Nawar Haddad – Coming back to Uni

I had a good summer break and I passed my first year of university! Now I am looking forward to go back to university and have a look at the fantastic new Bay Campus! I am very excited to see the School of Management building and being able to test out all the facilities that are available to all of us. Also, I am most excited to go on the private beach, but hoping that the sun will be out! Of course I am eager to go back to studying and starting all my new modules that all sound great and I think I will learn so much more this year, hopefully leading to develop me as an individual and being more prepared for my year in industry.


Nawar Haddad

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Hello my name is Nawar. I am currently studying my first year of Accounting and Finance. I decided to do a 4 year course because in my third year I will be doing a 12 month placement where I will be able to work in industry. I chose Swansea University because of the Bay Campus and the new facilities and the other reason is  the social/ night life in Swansea is great especially Wind street where all the clubs are on one long street and you can go from club to club to experience the student life! Swansea has been improving and becoming higher in the Rankings, which will be a great benefit when I graduate and start applying for a job.

My last post for now!

I am finished! My dissertation has been submitted and I have finished the last of my exams. I am relieved but also pleased with how it all went and now am eager for the results. In the meantime; I plan on taking June off and having a holiday. And then the search for a job begins in July, which is a daunting thought!

I have had a great three years in Swansea and an especially good time whilst studying in France, even if my French is still non-existent. Although, you might be surprised to hear that I have found this final year to be the most rewarding of the four. I guess this is, in part, due to the increased work load and also the increased expectations placed upon students. The benefit of this, once all of the work is completed, is that it is hard not to feel a strong sense of accomplishment and exhaustion!

I am looking forward to my last few weeks in Swansea; I aim to do all of the things that I never quite got round to doing in my first two years: exploring the Gower, walking up Pen y Fan, and making the most of the beach before I leave. But more importantly, I hope the weather is good for the next two weeks, and especially for our Summer Ball.

Forgetting university for a second, Swansea, as a place, has been a great area to live in and pretty much has everything a student could want from a city. And who knows, I may end up moving back here in the future.

My last post! Thanks for reading

I’ve done it – completed my degree and almost finished three years of living, studying and working in Swansea. Best decision of my life; studying BSc Business Management at Swansea University.

My last few deadlines have been submitted with no exams during the final assessment period of the academic year, which means I’m free! It hasn’t quite hit home yet that my degree is finally over as I sit at my desk in my new job writing this. Although, I do feel a huge amount of relief with no more deadlines for the time being.

I’ve handed in my notice at TechHub and moved onto a new position within the School of Management, I’m now working as an External Relations Administrative Assistant (bit of a mouthful) on a fixed term contract. Finishing my studies has been a bit of a whirlwind; my last deadline was on a Wednesday, got a call to come in for a chat about the job on Thursday and started on the following Tuesday to all my new colleagues’ surprise. Like any other student, I thought there might have been a bit of down time, but you have to seize every opportunity as it comes.

I have Summer Ball and Graduation to look forward to now and will be with the School until the end of July. Sadly, my time in Swansea will be coming to end in August as I move to Ireland to study MSc Marketing Practice at National University of Ireland Galway. Another exciting prospect about this; the course comes with a placement element where I could be based in Dublin, Limerick, Cork or Galway with a FTSE 250 company or third-level institution as the Irish refer to a university, which I find out in September. This is going to make finding accomodation very fun, but exciting times ahead!

My time at Swansea University has been the best years of my life to date. Make the most of your studies; trust me it flies by!

Thomas Coleman
BSc Business Management 2012 – 2015
School of Management, Swansea University

This semester has not just been all work and no play

Into my third blog already, which means the semester is drawing to a close and my undergraduate studies are coming to an end.

March 2015 has equalled the most stressful month of my life juggling the joys of a final year project, essays, presentations and managing a co-working space. I can gladly say I flew through it all and maintained the grades at a high 2:1.

My final year project has been the highlight this semester. Working within a group of 6 students, I lead this team and co-ordinated the process mapping of an event management procedure for a local PR practice, Seren Global Media. We also built using Microsoft Access a customer relationship management system to support staff in end-to-end event management to plan, deliver and evaluate all events in a fluent manner. A full feasibility study was also conducted in the venture of South Wales CFO Forum, a networking event for chief financial officers as a strategic business unit, which provided a positive result. The results of our work won us praise from our project mentor and academic supervisor. Seren Global Media has adopted our new event management process and implemented the CRM system for all of its future events and will be re-launching South Wales CFO Forum in June of this year with partners, OSTC fx and Thomas Carroll Group.

With the tangible part of our project over and final presentation out the way, the group and myself are just finishing up our 10,000-word report ready to be submitted in a few weeks.

This semester has not just been all work and no play, I’ve also made a few trips to London for both business and a break, spending majority of my time in Shoreditch. It’s great to see the constant redevelopment in the east of the city, billions of investment has gone into the tech and digital industries. Spitalfields Market also has a cracking range of food and the Café Caribbean chicken curry was amazing. On my second trip, I was sent to the Google Campus and TechHub’s London sites to see how they managed their co-working spaces and events programmes and bring my new found knowledge back to TechHub Swansea. And I get to go again next month for my first ever conference at the Digital Marketing Roadshow Mid-Term.

I’m seeing the transition out of student life into a young professional much faster than I first thought. My job threw me in at the deep end and things have just taken off. After completing my studies, I hope to go full time with my job until a obtain a fully driven marketing role within Swansea and complete an MSc in Marketing at University of Wales Trinity Saint David part time over the next two years.

All I can say now is I am very nervous now, I have two weeks left of term after the Easter break with only one three assignments left and no exams due to my module selection. Catch up in May when I’ve finished my degree, only one month to go!