MA Outdoor Education graduate praises UWTSD for its student experience


13.09.2021

MA Outdoor Education graduate Tim Howell says the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) student experience helped to launch his career path by giving him the skills, knowledge, and expertise to succeed.

As Tim had a background in youth work, he wanted to find a suitable MA programme which opened doors to him. He was confident that he’d found the right programme at UWTSD, and said his experience far exceeded his high expectations.

He said: “The teaching team are not just highly skilled academics and lecturers; they have international research and publication profiles. The flow of the programme allows for genuine peer learning from a global cohort with lots of opportunities to learn from one another.

“Students live and learn from the values of experiential learning and ample opportunities within the programme were provided to experience a range of activities. These were all aligned to the learning goals of the course rather than just a ‘fun add on’ which brought to life both the Welsh context but also the research-based content of the programme.

“There were also further opportunities for those full time / on campus to work towards NGB qualifications and get extensive experience in industry.”

For Tim, the person-centred approach to his learning journey was crucial. Even pre-covid, adaptions were made for distance learning for students who needed it.

“This meant regular one to one tutorials online to discuss reading and assessments which for me gave me a level of support and academic engagement of an extraordinarily high standard both in quantity and quality,” he said.

The smaller campus according to Tim led to a much more personal touch, and services such as The Registry, IT and Library teams were always on hand to help and support students, he added.

Reflecting on his time at UWTSD, Tim said: “I could not speak more highly of this programme, UWTSD or the team at Carmarthen led by Dr Andy Williams and would highly recommend this programme for anyone with a passion for outdoors and experiential learning as a tool for personal development in any context.”

Lecturer Dr Andy Williams said: “Upheavals in societies across the world as a result of Coronavirus have brought into sharp focus the essential importance of outdoor spaces and nature for people’s health and wellbeing.

“The MA Outdoor Education programme at UWTSD recognises that the outdoors is not simply a place to practice skills and improve personal performance, but it is a key feature of everyday life that we need to connect within many different ways, places and moments on a daily and weekly basis rather than just as one-off visits (as welcome and important as they also are).

“From this perspective, the course adopts a wellbeing approach to the outdoors to understand the theory and motivation that underpins our interest in nature-focused experiences as well as the research and literature that informs public sector policy and best practice in local community settings. The course adopts a blended learning approach that supports part-time learning and is designed to be convenient to the needs and responsibilities of postgraduate learners.”   

Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer

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lowri.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk