Graduate returns as Education Studies lecturer


A former University of Wales Trinity Saint David student has returned, this time as a member of the teaching staff.

A former University of Wales Trinity Saint David student has returned, this time as a member of the teaching staff.

Ross Phillips has taken up a post in the Childhood, Youth and Education Studies department at the University. Originally from Coleshill just outside Birmingham, Ross has lived in Wales for nearly 24 years. Prior to joining the degree he worked in industry travelling around Europe teaching adults’ soft skills and industry specific software. He also worked on developing new software and building the curriculum in order to train clients.

On returning to the University as a lecturer, Ross Phillips, said:

“I have a longstanding relationship with UWTSD and this position provides me with the opportunity of bringing something back to the University. The programmes here are well established and I’m looking forward to the exciting challenge of teaching and developing the next generation.”

Laura Hutchings, Programme Director for the Education Studies programmes said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Ross back to the University as a lecturer. It is always wonderful to hear from our past students and how their careers are progressing and always fantastic to welcome back past students.

This is the case with Ross Phillips a recent Education Studies graduate, now starting his lecturing career within Childhood, Youth and Education Studies at UWTSD, allowing him to use his extensive work experiences and Education Studies degree to support and guide students of the future.”

Ross recently spoke at a Childhood, Youth and Education Studies Employability Week event for current students where he shared his experience of studying at UWTSD as a mature student. He said:
“As a mature student, with a less than perfect previous experience of higher education, I approached re-joining academic life with no small amount of trepidation”

However, meeting the Education Studies team allayed any worries, and Ross went on to share his memories of an open day visit. He continued:
“My first real experience of UWTSD was an open day where I met members of the Education Studies team. They made it clear that the University values an open ethos and were willing to answer questions and provide advice epitomising this value completely. From this my path was set, I applied and was successful in joining the degree programme, where these values continued."

Ross also has very positive recollections of his degree studies and the support provided during his period at the University. He added:

“All of the lecturers on the team are approachable and work hard to generate a community feeling. The relatively small group sizes allow discussions to flow easily, expertly facilitated by the lecturers who are consistently challenging students to exceed their own expectations. This challenge extends to the feedback provided on the assignments that promotes effective reflection by the students, allowing everyone to improve. The support and guidance available on this programme are second to none, and as either a mature student or ‘traditional’ student, you will receive the same level of care and attention.”

Ross also completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PCET) at UWTSD prior to being appointed as a Lecturer in Education Studies. He is now looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with current and future students. Ross specialises in outdoor learning, alternative learning environments and working in adult and community-based learning settings, and this expertise will be integral in developing the educators of the future.

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