It’s been a long term, hasn’t it? From essay deadlines and speed dating to elections, the Lent term has been far from uneventful. We’ve come a long way since our beginnings in December, and we’d like to thank all of our readers and contributors for making The Siren what it is! There’s no rest for us here at The Siren; we’ll be continuing our articles throughout the Easter break, so you know where to turn if you need your Swansea fix! In the meantime, Elena Cresci takes a look at some of The Siren’s highlights from the past term…
January brought the return of the student population to Swansea, a little porkier after four weeks of festive feeding. The Yes for Wales campaign launched in Swansea, with the union pledging full support to the Yes movement. Meanwhile, the issue of safety in Singleton Park once again reared its head, as another attack hit the headlines. Exam season was in full swing as stressed students took to the library to furiously cram for the exam they dared not think about. Always looking for an alternative view, we spoke to Nick Barley, an exam invigilator, about exam season from the other side of the fence. News of Swansea’s new campus hit the headlines, despite much talk of cuts to departments.
February meant freedom from exams but sadly not from the building work taking place across campus. The re-glazing of Keir Hardie’s windows led to much in the way of disruption and continued throughout the month. Varsity fever kicked off, and for the first time students were able to buy their tickets for Varsity online. Unfortunately, the server crashed and several students ended up buying more tickets than they’d intended. Raising and Giving was the name of the game for RAG Week, and a Valentine’s themed week ensured that the well-established society did just that. February also saw much in the way of union successes, such as the Library Book Amnesty and the securing of the Student Experience Fund. On top of this, The Siren gained a few new writers!
March was the month for politics, both student and national. Wales’ Referendum meant more powers for the Welsh Assembly Government, while the close of nominations for Swansea University’s Sabbatical elections meant we were gearing up for an election season all our own. Despite March being dissertation month, the elections were all that was on our minds, and we took further steps in our coverage, adding videos and Live blogging to our articles. We thought campaigning was over after such an exhausting week for candidates and reporters alike, but the student activism was far from over, as Monday the 28th of March saw the University’s Council’s meeting to decide the fate of Modern Foreign Languages. Instead of passing proposals to cut the MFL department in half, Senior Management were asked to consult departments directly in order to come up with a revised plan, representing a significant win for the students and lecturers involved. Swansea University was clearly on a winning streak that week, as we triumphed over Cardiff University in the 15th anniversary of the Varsity grudge match!
What a term eh? Check back for more detailed articles on the MFL protests and Varsity – as if we could leave those ones to a few sentences!