Staff and students receive award for outstanding work


Staff and students at University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering have received a Best Presentation Award for outstanding work at an international conference in Amsterdam.


UWTSD's Dr Talib E Butt, lecturer in Built and Natural Environments based in the University’s Mount Pleasant Campus, regularly encourages students to generate publications out of their dissertations. In this capacity, he presented research into flood risks, environmental pollution risks, sustainable and renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency, climate change and carbon emissions at international conferences in Amsterdam and Lisbon this year.

The award winning research on flood risks that he presented at the International Conference on Risk Assessment and Management (ICRAM) was generated in collaboration between Dr Butt, his colleagues and former undergraduate student Natalie L. Jordan. The research was awarded the prize for Best Presentation by the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (WASET), who organized the conference.

WASET bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Risk Assessment and Management. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Risk Assessment and Management.

Natalie L. Jordan graduated from UWTSD in 2015 with First Class Honors in Environmental Conservation. The award-winning presentation was based on her final year dissertation on flooding and perceptions on climate change. Natalie said: “Since I graduated from UWTSD, my degree has opened a number of doors. I have worked in a local council as a Flood Risk Technical Assistant, where I helped to design and implement a number of flood alleviation schemes. Currently, I am working in the Waste and Potable Water Industry as a GIS Data Co-ordinator and alongside this I am working with UWTSD to develop my undergraduate dissertation into a series of papers which examine how flood events affect an individual’s climate change scepticism - one of which has already been presented at an international conference in Amsterdam. Each of these amazing opportunities is directly attributable to my undergraduate degree and I could not be more grateful for how much the University and lecturers have helped me achieve."

Dr Butt and his colleagues have also been working with another UWTSD graduate Kristofer S. Getvoldsen who achieved BSc in Civil Engineering and Environmental Management from UWTSD last year. He has already had research from his final year dissertation presented at an international conference in Lisbon and is currently developing new papers in collaboration with UWTSD staff. Kris said: “The beauty of UWTSD is that it has staff like Talib E. Butt, Christopher House and Prof Mike Phillips, the co-authors on my papers, who help not only current students at the University but also after they have graduated. Their support knows no boundaries and helping former students like me to publish out of my dissertation is an unusual example.”

Dr Butt said: “Research is central to a university education, be it applied or fundamental. At university, students should not only be imparted with existing knowledge but also supported to create new knowledge, thereby presenting a landscape where both knowledge transfer and knowledge generation take place together.”

He believes UWTSD in general, and his Faculty in particular, support former graduate and post-graduate students to produce articles out of their dissertations that can be presented at international conferences and later enhanced even further to be published in academic, peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his own research, he particularly mentions former students’ published works as model examples to encourage current students to excel in their dissertations.

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