Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD members of staff attend EECERA conference


Two members of University Of Wales Trinity Saint David staff have recently returned from the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) conference in Barcelona.

Gwyneth Davies and Ann-Marie Gealy attended the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) in September 2015 in Barcelona. The Conference was an opportunity for international researchers to share their findings, network and discover new innovations in the field of early childhood and education.

Gwyneth and Ann-Marie from the School of Early Childhood presented their recent research project ‘Innovative Assessment for Employability and Professional Development’ and highlighted the methods used within the School of Early Childhood to  ensure students engage with employability skills such as team work and problem solving within their assessments.

Ann-Marie Gealy, Head of the School of Early Childhood said: “It was wonderful to be part of such an important and influential Early Childhood conference and to share best practice with early childhood researchers and practitioners from across the world.”

Gwyneth said: “Attending the conference has allowed us to see other novel approaches for assessment of students from other countries and to explore the important early childhood issues pertinent in Wales and internationally.”

Ann-Marie and Gwyneth intend to build on this research work further and to use the findings to also support developments within the Early Childhood degree’s curriculum and pedagogical approach.

EECERA is an independent, self-governing, international association which promotes and disseminates multi-disciplinary research on early childhood and its applications to policy and practice. EECERA is a non-profit organisation, wholly-owned and subscribed to by its substantial and influential world-wide membership. It generates its own revenue, receives no external funding and thus ensures its independence, radical attitude and innovative openness.

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  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