Visit to UWTSD Carmarthen Campus on 19th May 2023

By Md Kalam
Wednesday, May 24, 2023

BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Skills in the Workplace students visited UWTSD Carmarthen Campus on 19th May 2023

Carmarthen campus is in the middle of some of the best sea kayaking, coasteering, mountain biking and rock climbing in the world. The campus is nestled upon the River Towy, which is half an hour from the Brecon Beacons and the beautiful sandy beaches of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. As a bonus, it was an absolutely beautiful sunny day which gave every one of the students the chance to appreciate the country at its best.

Students stand together on a platform smiling in front of a train and with a sign reading Swansea directly behind them.

We went by train from Paddington station to Swansea, then a minibus to Carmarthen. We all sat together on the train and bus and had a lot of fun chatting, so straightaway that was an awesome experience to have, especially the chance to talk in a relaxed way with the tutor. Initially, the day was helped with incredible sunshine making it feel almost like a holiday.

We were welcomed by some senior colleagues at UWTSD Carmarthen campus and taken to visit different buildings and facilities. Julie Thomas, Senior Lecturer and Programme Manager of the CIPD programme, along with Glenn Behenna and Julie Crossman, organised and ran a Project Management and Wellbeing at Work workshop which provided students with a lot of extra skills and knowledge relating to project management, line management, coaching and mentoring, and leadership with emotional intelligence skills. During the workshop, Carmarthen campus provided some light refreshments and lunch as well. Students felt very proud to belong to UWTSD which has really inspired us to organise such events in the future.

Luckily, we met our Vice Chancellor Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, who will retire having been in post for 23 years and Professor Elwen Evans, KC, Vice-Chancellor Designate from June, taking over from Professor Hughes as Vice-Chancellor in September. They were hugely kind to welcome us and allowed us to take some pictures with them.

Finally, students went for drinks before getting on the train to London.

The group of London students walk through a road between white-painted buildings on Carmathen Campus. Some turn to the side to listen to someone talking.

We all came home safely. Overall, it was a fantastic experience. Thanks to UWTSD senior management team for providing such an opportunity for students, and special thanks to Dr Audsin Dhas, Dr Ruzanna Gevorgyan, Clare Silver, Joanne Biggs and Bogdan Draghici who helped us with organising and making the trip successful. We gained not just memories of fun and enjoyable experiences, but a huge opportunity to develop emotional intelligence skills.

A view of the River Towy meandering between green banks towards a wooded hill.