the school give the children a better understanding of Vernon Watkins and so organized sessions at the school; including poetry walks and sessions writing poetry taking inspiration from nature and the Pennard area.

 The children have also worked with a local artist to produce a “Poetry-Tree” to showcase their work. This will form part of a display to be showcased around Swansea as a finale to the Vernon Watkins Project.

The tree will be accompanied by a memorial stone and information board in the coming months. These will be a fitting memorial to Pennard’s most famous poet which we hope will eventually form part of a Vernon Watkins Trail within the ward, encouraging residents to learn more about Vernon and encouraging visitors from further afield who want to find out more. 

The stone and board will be funded by donations from a collaboration of different organizations including The Gower Landscape Partnership, The Gower Society, Pennard Community Council, VocalEyes and fundraising from the local community. This is an example of genuine community collaboration, individuals and organizations working together to achieve a priority idea that had come from the residents within the community.

This story has been shared by the South Wales Evening Post and is available on the Welsh Government website: http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/farmingandcountryside/cap/wales-rural-network/news/59...

Looking forward to helping Pennard residents achieve many more of their priorities in the coming months!

 

posted on 24 Jan 2018

Hi everyone!

As you know, My Voice is our new online platform where we ask you - the students, to submit ideas about how you’d like to improve your student experience here at City. What do you want to see change around the college? What isn’t working for you? What would you like to see happen? My Voice helps us understand what is important to you right now and how many other students agree with your ideas and why.

So far, we have received lots of fantastic ideas! We've collated all of your ideas and feedback, and have taken this to the My Voice Representation Team and the City Partnership Forum. We have also worked in partnership with the College - meeting with various departments such as Baxter Storey, Estates and Facilities, Library, and IT. A number of outcomes have been agreed to influence change for the students studying here. 

Below are some of the ideas you have submitted. Please check out the 'Actions' section on My Voice to read up on the outcomes and ongoing progress.

  • Open classrooms
  • Extension of library hours
  • Device charging in the college
  • Sanitary dispensing machines
  • Prize for the student that submits an idea that is implemented
  • Music classes or music/guitar quiet room
  • Awards for excellent tutors

We're really passionate about My Voice and it's great to see the positive engagement we've had so far with it. We have recently launched a new topic 'What can City of Glasgow College do to ensure your learning experience is excellent and innovative?'. Please keep your ideas and comments coming!

Megan, 

Student President

posted on 22 Jan 2018

The student council at Lansdowne Primary school in Cardiff are now trained in participatory democracy and empowered to engage the rest of the school, class by class, ensuring all pupils have a voice in an ongoing conversation around their ideas.

Priorities from these conversations, both in the classroom and on the VocalEyes platform, will help to inform decision making at the regular weekly council meetings.

Great to see these young representatives so enthusiastic and engaged.

posted on 16 Jan 2018