Mrs Alison Rees Edwards BA, MA, Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
Tel: +44 (0) 1267 676615
- FdA Programme Director
- Early Years Practice Coordinator
- Partnership Team Leader
- Module co-ordinator
- Assist with admissions
- Employability week
- External Examiner
- International Affairs and Collaborative Partnerships Committee
When I left school, I raised a family before considering a career. As my children started school and Cylch Meithrin, I studied for a BTEC in Child Development Studies in Coleg Ceredigion. I worked as an NNEB in a primary school for some years where I had invaluable experience of working with children with a range of learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Asperger’s syndrome.
In 2005, I decided to join the Flexible Learning Route for the BA Early Years Education degree here at Trinity. This meant working during the day and studying in the evenings. I attained a First Class honours degree in 2008 and joined the University as a tutor on the Geiriau Bach project. In addition, I was awarded a University of Wales Welsh medium Fellowship and became a lecturer in the School of Early Years.
In 2013, I achieved the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education as well as a MA in Early Years Education. In 2015, I achieved the Postgraduate Certificate from the Open University.
- BA, MA
- Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education
- Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Enquiry
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- The Higher Education Academy
- Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
- Children in Wales
I have an interest in every aspect of a young child’s life, with particular interest in additional learning needs, the importance of play, language acquisition and young children’s use of technology.
I lecture on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses including themes and subjects such as:
- Academic study skills for students;
- Language development and literacy;
- Early numeracy;
- Health and well-being of young children.
I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.
My areas of research and academic interests include: young children’s language development, including bilingualism, children with additional learning needs and technology. I have undertaken research on the benefits of music therapy for young children under the autistic spectrum. I am also interested in students’ attitudes towards Welsh medium higher education.
- Academic study skills for students
- Young children’s language development
- Early literacy
- Inclusive practice
- Children with additional learning needs
I have contributed to Continual Professional Development activities including themes such as:
- Bilingualism in the early years;
- Young children’s creativity;
- The importance of reading to/with young children.
Rees Edwards, A. and Gealy, A. (2017) Early Years Education and Care: Embedding Employability. Unpublished poster presentation at: HEA Annual Conference 2017: Generation TEF - Teaching in the spotlight, July 4-6 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Tinney, G., Davies, G., Rees Edwards, A. and Gealy, A. (2016) A qualitative evaluation of Superbox 2015 in terms of delivering key Superbox outcomes. This report was commissioned by BookTrust Cymru.
Thomas, S. A. a Rees Edwards, A. (2010) ‘Chwarae Plant,’ yn Siencyn, S. W. (gol) Y Cyfnod Sylfaen 3-7 oed: Athroniaeth, Ymchwil ac Ymarfer. Caerfyrddin: Cyhoeddiadau Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant, tt. 25-42.
Member of the Board of Directors of Mudiad Meithrin CYF