A university with a large presence in south-west Wales is reaching out to students in the wake of the global pandemic.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) can give them access to a number of scholarships and bursaries to support their studies and enable them to make the most of their student experience.

These new funds are the latest measure introduced by the university to help support students during these challenging times.

For those people who have worked in key sectors such as business, tourism, leisure and events, sport management and hotel management, it is an unsure time full of anxieties for the future. Many people are on furlough, been made redundant or face unemployment and are unsure of their next career steps going forward.

UWTSD is an employment-focused university that has a number of bursaries and scholarships available to support applicants in these key sectors.

The university, with main campuses in Carmarthen, Lampeter and Swansea, is looking to support those that are unsure of their next career steps in the current climate and are considering an undergraduate programme to upskill.

Bursaries can make a difference

Carmarthen Business School at UWTSD
Carmarthen Business School at UWTSD

The Institute of Management and Health has a range of bursaries for the academic year 2020-21 of up to £1,000.

Assistant dean Vic Saunders said: "The Institute of Management and Health has a number of bursaries that are geared towards  supporting students who have worked in key sectors, but are now facing unemployment, post Covid-19, who are unsure of what to do next, and who are looking to upskill by completing an undergraduate programme in one of these areas.’"

Lecturer Dr Jayne Griffith-Parry said: "With the world having seemed to have changed dramatically over the past eight months, there is no better time to take every opportunity to make YOUR world a better place going forward.

"Undergraduate programmes such as International Hotel Management provide practical skill, real industry opportunities and so much more to enhance or support a change of career. Plus our postgraduate studies provide you with greater opportunities to fulfil your ambitions."

Flexible learning experience

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Sports science comes under the spotlight at UWTSD

The university aims to provide a learning and teaching experience that takes in the best aspects of on-campus and online education for students whilst also maintaining social distancing and keeping all as safe as possible.

It has planned a blended delivery approach with a combination of on-campus teaching, with as much face-to-face contact as appropriate, and a high-quality online experience providing flexibility and enabling students to develop a range of digital skills.

"At UWTSD we want to provide students with a positive experience – on-campus and online - whilst also keeping them and staff safe, and still maintaining a sense of contact," said Mr Saunders.

"This flexibility would suit someone who has considered starting a degree but has not yet done so due to feeling that it would not fit with their current lifestyle, whether it be work or family commitments."

An employment-focused university

Consideration for each student’s individual personal, professional and educational journey is provided by UWTSD. As an employment-focused university, it offers programmes that are not only flexible, but also created in conjunction with industry requirements and employment in mind.

The university is committed to developing creative, skilled and employable graduates. The content of the degrees in the Institute of Management and Health reflect the reality of the employment challenges that students will face post Covid-19.

Those choosing to complete a programme there will secure a package of skills that will enable them to successfully tackle the changing workplace of today.

Employability and confidence in a chosen sector are of the top priorities of the learning available from UWTSD. The goal is to give its students the chance to understand their unique abilities by combining theory and practice. They will find strengths within themselves that they did not previously recognise.

Voted the best

Business students at UWTSD

Academic director Bronwen Williams added: "We find ourselves in unprecedented times where so much is uncertain. You may have experienced job loss or have come to the end of your degree and are wondering what to do. Starting either an undergraduate or postgraduate course may seem like a scary undertaking, but here at UWTSD we will help guide and support you on this new journey.

"Our courses and lecturers have been voted best in the UK for the second year in a row by WhatUni, and we take pride in the care and support we offer to our students. While everything else seems so uncertain we can assure you that the courses we offer will be professionally focused, industry relevant and add value to you as a person.

"Our job is to transform lives through education and we want to guide you through this strange time and help you choose a course that is right for you. We have so many different courses to choose from there is something for everyone, this really is your time to learn."

Join the university that is known for its friendliness and ranked first in the 2020 Whatuni Student Choice Awards for their courses and lecturers. Find a course that suits you on the UWTSD website or join one of its virtual open days.