Press Releases 2014-2015

UK Tourism Industry Accolade for UWTSD Student


A tourism management student from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has been named runner-up in the national Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) Undergraduate Student of the Year Award 2014.

Andrew Campbell and Brenda ThomasThirty-nine year old Brenda Thomas is completing the final year of a degree in tourism management after graduating with a HND in the subject. She was recently announced as the runner-up in the ITT Bella Rangel Callen Student of the Year Award, which celebrates high calibre travel and tourism students in the UK.

The ITT is the only professional membership body for individuals employed in the travel and tourism industry, one of the largest trade sectors in the UK.

Brenda said: “I was delighted to be named as runner-up and feel very proud of my achievement. Although having had experience in the travel industry, I always felt something was holding me back from progressing. I voiced concerns about being a mature student during my application, but was reassured that I had everything I needed to obtain an HND. My tutors and the University have enabled me to grow and have a greater understanding of the business and what is required to make tourism more sustainable. One of the highlights of was my work placement experience at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.”

Students are nominated for the Award by their lecturers. In Brenda’s case, the nomination came from UWTSD’s Head of Leisure, Tourism, Events and Sport, Andrew Campbell.

Andrew said: “Brenda has demonstrated an excellent academic performance and a high level of commitment to the tourism industry through previous and current work practice. She is inspirational in lectures and is motivational to other students.

“We are very proud of Brenda’s achievement, which not only recognises her own qualities but also the work carried out in the tourism department. This is a first for the University and, if memory serves me right, a first for Wales.

“I have no doubt that should she decide to stay in Wales upon graduation, she will make the most telling contribution to tourism in this part of the world.”

Now living in Swansea, Brenda hails from Peru in South America. She arrived in the UK at the age of eighteen with no proficiency in English. Within two years she had mastered the language and secured a job at Thomas Cook, where she would learn about the travel trade. Brenda continued this career development spending a year at Virgin Atlantic before enrolling onto the HND/BA course at UWTSD.

Note to Editor

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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