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Top achieving electrical and nanotechnology engineering graduate becomes teaching tutor at Swansea University

Drivers to be hit with new motorway fines from March

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Swansea Museum, Swansea

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Determined student juggled family support with study to achieve her lifetime ambition to be a qualified nurse

Carly Skyrme will be proudly receiving her Nursing Degree today (Wednesday 10 January) at Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Ceremony.

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Drivers who ignore smart motorway lane closures could face fines from March.

Highways England believes ignoring red X signs on overhead gantries is ‘dangerous’ and expects penalties to be introduced next spring, reports the Press Association.


It has issued around 80,000 warning letters to drivers who have broken smart motorway rules since December 2016, with around a third relating to driving in closed lanes.


Road-side cameras which automatically detect lane violations are ‘currently being tested by the Home Office’, the government-owned company wrote in a document seen by the PA.


‘We would expect enforcement of red X offences to commence from spring 2018,’ it added.

Incidents could be treated like passing through a red traffic light, which carries a fixed penalty of £100 and three penalty points. Smart motorways involve using the hard shoulder for traffic unless a red X indicates it is closed, normally because of an accident or broken down vehicle. Sections of the M1, M4, M5, M6 and M42 have already been modified, with 480 lane miles being added to England’s motorway network.


Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, warned the extra capacity is ‘a welcome move, only so long as it can be delivered safely’. He added: ‘We need to see a redoubling of communications by Highways England to leave no doubt in motorists’ minds as to what a red X sign means.


‘It’s important that drivers understand that where the carriageway has been blocked by a collision or a breakdown, the price for ignoring the red X could be a lot higher than a fixed penalty notice.’


A Highways England spokesman said: ‘Safety is at the heart of everything we do and our roads are among the safest in the world. ‘We close lanes for a reason and drivers ignoring red Xs puts them and others at risk.’

M4 Britton Ferry.


Are you the parents of these two young girls? What a place to cross the road, three lanes and behind bushes.

My vehicle has a gross weight of

5 tonnes, I would have never stopped in time.

Put me in a state of shock for the rest of the afternoon.



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Prestigious scholarship winner Dr Augustine Egwebe will be proudly receiving his Nanotechnology PhD at  Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award ceremony today Monday 8th January.

Augustine, originally from Nigeria, joined the International College Wales Swansea (ICWS) at Swansea University in 2009 and studied BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.


He completed his Electrical degree with a First Class honours and was awarded the top student prize for that year as he was the top achieving student in the College  achieving 100% in 3 modules! In his 3 years at Swansea Augustine achieved over 90% in 80% of his modules.


Augustine then went on to study a PhD in Nanotechnology in 2012, which he’s just completed and now is a teaching tutor with the University.


Augustine was also a student ambassador throughout his studies and continues to help with recruitment and marketing having recently been on a recruitment trip to Nigeria for the University.


Dr Paul Holland, Dean of Educational Technology, Swansea University said:


“Augustine came to study a BEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the College of Engineering back in 2010 and did outstandingly well in his degree achieving a First Class hons with an average of over 90% in his final year. Despite lots of extra-curricular responsibilities Augustine never missed a lecture in those three years!


Fundraising Appeal for Swansea Children's Therapy Centre Support Group

Vandals cause significant damage to windows and doors right across the

city centre.

Swansea Children's Therapy Centre Support Group.

A fund raising event for the Swansea Children’s Therapy Centre Support Group will take place at the Hyst Club in the High Street on February 23, 2018.


The all star event will be hosted by Jimi Webb with performances by Dusty Road, vocalist Seren Jade, The Performance Factory, Christopher Scamp aka the piano man plus Jeris Music.


Lee Ellery, the ambassador to the charity is appealing for sponsors for the event. If you are interested then contact Kathryn Louise Jago or Christine Watson MBE for further information.


Tickets are £10 and are available at the door, the entertainment starts at 7 pm.

“S“Due to his success at undergraduate level Augustine was awarded a prestigious Zienkiewicz PhD scholarship in the area of ‘Control schemes for integration of renewable energy sources with the smart grid’ which he has now completed and has resulted in high impact journal publications. During his PhD studies Augustine worked for the College as an undergraduate demonstrator and student ambassador underlining his dedication to helping his fellow students.


“Augustine now works as a teaching tutor for the College and is set to build an exciting academic career here at Swansea University.”


Augustine said: “Going to University has changed my life. I am glad that I choose Swansea University. I have met so many people – lecturers who are professional in their fields and made so many friends. I have integrated well to a new course and met new people who are very friendly.


“My social life involves sports. I play football and go to watch Swansea football team as they are in the premiership but it is important to strike a balance between academic and social life. I have learnt to manage my time, plan better, be professional, to deal with people and to network. I hope to fulfil my dream to be a professional and skilled person in electrical engineering.


“I have enjoyed a successful academic journey here in Swansea. The PhD course offered me the opportunity to explore the role of various renewable energy technologies towards a greener and cleaner living environment. My goal is, to use the skills and knowledge acquired, to inspire the next generation and better the common good of society.”

Dr Augustine Egwebe.

Dr Augustine Egwebe.

Carly, aged 31 from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, started on the pre-graduate nursing programme in September 2014. She was looking forward to her journey and life time ambition of becoming a qualified Nurse.


Carly had undertaken an Access course prior to her application in order to succeed. When Carly started on the programme she was enthusiastic and determined to succeed and had put structures in place to support her and her young family during the 3 year programme.



Her partner was the main support with input from Carly’s mother. Carly’s time at the University was going as expected until the sudden and unexpected death of her partner’s mother at the age of 58, eighteen months into the programme.



This was a traumatic time for the family. Carly struggled on with her studies always juggling her time between study and home life and supporting her partner and her family alongside financial constraints.

Carly Skyrme qualified as nurse.

All this pressure had its effect on Carly who struggled daily to cope with these demands. However, she would come to College with a smile on her face and all her clinical reviews were positive. Carly was determined to achieve for both herself and her family recognising that this would improve the quality of life for them all.


Heulwen Morgan-Samuel, Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Carly’s personal tutor said: “Academia wasn’t always easy for Carly but she persevered and was delighted to complete the programme and graduate alongside her cohort. Carly demonstrated grit, determination and professionalism in order to succeed. “


Speaking about her time at Swansea University Carly said; “Being at Swansea University was one of the most challenging but life changing experiences of my life. I met an amazing group of friends with fantastic support from my personal tutor and mentors in practice.


“I always knew that going to university as a non- academic with small children would be hard, but my focus on providing my family with a better life and doing it with a career I am passionate about was all made worthwhile when I secured a job as a cardiac nurse with a brilliant team at Withybush Coronary Care Unit.”

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