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:

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


* 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

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:

* 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:

* 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

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:

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:

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!


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

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

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

*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.

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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