Current News Series - Book Academic Sessions Now

Unsure what subject you’d like to study at University? Book onto the Current News Webinar Series below to experience a taster of our courses.

Each session is presented by our academics and offers the chance to:

  • Find out what university lectures are like
  • Explore your subject of interest further
  • Discover the latest research at Swansea
  • Ask questions about the course

 

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‘Active Buildings’ creating a future of sustainable and efficient buildings

The UK needs to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Globally, our use of buildings is responsible for approximately 40% of all energy consumption and 28% of carbon emissions. So how are we going to decarbonise our society, while still trying to keep ourselves warm (or cool), and still being able to do all the things we enjoy?

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Material Science

30/01/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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'The Greatest Films of all Time?' Deconstructing the Sight & Sound canon

The Sight & Sound ‘greatest films of all time’ poll is often seen as the definitive word on what’s hot and what’s not in cinema history. But how do we decide what and who matters in film? What makes cinema great? This webinar will explore power, representation, nationality, agency and value in film culture past and present.

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Film & Visual Culture

30/01/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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What's all the fuss about quantum technology?

In recent years quantum technology has become a buzzword. But what does it actually mean? Quantum effects are fundamental to our understanding of the universe and many technologies we take for granted. We will take a look at how quantum physics enables many existing technologies and the promises of future technologies.

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Physics

31/01/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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'Personality traits and types' understanding yourself and others

In this session, we will examine what personality is, how it can be assessed and how an understanding of personality traits can provide us with powerful information about ourselves and those around us. We will also consider how personality impacts students’ university performance. 

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Psychology

31/01/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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'War in Ukraine: Historical Causes and Political Consequences'

We will ask about the historical roots of the Russian invasion of Ukraine – how did we get here? Was Putin really afraid of the NATO expansion or was the war driven by Russian domestic politics and crises stretching back some 20 years? From there we will examine the question that many experts have been pondering about Putin’s Russia.

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History

01/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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'Chemical Engineering Matters' how we're making the world a better place

Chemical engineers have often been linked to "dirty" industries, such as oil and gas. However, this is a misleading representation. In this talk, you will learn how chemical engineers have always made a strong positive impact on society, and how they are leading technological advancements that are making the world a better place.

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Chemical Engineering

01/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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The Anatomy of Stroke

A stroke is caused by something blocking the blood supply to part of the brain. Often, clots pass to the brain from the heart and large arteries, but how do they get there, where do they go, and why does this cause the symptoms that we see? What's the most likely route that blood clots will take? What do we look out for?

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Medicine (Anatomy)

02/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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'Everyday space of the late 1960s and 1970s' living through the Post War Dream

This talk centres on how Britain’s post-war built environment, changed lives: industrial developments, shopping centres, suburban housing estates, and the arrival of technologies. Explore ways of researching and presenting life in the past, through examples of walking tours and working with a theatre company to make a film.

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Human Geography

02/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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'Problems with Common Resources' When Being Rational Can Be Harmful to society

Join us to explore situations in which self-interested behaviour has collectively undesirable consequences, for example, the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest or overfishing of certain fish species worldwide. What can be done about it, either by individuals or by the state?

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Global Challenges

06/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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Semiconductors Will Save the World

Semiconductors are arguably the most important high-tech material of the 21st century – they have enabled computing, advanced telecommunications, AI, the internet and many other features of the modern world. However, Without them, human-kind will never achieve Net Zero – or at least that is the hypothesis that I will advance in my webinar!

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Physics

06/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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'The best way to silence the haters' An examination of calling out racism online

Join Dr Joe Cable to discover how newspaper social media covered England star Raheem Sterling and Sterling’s own social media accounts to demonstrate how athlete are now shaping their own narratives.

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Media, Communication & PR

07/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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Digital Democracy - Can a website help voters to make a more informed decision?

Dr Matthew Wall has created and collaborated on voter advice websites that have been used by over 4 million citizens worldwide. Join Matthew as he explores how the enormous capacities of the internet can be leveraged to provide information and insights that empower voters and thus enhance democracy.

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Politics

07/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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The curse of confidence: why more confidence isn’t the answer to gender equality

Ever been told you’re not good enough, or you’ve felt like you don’t belong in a place or job? What's holding you back? YOU silly! Or at least, that’s what you are led to believe. There is something far more pervasive going on, we'll explore why being told to be ‘more confident’ is doing more harm.

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Business

08/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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Pathways to Medicine

Join Professor Cathy Thornton today to explore all the different opportunities available to you in Medicine following your studies.

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Medicine

08/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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Language Policy and the 2021 Census: Are we on the right track?

This session will give students a taste of the language policy modules offered by the Department of Welsh on degree programmes such as the innovative BA Language, Law and Policy degree. We will look at the 2021 Census data on Welsh speakers and ponder the success of the Welsh Government policy targets. *Delivered through the medium of welsh

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Welsh

08/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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Parent and Guardian Webinar

While an exciting time, your child’s decision to attend university can generate a lot of questions and can be challenging. Aimed at parents of students in year 13, our Parent and Guardian Webinar is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive helpful advice about the Higher Education process.

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Webinar

08/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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Sociology: Online Folklore, Memes and Myths

Join Senior Lecturer Dr Ashley Frawley for this session from the Department of Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy.

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Sociology & Social Policy

09/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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Revealing the Inner World of Materials

To better understand how different materials react, we use powerful microscopes to look at them in incredible detail. Some microscopes we use can zoom into 1 nanometer, that’s the same amount your fingernail grows in a second. Join us to discover some of the fascinating structures that make up objects in our everyday life.

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Material Science

09/02/2023

18:00 - 19:00 GMT

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