Press Releases 2019

UWTSD Social Justice & Inclusion host inaugural Undergraduate day at SA1 Swansea Waterfront

08.02.2019

UWTSD Social Justice and Inclusion hosted their inaugural Undergraduate Day at the University’s new £350 million SA1 Swansea Waterfront development bringing together students from both Carmarthen and Swansea campuses for a day of workshops and guest speaker events.

The workshops included talks delivered by guest speaker and Yr Athrofa Professor of Practice Beverley Stephens on ‘Gypsy Travellers Culture, Classroom and Cohesion.

Professor Beverley Stephens has recently retired as the Head of the Pembrokeshire Gypsy Traveller Education Service and the Priory Project based at Monkton Priory CP School. The Service, continues to raise academic achievement and to improve outcomes and life chances for the Gypsy and Traveller communities. Under her leadership, the GTES supported Gypsy and Traveller families and over 300 pupils in over 20 Pembrokeshire schools at both a strategic and a practical level.  She was also Director of Unity in2 the Community, a project funded by the Big Lottery which supported Gypsy Travellers in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion as well as running an All- Wales Helpline. She continues to provide advocacy and support for the community.  Professor Stephens is a member of the National Assembly of Wales’ Gypsy and Traveller Cross Party Group, chaired by Julie Morgan AM and has given evidence to committees in the Houses of Parliament, contributing significantly to the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) Committee for Environment and Social Affairs.

There were also sessions on; Further Online Skills: Finding and Using Information, Get LinkedIn, Pitching and presenting, Mindfulness and Wellbeing and An introduction to the PGCE Primary.

Caroline Lewis, Assistant Director of Academic Discipline: Social Justice & Inclusion and Programme Director: BA (Hons) Education Studies at UWTSD delivered a session on Postgraduate options for after your undergraduate degree’.

She said: “It’s been really fantastic to bring our undergraduate students and staff together at this event today. To be able to share expertise from across UWTSD and engage everyone at our fantastic new campus really helps us to bring to life the sense of community and support we pride ourselves on in Social Justice & Inclusion.”

At the heart of UWTSD’s Social Justice and Inclusion Discipline is the ethos of equality, social justice and inclusion. This is for students who:

  • are interested in issues around equality and social justice;
  • are interested in social theory and social policy, and wish to combine that with placement opportunities to enhance their working practices;
  • want to challenge disadvantage and strengthen their communities
  • want to work to support potentially vulnerable people in a range of public and voluntary settings

A large discipline located within Yr Athrofa, The Institute of Education, students engage in a range of academic studies across a number of campuses as well as within the wider community at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. An understanding of how society works and how our social structures such as the children, family, learning and community are organised are vital for any aspiring social scientist who seeks a fulfilling career that can develop both individual as well as social ambitions.

Social Justice and Inclusion promotes knowledge, understanding and engagement with key significant societal issues and values both within a historical and a contemporary context.  In this way we can ensure that our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to enable them to successfully achieve as active citizens within a global and sustainable community. 

https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/social-justice-inclusion/

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