Minister sees USW's expertise at first-hand

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Government education secretary, sees the work of USW forensic science students at first-hand. Neil Gibson

Kirsty Williams with forensic science students during her visit          Picture: Isobel Sophie Kutkaitis


A Welsh Government Minister got to investigate a crime scene, treat a patient, and land an airliner – all during a visit to the University of South Wales (USW).

Cabinet Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams AM spent an afternoon at USW’s Pontypridd campus, learning more about the courses available at the University in a visit hosted by the students themselves.

After spending time in the specialist Crime Scene House, and then seeing how forensicsciences students carry out criminal investigations, Ms Williams was then shown around USW’s dedicated Clinical Simulation Suite – where student nurses carry out training during their studies.

Then followed a visit to USW’s newly-expanded Aerospace Centre, where she was shown around the specialist aerospace engineering facilities and was able to try out the on-site flight simulator.

After the visit, The Cabinet Secretary said: “It’s vital that we have young people with the skills that they need in a very, very competitive world.

“We know that employers are looking for students who have got not just very good academic qualifications, but also, as they do here at USW, the opportunity to apply that knowledge in a practical way.

“It was good to see what USW is doing, and how it is preparing the next generation for the world of work.”

Professor Julie Lydon, USW Vice-Chancellor, added: “We are delighted that the Cabinet Secretary was able to visit us, and see the fine work that we do here every day.  

“We pride ourselves on being the university for careers, giving students the right skills to prepare them for their chosen profession.

“She saw for herself how we make a real difference, working with government and employers, both to individual graduates and the communities of our region.”          

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