Swansea: A Human Rights City – Make Your Pledge

There is a lot of great stuff already happening in Swansea. We are a City of Sanctuary, proud to be a Home Office dispersal city for refugees and asylum seekers. We are a Dementia Friendly city. We are a World Health Organisation Healthy City. We are a UNESCO City of Learning. Swansea Council has also embedded the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into the way we set our policies.

On 10 December, Human Rights Day, Swansea’s Public Service Board along with other key stakeholders of the region will be launching our intention to become a Human Rights City along with a 12 month action plan on how we will get there.

Make Your Pledge

“Covid-19 and the Built Environment” paper session at the 2022 RGS-IBG Annual Conference (Newcastle, UK) is confirmed

Website: Royal Geographical Society – Annual International Conference (rgs.org)

Session title: Covid-19 and the Built Environment

Session Abstract and Details: Session (oxfordabstracts.com)

Session organiser(s): Richard Smith

Session chair: Richard Smith

Paper titles, with authors and presenters:

  1. Sentiment Analysis of Urban Places during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Understanding and assessing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people’s sentiments in Amsterdam, based on Twitter dataset and sentiment analysis – Céleste Richard (presenting)
  2. Why skyscrapers after Covid-19? – Richard Smith (presenting)
  3. Covid-19 and the management of Singapore’s public housing: a catalyst for change? – Jingheng Huang (presenting)
  4. Pandemic Landscapes. Fieldnotes from Heathrow Airport – Nicholas Ferguson (presenting)
  5. What the pandemic and its impact on the lives of older people can teach us about age-friendly urban spaces. – Linda Naughton (presenting), Miguel Padeiro, Cláudia Costa, Francisco Cunha

Are you from Wales and would you like to do an MSc by Research in Urban Studies? (There is funding you can apply for)

Are you from Wales and would you like to do an MSc by Research in Urban Studies?

Interested in doing an MSc by Research in Urban Studies? This funding opportunity would fully cover the tuition fees if you did it Full Time (1 Year). Contact me/see me if you want to apply.

You will need to apply quickly to secure a place at Swansea University as a part of the funding scheme.

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation distributes grants to postgraduate students from Wales studying for a Master’s or PhD award. Grants will be offered towards the payment of tuition fees only, up to a maximum of £5,000 in each case. The closing date for any applications for the 2022-23 academic year is 31 MAY 2022 – and the Trustees will not consider any applications received after the closing date. Details and application forms can be downloaded from the James Pantyfedwen website on www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru.

Updated URGENT: Masters / PhD Funding Opportunity

Interested in doing an MSc by Research in Urban Studies? This funding would fully cover the tuition fees. Contact me if you want to apply.

If you are from Wales and would like me to supervise your research Masters or PhD please get in touch with me: r.g.smith@swan.ac.uk. You will need to apply quickly to secure a place at Swansea University as a part of the funding scheme.

The James Pantyfedwen Foundation distributes grants to postgraduate students from Wales studying for a Master’s or PhD award. Grants will be offered towards the payment of tuition fees only, up to a maximum of £5,000 in each case. The closing date for any applications for the 2022-23 academic year is 31 MAY 2022 – and the Trustees will not consider any applications received after the closing date. Details and application forms can be downloaded from the James Pantyfedwen website on www.jamespantyfedwen.cymru.

Surplus Skyscrapers?

Canary Wharf launches flexible office service as work patterns shift | Financial Times

“Citi is moving thousands of staff into 40 Bank Street while it undertakes a £100mn refurbishment of its neighbouring skyscraper, a project partly aimed at improving the building’s green credentials. Moving to a flexible office gives the bank a chance to try out technology and ways of working that it might use in the refurbished offices, and provides opportunities to experiment while the future of work remains so uncertain, said Kathryn Harrison-Thomas, head of Citi’s property services in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. “We’re seeing how people work prior to making some very significant commitments in the main building. If people want to work a couple of days at home and three in the office, that means we don’t need 9,000 desks any more,” she said.”

Welsh Government Supports UCU Strike Action and Calls for UUK to start supporting University Staff

“Swansea University is the only Welsh University on strike; but we have a strong statement from the Welsh Government today on how UUK need to start acting in the interest of University staff:

Statement of Opinion – OPIN-2022-0260 – Welsh Parliament (assembly.wales)

OPIN-2022-0260 Swansea University and Open University Action (e)Tabled on 16/02/2022

This Senedd:

1. Recognises that, throughout the pandemic, academic staff have worked hard to keep education open and stabilise the sector and that, now the emergency has passed, university lecturers face a 35 per cent cut in pension entitlement.

2. Recognises lecturers’ deep commitment towards their students and that the decision to strike is never easy.

3. Calls upon Universities UK to:

a) return to the negotiating table immediately to avert damaging strikes and allow a post-pandemic evaluation of the pension fund.

b) work with staff to devise a UK-wide plan to re-build the sector by eliminating precarious contracts, managing workloads and addressing inequality.”