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Swansea University excels in coveted higher education awards


Officers save woman from a burning house in Morriston, Swansea

Three police officers have rescued a woman from a burning house in Swansea.

Officers were called to a property in Severn Road, Clase, at around 4.30pm on Saturday 5th April following reports of a house fire. On arrival at the scene the officers found the house to be ablaze and after entering the smoke-filled property, rescued a 22-year-old woman from a bedroom. The woman and the three officers were taken to Morriston Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. The three Morriston-based officers – Sergeant Paul Rees, PC Tony Phipps and PC Joanne Williams – have been praised for their actions. Chief Inspector Tony McAlinden of Morriston Police Station said:  “The brave actions of the officers undoubtedly saved the life of this woman. “The officers entered a smoke-filled house and rescued the woman. They even re-entered the terraced house in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining properties before being supported by the fire service who extinguished the fire. “This was an outstanding act of bravery by the three officers who will be commended for their actions and decision-making at the scene.”


John Griffiths who’s responsibilities are for culture and sport had a warm welcome to the museum with a guard of honour made up of cadets from the Royal Air Force, Barry and a guard of honour of World War I soldiers organised by Swansea Pals Re-enactment company.


Organiser of the event Ade Pittman showed the minister around the museum, and after a cup of tea the minister had a ride on the 1950 Heritage Railway Train to Barry Island and back.


Leaving, the minister had a chat to the Swansea Pals Historical Re-enactment organiser Rod Hughes and was keen to speak to the German soldier who showed him the rare 1905 Mauser98 Bolt Action rifle before leaving.

Lidl UK is recalling jars of its Ocean Sea Rollmops because mustard is not mentioned in English on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for those with an allergy to mustard. In addition, the label does not mention fish as an ingredient in English, although the product label does show an image of prepared fish.



Source: Food Standards Agency.

Sainsbury’s is recalling all date codes of its SO Organic Sultanas on a precautionary basis, because salmonella has been found during routine testing. If you have bought this product, do not eat it. The FSA has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.




Source: Food Standards Agency.

The FSA has today announced an additional programme of priority testing of lamb dishes from takeaway restaurants across the UK following evidence of ongoing substitution of lamb for cheaper meats such as beef and chicken. Businesses could face prosecution if food is found to have been deliberately mislabelled.


Source: Food Standards Agency.

Police discover 360 cannabis plants at Neath Valley house

Longdan Ltd is recalling a batch of Sugar Coated Mixed Fruit with a 'best before' end date of June 2014 because it contains sulphites which are not mentioned on the product label. This means the product is a possible health risk for those with a sensitivity to sulphites.



Welsh government minister for Newport East John Griffiths AM paid a visit to the Barry Historical Museum on Thursday afternoon.


The annual Royal Naval Parade 2014 on T.S. AJAX AT Swansea Docks.


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MONDAY 31st MARCH 2014

Swansea University is celebrating the news today that it has been successful again in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, with short listings in two categories.

The THE 2014 short listings are in the Outstanding International Strategy category and the Outstanding Student Admissions Team category.

The Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards celebrate the sector’s leadership, management, financial and business skills. With categories covering everything from International Strategy to Student Services, from Fundraising to HR, and from Estates to Admissions, the awards showcase the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of UK higher education institutions. Swansea University fought off tough competition in the Times Higher Education awards to win the Outstanding Student Services  category last year and in 2012 the HR team won the Outstanding Human Resources Team award.


Swansea University’s entry this year for the Outstanding Student Admissions Team category  involved a combined submission from the Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing Teams as these teams developed and led a highly successful cross-University recruitment and admissions strategy for new home undergraduates – leading to a 24% increase in applications in 2013 and 25% in 2014; and a 26% increase in new student enrolments in 2013.


Watch as the mum and dad (Pen and Cob) take it in turns to sit on the clutch of eggs in the nest, watch carefully because we counted six, clutches range from 3 to 8 eggs so this is a large family for our Tawe Swans. Swans are the largest members of the waterfowl family,  and are among the largest flying birds. Although most birds generally do not have teeth, Swans are known to be an exception to this, having small jagged 'teeth' as part of their beaks used for catching and eating fish. The sexes are alike in plumage, but males are generally bigger and heavier than females.

These two Swans have been tending the nest for the last week so we are expecting the Swanlings very soon.

Swans are almost entirely herbivorous so please don't feed them at this stage while their on the clutch.

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Source: Food Standards Agency.

Officers in Glynneath have uncovered a cannabis factory at an address in Whitefield Close and have seized over 360 plants.



Police attended the property on Saturday 12th April and discovered a sophisticated cannabis operation after being alerted by a member of the public. Several rooms of the property had been kitted out with cannabis growing equipment, with specialist lighting and fans.


PC Martin Jenkins, of the Glynneath Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “A member of the public raised the alarm after noticing a strong smell of cannabis coming from the house. “Inside the property we discovered a substantial cannabis factory containing a lighting, feeding and venting system. “In total, 360 mature cannabis plants were discovered and a man in the house was arrested and subsequently charged with cultivation of cannabis .”


A 22-year-old man has been charged with cultivating cannabis and was due to appear at Neath Magistrates Court today.

Anyone who suspects that a cannabis factory is in operation is urged to call South Wales Police’s non emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Swansea University swansea university logo Lorry makes an illegal U-Turn.

A 42 Tonne Lorry made an illegal U-turn at

the traffic lights on Quay Parade opposite Sainsburys, blocking three lanes of traffic.

Frustrated motorists who were waiting behind the lorry blew their horns at the driver, pedestrians guesticulated to him that he was making an illegal turn, but the driver ignored them and waited for quite considerable time to get is lorry around. As the driver pulled the trailer around the tight turn the back wheels were stationary ripping up the asphalt. Motorists entering into Sainsburys from the West could not see around the lorry to see if they're coast was clear. The driver obviously was going in the wrong direction and didn't know Swansea's roads.

Lorry makes an illegal U-Turn.

Welsh Goverment Minister John Griffiths (Centre) arrives to a guard of honour by 
RAF cadets and four WW1 soldiers.

Welsh Government Minister John Griffiths (Centre) arrives to a guard of honour by

RAF cadets and four WW1 soldiers.