Communities of Expertise

Latest articles from our Communities:

Cyber Heroes: A Tale of Online Safety

Pupils at Llancaeach Junior School took part in an online safety project called Cyber Heroes, designed by Thales to provide vital cyber security skills to both younger and older generations whilst promoting intergenerational interactions. The project also involved establishing links with YYFM hospital radio and the University of South Wales.

A Badge, a Competition, a Community: Increasing the Number of Women in Cyber

Just 16% of people working in cyber-security in the UK are women. The University of South Wales is working with schools and community organisations to help increase the number of women working in cyber-security and support those already working in the industry.

Inform, Educate, Entertain: How USW’s Support for Community Radio and Local Journalism Aids Communities and Students

USW's support for YYFM and Business News Wales is helping to combat loneliness in hospital and restore local news provision; and demonstrates the value of community engagement work.

What is a Community of Expertise?

A Community of Expertise, or CommExp for short, is a group of USW staff who come together because of a shared expertise in a particular area of work, research or pedagogy.

CommsExp are vibrant, safe and friendly places to meet people from across the University and, through discussion about what you do and why you do it, enable mutual learning and unexpected new ventures to emerge.

Each CommExp will have a different flavour, focus and ambition, but they all thrive on people sharing their expertise, asking questions and tussling conundrums. Some CommsExp have presented their work at conferences, others run internal and external events, while others have set up opportunities for co-teaching and for their students to learn with others across Faculties… there is so much potential!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

In a recent survey of CommExp members people shared what they valued about the groups. Here are some of the things they said:

  • "I’ve heard about all the great work going on across USW – I feel much more part of the Uni now";
  • "It’s an opportunity to connect with like-minded staff and build for future projects";
  • "I’ve learnt loads about the wider university community and have been challenged to look at what I do differently";
  • "I’ve met great people, shared our work at a conference, and now have students from another course working on a project with mine!"

Do get in touch if you’d like to join a CommExp or start a new one. We’d love to hear from you!

How to start a Community of Expertise

All you need is experience in an area of teaching or research practice that is important to the Student Learning Experience at USW… and a keen interest in finding others in the University who share your interest (though probably do it differently) and some energy to organise a few meetings to get things off the ground!​​​​​​​

CathBarry and Clare have helped to set up the first group of CommExp and would be very happy to help you to! 

We can:

  • Have a chat about your area and see how we can advertise the new group;
  • Ask Senior staff across USW to nominate people to join you or put out a call for interest;
  • Help you set up your first few meetings;
  • Help you and the group create and publish a ‘welcome’ page on this SharePoint site;
  • Create flyers to advertise your group;
  • Offer help with mini-tutorials on ways to develop case-studies, share your work inside and outside USW; or
  • Just try to open a few doors as you need.


For more information or a starter chat please contact: [email protected]  or [email protected]

Upcoming events organised by or involving members of our Communities of Expertise.

Supported by CELT (Centre for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching)