Press Releases 2014-2015

Summer School with Sichuan Conservatory of Music and Wuhan University of Technology

08.10.2015

The University Of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) hosted a Summer School for students from China during July and August this year. As part of the Summer School the students went on field trips to the Gower Peninsula, the trips were used for the students’ English language study as part of their Academic Orientation.

Eighteen students from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and fifty-seven students from the Wuhan University of Technology visited the famous Worm’s Head and Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula.

The trip was organised by the Gower Landscape Partnership, an organisation funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has awarded £1.3 million over a four year period, as well as other funders such the City & County of Swansea, Natural Resources Wales and the National Trust.

The partnership covers the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the Gower peninsula and the additional communities of Crofty and Penclawdd, with the aim of focusing on how the current state of the landscape can be renewed to inspire the users, residents, and visitors of today and of the future. The program also focuses on the unique characteristics of the area, its historic and varied landscape, and communities.

As part of the trip, the students participated in a walking tour of the peninsula, led by local historian and guideRogerButton, who provided information on the thousand year old farming industry of the area. The walk took the students onto Rhossili Down and through the Vile, a historic site for farming dating back to medieval times, finishing at Rhossili Point, which looks out over the Worm.

The Wuhan University group also stopped at Rhossili Beach to paddle in the water. For some of the students, this was the first time they had seen the sea. After exploring the Gower area and encountering the local wildlife, the students had lunch in Rhossili Village Hall Bunkhouse.

The trips were used for the students’ English language study as part of their Academic Orientation, with the Wuhan University students completing a question sheet throughout their walk and students from Sichuan University compiling a sketchbook with drawings and quotes from their fellow students about their experience.

Some of the students wrote messages thanking local historian Roger in the sketchbook. Zhao Man, a student on the trip said: “Even though I have seen many beaches I was shocked by the beauty of the scenery. The legend of a monster has added mystery to the Gower. Finally I loved the afternoon tea!”

Fellow student Zhao Yang described the bay as a “dreamer’s paradise”, whilst Ma Qin said: “Being there, listening to the sea singing, the wind blowing felt like being part of a painting created by nature.”

The UWTSD Cultural Programme for international students runs numerous trips like this, including walking on Gower and visiting Cardiff, as well as viewing the historic archives held at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus.

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk
  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