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February 24, 2010
» Long time, no see

It’s been a while since we last gave you an update on what the Glamlife Team have been up to (we’ve carried on being Busy, busy, busy!), so here’s a flavour of the latest Glamlife developments…

We know from our Glamlife poll at the beginning of this month that 55% of those of you who took part aren’t aware that the ‘Your Documents’ tab at the top of your Glamlife homepage leads you to Google Docs. As a result of this, we’ve created a page in the Glamlife Directory designed to give you an overview of what Google Docs can offer, along with some helpful tips. We’re also aware that our students have had some problems using Google Docs because previously every file needed to be converted into a Google Doc file in order to be saved. Google have made some changes so now you can upload, store and organise any type of file in Google Docs – far more handy! Read more about this in the Official Google Docs Blog.

The Glamlife Team have been busy beavering away this term to bring you feature articles on St Dwynwen’s Day, St Valentine’s Day and St David’s Day – don’t forget to check out the St David’s Day events happening on Treforest campus and locally in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Cardiff. Have you also read our recent article about making sure you’re fraud savvy?

We’ve also been busy adding new pages to the Glamlife Directory:

  • presentations, which includes information about all the help you can get around the University
  • Listening to You, which is the University’s place to tell you all about what we are doing with the feedback you as students give us
  • attendance, which is a great reminder of how important it is to attend all your lectures
  • self-directed study, which includes some helpful links to assist you settle down to your studies.

If there’s anything you’d like us to write a feature on, or a topic you’d like us to cover for the Glamlife Directory, don’t hesitate to let us know by emailing glamlife@glam.ac.uk. We’re also always looking for feature articles written by students, just like this one on the Art of Rejection, so if you fancy trying your hand at some creative writing or investigative journalism, get in touch! You can even get some experience for your CV by doing a feature writing Work Taster with the Glamlife Team.

And finally, did you take part in our recent Valentine’s competition? We asked you to tell us how much you love Glamlife, and the Glamlife Team were inundated with over 80 entries – some of which made us laugh, most of which made us smile, and only the odd one that made us somewhat nervous ;) Look out for some of the more passionate entries popping up on Glamlife in the near future (hope you all read the competition rules – we did warn you!).

November 6, 2009
» Busy busy busy …

Well it’s been a busy term so far for Glamlife, and it’s showing no sign of slowing down! Read on to find out what’s been happening and what’s in the pipeline …

You can now take a peek at today’s menus to whet your appetite before you visit Stilts Food Court or Crawshay’s (on the Treforest campus) or Zone (on the Glyntaff campus). You can get to the daily menus via Glamlife’s campus facilities page – here you can learn more about the facilities on all three campuses, including the rest of the catering outlets (which have standard rather than daily menus).

Students can now subscribe to RSS feeds for various areas of Glamlife, including the Marketplace and the Glamlife Directory. For information about RSS feeds and how you can subscribe to them, read our RSS feed feature article.

Marketplace has launched successfully, growing steadily in popularity since the first week of term when 20% of students who voted on our Glamlife poll had already used or were planning to use the Marketplace to sell or buy items and post notices. At the moment, you can reach the Marketplace by clicking on the tab at the top of Glamlife, but we can now reveal that the Glamlife home page will shortly be revamped to include more functionality that we think students will find beneficial … this includes a Marketplace feed so you’ll be able to see the latest Marketplace posts without even having to leave the home page!

We’ve been pleased to hear on the grapevine that more and more of you are using Google Docs. There are some helpful links under the ‘Using Google Docs’ heading in the Glamlife walk-through guide, and the Official Google Blog also has some great tips for students and information on new back to school features.

The Glamlife Effect has continued to gather pace, with many of the 900 students who attended the recent Part-Time Jobs Fair, hosted by the Careers Service and the Students’ Union, reporting that they found out about the Fair from the promo on the home page of Glamlife. It’s great to know so many of you are finding out what’s happening around the University via Glamlife – keep an eye out for more events in the coming weeks!

And last but not least, Christmas will be coming early to Glamlife as we will be holding another competition with a brand-new laptop as the prize! So look out for details, and don’t forget to tell your friends …