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* Dr Jafar Ojra, Ellen Spender and David Bolton presented at a conference aimed at Year 9 comprehensive school students. Organised by SAILS, the conference brought students to the university and hosted various mini lectures to help them decide topics to choose for GCSE. The aim was to be the first conference of its kind held in Wales.


* Call for case studies

The School of Management is submitting its first application to the Athena SWAN charter in 2018. The Career Progression working group is responsible for offering an accurate reflection of our conditions within the School that impact career progression opportunities for staff (both academic and professional services), in addition to inputting into an action plan of how the School aims to tackle some of the key areas of improvement. In order to do this successfully, we need your help. Here are the members within this working group who are seeking case studies to support our application – these can range from success stories to indicating potential areas of improvement: Jocelyn Finniear, Sophie Lacey, Cath Groves, Sarah Owens, Gareth Davies, Paul White, Yujie Cai, Kim Howell.

If you would like to offer a case study please contact any member of the group (this can be done formally or informally). All conversations will be confidential. Each and every one collected will be anonymised and only used for the purpose of the Athena SWAN application, not every case study will be used however all information will of course be gathered confidentially by the person from the group it is disclosed to. Any colleague has the right to withdraw their case study should they no longer wish to contribute. If you have any questions, or are unsure about a particular case you may wish to contribute, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact: Sophie Lacey s.l.lacey@swansea.ac.uk


* Staff Training

Lecture Capture Training Session; Tuesday January 30th

11am; SoM 010

Simon Gibbon (SALT) has kindly agreed to deliver a further lecture capture training session, at SOM. The session will run on Tuesday 30 January 2018, at 11.00, in SoM 010. Delivered by Simon Gibbon (SALT), the session will provide training, and the opportunity to ask questions, on the use of lecture capture. The session should last around 30 minutes, so if interested in attending please let Mark Johncock know by Monday January 29th, so that a lecture capture account can be set up for you.


- Supporting Student Employability

Wednesday 7th February 2018; 2pm-3pm; Grove Extension, room 273

The ‘Go Beyond’ programme aims to ensure that Swansea University students are provided the best learning experience to help develop their personal and professional skills whilst they study. With Employability an increasingly important part of Higher Education, this session, which is being led by Swansea Employability Academy, will outline the support available to staff to help them consider how best to improve student employability. To register your attendance please book on ABW.

If you have any staff news you would like to share with colleagues please email SoMnews@swansea.ac.uk

posted on 26 Jan 2018

* Dr Vu Tran, Dr Rui Fan and Professor Sasha Talavera have had their paper ‘Social Media Bots and Stock Markets’ accepted to be presented at the Royal Economic Society Conference 2018 at University of Sussex in March.

* Dr Dario Debowicz’ s
paper, ‘A Study on Altruistic and Electoral Income Redistribution: Theory and Data’, in collaboration with Dr Alejandro Saporiti and Yizhi Wang has been accepted to be presented at the Royal Economic Society in March (link: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3002526).

* Terry Filer
has had her paper on “Using VR to increase student engagement and employability skills when teaching taxation” accepted for presentation at the 4th International Conference on Theory and Practice (ICTP -2018), Adelaide, South Australia, 9th –10th February, 2018.

* Professor Steve Cook’s
pedagogical research has received recent recognition in the form of a request to provide an address at the Economics Network's Making the Economy Count symposium.  In addition, Steve has been invited to contribute an element of his joint recent research with Duncan Watson of UEA to an upcoming special edition of the HEA's Higher Education Pedagogies Journal.

* Dr Kim Cuong Ly
has had the following paper accepted for a publication: Ly, K. and Shimizu, K. (2018) 'Funding liquidity risk and internal markets in multi-bank holding companies: Diversification or internalization?’, International Review of Financial Analysis, Accepted (ABS 3*).

* Professor Steve Cook
has had two recent papers accepted by Energy Economics and International Journal of Finance and Economics (both ABS 3*).  The former paper (co-authored with Jack Fosten of UEA) considers the asymmetric modelling of energy prices while the latter paper (co-authored with Duncan Watson of UEA) derives results concerning the relationship between time deformation and conditional volatility in financial time series.

* Professor Yogesh Dwivedi
has had the following 3* paper, which he has have co-authored with collaborators from Australia, accepted for publication: Hossain, MA, Dwivedi, YK, Chan, C, Standing, S & Olanrewaju, A-S (2017). Sharing political content in online social media: A planned and unplanned behaviour approach. Information Systems Frontiers. [Ranking: ABS: 3; ABDC: A; IF2016: 2.521; SNIP: 1.230; CiteScore: 2.39].

* Professor Sasha Talavera
has had the following 3* paper accepted for publication in Economics Letters: "The Responses of Internet Retail Prices to Aggregate Shocks: A High-Frequency Approach" co-authored with Yuriy Gorodnichenko (UC Berkeley) and Slavik Sheremirov (FED Boston) (3* ABS).

* Dr. Aled Eirug
has had the following article accepted for publication: Eirug, A. (2017 ‘The Security Services in South Wales During the First World War’, The Welsh History Review, Volume 28, Number 4, December 2017, pp. 753-784

* Call for papers

Well-being in the service industry

The Service Industries Journal are welcoming submissions for an upcoming special issue of Wellbeing Research in the Service Industries.
Deadline for abstracts: March 1st 2018
Deadline for full paper submission: August 31st 2018
Special issue publication: January 2019
For more information see here: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/bes/fsij-wellbeing-research-in-the-service-industries?utm_source=CPB&utm_medium=cms&utm_campaign=JML03561

* Upcoming Research Seminars

- Speed of convergence to market efficiency: Evidence from developed and emerging markets – Thanaset Chevapatrakul

6th February, SoM room 239

- Identifying social network effects – Peter Dolton

13th February, SoM room 239

- Psychopathic traits of corporate leadership as predictors of future stock returns – Tomasz Wisniewski

20th February, SoM room 239

If you have any research news you would like to share with colleagues please email SoMnews@swansea.ac.uk

posted on 26 Jan 2018

One of Wales’s fastest growing businesses has announced an exciting new research collaboration with Swansea University.

Water technology company Hydro Industries is based in South West Wales and is rapidly establishing itself as a world leader in water treatment solutions. It prides itself in developing cutting edge systems to solve the pressing problems associated with water pollution and water scarcity worldwide.

The Llangennech-based business, which has clients including Ford, Shell, T&T Salvage and Harsco, announced its research partnership with Swansea University’s School of Management at the annual UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) event held at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea this week.

Wayne Preece, Chief Executive of Hydro Industries, told UKSPA delegates that the partnership will focus on finding innovative solutions to global water challenges through collaborative research and development.

He said: “We are very excited to be working with one of the UK’s top universities. This is our first partnership with academia and we are looking forward to working with Swansea University to help our region become a world leader in water innovation, research and its commercialisation.”


Bold New Step:

Mr Preece added: “Hydro’s knowledge and expertise is founded on many years of experience in the water and environmental industries. We are now taking a bold new step to ensure we can keep on innovating and developing as a business. While our core business is based around the industrial waste water market, we are also passionate about using our ground breaking technology to provide clean and safe drinking water to those who desperately need it around the globe.”

Approximately 700 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Hydro Industries has worked in some of the world’s most challenging environments such as Sudan, Somalia and regions of India to provide clean water to those who need it most.


Access to Clean Water:

Professor Marc Clement, Dean of the School of Management at Swansea University, has praised the humanitarian aspect of Hydro Industries work.

Professor Clement said: “Hydro is a wonderful example of Welsh innovation and commercial success working together to help those most in need around the world.

“With population growth, climate change and industrial pollution threatening the quality and quantity of water available for human use, we are committed to working with this global water tech leader to achieve a safe, secure water supply.


“In this day and age, access to clean water should not be considered a luxury.


“The School of Management is committed to driving research, innovation and entrepreneurship through these kinds of industry partnerships and we look forward to creating a solid foundation of water research and development with Hydro in the Swansea Bay City Region.”

The School of Management ranks in the top 10 UK business schools for Research Impact and was a key part of developing and securing the £1.3billion Swansea Bay City region City Deal.

Professor Marc Clement welcomed UKSPA delegates to Swansea University during the two-day conference of the UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) on Thursday and Friday, January 25th & 26th.

Professor Clement talked about the progress of the 11 projects which make up the City Deal with Carmarthenshire Council chief executive Mark James. Professor Clement said: “The City Deal has kick-started a new profile and momentum for this region, encouraging many new global partnerships such as our new collaboration with Hydro Industries.

“This region is establishing itself as a leader in innovation, testing new concepts and then being able to commercialise them for a global market.

“We have started work on the School of Management’s Centre for Regional Innovation at the Civic Centre which will allow us to grow our academic excellence outside of the Bay Campus - right in the heart of the city centre and puts us close to Swansea Council’s digital district and digital indoor arena.

“And further west, the Llanelli Wellness & Life Science Village project in Carmarthenshire is also taking shape with public engagement taking place and dialogue with potential project partners.”

posted on 26 Jan 2018

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