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Microsoft and UWTSD share vision for digital transformation in Higher Education

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A Shared Goals Agreement between Microsoft and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) aims to ensure that the University’s students are equipped with the latest digital skills.

The University is the first in Wales and one of three in the UK to sign a Shared Goal Agreement with Microsoft to enable the UWTSD to harness Microsoft’s world-leading tools and resources to transform the University’s technology enhanced learning and teaching and to embed such innovation into its curriculum.

Students will benefit from courses focused on areas such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and data science, while also having access to LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft’s AI Business School and technology learning courses, GitHub and industry certifications. It will also allow students to build critical non-technical skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.

Society has witnessed a massive shift towards technology in its response to the Coronavirus, enabling people to work from home, businesses to move their services online as well as enabling people to keep in social contact with each other. But, even before the pandemic struck, the fourth industrial revolution was being driven by advancements in technology, transforming the workplace, increasing job mobility and placing new demands on society.

Barry Liles, OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Skills and Lifelong Learning at UWTSD said: “As a University, we are committed to providing all of our students with the best possible foundation for their future careers. Today’s students need to be empowered with access to technologies, experiences, and learning opportunities to build the skills necessary to fuel their future opportunities and success.

“While students still need such skills as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity, they also need digital skills to thrive in an increasingly hybrid, digital economy.

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“According to a UK Government report, by 2025, it is expected that over 149 million new technology jobs will become available in areas such as software development, cloud, data, artificial intelligence and security. Technology is also transforming all sectors of the economy from manufacture to service delivery. It is vital therefore that universities keep pace with these changing environments to ensure their students have the talent and training to support these needs and fuel economic growth.”

University of Wales Trinity St David’s Swansea Business School (Image: UWTSD)

Chris Rothwell, Director of Education at Microsoft UK, said: “The launch of our Shared Goal Agreement programme reflects Microsoft’s continued commitment to Academia in equipping students with the knowledge, competencies and mindset needed to succeed in a world that is increasingly digital and is rapidly changing. We are pleased to be celebrating the agreement with the UWTSD. Microsoft and UWTSD share a vision to empower students and ensure they have the skills needed to drive innovation on a global scale.”

James Cale, Director of Digital Services at UWTSD added: “This agreement with Microsoft will enable our university to deliver cutting-edge digital content to our students in a very simple way. Courses on the cloud, AI and data will be available to our students, so they can be prepared for new roles and jobs now and in the future. That involves embedding a range of technical and non-technical courses from Microsoft Learn in our curriculum to give them accreditation from Microsoft as well as from UWTSD.

“Microsoft and UWTSD share a clear vision and common goals to empower and upskill our students, particularly in Digital Skills, to enhance their employability, support the post COVID recovery of employment in Wales through high level skills development and the introduction of innovative and flexible approaches to learning.

“The University is already utilising several of the Microsoft resources available, including most recently, the Microsoft Learn for Educators Programme which delivers real-world, industry-ready skills for UWTSD students in the most in-demand areas of Cloud / AI / Data / Power Platform.

“We are also providing all staff with access to LinkedIn Learning, with courses from industry experts helping us to enhance staff digital capabilities and technical skills. The University will also be looking to provide training and certification for technical staff via the Microsoft Enterprise Skills Agreement and promote Microsoft programmes for Students such as the AI Business School, Student Ambassadors and the Imagine Cup.

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“The agreement will also allow us to further explore post covid recovery & resilience – providing access to innovative and flexible approaches to online learning for re-skilling and upskilling the workforce post Covid”.

“In every industry and in markets around the world, we are seeing increased demand for skills talent and hiring across our partners, our suppliers and customers,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice-President of Education at Microsoft. “From experience, we know that working in tandem with leading educational institutions and educational systems of the world to provide access to skills resources, relevant industry-based learning content and assessment solutions is a winning formula for students, the workforce and drive the digital economy across the UK.”

UWTSD student using a laptop (Image: UWTSD)

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David concluded: “The University and Microsoft share a mutual ambition to empower our students by enabling them to develop the skills and competencies needed by employers – now and in the future. Today’s students are after all tomorrow’s leaders; they will have a profound impact on our society and its future prosperity.

“UWTSD is committed to ensuring that our students can thrive in an environment that enables them to develop higher level skills and competencies that will enable them to make a difference and contribute to the social, cultural and economic prosperity of their communities.”

(Lead image: UWTSD)


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Hospital’s flower power proves big success with patients

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A summer of sun and extra flower beds have blossomed into the perfect partnership for patients’ wellbeing at Singleton Hospital.

The recent prolonged sunny spells – the hottest recorded for Wales in 30 years – have provided ideal conditions for hundreds of begonias to bloom.

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This year, the health board has invested in additional raised beds around the hospital to increase the positive impact on the wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors.

Betty Foley has worked at Singleton as a volunteer for over 15 years.

Seeing a large number of patients, staff and visitors during each shift, she has heard a lot of positive patient feedback for the flower features.

She said: “I deal with a large number of patients and visitors coming into Singleton and a lot of them have passed comment on how lovely the flowers look around the hospital.

“A lot arrive through the main reception and they’re welcomed by a really colourful bed of flowers, which can give you a bit of a boost when you’re going into hospital for treatment.

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“I’ve been told countless times recently by patients that they sit in front of the hospital where the benches are and the flowers take their mind off things.

“Small things like that can really make a big difference to your day.”

Christian Berndsen, gardening maintenance, and his team put the bedding plants in at the end of May.

He said: “We’ve used a lot of different types of begonias as they have a variety of bright colours that really catch the eye.

“The flowers have benefited from a great summer of sun.

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Nick Davies, and Christian Berndsen in front of one of the flower beds (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

“I’ve had a lot of comments while we’re around the hospital, which is nice. The intention was to give anyone who uses the hospital a nice, bright collection of flowers to look at around the site.

“Seeing bright flowers such as the begonias can give you a bit of a lift, so it’s been lovely to hear that patients love them as it shows it’s having a positive effect.”

Singleton has also benefited from a wooden sculpture of an oak dragonfly, which features on the Crush Hall roundabout which is situated between the main entrance and the maternity and child health building.

That has been funded by Biophilic Wales and designed by local sculptor Simon Hedger, and adds to a creative corner in the hospital grounds.

Nick Davies, Estates Officer at Singleton Hospital, added: “The flowers and sculpture certainly improves the appearance of the hospital. As we have a lot of patients, visitors and staff coming to this hospital we firmly believe that first impressions are very important.

“If you’re waiting for an appointment or are visiting family or a friend, it’s nice for people to see and offers a little lift. In addition, it’s a natural habitat for small wildlife such as bees and butterflies.

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“Christian and the gardening team have done a great job brightening up areas around the hospital, and we’re really pleased it’s impacted patients in a positive way.”

Lead image: Volunteer Betty Foley, Nick Davies, Estates Officer at Singleton Hospital and Christian Berndsen from gardening maintenance at the Crush Hall roundabout display. (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

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Welsh legend Max Boyce is coming to Swansea Arena

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Following a sell-out tour in 2022, Welsh legend Max Boyce is coming to Swansea Arena with a special 50th anniversary concert.

The iconic Welsh comedian, singer and entertainer is due to play Swansea’s newest concert venue on Saturday 4 March 2023.

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Glynneath-born Max rose to fame in the 1970s with a musical comedy act rooted in his passion for Welsh rugby.

His very first recordings were made at the Valley Folk Club in Pontardawe in 1971 and featured several tracks that became his signature tunes including including Hymns and Arias, Duw it’s Hard and Slow – Men at Work.

At his brand new Swansea Arena show he will be performing a musical version of his lockdown poem When Just the Tide Went Out for the first time. Since its release in 2020 it has been something of an internet sensation and been viewed nearly 8 million times. It was titled ‘Pick of the Week’ on Radio 4 and features in his number 1 best-selling book, Hymns and Arias.

Max will also be performing some of his other famous songs which have endeared him to both young and old alike. Don’t miss the chance to see this inspired, and inspiring entertainer, whose songs and stories have become part of Welsh Legend.

The one-off show is hard to miss, and definitely one that for years to come you’ll be able to say: “I was there!”

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Max Boyce performs at Swansea Arena on Saturday, March 4th 2023. Tickets go on pre-sale Monday 15 August at 10am with general sale online from 12pm.

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Swansea rated the best place in the UK for a Thai Takeaway

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A new study has revealed that Swansea is the best place to find a top quality Thai takeaway in the UK.

This is from HouseholdQuotes who analysed Just Eat data in 523 locations across the UK to discover the best places for 20 cuisine types.

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While coming top for Thai takeaways, Swansea ranked a solid 146 out of 523 UK towns and cities for its overall takeaway offering.

While other Swansea Bay towns didn’t rank quite so highly, if you’re after a different kind of cuisine Port Talbot placed 29th for Pizza.

Indian is Llanelli’s speciality takeaway of choice, with the town ranking 72 in the UK.

Bridgend take-out lovers head for fish and chips, with the town coming in at 225 out f the 523 UK towns and cities surveyed.

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