UWTSD to showcase and celebrate learning for all ages at Swansea Learning Festival


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is hosting a number of events at its new SA1 Swansea Waterfront Development as part of a major city-wide festival showcasing and celebrating learning for all ages across Swansea from 1-6 April.

The strapline for the new Swansea Learning Festival is 'Unlocking Opportunities and the events, being organised by UWTSD will cater for all interest, ages and abilities. They include talks by Dr Harriett Webster, who will deliver a virtual tour of medieval Swansea, Dr Kyle Erickson who will give a presentation on ‘Coinage and Money’ and Dr Rebekah Humphreys, who will deliver a talk and food taster session entitled Philosophy of Mind - a demonstration of sense perception using food.

At UWTSD’s IQ building, there will be opportunities to view new facilities at the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, Yr Athrofa, The Institute of Education and the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC). This will include Motorsport and Fitness Flying simulators and demonstrations in Music Technology, Photography and Green Screen from Swansea College of Art. At CWIC, there will be an interactive construction activity.

Barry Liles OBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Skills & Lifelong Learning) said: "The University, located in the heart of the city and offering Lifelong Learning opportunities for its community is pleased to be a major contributor of the 2019 Learning Festival. The festival provides us with the opportunity to welcome the community to our newly opened campus and illustrate the vast range of learning opportunities available across the whole University.”

Visitors will also be able to view Interactive psychology laboratory activities at IQ and visit drop in sessions being hosted by Athrofa, The Institute of Education on ‘Practice or practise - grammar gremlins and punctuation banana skins’, ‘Philosophy for Children’, ‘So you want to teach?’, Conversational Welsh, Numeracy for parents and Maths master classes.

There will also be sessions on Creative Learning, Story sacks, Treasure Baskets and Messy Play as well as talks on the new curriculum for parents.

UWTSD’s Creative Bubble will also be taking part in Swansea Learning Festival by opening its doors to run a series of free friendly workshops managed by UWTSD staff and students. Creative Bubble is a University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea BID initiative that encourages students to try out creative ideas and projects. It is also a space where they share their work with the public.

Events will include a Costume illustration workshop with Aidan Biddiscombe on April 1, a Zine & badge making workshop with Natasha John on April 2, an Eco-friendly toiletries workshop with Danielle Charles on April 3 (all from 11am to 1pm) and a Sustainable and DIY costume design workshop with Zoe Murphy & Keeley-Shay Jarvis from 10am – 3pm, on April 4.

On April 6, UWTSD will host a taster day called ‘Be an Architect for a Day’ in conjunction with the Royal Society of Architects in Wales at the University’s SA1 Swansea Waterfront development.

The event, which will be held in the University’s new IQ building in SA1 from 10am to 4.30pm forms part of the annual Wales Festival of Architecture. It will be opened by Ian Standen, Senior lecturer and Programme Director of Architecture at UWTSD, who will deliver an introductory talk on Architecture in Wales. This will be followed by a talk on the benefits of an education in architecture by Ryan Stuckey, Programme Director Architectural Technology and workshops to explore structural design and designing new installations with Gavin Traylor.

More than 200 events are taking place across the city as part of the Swansea Learning Festival in traditional learning venues such as libraries, schools and museums but also in some more unusual locations including the Quadrant, Castle Square, Swansea beach and the No Sign Wine Bar amongst others.

Areas of learning will include art and crafts, health and well-being, sports and science, technology and media, poetry, entrepreneurial opportunities, business support and employability skills to name a few. The festival's themes of 'Innovation, Inclusive and Entrepreneurial' will be reflected throughout the celebrations.

The aim is to showcase the many different learning opportunities available to young people and adults throughout Swansea. Activities include interactive taster sessions, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, workshops and seminars culminating in a free all-day family event in Castle Square on 6 April.

The Swansea Learning Festival 2019 brings together the community, education and training providers, council departments, cultural organisations, schools, businesses and voluntary organisations to celebrate learning through an assortment of free activities open to all. No matter how old you are, what your interests are or what skills you wish to develop there are opportunities throughout the city. The festival will have something for everyone.

It is being staged by Swansea Council's Lifelong Learning Service along with its partners and dozens of community groups, schools, clubs and organisations who have signed up to take part.

On Tuesday March 19 there will be launch event at the YMCA on St Helen's Road where people can find out about the programme, sign-up for an event or try their hand at one of the taster activities.

The main festival will kick-off with a launch in Castle Square on April 1 involving local schools while other events will be held on that day in the Quadrant and at community locations the length and breadth of Swansea.

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, said: "Our Lifelong Learning Service team has partnered up with organisations and grassroots clubs throughout Swansea to make ensure that during the week there will be something for everyone.

"This is a very diverse programme that demonstrates the many opportunities there are for people of all ages to learn new skills and develop their talents.

"Activities will include interactive taster sessions, exhibitions, demonstrations, classes, workshops and seminars and will happen at locations throughout Swansea including the outlying communities so it is accessible to all with events on or near their doorstep."

The festival's themes of 'Innovation, Inclusive and Entrepreneurial' will be reflected throughout the celebrations.

Swansea is one of only three cities in the UK to hold UNESCO 'Learning City' status and last year welcomed delegates from across the UK and Europe who were keen to find out how the city is encouraging children and adults alike to learn about enterprise.

Cllr Raynor added: "There is some exceptional work taking place in Swansea and we are very proud that we have been recognised by UNESCO for our efforts to promote learning among young people and adults.

"The Swansea Learning Festival 2019 will build on this and will be showcasing and celebrating learning across all fields and for all ages throughout Swansea and the surrounding areas.

"It will play a significant role in bringing people and organisations together with a focus on lifelong learning."

For more details about the UWTSD events, click here: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/grow/

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