Student Recruitment Team


The University of South Wales's Student Recruitment Team operate as part of the wider Marketing and Student Recruitment department.
The Team's officers and assistants are responsible for student recruitment in the UK and for promoting outreach, engagement and learning opportunities with schools and colleges up and down the country.


The ten-strong Team are based across the university's campuses and have their own remits, regions and specialist areas.
The Team offers talks, presentations and visit days (both on and off-campus) on a variety of HE topics, including UCAS, the application process, student life and studying a university degree at a partner college among many others.
The Team also provides direct advice and support to schools and colleges, their staff and students on a variety of educational and university-based queries.


The Student Recruitment Team also manage and support the university's team of student ambassadors, who assist at open days, information evenings and corporate events in the university's calendar.




Our Team


Sera Evans-Fear - Student Recruitment Officer

Sera Evans-Fear

Caerphilly | Merthyr Tydfil | South West England

Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy

Rhondda Cynon Taf | Bridgend | Mid Wales

Rebecca Bowen - Student Recruitment Officer (Welsh Medium)

Rebecca Bowen

All Welsh-medium Schools | Ysgolion cyfrwng Cymraeg

Sandra Veasey

Sandra Veasey

Newport | Monmouthshire | West Midlands of England

Alexander Kennedy

Alexander Kennedy

Cardiff | Vale of Glamorgan | South West England

Thomas Hill

Thomas Hill

Neath Port Talbot | Swansea | West and North East Wales

Karan Broad

Karan Broad

Student Recruitment and Events Assistant (Widening Access)

Rebecca Breen

Rebecca Breen

Gwent | Torfaen | West Midlands of England

Alexandra Hamer - Collaboration, Recruitment and Progression Assistant

Alexandra Roberts

Bridgend College | Cardiff and Vale College | Coleg Gwent

Anthony Richards - Collaboration, Recruitment and Progression Assistant

Anthony Richards

Coleg y Cymoedd | Coleg Gwent | Merthyr College

Contact



Member of Staff

Contact Information

Responsibilities and Regions

Sêra Evans-Fear

UK Recruitment Manager 


Staff Profile


Email

sera.evans-fear@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 6 54408


Responsibilities

  • Responsible for working with all English-medium schools in Wales and England.
  • Organising events for schools/colleges to visit the University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science.

Regions

  • Caerphilly
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • South West England

Joseph Murphy

Student Recruitment Officer
(Widening Access)

Staff Profile


Email

joseph.murphy@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 4 82849


Responsibilities

  • Responsible for managing the University’s Partnership, Target and USW Bloggers schemes
  • Delivering talks and events for sixth form students.
  • Organising visits for schools and colleges to the Faculty of Business and Society.
  • Assistance with co-ordinating the University’s Open Days and the annual Teachers’ and Advisers’ Conference.

Regions

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Bridgend
  • Mid Wales

Rebecca Bowen

Student Recruitment Officer
(Welsh Medium)

Staff Profile


Email

rebecca.bowen@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 6 54299


Responsibilities

  • Responsible for working with Welsh-medium and bilingual schools and colleges.
  • Organising subject-specific events for schools/colleges in the creative industries.

Regions

  • All Welsh-medium schools in Wales

Sandra Veasey

Student Recruitment Officer

Staff Profile


Email

sandra.veasey@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01633) 4 32299 (Newport)

(01443) 4 83592 (Treforest)


Responsibilities

  • Responsible for working with all English medium schools and colleges in Wales and England.
  • Organising events at Newport City Campus and for the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.
  • Delivering talks and presentations for sixth form students.

Regions

  • Newport
  • Monmouthshire
  • West Midlands of England

Rebecca Breen

Student Recruitment Assistant

Staff Profile


Email

rebecca.breen@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 4 83479


Responsibilities

  • Responsible for assisting in the co-ordination and delivery of student recruitment events including Open Days, Open Evenings and Applicant Days.
  • Building strong links with schools and colleges in the UK through visits and on campus events.
  • Working closely with the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

Regions

  • Gwent
  • Torfaen
  • West Midlands of England

Karan Broad

Student Recruitment & Events Assistant
(Widening Access)

Staff Profile


Email

karan.broad@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 4 83695


Responsibilities

  • To support the team of schools liaison officers and co-ordinating newsletters, events and visits for schools, colleges, prospective students and teachers.
  • Working closely with the Faculty of Creative Industries.

Alexander Kennedy

Student Recruitment Assistant

Staff Profile


Email

alexander.kennedy@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 6 54495


Responsibilities

  • Responsible for delivering talks and events to sixth form students and organising visits for schools and colleges.
  • Assistance in coordinating HE events, such as Open Days and applicant days for prospective students and teachers.
  • Working closely with the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science.

Regions

  • Cardiff
  • Vale of Glamorgan
  • South West England

Thomas Hill

Student Recruitment Assistant

Staff Profile


Email

thomas.hill@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 4 82506


Responsibilities

  • Management of the USW Bloggers programme.
  • Assistance in organising on-campus events for schools/colleges and prospective students, including Open Days and Applicant Days.
  • Working closely with the Faculty of Business and Society.

Regions

  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Swansea
  • West and North East Wales

Alexandra Roberts

Collaboration, Recruitment & Progression Assistant

Staff Profile


Email

alexandra.roberts@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 4 83464


Responsibilities

  • Support of partner college staff and students in a number of ways, from individual advice and guidance on the availability of higher education (HE) provision, through to group talks on the benefits of higher education in general.
  • Working closely with current HE students studying USW provision at the colleges, to support them during their studies, advise them of top-up degree options at USW campuses, as well as supporting them with finance queries and the application process.

Regions

  • Bridgend College
  • Cardiff and Vale College
  • Coleg Gwent

Anthony Richards

Collaboration, Recruitment & Progression Assistant

Staff Profile


Email

anthony.richards@southwales.ac.uk

Telephone

(01443) 4 83669


Responsibilities

  • Attendance at USW partner colleges to speak with groups of level three students about the availability of higher education courses within their college.
  • Provision of advice and guidance to both staff and students on the nature of the qualifications and subjects available, the progression opportunities at USW and how partner college students can be supported whilst they are studying a franchised course.
  • Attendance at partner college open evenings and higher education events to promote USW franchised courses and to help answer any queries that potential applicants may have.

Regions

  • Coleg y Cymoedd
  • Coleg Gwent
  • Merthyr College

HE Workshops



We recognise that time is precious and that you are likely to already have a full programme of activities to help students through to Higher Education. This is why our Liaison Team is prepared to deliver these sessions at short-notice and outside of classroom time. All our sessions have been designed with the flexibility to fit your needs. For a detailed look at what we can offer, take a look at our Schools and Colleges Liaison Guide.

Please find a list of the presentations and talks we offer below. You can book a presentation by clicking the button under each workshop title.
 

Presentation / Talk

Information

Why Higher Education?


This interactive session is aimed at Year 12 students and answers three basic questions.

  • Is University worthwhile?
  • Is University achievable?
  • Is University affordable?

Making the Right Choice: How to Choose a Course and a University


Using games such as Where’s Wally?, this session highlights the different approaches to researching and discovering the right university and course. When the time comes, your students will be prepared to make those all-important choices. This talk can also discuss how students can get the most out of Open Days and HE conventions, and expand their horizons by exploring non-traditional degree courses.

The UCAS Trail


From course choice to clearing, this session takes students through the UCAS process and offers advice on how to make the most of their UCAS application.

First Impressions Count: Writing a Personal Statement


This session can range from a basic 30-minute practical guide on successfully completing the Personal Statement, to an hour-long hands-on workshop. Regardless of the length, all of the sessions will help students understand what universities are looking for, how to present themselves in the best light and find the motivation to ‘get it done’.

First Impressions Count: Impressing at Interviews


Interview skills will be required by all at some stage in life and this session aims to prepare students for HE interviews. This talk uses role play and examples to illustrate how to prepare for a successful interview.

Student Life - Don't Leave Home Without It!


For many students, university can be a daunting step. This session aims to take them through the journey of university life and provide them with a number of invaluable survival tips.

The talk will cover:

  • Initial fears and how to overcome them.
  • How to juggle time, money and workload.
  • Taking advantage of the opportunities at university and the skills students will develop.

Money to Study - Student Finance


By highlighting the type and amount of funding available and using typical examples, this session allows students to identify how much support they could receive. The session also provides an opportunity for students to address any financial concerns they may have.

CPD Sessions for Teaching and Support Staff


The Schools team can also deliver sessions for teaching and support staff, focusing on the importance and best practice of writing a reference or personal statement.