Press Releases 2014-2015

Dedication of UWTSD member of staff recognised at NIACE Award Ceremony


A highly respected member of staff from UWTSD received a prestigious award at a NIACE Cymru ceremony this week. Jean Williams, School of Social Justice and Inclusion, achieved the ‘Tutor of the Year’ award for her outstanding role on the UWTSD Foundation Degree for Teaching Assistants.

The Inspire! Adult Learning Award 2015 ceremony took place at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff and marked the launch of the NIACE Adult Learner’s Week, the biggest celebration of Adult Learners in Europe.

The awards are now in their 23rd year and receive over 300 nominations from across Wales. They celebrate the achievements of a small number of exceptional learners who have shown commitment and drive for learning, often in the face of difficult circumstances. The Awards also celebrate the achievement of some outstanding tutors and trainers from across Wales in the joint ceremony.

Jean's role was recognised namely in relation to her dedication to the flexible and transformative educational experience for the Gypsy-Traveller Community in Pembrokeshire.  Her commitment to offering these opportunities to Teaching Assistants across Wales was also recognised. The success of the foundation degree is also attributable to the support and commitment of the Head of School Dr Sue Davies, and the lecturers who support Jean, through working evenings, weekends and being available throughout the academic and calendar year.

Jean said: "I was absolutely shocked when I won this award as for me I am only doing a job of work. I feel that this is an award for the School of Justice and Inclusion and the wonderful students that I am privileged to work with. The students who Inspire me. By taking the Foundation Degree out to the community so many more have been able to study and and this is an excellent example of widening access at its best. The hundreds of students who have studies across Wales during the past few years on this flexible route have experienced the wealth of knowledge and support that the University of Wales Trinity Saint David's offer. WE are about Transforming Education - Transforming Lives".

UWTSD has seen 58 students who have progressed from the Foundation Degree to the full time BA Social Inclusion programme, they will all be graduating this academic year. Jean’s former students on the Foundation Degree, Claire Arnold, who is graduating this year from the BA Education QTS programme, won the ‘Learning Progression Award’ and was also the overall winner of the ‘2015 Inspire! Learner of the Year Award.’”

The Foundation Degree in Inclusive Studies at UWTSD is specifically suited for Teaching Assistants. It is a 3 year course and lectures are delivered on Saturdays at the Carmarthen Campus or in the local community on twilight sessions. A variety of learning styles are used and the course provides opportunities for students to get the latest subject knowledge and exploration of recent research in subject areas. Work can be completed in either Welsh or English and there are opportunities to complete the whole degree course through the medium of Welsh. After completing the course there is an opportunity to study for a further 1 year on the BA Social Inclusion (Inclusive Education) course which is again offered as a flexi provision and delivered on Saturdays or as twilight sessions.

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014