Graduates from UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering celebrate success at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall


Graduates from University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering have celebrated their success at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

At The School of Applied Computing exceptional numbers of First Class Honours students have graduated, with many also receiving the prestigious British Computer Society (BCS) Award.

Professor Ian Wells, Head of School of Applied Computing said: “The School of Applied Computing at UWTSD is proud to announce that we have an exceptional number of First Class Honours students graduating this year. We have eight in Computing and six in ‘Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (two of which are at MEng (Master of Engineering) level). Five of the Computing students will also receive the British Computer Society (BCS) award giving them full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and membership of the BCS. In a profession where traditionally there are few females these results are of particular significance since four of the students receiving the award are female.”

Professor Wells added: “Holding CITP status reflects your integrity, professionalism and dedication to your work. Your status will be recognised in a formal listing of Chartered IT Professionals on a register available to potential clients and employers on the BCS website.”

Senior Lecturer in Business Computing James Williams said: “The girls have worked incredibly hard. They deserve the success they have achieved. It just shows you can achieve anything you put your mind to, with focus and determination, and make your dreams reality.”‌

Nathan Munkley, who graduated with a First Class Honours BSc degree in Computer Networks said: “I enjoyed the whole three years. I particularly enjoyed the 'hands on' aspect of the course the most, being able to use the labs to get a better understanding of how things work instead of just the theory. Our lecturers were very supportive, if there was any issues you could always speak to them. It still hasn’t sunk in that I have a first. My family was really pleased. I chose to study at UWTSD because at the time I was focused on hardware and UWTSD (Then Swansea Met) was the only university in Wales to offer the Computer Network BSc, all other universities were Computer Science. The day after my final exam in May I had an interview for a local IT Support Company in Bridgend, I found out the week after that I was successful and I have since began a career in the IT industry starting at 1st Line Support.

Reham Ismail Saeed Al-Shaibani graduated with a First Class Honours BSc in Business Information Technology. 

She said: “Everything was enjoyable at UWTSD! Very useful for future purposes – employment focused. When I studied business, it taught us how organisations work and I found the human resource aspects very interesting.  Areas such as, how to keep your staff motivated, the benefits of flexibility in work, and how different generations can affect each other within an organisation. I love that the course connects business and computing. It enabled us to understand business needs and IT solutions and communicate between both departments. Almost as a decoder translating between two languages.”

The Electronics department is celebrating six firsts in Electronic and Computer Engineering, two of which are at MEng level. Aidan Kiely of Swansea, was awarded a First Class Honours in Computer Systems and Electronics (Applied Environmental Engineering) in conjunction with the Swansea-based company Power And Water.

He said: “My course started as Computer Systems and Electronics but when I changed over to the MEng for Applied Environmental Engineering the best thing was the new discipline and the topics that came with it. I personally enjoyed the Water Treatment side of things and it's changed my enthusiasm towards the industry, combined with my interest in Electronics of course! Throughout the BEng years and MEng years I had a great spread of lecturers who were all amazing but I'd have to say without Dr Gary Jones at the Electronics department I wouldn't be where I am today. He's been a massive help for myself and I know many other students that he's taught would agree with me!”

UWTSD’s Motorsport department is also celebrating success. Gavin Griffiths has graduated with a First Class Honours MEng in Motorsport Engineering. Gavin said he chose engineering because he is, ‘mechanically minded and motorsport has always been a passion of mine so this course was a perfect fit for me.’

“Everyone on the programme had the same passion where we could bring our hobby and studies together. Also having actual race cars that can be worked on is a big bonus, instead of just there for display purposes. Projects are related around an actual vehicle, for example, being a part of the MEng group project we were provided with our own vehicle to develop,” he added. “All the lecturers were approachable, and they know all the students individually. They also have a wide industry relevant knowledge, with actual industry experience which helped in the way the subjects were taught as they could provide life experiences on real projects. This helped us in the understanding of academic principles as they could relate them to the real world.  

Within Engineering, Nick Tanner, BEng Mechanical Engineering student won ‘Best Application of Engineering Design.’ Nick was a Foundation student, who proactively sort after a placement at Oceaneering and is starting his job as a Manufacturing and Logistics Engineer in July.

Part-time BEng Manufacturing Systems student Rob Cornwell received the ‘Project with Most Commercial Application’ with his ‘Development of Risk Mitigation Strategy for an Obsolete Asset.’

Mike Hurst-Hughes, BEng Manufacturing Systems based his project on ‘The Study of Premature Bearing Failure in the Paper Making Industry.’ He looked into the continuous bearing failure and costs of upgrading bearing assembly, load, misalignment, speed and lubrication. He discovered that they were using half the lubrication needed and concluded that it is better to refer back to basic engineering principles before using expensive solutions.

Elanor Alun was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Conservation.

During Elanor's studies she was a volunteer warden at Kilvey Community Woodlands and was the Green Impact intern for the Students' Union. Elanor has been employed as a Conservation Manager at the RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre since the beginning of the final year. 

She said: “The great thing about this Environmental Conservation course is that it gives you a very broad covering of all different topics so you really get to choose which areas you want to go into. In my particular case, we did habitat management which has been invaluable but also at the more practical end. You learn practical skills, monitoring the environment and the environmental effects of activities, and how you survey to find out what your site is actually doing, so you have a base line to work from. All the lecturers know who you are and if you have and problems you can absolutely go to them and they help as much as they can. It’s a much cosier environment, a much more supportive environment, and that means a lot.”