Asian Correspondent » Swansea University http://asiancorrespondent.com Asian Correspondent Fri, 03 Jul 2015 10:16:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 April Swansea Science Cafe: The Fermi Paradox http://asiancorrespondent.com/79424/april-swansea-science-cafe-the-fermi-paradox/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/79424/april-swansea-science-cafe-the-fermi-paradox/#comments Sun, 01 Apr 2012 17:01:11 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/79424/april-swansea-science-cafe-the-fermi-paradox/

The Swansea Science Cafe offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science. Designed to be informal and entertaining, the cafe typically runs on the last Wednesday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Entry is free and talks start at 7:30pm.


Title: The Fermi Paradox, organised by Wales Gene Park         

Speaker: David Skibinski, Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Swansea University


Date: Wednesday 25th April 2012

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

Admission:  Free, all welcome


Event summary: The Universe is vast with millions of planets where intelligent life might evolve. So why aren’t aliens visiting us all the time, or sending us signals?

This is known as the Fermi paradox after the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi who discussed the question in 1950.  The paradox is sometimes referred to as “The Great Silence”.

Scores of theories have been put forward to explain the paradox.  Perhaps we are alone in the Universe? Perhaps aliens are here already but don’t let on? Perhaps aliens are not interested in us? Perhaps aliens exist but are just too far away?

Professor David Skibinski, will review these theories and invite opinion on which of these seem most plausible.

 

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March Swansea Science Cafe: Molecular Gastronomy http://asiancorrespondent.com/77175/march-swansea-science-cafe-molecular-gastronomy/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/77175/march-swansea-science-cafe-molecular-gastronomy/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:01:10 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/77175/march-swansea-science-cafe-molecular-gastronomy/

The Swansea Science Cafe offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science. Designed to be informal and entertaining, the cafe typically runs on the last Wednesday of every month at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Entry is free and talks start at 7:30pm.


Title: Molecular Gastronomy: the science of taste and flavour

Speaker: Professor Peter Barham, Bristol University


Date: Wednesday 21st March 2012

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

Admission: Free, all welcome


Event summary

In this month’s lecture Professor Barham will be attempting to answer questions such asWhat gives food its flavour”? “What makes some foods taste really good while others can be mediocre or even disgusting”?

Through a series of practical demonstrations he will look at how far science can go in answering these and other questions that are so important for domestic cooks and chefs alike.

The audience will discover that we actually use all our senses to assess the food we eat:

  •     we use our eyes to see the colour, shape and size

  •     our ears to hear any sizzling, or crackling

  •     our hands to feel the texture

  •     our tongues to sense the taste

  •     our noses to sense the aroma

  •     and all the nerves in our mouths to assess the “mouthfeel”

In practice, all these sensations are integrated into what is called the “flavour” , the diner then decides whether or not they like it.

Professor Barham will also show how collaborations between scientists and chefs are opening up new worlds of novel and delicious food and taste combinations.

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DACE Lecture: Wales and the Welfare State http://asiancorrespondent.com/76297/dace-lecture-wales-and-the-welfare-state/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/76297/dace-lecture-wales-and-the-welfare-state/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:01:19 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/76297/dace-lecture-wales-and-the-welfare-state/

The next in the series of free community lectures organised by the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) at Swansea University focuses on Wales and the establishement of the welfare state.


Speaker: Bernard Salter

Lecture title: Wales and the Welfare State


Date:  Thursday 8th March 2012

Time: 10.30am – 12.15pm

Venue: Canolfan Maerdy, New Road, Tairgwaith, Neath Port Talbot, SA18 1UD

Admission: Admission is free, but as seating is limited in the venues please book in advance to avoid disappointment (see below for contact details).


Lecture summary: This lecture will look at the contributions of Welsh politicians such as Lloyd George, Aneurin Bevan and Jim Griffiths to the establishment of the Welfare State.

Contact: To book a place or for further information please call 01792 602211 or email: adult.education@swansea.ac.uk (N.B. the lecture venue will not be taking bookings). Visit www.swansea.ac.uk/dace.

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Natural History: Life on the Sea Shore http://asiancorrespondent.com/75492/natural-history-life-on-the-sea-shore/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75492/natural-history-life-on-the-sea-shore/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:01:34 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75492/natural-history-life-on-the-sea-shore/

The next in the series of free community lectures organised by the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) at Swansea University takes place at the beginning of March.


Speaker: Dr Michael Isaac

Lecture title: Natural History: Life on the Sea Shore


Date:  Thursday 1st March 2012

Time: 6.00pm – 7.45pm

Venue: Resolven Building Blocks, Resolven ICC, Neath Port Talbot, SA11 4AB

Admission: Admission is free, but as seating is limited in the venues please book in advance to avoid disappointment (see below for contact details).


Speaker information: Dr Michael Isaac joined DACE in 1986, having been a part-time tutor since 1971. Prior to joining the Department he was Keeper of Swansea Museum and an honorary lecturer in the University’s Department of Zoology. He is the Coordinating tutor for Environmental Studies, Botany and Sustainability.

Michael works with a number of organisations in the local area, including the Brecon Beacons National Park, and is a member of the Management Committee of the recently declared Fforest Fawr Geopark. He has been involved in activities in the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the Environment Centre. He is also a member of the Swansea Environment Forum, the Swansea Environmental Education Forum and its HE/FE group, and is a vice president and trustee of the Royal Institution of South Wales. He sits on the Global Learning Award Committee of Cyfanfyd and NIACE Dysgu Cymru and is a member of the local Wildlife trust and the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, and has been a trustee of both in the past.

Lecture summary: This lecture will look at the animals and plants that live on the British sea shores.

Contact: To book a place or for further information please call 01792 602211 or email: adult.education@swansea.ac.uk (N.B. the lecture venue will not be taking bookings). Visit www.swansea.ac.uk/dace.

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Swansea Distinguished Lectures in Computer Science http://asiancorrespondent.com/75491/swansea-distinguished-lectures-in-computer-science/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75491/swansea-distinguished-lectures-in-computer-science/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:01:24 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75491/swansea-distinguished-lectures-in-computer-science/

As part of the distinguished lecture series Professor Dame Wendy Hall will be giving a lecture on the origins of Web Science, a relatively new discipline but one that is evolving fast, and consider the development of the Web Science research agenda and the major challenges that need to be tackled.


Title: The Development of Web Science: Research, Education and Diversity

Speaker: Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FRS, FREng Dean, Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences, University of Southampton


Date: Wednesday 15th February 2012

Time: Refreshments in the foyer from 6.30pm, Lecture begins at 7.00pm

Venue: Faraday Lecture Theatre, Faraday Building, Swansea University

Admission: Free of charge, all welcome 

Other: Refreshments will be served in the foyer from 6.30pm and the lecture will be followed by a buffet


This event is part of a series of lectures at Swansea University given by distinguished computer scientists. It is organised in collaboration with BCS Women in Wales and co-sponsored by the British Computer Society (South Wales Branch) and a grant from the EPSRC Bridging the Gaps programme at Swansea University. 


Speaker Biography: Professor Dame Wendy Hall is one of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia and has been at its forefront ever since.

The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. She has published over 400 papers and is frequently invited to speak at high profile conferences and events.

In June 2009 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from 2008-2010. Other significant posts she has held include Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, founding member of the European Research Council, member of the EPSRC Council, President of the British Computer Society and EPSRC Senior Research Fellow. She was appointed as Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG in July 2010.


Contact details: For further information contact Professor Peter Mosses, co-ordinator of the Swansea Distinguished Lectures in Computer Science p.d.mosses@swansea.ac.uk

Details of the other lectures in this series are available online www.swansea.ac.uk/compsci/dept/dls.html

 

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The Egypt Centre wins the Diana Award for Champion Volunteers http://asiancorrespondent.com/75490/the-egypt-centre-wins-the-diana-award-for-champion-volunteers/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75490/the-egypt-centre-wins-the-diana-award-for-champion-volunteers/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:01:22 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75490/the-egypt-centre-wins-the-diana-award-for-champion-volunteers/

The Egypt Centre at Swansea University is yet again celebrating its wonderful young volunteers, the “Nubies”, for being awarded the prestigious Diana Award for Champion volunteers.


The Egypt Centre ‘Nubies’ were nominated for their fantastic work as gallery assistants, helping the public to experience ancient Egypt and the museums collection in a new and exciting way!   They bring life and energy to the museum on a Saturday, and this is reflected again and again in the visitor’s experience.  The Nubie program has been running for over 10 years, and throughout this time the young volunteers have run the museum on a Saturday, without adult intervention.  The programme is so popular there is a waiting list for places! 

One of the reasons the museum was nominated was due to its unique nature in using young people of all backgrounds to run the museum. For example Hywel Jones, age 15, from Llanelli, joined the Egypt Centre when he was 10 years old.   Hwyel has Aspergers and other learning difficulties and since he started volunteering he has come on leaps and bounds.

Hywel Jones Diana Award

Hywel can find social situations challenging however being here has helped him to make friends, work in a team, all while having fun, as he describes, “I really enjoy working at the Egypt Centre because I’ve made lots of new friends over the years I’ve been there”.

Ashleigh Taylor, Volunteer Manager, says, “It is fantastic that this award recognises the wonderful work that young volunteers, like Hwyel, contribute, not only to our museum but our society.  They are a joy to work with, and they deserve an award for their commitment, enthusiasm, and expertise in their area, which outstrips most adults!”

Maggie Turner OBE and Chief Executive of the Diana Award said: “It is crucial that young people, like the Nubies who are committed to supporting their local communities, are recognised with an Award. This recognition inspires them to carry on helping others and improve our society. These young people will go on to be our leaders of tomorrow.”

The Diana Award was founded in 1999 by theUKgovernment to act as a lasting legacy to Diana Princess of Wales’ belief in the power of young people to change the world. The award encourages exceptional young people, like the Egypt centre volunteers, to build a better society for all! 

 

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Swansea University student joins Wales under 20’s squad http://asiancorrespondent.com/75489/swansea-university-student-joins-wales-under-20%e2%80%99s-squad-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75489/swansea-university-student-joins-wales-under-20%e2%80%99s-squad-2/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:01:19 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75489/swansea-university-student-joins-wales-under-20%e2%80%99s-squad-2/

Swansea University student Reuben Tucker has been selected for the Wales rugby under 20’s squad.


Reuben, who is in his first year at the University, will be with the squad when they fly to Ireland for Friday evenings match. The 19 year old 6ft back row from Bridgend, is studying Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University.

 Reuben Tucker

Reuben plays regularly for the Swansea University rugby team and joined his team mates recently when Welsh International and Swansea University law graduate Alun-Wyn Jones put them through their paces as they step up their training for the forthcoming annual Welsh Varsity match.   

Reuben Tucker 2

This years Varsity match takes place on 2nd May 2012. Tickets are now on sale – for more information go to www.swansea-union.co.uk .  The Welsh Varsity takes place every year between Swansea University and Cardiff University. Over 25 events to find the deserving winner of the Varsity Shield take place over the course of a week. The centrepiece rugby “head-to-head” match takes place on the Wednesday evening in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Over 14,500 spectators attended last years match.

Other sports represented include hockey, squash, badminton, lacrosse, rowing, golf, basketball, football, netball, fencing and an array of other sports including martial arts. This is a fundraising event with proceeds going to a number of worthy causes.

For more information on the history of the Welsh Varsity event, previous results and information on this years fever pitch battle visit http://www.welshvarsity.com

Information about Swansea University RFC can be found at http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/swanseauniversityrfc .

 

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The College of Arts and Humanities Celebrates Swansea Authors and Inspires Reading in Wales http://asiancorrespondent.com/75324/the-college-of-arts-and-humanities-celebrates-swansea-authors-and-inspires-reading-in-wales/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75324/the-college-of-arts-and-humanities-celebrates-swansea-authors-and-inspires-reading-in-wales/#comments Sun, 05 Feb 2012 17:01:07 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75324/the-college-of-arts-and-humanities-celebrates-swansea-authors-and-inspires-reading-in-wales/

Swansea University has now launched its Celebrating Swansea University Authors project on YouTube.


The project, coordinated by Information and Services Systems, and funded by the Welsh Government, is part of a regional grant by local libraries to inspire reading in Wales.  

Published authors, from each College in the University, were asked to speak about what inspired them to write their chosen book and the authors were filmed.

Six authors took part from the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University:

Dr Joy Porter, Senior Lecturer and Associate Dean for Swansea University’s College of Arts and Humanities (COAH), speaks of her book, Native American Freemasonry. Dr Porter’s book deepens our understanding of how an institution once seen solely as elitist and secret could be used to give meaning to Native American spiritual beliefs and social activism.

Professor Chris Williams, Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH), discusses Robert Owen and His Legacy, co-authored with Professor Noel Thompson of Swansea University. Robert Owen (1771-1858), a radical thinker and humanitarian employer, made a major contribution to nineteenth-century social movements including co-operatives, trade unions and workers education. He was a pioneer of enlightened approaches to the education of children and an advocate of birth control. He established utopian communities in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and is often thought of as a leading early British socialist.

Dr Matthew Stevens, talks about his book, Urban Assimilation in Post-Conquest Wales. This book is the first major work in medieval Welsh urban history for over twenty-five years as well as a critical reassessment of key points of parallel English manorial, social and legal history.

Dr John Goodby, a senior lecturer in the College, reads from A True Prize, a collection of his poetry published in 2011. Dr Goody reads a poem written from this book, ‘The Uncles’, which was the first prize winner in the Cardiff International poetry competition in 2006.

Dr Michael Franklin, talks about his book, Orientalist Jones: Sir William Jones, Poet, Lawyer, and Linguist, 1746-1794. Extensive archival research reveals new insights into this radical intellectual: a figure characterised by Goethe as ‘a far-seeing man, he seeks to connect the unknown to the known’, and described by Dr Johnson as ‘the most enlightened of the sons of men’. Unpublished poems and new letters shed fresh light upon Jones in rare moments of relaxation, while Franklin’s research of the legal documents in the courts of the King’s Bench, the Carmarthen circuit, and the Supreme Court of Bengal illustrates his passion for social justice, his legal acumen, and his principled independence.

And Dr Krijn Peters, also from the College, talks about his book, War and the Crisis of Youth in Sierra Leone. This book addresses the currently incomplete understanding of the conflict in Sierra Leone by focusing on the direct experiences and interpretations of the protagonists. The data presented challenges the widely canvassed notion of this conflict as a war motivated by “greed, not grievance,” pointing instead to a rural crisis expressed in terms of unresolved tensions between landowners and marginalised rural youth, further reinforced and triggered by a collapsing patrimonial state.

There are 10 short videos to view on YouTube, and the books are on permanent display in the University’s Library. 

To view the short videos visit http://www.youtube.com/user/CelebrateSUAuthors#p/u.


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Reaching 100 ! http://asiancorrespondent.com/75292/reaching-100/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75292/reaching-100/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2012 17:01:23 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75292/reaching-100/

In terms of ancient Egyptian history a 100 years is a short space of time but for the Young Egyptologist workshops reaching the 100 mark is a time for celebration.


The Egypt Centre at Swansea University welcomed Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bryniago of Pontarddulais, to its 100th Young Egyptologist workshop in January.  The award winning workshops have been running for 10 years now and several teachers reported that for some children they had totally transformed their attitude to learning. 

 Y.G.G. Bryniago

The aim of the workshops is to raise standards of literacy and numeracy but more importantly raise confidence and self esteem.  The workshops are also awarded 10 credits with Children’s University Swansea and the children receive a Children’s University Certificate along with their Egypt Centre ‘Young Egyptologist’ certificate at the award ceremony.

The Egypt Centre also provides a buffet lunch and a mini bus, with escort, to transport Community First children to and from their school.  Over the years the Centre has seen many changes to our timetable, activities and props!

The Young Egyptologist workshops have been recognised for their contribution to Education and have received the Education Extra Award (2003) and the ContinYou Cymru award (2006) in recognition of the out-of-school-hours provision to children in Community First areas.  In 2007 the Egypt Centre was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Award for widening participation. The workshops are an important part of out widening participation remit.  For more information visit: www.swansea.ac.uk/egypt

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Home-grown neuroscientist leads the way for national Epilepsy charity http://asiancorrespondent.com/75291/home-grown-neuroscientist-leads-the-way-for-national-epilepsy-charity/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75291/home-grown-neuroscientist-leads-the-way-for-national-epilepsy-charity/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2012 17:01:20 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75291/home-grown-neuroscientist-leads-the-way-for-national-epilepsy-charity/

Professor Mark Rees, Chair of Neurology Research at Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS), has been selected to Chair the Scientific Advisory Committee at Epilepsy Research UK (ERUK).


Prof Mark Rees ERUK is the only national charity that funds independent research exclusively into the causes, treatment and prevention of epilepsy. 

Originally hailing from the Gwendraeth Valley in South Wales, Professor Rees has established an expert team at the ILS that works closely with ERUK, gaining some £7million of funding from several sources to investigate epilepsy, particularly in children and young adults.

Two of the team – Dr Seo Kyung Chung and Dr Rhys Thomas – are investigating childhood absence seizures (CAE) and Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy (JME) respectively. Dr Chung is the recipient of a prestigious ERUK Fellowship and Dr Thomas is leading a two-year project as part of a UK-wide multi-centre research effort.

Childhood absence seizures, if not diagnosed effectively, can be misinterpreted as not paying attention or ‘day-dreaming’. New findings by Dr Chung will now be followed up to try to describe the biological basis for such seizures and explain how the inner mechanisms of the brain cause CAE.

Once a person develops JME, they have it for life and so long-term treatment plans must be formulated. A good understanding of JME is vital so that these can be as effective as possible.

Dr Thomas and his colleagues hope that the identification of clinical subgroups using DNA sequencing will help develop better diagnostic techniques and therapies, and allow clinicians to make more accurate prognoses for individual patients. 

Professor Rees, who also leads the Wales Epilepsy Research Network, said:  “I’m delighted to have been appointed as Chair of ERUK’s Scientific Advisory Committee and hope that my increased involvement with the charity will see the continuation of worthwhile projects being funded in this lesser understood condition.  

“My congratulations to Dr Chung and Dr Thomas for their recent success and they represent rising stars in the Biomedical and Clinical investigation of epilepsy.

“The research being conducted here at the ILS in Swansea – together with the impact of networks such as the Wales Epilepsy Research Network – really is putting Swansea and Wales on the map for forging new discoveries into epilepsy.

“Over the past few years we have built up a strong knowledge and presence in this field, which is gaining recognition and quietly influencing national decisions and policies.” 

Without ERUK funding, continued research into epilepsy would be very difficult to undertake. 

This condition, which affects 1% of the population at any one time – or 3% in a lifetime, still needs research resources. Currently, 30% of all cases will remain drug-resistant and suffer recurrent uncontrolled epilepsy. 

However, with research made increasingly possible, the prospect of treatments being tailored to individual sufferers through their DNA is becoming ever closer. 


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Discovery shortlisted for prestigious youth work award http://asiancorrespondent.com/75290/discovery-shortlisted-for-prestigious-youth-work-award/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75290/discovery-shortlisted-for-prestigious-youth-work-award/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2012 17:01:17 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75290/discovery-shortlisted-for-prestigious-youth-work-award/

Swansea University’s Discovery project, which links Wales to Zambia, has
been shortlisted for a prestigious Youth Work Excellence Award.


The Discovery project has been nominated for its Outstanding Contribution to Global Citizenship. Over the last two years Discovery has developed the Swansea-Siavonga Partnership. The project is an excellent model of a geographical connection, allowing people in both Swansea and Siavonga to explore different lifestyles and approaches to shared but different experiences of family life, health, the environment, nutrition and poverty. 

Sarah Jayne Diaco

Eleven Swansea University students visited Siavonga last July to work alongside a team of volunteers from the Siavonga Nutrition Group. The students were involved in an intensive fundraising programme as well as giving presentations and undertaking relevant training. In Siavonga the students involved themselves in an intensive programme of activities, which included delivering workshops on health and agriculture for some of the village women as well educational games for the children at the orphanage.

Other activities included building a playground but the most impressive part of this project were the cultural exchanges that took place between the young volunteers from Swansea and the Siavonga Nutrition Group, working together, supporting and encouraging each other through the challenges & achievements of volunteering. Developing relationships and sharing daily living experiences has been an excellent example of global citizenship that will stand all the young people in good stead for the future.

The project had a profound effect on the students themselves – some making career and life choices relating to that experience, others noting a change in their attitudes to others and life in the UK. The students had a very high level of autonomy and through this they supported, encouraged and enabled the African volunteers to take control of their own volunteering role and to be their own decision makers.  The Siavonga volunteers have now formed their own committee and are leading on their volunteering projects at the orphanage.  They have all benefited from some long lasting friendships both amongst themselves as well as those in Africa.

Tom Lloyd

Discovery Volunteer Tom Lloyd said: ” The visit to Siavonga will stay with me forever, the laughs, excitement, hard work and enthusiasm of both the Swansea and Siavonga people was AMAZING – here’s to future visits”

The women and children in the villages were keen to share their skills and culture. The students facilitated workshops and discussion groups based on villagers’ requests as well as telling them about Swansea. Some of the village women decided to set up a netball team and challenge other villages using donated netballs and bibs, and the volunteers also worked to provide a football pitch for another village.

The project continues to establish links between Swansea and Siavonga with applications now being taken for the 2012 group of 10 students who will have the opportunity to visit the Zambian community. To apply go to www.swansea.ac.uk/summerprogrammes

 

 

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Spitting Goddesses and Stony Snakes: The Religious Significance of Flint in Pharaonic Egypt http://asiancorrespondent.com/75289/spitting-goddesses-and-stony-snakes-the-religious-significance-of-flint-in-pharaonic-egypt/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75289/spitting-goddesses-and-stony-snakes-the-religious-significance-of-flint-in-pharaonic-egypt/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2012 17:01:13 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75289/spitting-goddesses-and-stony-snakes-the-religious-significance-of-flint-in-pharaonic-egypt/

The next in the series of free community lectures organised by the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) at Swansea University takes place later this month.


Speaker: Dr Carolyn Graves-Brown, Curator of the Egypt Centre at Swansea University (http://www.egypt.swansea.ac.uk/)

Lecture title: Spitting Goddesses and Stony Snakes: The Religious Significance of Flint in Pharaonic Egypt


Date:  Thursday 16th February 2012

Time: 3.45pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Discovery Room, Swansea Central Library, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN (http://www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=10956)

Admission: Admission is free, but as seating is limited in the venues please book in advance to avoid disappointment (see below for contact details).


Speaker information: Dr Carolyn Graves-Brown has been curator of the Egypt Centre at Swansea University since 1997. She was formerly assistant curator of the Appletongate Museum, Newark, and Curator of Neath Museum and Curator of Littlehampton Museum. She is a member of the Museums Association, ICOM (Conseil International des Musées) and the Lithics Study Society.  

Lecture summary: Flint was used in Egypt throughout the Pharaonic Period; there are even flint tools in Tutankhamun’s tomb. However, for the Egyptians, flint was much more than a common, utilitarian material. It was a magic stone associated with fiery goddesses and snake deities, thunder gods and celestial realms.

Contact: To book a place or for further information please call 01792 602211 or email: adult.education@swansea.ac.uk (N.B. the lecture venue will not be taking bookings). Visit www.swansea.ac.uk/dace.


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Success was plain sailing for International Maritime Law student http://asiancorrespondent.com/75288/success-was-plain-sailing-for-international-maritime-law-student-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75288/success-was-plain-sailing-for-international-maritime-law-student-2/#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2012 17:01:08 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75288/success-was-plain-sailing-for-international-maritime-law-student-2/

Madrid-born Jaime Albors Cano has received his LLM International Maritime Law award from Swansea University, at the city’s Brangwyn Hall.


Jaime Cano The 23-year-old, who also won the LLM Best Project Prize of £500 for his Law Report, received his award during the Winter Degree and Award Congregation for the College of Business, Economics and Law.

Jaime, who studied Law at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid before commencing his studies at Swansea in 2010, completed his course last September.

He now lives in north London, where he works in the Marine and International Transport Department of the leading international law firm Clyde & Co LLP.

Jaime said: “I am genuinely grateful to the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law for this unexpected prize. I would also like to thank all the staff of the LLM, and specially, Professor Caddel and Professor Nikkaki for their support in the preparation of my project.”

Commenting on Jaime’s achievement, Professor Baris Soyer, Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, said: “Jaime was an exceptional LLM student. He has a solid legal background and has developed himself immensely during his time at Swansea. He is a quick-thinker and problem solver and I have no doubt he will adapt himself to the legal practice with ease. 

“The LLM degrees offered by the Law School are well-known and regarded in shipping, banking and insurance sectors. The courses are taught by internationally recognised experts who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines and are very much practice oriented.

“I have every confidence that the LLM degree will accelerate Jaime’s rise in the legal profession as he joins the elite class of Swansea LLM Alumni which is spread all around the world.”


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First Master of Osteopathy programme in Wales set for formal recognition http://asiancorrespondent.com/75249/first-master-of-osteopathy-programme-in-wales-set-for-formal-recognition-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75249/first-master-of-osteopathy-programme-in-wales-set-for-formal-recognition-2/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:01:19 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75249/first-master-of-osteopathy-programme-in-wales-set-for-formal-recognition-2/

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) has agreed to recognise the qualification Master of Osteopathy (MOst) awarded by Swansea University, subject to final approval by the Privy Council.


The Swansea University programme – the first osteopathy course in Wales– has undergone an extensive and detailed quality assurance assessment conducted on behalf of the GOsC by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

In collaboration with the QAA, the GOsC scrutinises the quality of all UK osteopathy courses leading to registration, to ensure that education providers are equipping students to practise safely and competently as osteopaths.

Tim Walker, GOsC Chief Executive and Registrar of the GOsC said: “We look forward to working with Swansea University and welcome this opportunity for students in Waleswho aspire to a career as practising osteopaths.”

Programme lead at Swansea Ross Johnston said: “Swansea University are delighted to have met the stringent requirements for recognition by the General Osteopathic Council.

“Our students benefit from high quality teaching as well as clinical training in state-of-the-art facilities. The purpose-built clinic allows students to develop their knowledge and practical skills and provide them with valuable exposure to the fundamental aspects of a modern and comprehensive osteopathic approach to patient care. We look forward to the continued development of our programme and the establishment of a centre of excellence for osteopathy in Wales.”

For details on Swansea’s Master of Osteopathy degree programme, see link below: www.swan.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/undergraduate/osteopathy

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Sara is Swansea’s Welsh Student Nurse of the Year http://asiancorrespondent.com/75248/sara-is-swansea%e2%80%99s-welsh-student-nurse-of-the-year-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75248/sara-is-swansea%e2%80%99s-welsh-student-nurse-of-the-year-2/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:01:16 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75248/sara-is-swansea%e2%80%99s-welsh-student-nurse-of-the-year-2/

There was a double celebration for Sara Davies from Porthyrhyd in Carmarthenshire today (Friday, January 27), when she graduated with First Class Honours in Nursing from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences.


Sara Davies Sara, aged 21, was also the winner of the College’s Welsh Student of the Year Award.

The annual award, worth £200, is presented to a student who has shown the highest standard in their Welsh medium work throughout the duration of the three-year Nursing degree.

Speaking about her award, Sara said: “Being awarded ‘Welsh Student of the Year’ was beyond my expectations and I appreciate the recognition I have received. A First Class degree gave me a positive incentive but this award has further enhanced my determination to succeed in my chosen profession.”

Sara says her decision to study at Swansea University was a very easy one to make.

“First and foremost, the quality of the nursing degree on offer at Swansea, coupled with the excellent teaching staff and facilities, meant that I was provided with the best possible opportunity to learn and develop as a nurse,” said Sara.

“The opportunity to further my study through the medium of Welsh was also extremely important – as a fluent Welsh speaker, and knowing how important it is to converse with patients, their friends and family in the language of their choice in the workplace, meant that the Bachelor of Nursing Degree at Swansea provided me with the necessary skills to become a competent, confident and successful nurse.”

Sara took advantage of the opportunity to study a Welsh medium module as part of the Nursing degree.

She said: “It was great to be able to communicate and discuss through my mother tongue, as well as making close friends within the group. Being part of a small group, I was given the opportunity to express my opinion, learn a new vocabulary which was relevant to the course and receive amazing leadership by a tutor who was always on hand to support. By studying the Welsh module, my confidence grew and my first weeks in a new environment were made so much easier.

“The module enabled me to learn and use Welsh vocabulary that was relevant to my clinical placements. It surprised me how many patients, of every age, would rather communicate through the medium of Welsh.”

Sara added: “I feel proud to be able to care and offer help through the medium of Welsh and English. It’s also a nice feeling to be able to communicate with patients’ family and friends in both languages, which can often be in difficult and sad situations.”

During her studies, Sara embarked on an amazing adventure to India by taking part in the University’s Study Abroad programme.

Speaking about her experience, she said: “Without a doubt, the opportunity to travel to India through Swansea University’s ‘Study Abroad Programme’ was the highlight of my time as a student.

“I spent six weeks in Bangalore with a team of students from differing academic backgrounds, learning about the country’s health and education facilities. This opportunity provided me with an invaluable insight into a very different culture and way of life; it was certainly a life-changing experience.”

Sara now works as a qualified nurse on the General Intensive Care Unit at Morriston Hospital.

Sara added: “Throughout the three years, I gave my best within all aspects of the course. My efforts were rewarded by a First Class Honours Degree and my hopes realised.

“My success was overwhelming and has encouraged my ambition to achieve the best standard of performance throughout my nursing career.”


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Felicity’s resilience and determination pays off http://asiancorrespondent.com/75247/felicity%e2%80%99s-resilience-and-determination-pays-off-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75247/felicity%e2%80%99s-resilience-and-determination-pays-off-2/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:01:13 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75247/felicity%e2%80%99s-resilience-and-determination-pays-off-2/

There was a double celebration for Felicity Curtis from Llanelli today (Friday, January 27), when she graduated with an Upper Second Class Degree in Midwifery from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences.


Felicity Curtis Mother-of-two Felicity, aged 34, is also this year’s winner of the College’s new midwifery prize, the Pre-registration Midwifery Award in Memory of Myfanwy McAteer.

The Myfanwy McAteer Midwifery award, worth £50, was awarded this year for the first time in memory of an esteemed colleague who died two years ago.

Myfanwy, or Van as she was known, was a Midwifery Lecturer in Swansea Universityfor several years and was later Head of Midwifery Education until she had to retire on grounds of ill health.

Felicity, who now works as a qualified midwife with the Abertawe BroMorgannwg University health board, will receive the award from the Acting Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences, Jane Thomas and Honorary Professor Gaynor McLean. 

Susanne Darra, Head of Midwifery Education atSwanseaUniversity, said: “Felicity showed outstanding dedication, commitment and personal achievement.  She has a serious and passionate approach to midwifery and a strong work ethic. To this end, Felicity has worked with outstanding commitment, juggling family life with two young children, to develop academically throughout the programme, and now her endeavours have been rewarded.  

“Her achievements in practice have also been recognised by her mentors. She has an exceptional ability to develop rapport with the women in her care. Her kind and caring approach has been commented upon and this must mean a positive experience for women.   

“During Felicity’s final year she was faced with significant adversity which only minimally affected her progress, and it was her resilience and determination despite these difficulties, which clearly showed her passion and commitment to her chosen career.  These are the qualities which are recognised by the Myfanwy McAteer award.”

Speaking about her award, Felicity said: “Winning the Myfanwy McAteer award is such an honour. I attended a memorial day in the University a few months ago and heard many women speak about Myfanwy from their hearts with such passion and respect. Although I personally never met her, I’m hoping that I can follow in her footsteps and be a worthy recipient of this award.” 

The Bachelor in Midwifery is a demanding course, but Felicity had to face many other personal challenges during her studies.

Felicity said: “The midwifery course has its challenges without any life pressures. But with no warning signs, eight months into my second year, my wonderful Dad collapsed and was diagnosed with terminal cancer and just 15 weeks later, as I approached my final year, he passed away. I fought hard to keep myself together. With the support of my family, friends, lecturers and my fabulous cohort I got through it.

“Then, eight months into my third and final year, my lovely mother-in-law passed away and my brother-in-law, who is 33 and has Down’s Syndrome, came to live with us.

“Through it all, my daughters, husband and I pulled together; I stayed focused, dedicated and committed to my degree and my family and friends stayed dedicated and commited to me. And now here I am – a graduate, a midwife and employed!  I know that my achievement will have made both my mother-in-law and my wonderful father very proud indeed.” 

Felicity added: “The support from the lecturers and my cohort was outstanding; I’m delighted to be graduating with them when I could so easily have been left behind.” 


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Swansea University’s Welsh Language Scheme approved http://asiancorrespondent.com/75246/swansea-universitys-welsh-language-scheme-approved-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75246/swansea-universitys-welsh-language-scheme-approved-2/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:01:10 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75246/swansea-universitys-welsh-language-scheme-approved-2/

Swansea University’s latest Welsh Language Scheme has been approved by The Welsh Language Board.


The Scheme outlines how the University will ensure the Welsh language is treated equally to English, as well as steps it will take to promote and encourage the use of Welsh among students, staff, and the public. 

The University is required to produce a Welsh Language Scheme in accordance with the Welsh Language Act of 1993. Swansea University’s original Language Scheme was approved in 2004.

One of Swansea University’s strategic goals is to enhance its bilingual culture and expand Welsh medium provision for students. The Scheme sets out how it will take this forward detailing plans, policies, targets, and methods of monitoring progress.

Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, Professor Richard B. Davies said:

“ Swansea University is international in its outlook but its Welsh heritage is also an important part of its identity. The Welsh Language Scheme reflects the fact that the University is a bilingual institution in Wales.

” We have recently established Academi Hywel Teifi to develop and promote Welsh medium study and scholarship, and this demonstrates Swansea University’s commitment to promoting and developing the language.  

” The Scheme further strengthens this message and explains to staff, students, and the public, how the Welsh language is used within the University.”

The Welsh Language Scheme is available on the Swansea University website:

http://www.swan.ac.uk/the-university/popeth-yn-gymraeg/welshlanguagepolicy/

There will be a number of events to raise awareness of the Scheme over the coming months.

 

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Margaret Perry Award winner says Nursing is in her blood http://asiancorrespondent.com/75245/margaret-perry-award-winner-says-nursing-is-in-her-blood-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75245/margaret-perry-award-winner-says-nursing-is-in-her-blood-2/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:01:07 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75245/margaret-perry-award-winner-says-nursing-is-in-her-blood-2/

There was a double celebration for Sara Oddy from Ponthenri near Llanelli today (Friday, January 27), when she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Nursing from Swansea University at the Winter Degree and Award Congregations for the College of Human and Health Sciences.


Sara Oddy Mother-of-two Sara, aged 39, is also this year’s winner of the College’s top nursing prize, the Pre-registration Nursing Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Memory of Margaret Perry.

The annual award, worth £200, is presented to the student who has obtained the overall highest result and consistently performed throughout the duration of the three-year Nursing degree.

Sara, who now works as a qualified nurse on the Intensive Care Unit within the new Critical Care Unit in West Wales General Hospital, received the award from the Acting Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences, Jane Thomas.

Jane Thomas said: “Sara had an incredible final average of almost 90% and her high academic results have been constant throughout. Sara is highly valued by colleagues, academic staff and patients alike. 

“She has many strengths and has faced many challenges during her studies that make her an outstanding role model both as a student and as a qualified nurse.”

Speaking about her award, Sara said: “I do appreciate that the work I put into both my studies and clinical placements has been recognised by the University in the awarding of both the Margaret Perry Award and a First Class Honours. My family is exceptionally proud.”

Originally Sara taught art and design and then worked as a welfare rights specialist for the Citizens Advice Bureau, but felt she wanted a more caring profession.

And Nursing has been something of a family tradition.

Sara said: “Nursing is in my blood – my father was a mental health nurse and my grandmother a nursing sister. It is a profession I also wanted to undertake, however knowing the commitment required of both the training and the profession itself, I chose to wait until my daughters, now aged 14 years and 19 years were older and less demanding of my time.

“I felt that I wanted a more hands on and direct role in supporting those in ill health and decided to undertake my nursing degree. Swansea University was the natural choice for study due to its locality.”

Sara had to face many challenges during her studies. For the first year and a half of the course Sara along with her husband and two daughters lived in a static caravan while completing renovations to their home. Also both Sara’s mother and grandmother are disabled and housebound. But, there were further challenges to overcome.

Sara said: “Sadly, my father passed away in the year the year before my nursing degree and my mother-in-law lost her battle with lung cancer on the day of my second year exams. My father-in-law was also diagnosed with prostate cancer during my third year.”

Sara remained focussed during her studies and her hard work has now paid off.

She added: “I thrived upon the challenges provided by both clinical placements and academic study, but particularly enjoyed it when I was able to see first hand how academic theory linked to nursing practice.

“The holistic nature of nursing, particularly critical nursing, satisfies my desire to provide care and support for patients during times when they are vulnerable and in most need.”

Sara’s personal tutor, Dr Jane Hanley, said: “Sara is thoroughly deserving of the Margaret Perry Award. She faced many challenges, which appeared to make her even more determined to succeed and she remained focussed on providing nursing care of the highest standard. This commitment was evident both in feedback from her clinical placements and in her written work.

“Sara’s commitment to study and achieve perfection was inspirational.”


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Zambian student celebrates Masters success http://asiancorrespondent.com/75159/zambian-student-celebrates-masters-success-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75159/zambian-student-celebrates-masters-success-2/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:01:48 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75159/zambian-student-celebrates-masters-success-2/

An outstanding student from Zambia celebrated the award of her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Swansea University today (Thursday, January 26).


Linda Hamweemba

Forty-year-old Linda Hamweemba graduated with a MBA with Distinction for the College of Business, Economics and Law at the University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations, held in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

Linda was working as a senior manager in Zambia when she decided to come to Swansea.  She arrived in 2008 to do a BSc in Business Management Finance, leaving her husband and family at home in Zambia. 

Since then she has had to cope with lengthy separations – her first visit home was at the end of Part I of her MBA, four years after leaving!

Linda has now decided to stay on at Swansea to carry out a PhD on Zambian women in international management.

MBA tutor, Professor Antonis Simintiras, said: “Linda has been one of our most positive, popular, friendly and hard-working students. She has been an outstanding student and achieved a well earned and well deserved distinction in her MBA.

“Linda acted as student representative for the 10/11 MBA cohort, and has in many ways been a leader on her programme – someone other students look to organise and represent them.”

Linda said: “I am so pleased to be here today to receive my MBA, and can’t wait to get started on my PhD studies. I am particularly looking forward to going back to Zambia to carry out some of my research in my home country.”


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Masters Award for Management Student http://asiancorrespondent.com/75158/masters-award-for-management-student-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75158/masters-award-for-management-student-2/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:01:45 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75158/masters-award-for-management-student-2/

A high-achieving student has celebrated the award of her Master of Science (MSc) in Management from Swansea University today (Thursday, January 26), after gaining the highest marks in her class.


Emma Slade Twenty-three-year-old Emma Slade, who lives in Neath, graduated with an MSc with Distinction from the College of Business, Economics and Law, at the University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations, held in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

In 2010, Emma graduated with a first class honours degree in Social Policy and Criminology at Swansea and also received a prize for her studies.

She then joined the School of Business and Economics to study for a ‘conversion’ style MSc programme in Management, which is open to graduates from non-business subjects.

PhD supervisor, Professor Mike Williams, said: “In this programme Emma has excelled, achieving not just the best marks of her cohort, but a distinction in both parts of her course.  As a result of her academic excellence she has been awarded a PhD studentship to continue her studies in the School of Business and Economics.”

Emma said: “I am so thrilled to be here with my family to receive my MSc today.  I am now working towards my PhD, which is about innovation adoption, and am combining my studies with a new role at the University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.”


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Shane Williams swaps his rugby boots for robes http://asiancorrespondent.com/75157/shane-williams-swaps-his-rugby-boots-for-robes-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75157/shane-williams-swaps-his-rugby-boots-for-robes-2/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:01:42 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75157/shane-williams-swaps-his-rugby-boots-for-robes-2/

World renowned Wales rugby international and Osprey’s winger Shane Williams, today swapped his rugby kit for academic robes, when he received an Honorary Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contribution to the region.


Shane received his MSc (Honorary) Degree during Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations which took place at the Brangwyn Hall today. Rhodri Morgan, Swansea University’s Chancellor and Dan Ryan-Lowes, President of the Swansea University Athletics Union (who nominated Shane for the Honorary Degree) were on stage to see Shane receive his award from Raymond Ciborowski, Swansea University’s Registrar and Head of Administration.    

 Shane Williams receiving award 2012

Shane joined over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Swansea University who received their awards during the two-day Winter Congregations. The Winter Congregations are held for students who have successfully completed their studies since July 2011.

Speaking about the award Shane said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. It’s very humbling – I never expected to receive anything like this.”

 Shane Williams with Rhodri Morgan 2012

Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations take place just a few days before tickets go on sale on Monday 30th January, for this years Welsh Varsity match, which takes place on 2nd May 2012. The sought after tickets are available from www.swansea-union.co.uk . The Welsh Varsity takes place every year between Swansea University and Cardiff University. Over 25 events, to find the deserving winner of the Varsity Shield, take place over the course of a week. The centrepiece rugby “head-to-head” match takes place on the Wednesday evening in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Over 14,500 spectators attended last years match. History of the event is available at http://www.welshvarsity.com.

Swansea University has a strong track record of producing high achieving sportsmen and women, but is just as serious about promoting sport for all, at all levels. The University is building a reputation as a natural centre for sporting excellence, and encourages all staff and students to make the most of its exceptional facilities, including the Wales National Pool, Swansea, and the state-of-the-art Sports Village. More information is available at http://www.swan.ac.uk/sport . The Swansea University Athletics Union is very active both off and on the campus. More information can be found at http://suaumedia.com

 

 

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Double Celebration for Maritime History Student http://asiancorrespondent.com/75156/double-celebration-for-maritime-history-student-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75156/double-celebration-for-maritime-history-student-2/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:01:39 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75156/double-celebration-for-maritime-history-student-2/

It was a double celebration today (Thursday, January 26) for high-achieving student Peter Richards, who received his MA (Master of Arts) in Maritime and Imperial History from Swansea University – and who has also won a prestigious national prize for his Maritime History dissertation.


Peter Richards Peter, who lives in Pontardawe, graduated from the College of Arts and Humanities at the University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations held in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

He has also won the British Commission for Maritime History’s prize for his dissertation in maritime history.

Peter’s dissertation, which is entitled “An analysis of voyaging in ships of the East India Company from 1750-1833,” beat off stiff competition from MA students from across the UK. 

Peter said: “I am a bit of a late starter when it comes to history.  I worked as a dentist for many years but decided on a change of direction following an accident.  I am thrilled to receive my MA and honoured to receive the British Commission for Maritime History prize.”

In awarding Peter the prize for his dissertation, the judge wrote, “This is an outstanding dissertation in terms of its data collection and the sheer scale of the material gathered and presented. It is well-written and engaging, and the author’s grasp of the material is formidable.” 

Peter wins a £100 prize, sponsored by the Maritime Information Association, and he will be offered the opportunity to present a paper based on his research at the BCMH’s New Researchers’ Conference in Glasgow in March. 

Huw Bowen, Professor of Modern History at Swansea University, said: “Peter has done extraordinarily well both in his MA but also in winning this prestigious prize.

“The British Commission for Maritime History awards its prize to dissertations only of the very highest quality, and Peter should be very proud of his achievement.”

Peter added: “I am now looking forward to continuing my current research work with the Hafod Copperworks project, here in Swansea, and I also hope to continue with my maritime history research in the future.”


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Student ‘ACCOMPLISHES’ Masters Degree http://asiancorrespondent.com/75155/student-%e2%80%98accomplishes%e2%80%99-masters-degree-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75155/student-%e2%80%98accomplishes%e2%80%99-masters-degree-2/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:01:36 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75155/student-%e2%80%98accomplishes%e2%80%99-masters-degree-2/

A student, who received a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Congregations today (Thursday, January 26), found his path to success has been far from smooth.


Graham Nelson Twenty-three-year-old Graham Nelson’s story started with disappointment, when he did not achieve the degree classification he had hoped for when he first graduated with a BEng in Bioprocess Engineering from Swansea University in 2009.

After taking time out to travel and teach in Canada, Graham decided to return to his studies and focussed his ambition on pursuing a Masters degree.

The quality of Graham’s work and his dedication to his thesis research have paid off and he has been awarded an MSc with Distinction from the College of Science.

Graham’s efforts have not gone unnoticed and now he is working at the Department of Bioscience’s ACCOMPLISH project, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of Wales’ largest carbon dioxide emitter with environmentally friendly technology.

Graham said: “I am currently working with the ACCOMPLISH team on designing and implementing a pilot scale algal carbon capture and biomass production facility with the aim to provide sustainable energy. Carbon dioxide is fed through algae photobioreactors where they are then converted into oxygen via photosynthesis.”

Dr Alla Silkina of the ACCOMPLISH project said: “Despite his earlier disappointments, Graham’s hard work and determination have resulted in his Master’s degree success which he absolutely deserves.  I have high hopes that his current research with the ACCOMPLISH team, into using algae to capture and convert carbon in an environmentally friendly way, will be applied to carbon dioxide emitters across Wales in the future.”


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Success was plain sailing for International Maritime Law student http://asiancorrespondent.com/75055/success-was-plain-sailing-for-international-maritime-law-student/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/75055/success-was-plain-sailing-for-international-maritime-law-student/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:01:15 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/75055/success-was-plain-sailing-for-international-maritime-law-student/

Madrid-born Jaime Albors Cano has received his LLM International Maritime Law award from Swansea University, at the city’s Brangwyn Hall.


Jaime Cano The 23-year-old, who also won the LLM Best Project Prize of £500 for his Law Report, received his award during the Winter Degree and Award Congregation for the College of Business, Economics and Law.

Jaime, who studied Law at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid before commencing his studies at Swansea in 2010, completed his course last September.

He now lives in north London, where he works in the Marine and International Transport Department of the leading international law firm Clyde & Co LLP.

Jaime said: “I am genuinely grateful to the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law for this unexpected prize. I would also like to thank all the staff of the LLM, and specially, Professor Caddel and Professor Nikkaki for their support in the preparation of my project.”

Commenting on Jaime’s achievement, Professor Baris Soyer, Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, said: “Jaime was an exceptional LLM student. He has a solid legal background and has developed himself immensely during his time at Swansea. He is a quick-thinker and problem solver and I have no doubt he will adapt himself to the legal practice with ease. 

“The LLM degrees offered by the Law School are well-known and regarded in shipping, banking and insurance sectors. The courses are taught by internationally recognised experts who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines and are very much practice oriented.

“I have every confidence that the LLM degree will accelerate Jaime’s rise in the legal profession as he joins the elite class of Swansea LLM Alumni which is spread all around the world.”


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In Conversation with David Miliband http://asiancorrespondent.com/74981/in-conversation-with-david-miliband/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/74981/in-conversation-with-david-miliband/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2012 17:01:20 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/74981/in-conversation-with-david-miliband/

The Rt Hon David Miliband will be visiting Swansea University on Tuesday 7 February for a question and answer session that is open to staff and students at Swansea and Swansea Metropolitan Universities.


The session will be hosted by Swansea University’s Department of Political and Cultural Studies and will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Bradbury, Head of the Department.

The event forms part of David Miliband’s UK Universities Tour in which the former Foreign Secretary will visit over 20 Universities across the country. The Swansea session will focus on global and domestic challenges in 2012, and discuss issues such as the Eurozone crisis, jobs and living standards and the future of higher education.

Dr Jonathan Bradbury said, “David Miliband has embarked on a tour of British universities at a key time when many issues affecting Wales, the UK, Europe and  the World are up in the air. His visit to Swansea provides a rare opportunity to engage with one of the big figures in British politics and discuss the way forward.”

In Conversation with David Miliband will take place at the Taliesin Theatre, Swansea University on Tuesday 7 February, 12.30-2.00 pm. Advance tickets have already sold out, but there will be a limited availability on the door.

For more information call the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) 01792 295190.

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