Exciting news for communities in Swansea!

Some of you will have noticed that the Swansea page has changed slightly... 

Alongside the Well-being consultation survey being carried out by the council, we have started an interactive conversation to enable you to rate, debate and prioritise: Ideas for Action

Priorities determined within these conversations will feed into the decision making process for the final Well-being plan.

These conversations close on 13th Feb 2018

What's happening?
Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have commissioned us to start conversations over the next month with as many people as possible across Swansea to guide the next stages of the Swansea Wellbeing Plan. A requirement for the Public Services Board, who are implementing the Plan, is community involvement - what an opportunity! In response we have worked our way through the existing ideas that fit with the priorities for the Plan, and we're calling on you for more.

Use your voice...
How could wellbeing be improved for people in Swansea, now and in the future?  It's important that ideas address the issues that have been identified as needing improvement. These fall under four topics; have a look at the topics page for more info on this - and if you have an idea that fits with one or more of the bullet points under any of the topic headings, pitch it. We've already had some new ideas submitted and we want to hear what you think of these too - make sure you rate them.

What next?
Watch this space, we're planning events to get even more people engaged in the process!
We'll be reporting back to NRW on what we find on February 13th, so add your ideas, and vote before you miss the boat!
Visions might become reality, but only if people get involved.

Any questions, please get in touch:

posted on 14 Jan 2018

Great news for Swansea Bay, the crowdfunding bid #bikes4swansea for the Santander Cycles University Challenge was successful, with Swansea raising the highest amount of promised funds for the scheme! 

That means lots of new bikes will be appearing soon, starting with docking stations along the bay linking the two university campuses with the city centre. The amount raised was way above the goal, £100,210 (£53,178 target) which is brilliant news because...

"To win the competition we need[ed] to raise more than our target. 50% of any funds raised over and above the target will be used to make further capital investments – more bikes and docking stations – which could include more locations. The other 50% will pay for the additional running costs that will come as a result of the extra investment."


This is brilliant news for Swansea, well done Abertawe! We're looking forward to seeing more people out and about on the bikes, experiencing the joys and freedom of cycling!

Santander Cycles Swansea University

posted on 13 Jan 2018

The Students' Association are excited to announce that Riverside and City Campus Libraries have extended their opening hours at the College. The new opening hours will be operational from the 8th of January 2018.

Riverside Campus Library
Mon - Thu 08.30 - 21.00* (self-service from 19.00-21.00)
Friday 08.30 - 17.00

City Campus Library
Mon - Thu 08.30 - 21.00* (self-service from 19.00 - 21.00)
Friday 08.30 - 17.00

*During self-service hours there will be no library staff available, students can still borrow books from the library using our self-service machines.

Library Welcome Tours available for new starts in January
For any new January classes, the library team would like to invite lecturers to book their classes in for a library welcome from January 8 onwards. A 15 minute taster of basic library information and a tour of library facilities. Please ask your lecturer to contact the library staff if you wish to attend.

Library Welcome Tours Contact Details:
City Campus Library tours: Jennifer Hogg at or Claire Roberts
Riverside Campus Library tours: Dianne Sandford or Margaret Scalpello

Workshops and training
For a deeper insight into what the library can offer, we encourage you to book library workshops covering research skills, referencing and digital collection demonstrations. Please ask your lecturer to contact Claire Roberts if you wish to discuss further.

posted on 19 Dec 2017

*Business lecturers Corina Edwards and Dave Bolton have been successful in getting a case study published in a European framework for best practice in entrepreneurial education, based on the developments they have been working on within the curriculum here in the School of Management.


*Professor Yogesh Dwivedi and Dr Nripendra Rana have received best papers awards in The 16th IFIP Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society, which was organized by the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) from 21st to 23rd November 2017:

  • Dr Nripendra Rana and Professor Yogesh Dwived; Advances in Electronic Government (e-Government) Adoption Research in SAARC Countries; Available here
  • Professor Yogesh Dwivedi; The untold story of USA presidential elections in 2016 - Insights from Twitter Analytics; Available here

*In October 2017, Dr Elaine Forde (Morgan Academy) and Dr Charlie Dunnill (ESRI) made a research trip to Sao Tome et Principe, an island off the West Coast of Africa,
to further their proposal for a GCRF Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Hydrogen Energy Research, Hydrogen Energy in Africa (HYENA). It will bring together partners from three institutions in the UK, one in Spain and two partners from developing countries.

*Dr Cara Reed has had the following ABS 3* paper accepted for publication as the sole author - Professionalizing corporate professions: Professionalization as identity project. Journal: Management Learning (ABS 3*)


*Dr Hatice Kizgin and Dr Nripendra P. Rana have had the following ABS 3* paper accepted for publication - “The Impact of Social Media on Consumers' Acculturation and Purchase Intentions” co-authored by Dr Ahmad Jamal (Cardiff University) and Dr Bidit Lal Dey (Brunel University) in Information Systems Frontiers (3* ABS).


*Professor Nigel Morgan has had the following papers accepted for publication:

- Morgan, N & Pritchard, A., (2017) Gender, Advertising and Ethics: Marketing Cuba, Tourism Planning & Development, in press. ABS 2*

- Lundberg, C., Ziakas, V. & Morgan, N. (2017) An Inter-Disciplinary Conceptual Framework for On-Screen Tourism, Tourist Studies, in press. ABS 2*


*Professor Yogesh Dwivedi has had the following paper accepted for publication - Kamboj, S, Sarmah, B, Gupta, S & Dwivedi YK (2018). Examining branding co-creation in brand communities on social media: Applying paradigm of Stimulus-Organism-Response. International Journal of Information Management (Accepted). [Ranking: ABS: 2; ABDC: A; IF2016: 3.872; SNIP: 2.828; CiteScore: 5.68]


*Professor Peter Sloane has had the following paper accepted by Oxford Economic Papers for publication - ‘The Dynamic Effect of Disability on Work and Subjective Well-being’ M. Jones, Cardiff University, K. Mavromaras and Z. Wei (Adelaide University) and P. Sloane (Swansea University)

*Dr Katrina Pritchard and Dr Cara Reed together with colleagues in the Centre for Innovative Ageing have won a research grant from the Centre for Ageing Better. The project, which will last for 6 months and also involves age researchers from the Netherlands and Sweden, will review research regarding experience of the transition to retirement.

*Dr Gianni Tabacco and his co-authors Ricardo Gonçalves, Miguel Fonseca, Joana Pinho, have won a research grant of 20,000 Euros from the OECD Competition Division for a research project on experimental economics on cartels.

*Dr Yujie Cai (Business Department, Centre for People and Organisation), has recently been awarded the Santander Staff Mobility Fund to conduct academic/research visit to University of Tübingen, Germany (Eberhard Karls University Tübingen), within their Department of HRM and Organization for a week in the Spring semester of 2017/18.

*Bidding for EU research funding event


Talbot building Seminar room 257


The day will be split into two sessions: 

Morning Session: Horizon 2020 and Beyond

Time:  9:30am – 12:30pm

  • An introduction to EU funded research and Horizon 2020
  • Opportunities in the new work programme and beyond

Target Audience:  Researchers with previous experience of research grant capture (not necessarily EU) but aspirations to pursue opportunities within the next few years

REGISTRATION: via Agresso: (Course code 521)


Afternoon Session: Bidding for ERC Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grant

Time: 2pm – 4:15pm

  • Introduction to ERC, Andrew Macdonell
  • What makes a successful ERC proposal

Target Audience:  Researchers meeting the ERC eligibility criteria for one of the three levels of grant (further information about eligibility below)

REGISTRATION: via Agresso: (Course code 522)

If you have any research news you would like to share with colleagues please email

posted on 18 Dec 2017

*First Year Business Management student Toby Benson has beaten off young entrepreneurs from across Wales to win a Dragon’s Den-style competition run by Big Ideas Wales. Toby has developed software for auction houses and secured £500 of funding towards his business thanks to his pitch given at the recent Big Ideas Wales Bootcamp event. Toby said, “The bootcamp was an amazing opportunity for me. I met with like-minded young entrepreneurs and also met with mentors who are experts in their field. I am delighted to have won the pitch competition and am now looking to secure more funding through the Big Ideas Wales accelerator initiative, which could be up to £2,000. I was up against other young business-people aged 18-25 from across Wales, so was delighted my online auction business was selected as the most promising by the ‘Dragons’”.

*Final year BSc Business Management student Shevani Patel has been awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft Anniversary Student Prize 2016/17 for Outstanding Contribution. Ede and Ravenscroft, who supply graduation robes across the world, sponsor an annual student prize to recognise those students who go the extra mile and make a significant contribution to student life outside of their normal academic studies. Charlie Cocks, from the recruitment team, said, “Shevani has dedicated such a lot of time and effort to the school. She deserves this recognition and [we’re] so happy she won this prize”. As well as the prestigious title, Shevani picks up £250 cash prize.

*Second Year Economics student Adam Albin has secured a 12-month placement with L’Oréal thanks to the School’s L’Oréal Lock In event last month. Adam said, “I decided late that I wanted to do a placement year and was given 1-to-1 guidance on how to apply by Morwenna from the Careers team. This is where I was told about the Lock In event run by L’Oréal and the Swansea Employability Academy team, which would give me an insight in to the assessment centre process. As a result of this event I was fast tracked by the company to go straight to a real assessment centre for placement positions at the company. I was understandably nervous but after meeting again with the SoM Careers team I was well prepared and ready to tackle group tasks, numerical tests and final interviews that I would experience on the day. As a result of attending the Lock In and being “talent spotted”, I have since been offered a position as a supply chain placement student for next year. I am very excited to start working for L’Oréal and gaining an in depth knowledge of their supply chain operations.”

If you have any student news you would like to share with colleagues please email

posted on 18 Dec 2017

The School hosted the prestigious 2017 International Place Branding Association (IPBA) conference last week. The IPBA was established in 2015 as an independent association of academics and professionals who are involved in the brand development and management for places including cities, regions, nations and destinations.

The conference, organised by our Head of Business Management Professor Nigel Morgan, took place at the Bay Campus and the Marriott Hotel.

Professor Morgan said, “The conference was a huge success. We were very lucky to welcome place branding experts from across the world to Swansea including Geerte Udo, from Amsterdam Marketing, and Don Dioko, Professor and Director of International Tourism Research Centre of Macau in China. Macau is known globally as “the Vegas of China” or “the Monte Carlo of the Orient” and is a wonderful example of place branding on a huge scale. 

"We also had a keynote from Mari Stevens, Marketing Director at Welsh Government, who talked about how Wales is evolving its brand strategy with the Year of the Sea in 2018 and the recent launch of the Wales Way”.

posted on 18 Dec 2017

*Professor Nigel Morgan has been appointed as Associate Dean of the School of Management (Special Projects). The primary purpose of this role will be to ensure that the various initiatives in train at any time in the School, e.g. currently Llanelli Wellbeing Village, Centre for Regional Innovation, are fully and appropriately embedded in the School's academic delivery and to ensure a School-wide cross-departmental approach. The role is an essential part of growing the School’s leadership capacity to deal with the growth of the School’s portfolio.

*Professor Nigel Morgan has been appointed as a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment College of Assessors.

*12 SoM staff members have now obtained their HEA (Higher Education Academy) during 2016/17. The HEA Fellowship is an internationally recognised mark of professional expertise. Well done to Ellen Spender, Vineet Upreti, Sue Evans, Sarah Owens, Sam Buxton, Dario Debowicz, Tim Zhou, Terry Filer, Davide Avino, Samantha Burvill, Desiree Cranfield and Steve Cook.

*At the recent Student Forum, student representatives wanted to recognise the hard work put in by our all of the Staff at the School. Professor Nick Rich, Dr Tim Pryce-Brown, Alan Price and Emma James were specifically highlighted for their work in helping to enrich student experience.

*Congratulations to our School Careers Team who have been shortlisted in the Best University Careers/Employability Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards 2018. The award is sponsored by Microsoft and the ceremony is taking place in London in February 2018.

*The UK Academy for Information Systems (UKAIS) has nominated Professor Yogesh Dwivedi as a panel member for REF2021 Business and Management Studies (UoA 17).

Professor Yogesh Dwivedi has been invited to be the keynote speaker for the 2018 UKAIS (The UK Academy for Information Systems) Doctoral Consortium, which will be held on 19th March at St Anne's College, University of Oxford.

*Professor Peter Sloane has been invited to give the keynote address at the annual conference of the European Association of Sports Economists to be held in Liverpool, 29th to 31st August, 2018.

*Professor Yogesh Dwivedi was invited to deliver a research talk at Kent Business School on 7th Dec. Yogesh delivered this talk on one of his recent articles: Dwivedi, Y. K., Rana, N. P., Jeyaraj, A., Clement, M., & Williams, M. D. (2017). Re-examining the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT): Towards a Revised Theoretical Model. Information Systems Frontiers, 1-16.

If you have any staff news you would like to share with colleagues please email

posted on 18 Dec 2017

The £13.5million School of Management innovation project AgorIP has helped a Welsh energy business secure its first investment round and substantial funding.

Trameto, a Swansea-based firm who are developing micro energy harvesting solutions, have announced the closing of a seed round of investment and the award of a grant from Innovate UK. The seed financing was led by Swansea Innovations Ltd which manages Swansea University’s venture fund and the newly-formed Development Bank for Wales.

Trameto is being supported by the AgorIP project. AgorIP, which is funded by Swansea University, Welsh Government and EU structural funds, is hosted at the School of Management and is working to progress new ideas through experimental and industrial development, demonstrating proof of concept to potential funders and attracting further investment.

The company plans to use the funding to further develop its semi-conductor products which will enable energy harvesting from any form of energy such as light, vibrations and thermal gradients. Industry analysts Semico Research forecast that the semiconductor content within this market will be worth more than $3 billion by 2020.

CEO Huw Davies, who founded Trameto, said the funding would allow the firm to accelerate their work to eliminate the need for batteries and wired power as part of the growing Internet of Things. Huw Davies said, “Trameto’s products will enable the elimination of batteries from the many interconnected smart sensors and wireless devices which can communicate with each other in the Internet of Things. We are addressing opportunities in markets such as infrastructure monitoring, asset tracking, smart agriculture, defence, wearables, healthcare and smart metering".

What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everything connected to the internet, but it is increasingly being used to define objects that "talk" to each other. Swansea Innovations, Managing Director and lead of the AgorIP programme, Dr Gerry Ronan said, "Simply, the Internet of Things (IoT) is made up of devices – from simple sensors to smartphones and wearables – connected together. They all need power. IoT refers not only to personal computers and mobile phones connected through the internet but to the wireless interconnection of all of the billions of “things” and devices through the internet or local area networks. With those billions of things come billions of batteries which must be bought, maintained and disposed of.

“Energy harvesting presents a straightforward solution for easily powering those remote devices using clean energy”.

Dr Ronan added, “Trameto’s unique power management products offers us the opportunity to be more efficient in how we do things, saving us time, money and often emissions in the process".

Fit and Forget devices:

Dr Richard Thompson, Senior Investment Executive at Development Bank Wales, said the investment would allow Trameto to grow their products and take advantage of the growing need for low maintenance wireless devices. 

Trameto is led by a highly experienced team and is an important addition to the growing IoT and semi-conductor sector in Wales. Dr Thompson said, “The investment from the Development Bank combined with the grant funding will allow Trameto to further develop their products and take advantage of the growing need for low maintenance wireless devices”.

He added, “Within the IoT, there is a huge desire to eliminate the dependence on battery operation to facilitate self-sustaining or fit and forget solutions”.

The IoT is about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, other applications and each other. Where it is most common in Britain is home heating and energy use. Smart meters have clever functions that let you turn on heating remotely, set it to turn down the temperature if it is a sunny day, or even turn off when there is no-one home. 

Dr Ronan added, We are delighted that Swansea University through Swansea Innovations has helped Trameto secure this substantial funding to grow their company and to have co-invested with the Development Bank of Wales.

“Trameto is also being supported by the AgorIP programme. AgorIP, with the help of Swansea University, Welsh Government and EU structural funds, helps progress new ideas through experimental and industrial development, demonstrating proof of concept to potential funders and attracting further investment”.

What is AgorIP?

AgorIP is £13.5million EU-supported Swansea University project which brings together academics, NHS staff and businesses to realise the potential of new technologies, develop ideas and research and help make them a commercial success. Hosted at the School of Management on the 1st floor, the AgorIP team is headed up by Dr Gerry Ronan, Swansea University’s Head of Commercial Services. The team  works with the NHS and industrial collaborators across North and West Wales and the South Wales Valleys to help turn innovative research into new products, processes and services.

The project is backed by £6.7m from the Welsh Government, including support from the European Regional Development Fund and funding from Swansea University. 

 Dr Gerry Ronan said, “This project will support the transformation of research with the potential for commercialisation in universities and health boards. As part of the AgorIP project, commercial sector experts will help progress new ideas through experimental and industrial development, demonstrating proof of concept to potential funders and attracting further research investment".

AgorIP was piloted through the Welsh Government’s Academia for Business project, which was supported by the EU funding programme 2007-13. AgorIP secured £4m of private sector funding to create six spin-outs within a year. This project will build on this first phase, opening up a pipeline of untapped research and turning innovative ideas into products and services for the commercial market. 

If you would like to talk to the AgorIP team about your idea, commercialising your research, protecting your IP, or help to get your invention, product or idea market ready – call into the AgorIP office on the first floor of SoM or email

posted on 18 Dec 2017

We had a very busy morning at The Lamplighter in Bishopston with lots of lovely members of the community in attendance all eager to make positive changes to their community. 
We were extremely well looked-after by the lovely ladies of The Lamplighter with free-flowing tea and coffee and warm mince pies for those who wanted one.
We started off the event with a brief discussion about what we are hoping to achieve from the Swansea Rural Community Voice project and then jumped onto to start registering anyone who wasn't already signed-up, rating existing ideas and adding some new ones generated by our discussions.
We had a good chat about the best ways to raise awareness of the project in the ward and to encourage members of the community to take part.
I can't wait for the next session in January. We'll be back at The Lamplighter at 11am on Wednesday January 3rd - please come and say hello! 

posted on 16 Dec 2017

What a lovely warm welcome we received from the lovely ladies at Pennard library, the tea and coffee were flowing, a most generous member of the community had donated a fabulous home made cake to the event and members of the community arrived to communicate - ticking all our boxes!

I was joined by members of the community who were already using, those who had been online and felt they wanted some support to use it and also people who were interested in finding out more - we also roped in unsuspecting visitors to the library. 

We had a great morning, with people registering for the first time and getting involved, rating and debating ideas already being discussed and inputting excellent ideas of their own. We also had very interesting conversations around the ideas on the platform and ways to make them become a reality.

Great stuff Penard! See you in Monday January 29th at 10am for our next Coffee, Cake & Communicate!

posted on 16 Dec 2017

The School's Careers Team hosted another Student Networking Event last month in the Great Hall. 

More than 50 companies ranging from local SMEs to bigger national companies gathered to help first year students link with potential employers. Morwenna Tyler, from the Careers Team, said: “We had 141 students and 50 business delegates attend the event. It was standing room only in the Great Hall gallery and it was fantastic for our students to be able to speak with our industry partners in a relaxed and supportive environment.

"Employers such as Admiral, ACCA, NHS Wales, Dr Organics and The Wave all took part. It was our most successful networking event yet.”

The Careers Team also held mock interviews for students last month. Martyn Hughes, from the JobCentre, took part in the event and said: “We were very impressed by the quality of the students who attended for mock interviews on  November 21. The students are a credit to the School of Management and I am pretty sure they will have no difficulty in securing employment on completion of studies.”

posted on 12 Dec 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended last week’s Staff Celebrations in the Atrium. It was great to see so many colleagues from every department and team attending what was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. 

New Associate Head of School Peter Mannion hosted our very first “awards” where staff were recognised for going the extra mile over the past 12 months. Winners included: Mark Johncock, Kim Howell, Gethin Jones, Shanaz Rahman, Amelia McNally, Charlie Cocks, Saphia Akbari, Gaynor Parry, Sue Hind, Dan Keane, Emma James, Janet Collins, Amy Genders, Dave Wilde, Suki Collins, Andre Chavez, Prof Mike Sullivan,  Sophie Day, Prof Nick Rich, Alan Price, Prof Sasha Talavera and Dr Cara Reed.

posted on 12 Dec 2017

Your student representatives met with Baxter Storey to discuss the fantastic ideas you've provided us on My Voice since it's launch.

We are super excited to announce that Baxter Storey are now serving toast at most of their food outlets in the mornings! Please ask a member of the catering staff for toast if you don't see it displayed.
My Voice - Toast

posted on 5 Dec 2017

The Students' Association have met with the Estates and Facilities Department to discuss some of the ideas that have been put forward on My Voice. 

Did you know that you can charge any of your personal devices by using the plug sockets (if available) or use your own USB cable in a ThinClient! 
My Voice - Charging Devices

posted on 5 Dec 2017

For Topics, Ideas & Comments
How to view topics, rate, comment, reply and add your own ideas - VocalEyes Video Tutorial

posted on 3 Dec 2017

We've just released a "Transactions" function on Budgets so you can now add Income & Expenses to your budgets - whether they are allocated funds or actual amounts - should come in handy for open and transparent participatory budgeting if you have budgets that require public/member engagement.

Learn more about VocalEyes features and case studies here:

posted on 28 Nov 2017

We're using this lovely online democracy tool internally, to see how it might work for causes using Dignity.

posted on 19 Nov 2017

Our first engagement event is coming to Pennard on Monday 27th at 10 am. Coffee and Tea will be provided by the lovely ladies at the Library and VocalEyes will provide the cake. All you need to bring is your voice! This is set to be a regular gathering at the library on a monthly basis. We will be skipping December as it's so busy but we will return in January and every month from then on! 
Looking forward to seeing you there!

posted on 18 Nov 2017

Well October has come and gone along with our extra hour of daylight! I’ve had a great month meeting lots of new people in Pennard, Bishopston and Gower Wards. I’ve also been working closely with Gower Unearthed on our tree-planting project.


Last month, top of the list of Pennard Priorities was to plant a tree to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Vernon Watkins. While investigeting the feasibility of this idea I discovered that both Pennard Primary and Pennard Library both also celebrate a 50th anniversary this year. With this in mind, we approached both the school and library to suggest we combine all three, strengthening the links between Vernon, the village and literacy. Both were really happy to be part of a great project and so our tree is to be planted on November 30th outside Pennard Primary School where all members of the community or visitors can pop along to have a look. The tree has been kindly donated by Pennard Stores and the plaque will be supplied by the Gower Landscape Partnership. In order to ensure the children at Pennard Primary understand the signficance of the tree planting, Gower Unearthed will also be running workshops with the children, bringing the work of our famous poet to life. It really is a great example of people working together to make a positive change in their community.


I have spent time in Bishopston this month, working with residents and local Councillor Lyndon Jones on how to improve the playground facilities for children in Bishopston ward. There are two playgrounds in Bishopston and both are in a poor state of repair. The Community Council are applying for grant funding to improve the situation but alongside this, a group of residents are very keen to help them to achieve their goals. Watch this space for news on progress!


Ever been sat somewhere on Gower and thought what a great place it is to lie back and look at the stars? Well hopefully, you will soon be able to do this at Rhossili. As a result of an idea straight from the project, Rhossili is set to apply for official dark sky status and host its own fantastic stargazing event. The funding application has been sent in so fingers crossed for a positive outcome and the first of many such events at Rhossili.


We’ve only been running for four very short months and already so many positive projects are happening in wards where residents are using to rate and debate ideas for positive change in their communities. Register now to make a difference to your community!

posted on 7 Nov 2017

The School’s Athena SWAN web page officially went live on Wednesday 25th October and is viewable here:

The page gives a brief overview of what the School is working towards, links to useful related information, the graphic content for this year’s International Women’s Day “pledge” campaign, future upcoming events as well as a section dedicated to staff commitments towards our Athena SWAN activities and agenda. 

The School will be applying for the Bronze award in 2018 and we would like to encourage colleagues to actively participate in one of the four working groups. Please contact Emma Lydiard-Jenkins ( or Dr Katrina Pritchard ( ) for further information.

posted on 7 Nov 2017