Welcoming our 2017-18 USW Graduate Interns to campus

Graduate Interns 2017-2018

A new group of USW Graduate Interns have joined us. Each fought off competition from 106 other candidates to secure the positions. As well as undertaking roles in their respective areas, the graduates will take part in a series of development opportunities. 

Lets meet our new interns:

Emily Harries

My name is Emily Harries and I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Sociology with Psychology at the University. I am currently working in the in the Universities Secretary’s office as a graduate intern in the Welsh Unit and am undertaking the Welsh research project. I will be mapping the number of welsh speaking students within the University and working to increase the profile and number of available opportunities through the medium of welsh. I am particularly looking forward to analysing patterns and trends of which courses have the most welsh speakers and discovering whether there is a need for more opportunities for welsh speakers within the University.

Aimee Thomas

 I'm working in the Welsh Language Unit at USW and am working on a project which involves carrying out research to develop the University's Welsh medium provision.  I studied BA Journalism. I am most looking forward to developing new skills, networking and meeting new people. Thank you USW for this opportunity. 

Samson Jose

I work in the Faculty of Business and Society as the intern at the Legal Advice Clinic for the 2017-18 academic year. My day-to-day role includes engaging with clients, writing advice letters, and liaising with solicitors for opposing parties, as well as preparing documents for hearings and other administrative duties. I will also be undertaking a research project to assess the implications of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s recent announcement to introduce a new route to qualification as a solicitor, in particular, the impact on the profession itself and the service provided, and the amendments to academic and vocational training. I graduated with a first class LL.B. (Hons.) degree in July 2017, and I am incredibly fortunate to have received such a priceless opportunity mere days after graduation. I hope to gain extensive experience during the internship by partaking in the various developmental programmes on offer, and to leave with an enriched résumé that will enhance my LL.M. applications.

Charlotte Haines

I have recently joined the Student Development and Study Skills team as a graduate intern working with the mentor scheme and its other services. I graduated from the University of South Wales in July 2017 with a First Class Honours in BA (Hons) Media Production. I am looking forward to enhancing my knowledge of the service itself and offering my skills when creating new content for the schemes and it's projects. Alongside my studies at USW I got involved with a range of activities including being a Course Rep, Student Ambassador, Student Mentor and Student Blogger/ Vlogger.

Jonathan Jones

I’m Jonathan and I am working on the Newport City Campus Project. The Project aims to contribute to the development of the Newport City Campus by developing a project plan and associated activities for enhancing the day-to-day campus experience of staff and students, improving building utilisation, and acting as an intermediary between campus users. I’m based with Campus & Student Services (Executive Office). I previously studied BA (Hons) Religious Studies at Caerleon Campus, but you may recognise from my tenure as the Students’ Union President. I’m thrilled to be continuing at USW, and I look forward to creating focused activity and developing the Newport Campus; building relations with staff, students and the local community. Newport City is an amazing Campus with great success and potential – I want to build on the good work of the staff there, and spread the word about campus based activity and achievement.

Sarah Jones

I am working with the Advice Zone and Digital Support Team on a project to increase student engagement with the service. I will be helping with the implementation of the new Advice Zone Online portal and improvement of pre-existing digital services such as UniLife. I will also be working directly with students, running events and gathering feedback to ensure that the Advice Zone is meeting their requirements and expectations. I graduated from USW this July with a degree in Applied Psychology (BSc). For this project I am looking forward to being able to apply my own experience at the university and feedback from current students to ensure that we are delivering quality service from a student-centric perspective. I am excited to have an opportunity to help make changes which will improve the university experience for all who study at USW.

Kieran Lacey

I am working in the Marketing department as a Sport Marketing Assistant. My work will involve working with the sports courses, teams and clubs to help them with promo, as well as promotion for the new development at the Sport Park. I studied on the BA Radio course. I am most looking forward to honing my skills within sports as well as learning new skills in a marketing environment, and bringing them together to help get the best for USW Sport.

Charlotte Rowlands

I am completing a research project in CELT (Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching) outlining the benefits of Transformative Learning Spaces for staff and students, using pilot classrooms throughout 2017/18. I completed my undergraduate degree in 2012: BA (hons) Media Production and graduated with a Professional Graduate Certificate in Post Compulsory Education (also from USW) in 2017. I am really looking forward to observing how students learn and how innovative technology with supporting pedagogy can be used to enhance this process to make classrooms more social and engaging for students.

Farzana Rahman

I am researching to evaluate the student engagement and enhance retention at the HE levels three and four across all disciplines within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science by ensuring all the project based learning is centred around the theme of ‘Science, Engineering and Technology is Fun’.  I completed my BEng and Post Graduate Certificate in Research (2016 December) from USW. I am currently a PhD student within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science and also a research student member at the USW RPSC and FRPC committee.

 The main aims of the project are to enhance student engagement and improve retention and progression at HE levels three and four across all disciplines within the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science by ensuring all the project base learning is centred around the theme of ‘Science, Engineering and Technology is Fun’. I am looking forward to finding out the student experience at levels 3 and 4 at USW and collaborate with colleagues and industrial partners to suggest possible ways to sustain and improve student experience in STEM subjects by benchmarking the USW and faculty initiative against others in the sector.

Welcome to the USW staff team!

About the Graduate Programme

The USW Graduate Intern Programme runs each year and welcomes applications from USW graduate leavers seeking opportunities within the University environment. Successful candidates can expect to receive excellent development opportunities, both personal and professional, whilst gaining hugely valuable experience within a busy university/public service environment. Placements are usually for up to 8 months working on a specific project that will stimulate and challenge individuals.

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