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Swansea University academics put youth justice first

Swansea University celebrates its outstanding staff

'Voice of Racing' Sir Peter O'Sullevan dies aged 97

The Nations favourite coffee shop has opened its latest and 3rd restaurant in Oxford Street, Swansea on Friday afternoon.


FABIAN WAY COMES TO A STANDSTILL.... TWO vehicles collided on the A483 Fabian Way on Saturday 8pm at the traffic lights into Elba Crescent.

Lion Death Highlights Africa's Poaching Problem


The killing of 'Cecil the Lion' by an American hunter in Zimbabwe highlights Africa's robust poaching trade. Jeff Flocken of the International Fund for Animal Welfare says the US government can do more to discourage poaching abroad.

Ashley Wakeling for Wales Election on May 6th 2016

Swansea & Gower Green Party have selected their candidate for Swansea West to contest next year's National Assembly for Wales Election on May 6th.

Ashley Wakeling, who contested the constituency for the party in the General Election and was the first Welsh Green to ever retain a deposit in a general election, has been chosen by popular vote from local party members to stand once again. Ashley also contested the local ward of Uplands in November last year after a local council by-election where he placed fourth out of eight candidates.


On selection, Ashley said: "I'd like to thank local members for placing their trust in me again to represent Wales Green Party. I look forward to another positive campaign in which we can cement support for the local party and truly represent the people of Swansea West.  Support for the party has grown and grown, and with over 4000 people choosing to vote Green in our city at the General Election, I urge everyone that has ever considered a green vote, to go for it. Vote for what you truly want next year, and not just the best of a bad bunch."



Swansea & Gower Green Party now have three councillors in the city on community councils and after a membership surge of over 200% between January and May this year, LGBTIQ officer Mike Whittall said "We are in a stronger position than ever before to make enormous gains and gain representation in Wales' National Assembly."


List candidates for the region of South Wales West are expected to be announced on the 6th August.

Veteran racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan has died at the age of 97, BBC Sport has announced.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan (3 March 1918 – 29 July 2015) was an Irish-born British horse racing commentator for the BBC, and a correspondent for the Press Association, Daily Express and Today. He was the BBC's leading horse racing commentator from 1947 to 1997, during which time he described some of the greatest moments in the history of Britain's most popular race, the Grand National.


The son of Colonel John Joseph O'Sullevan DSO, resident magistrate at Killarney, and Vera (née Henry), Peter O'Sullevan was born in Kenmare, Ireland, and educated at Hawtreys, Charterhouse School, and later at Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil in Switzerland.


O'Sullevan was involved in some of the earliest television commentaries on any sport in the late 1940s and also did many radio commentaries in his earlier years (including the Grand National before it was televised for the first time in 1960).


After his retirement, O'Sullevan was actively involved in charity work fundraising for causes which revolve around the protection of horses and farm animals, including the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre and Compassion in World Farming.


He met his wife Patricia at a ball in Manchester in 1947. She died of Alzheimer's disease on 1 January 2010. O'Sullevan died at his home in London on 29 July 2015 after a long illness.

Professor Kevin Haines and Dr Stephen Case from the College of Law at Swansea University have co-written a book which aims to serve as a blueprint for practitioners involved with youth justice.

Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second sets out a progressive, positive, and principled model of youth justice.  Already in use in Wales, the proposed model promotes child-friendly, diversionary, inclusive, engaging, promotional practice and legitimate partnership between children and adults and aims to make an important contribution to the debate on youth justice policy.


Professor Kevin Haines and Dr Stephen Case commented: “'Our book is the result of more than 20 years of a productive research partnership with children, parents and youth justice staff in Swansea and across Wales. We aim to have an impact on policy, practice and understandings of children's lives in everything we do. Our innovative model of youth justice has had a huge impact on policy and practice in Wales and is gaining traction in England and internationally.’


Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second is available to buy now.

Seven members of Swansea University teaching staff have been recognised by Swansea University during the University’s graduation week (20-24 July), in the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards (ELTAs).

The awards have been developed in conjunction with the Students’ Union to ensure a greater student voice in the award process with staff nominated by their students for their outstanding teaching abilities.

The awards were presented by Swansea University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies.  Professor Davies said: “While we celebrate the success of our students during graduation week, it is important that we also distinguish the staff that have contributed to that success through these awards.

“We are very proud of the quality of our student experience and we find that staff, graduates and parents enjoy the opportunity to recognise the staff that inspire our students both academically and pastorally.”

On Monday 20 July during the degree ceremonies for the College of Arts and Humanities, five members of staff were awarded:

Vivienne Rogers, Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature was the first to receive her award.  Students commented on Vivienne’s use of different teaching styles designed to challenge but not overwhelm; referring to her as ‘a breath of fresh air’ and ‘an absolute inspiration.’

Dr Paul Facey, Research Officer in the College of Medicine, received his award for his ‘knowledge, warmth, humour, and willingness to help.’ Students also commented on his detailed and personal feedback and his ability to identify when students were struggling.  Many of his students said they felt privileged to have been taught by him.

Dr Fritz-Gregor Herrmann, Reader in the Department of History and Classics in the College of Arts and Humanities received his award for the passion he had for his subject, using different styles of teaching to enable students to acquire an appreciation of Greco-Roman antiquity.

Dr Chris Millington, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Classics was awarded for his ability to make the subject of History enthralling, interesting and relevant, with much comment made about his friendly, enthusiastic and down to earth nature as well as his innovative teaching techniques.

Professor John Morgan, Professor in the Department of History and Classics was nominated for his ability to ‘bring ancient literature alive in an engaging and humorous way’.  He was cited as ‘exceptional’ with an ability to challenge and encourage students in such a way that they were able to grasp difficult topics.


Ms Ruth Costigan, Associate Professor in Undergraduate Legal Studies in the College of Law was recognised with an award during the graduation ceremony for the College of Law on 22 July for her instrumental role in developing teaching support mechanisms within the department.  There was much mention of her popularity and how she instilled in students a passion for the subject of Law.

Mrs Sharon Harvey, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing in the College of Human and Health Sciences received her award during the degree ceremony for the College of Human and Health Sciences on 22 July.  She was nominated for an ELTA for her enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of her subject.  She was described as ‘outstanding’, with students impressed by her key references to educational resources.

The new Costa restaurant in Oxford Street - Swansea.

No fanfare or celebrity, just open the doors and come on in. And has soon as the doors were open a dozen people rushed to the counter to get their favourite coffee.


To enjoy it they could pick a comfy sofa or a luxury armchair, or sit by the window on more conventional cafe type furniture.


The restaurant has a staff of 15 aged from 16 to 58 and work a twelve hour shift from 6.30am to 7.30pm weekdays and on Sunday 8am to 6pm.


Area manager Jayne Griffiths was there to over-see the opening with restaurant manager Amy Rees. Jayne said: “The re-fit took approximately 4 weeks and I am so pleased with the up to date and modern deco, the seating is just stunning. I think Swansea shoppers will be pleased with this restaurant and its in a prime spot in Oxford Street too.”


The youngest member of Amy’s staff is 17 year old Alex Bradley and the oldest is 55 year old Mary Bryce. (Pictured)

The new Costa restaurant in Oxford Street - Swansea.

TWO VEHICLES COLLIED ON FABIAN WAY The Ford C-Max was hit from behind. Campa Van was extensively damaged.

The Campa Van was extensively damaged and the driver received treatment from paramedics. The couple in the Ford C-Max were not injured and are from Worcester, they were visiting their daughter in Swansea. Police cleared the damaged vehicles from Fabian Way into Elba Crescent.

Ashley Wakeling (front row right)

Ashley Wakeling (front row right)

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Sir Peter O'Sullevan who has died.