Menna Jones, Sports and Exercise Science Student
"Returning to Trinity to study after leaving a 15-year teaching career was not only the most terrifying decision I’ve made but also the most rewarding. Undertaking the BSc Sport and Exercise Science course on a part-time basis has allowed me to juggle study and work while at the same time be a mum to my two young boys.
"The tutors on the course are what make the course for me. They are not only extremely knowledgeable but also extremely approachable. They are highly effective professionals who deliver the right balance of theory mixed with practical hands-on experience during lectures.
"Over the years I have developed my testing skills in the laboratory using an array of equipment and gained external qualifications in Personal Training. This has allowed me to work with clients before I graduate.
"Having chosen the ‘Outdoor Fitness’ pathway, we were spoilt with fantastic locations for practical sessions: Brechfa Forest, the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, the Brecon Beacons. The course has not only taught me so much academically but has also provided me with some amazing opportunities and experiences that I will treasure. . . cycling through the French countryside, running along the coast in Spain, waking up to see the sunrise over the Preselis, hiking through the snow on Pen-y-Fan.
"I enter my 5th and final year next year and despite having taken the part-time option out of necessity, rather than choice, it is true what they say — time really does fly by when you’re having fun."
Jonathon Nicholson, Sports and Exercise Science Student
My name is Jonathon, and I’m a third-year student of Sport and Exercise Science (Outdoor Fitness) at Carmarthen campus. I chose the course for its a unique mix of the outdoors and how to use environments as a means to train, learning about physiology and psychology of various outdoor pursuits.
"The campus is perfectly situated for anyone who enjoys the outdoors; its surrounded by countryside and is in easy driving distance to countless forests, beaches, footpaths as well as Brecon Beacons National Park. The course here has given me the chance to explore and improve my skills in a variety of beautiful settings.
"The hands-on approach to the Sport and Exercise Science degrees here at UWTSD has allowed me to take part in physiological testing, practice coaching strength training techniques, learn about the qualities required to be a good coach, and spend time around other admirable and like-minded students and staff. The facilities here have allowed me to balance my own training with University work, and allowed me to coach others simultaneously, as well as given me the chance to work on a personally engaging dissertation subject.
"My main interest is surfing, and my career aim is to work as a strength and conditioning coach for professional surfers. To help work towards this aim, since being on the course I have had to chance to gain vocational fitness qualifications, studied for a semester at Fullerton University in California, and gained an internship as a strength and conditioning coach for Swim Wales.
"After two and a half years here, I feel like I am smarter and more confident, ready to take on clients and job roles that I could not have done before. I’m extremely happy that I was given the opportunity to come and study here at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David."