Student supported volunteers acknowledged for their inspiring volunteering work with a High 5 Award

A group of young volunteers with additional needs, who are supported by students from the Swansea University Discovery programme, were presented with their well-deserved High 5 Award for their hard work and commitment to enriching the lives of people in the Swansea area.

Student supported volunteers acknowledged for their inspiring volunteering work with a High 5 Award

The inspirational students were recognised at this year’s awards which are  organised by Swansea Council and numerous other organisations including the Swans. The High 5 Awards celebrate some of the most inspiring children and young people in Swansea. 

Emilia Sinden, a third year Psychology student at the university said: “As a student who supports the supported volunteering scheme I was so proud to see them win their High 5 Award. They work so hard for Discovery and they are such a kind, caring and funny bunch of individuals. The award is well deserved and they should all be so proud. Working with discovery has really aided my degree and has been useful for my future employment and my application for my post graduate study. I am frequently humbled by the individuals and find it extremely rewarding to work with the volunteers and I love that no day of volunteering is the same.”

Dan Notman, a supported volunteer said: “As a supported volunteer I am happy and proud to have won the award. Discovery does a lot with learning disabilities, autism etc. It doesn’t matter who you are you can join Discovery and be part of Discovery and have a home.”

Discovery is a student led charity based in Fulton House at the heart of Swansea University’s Singleton Campus. The organisation aims to enrich the lives of people in Swansea through volunteering.

Discovery is a registered charity that has been established since 1966. They currently have around 300 volunteers busy getting involved in over 40 voluntary projects all over the city! The organisation envisages a community where people are treated as equals and are not discriminated against or disadvantaged by society.

Discovery focuses on providing the best possible service to the people we work with in Swansea so we need skilled, trained & enthusiastic volunteers.

Discovery aims to:

Enrich the lives of people in Swansea in order to fulfil their potential as empowered individuals and as members of groups and communities.

Offer new experiences and opportunities through a broad range of student led activities in the community leading to increased mutual understanding and equality.

Actively support students to be aware of their personal development and the impact on themselves and the lives of others through their involvement in community based activities.

All our volunteers need to attend mandatory ‘Start Here’ training & complete an Enhanced DBS check with us before volunteering.  Volunteers can also attend additional training.

Discovery has achieved several volunteering accolades, including the Queen's Award for Volunteering Service, the highest achievable award for any charity. We also hold the Investing in Volunteers standard. 

Swansea University celebrates its sports science achievements

As the new cohorts of students start their courses, with a mixture of excitement and expectation, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Swansea University celebrates its increasing achievements and talents.

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences team.

As the new cohorts of students start their courses, with a mixture of excitement and expectation, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Swansea University celebrates its increasing achievements and talents.

Professor Gareth Stratton, Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre said:

“The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences continues to make waves in research teaching and impact. We have bucked the trend and increased our UG student numbers and their entry grades this year which demonstrates the quality of what Swansea has to offer for those wishing to follow a career in the area.

“We also head the UK table for employability, another attractive statistic for applicants and we will broaden our portfolio of courses over the coming year to include social sciences and closer links with engineering. This will help to support our continuous growth as we seek to inspire staff and students to engage in cutting edge science that makes a difference. “

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences achieved :

v 9th in the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

v 1st in the UK for Employability (Times Good University Guide 2018)

v Top 100 in Shanghai World Rankings

v 6th in the UK National Student Survey 2017

v 58th in the World by CEOWorld Magazine

At the start of this academic year, the school will enrol 400 sport and exercise science students, over two and a half times the number enrolling 5 years ago. In addition the school has attracted 63 Postgraduate Research students.

Professor Stratton continued: “Notably this year we start our first taught masters programme. The MA in Sport Integrity and Governance led by Professor Mike Macnamee has attracted students from 15 countries round the world and is truly international whereby students can complete their programme over 5 countries. These students will lead this field in the future as they find employment as integrity and governance directors in major sport and exercise organisations such as the International Olympic Committee, National Sports Organisations and Academic Institutions.

“We are also blessed to have fantastic staff leading cutting edge research with elite and professional sport; ethics, integrity and governance; clinical exercise, and health related activity in children, and in engineering and wellbeing with much of this work delivered in partnership with the sport and exercise industries.

“To help achieve our ambitions six new staff started full time permanent contracts in ASTEM this year. Dr Elizabeth Williams - Biomechanist, Dr John William Devine - Philosopher (MAiSI), Dr Andrew Harvey Sociologist, Lowri Edwards - Pedagogist, Denise Hill - Sport Psychologist and Richard Metcalfe - Exercise physiologist.

“These new colleagues will bring fresh new ideas and help the continuous growth in teaching, research and impact as we look forward to making bigger waves in the future.”