Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?
There are not many institutions in the UK offering a programme in Renewable Energy, and University of South Wales was one of the very few. The admission process was very friendly and easy to follow, the university also offered a Foundation Year programme, the information on the university website was very useful and comprehensive and all these factors contributed to my decision to choose The University of South Wales. I’ve also heard about the very good student services, and coming here to study, I realised that this is indeed true.
What do you think about the course you are studying?
The generation of renewable/clean energy is one of the most important topics on today’s and future agendas of each country. I’m learning about different energy sources and systems, the principles of how they function and the technical aspects. What I think that is more important is the fact that the course helps you understand how to compare the various technologies, how to differentiate between them and how to choose the best options for a specific area, a specific demand, etc. The laboratories are available for us and there is the possibility to analyse different concepts in depth or to build and test different devices. The course will also offer the opportunity to get involved in researching new methods of producing energy and new applications of the existing methods and I’m very confident that I will be able to work in research after graduation, which is the type of career I want for myself.
Has your learning experience at South Wales been positive?
I’m very pleased to say that the university has a very friendly and supportive staff. There wasn’t any question or request I had for which I didn’t receive full support from teachers or other staff members. The facilities are also very good and I could say that Treforest is a wonderful campus, with plenty of opportunities for learning and also socializing with colleagues.
What do you think of the leisure facilities, like the Students’ Union and Sports Centre? Do you use them much?
Leisure facilities at the University of South Wales are great. So far, I’ve been using the facilities for many reasons, from interacting with the colleagues, playing chess, spending one or two hours between classes, having fun, having a nice lunch or a cup of coffee. I really enjoy the Student’s Union and the canteen, and all this time I could see that the university has invested a lot in the facilities in order to provide students with a great on-campus experience. I went to the sports centre a few times, because it is so well equipped.
Could you describe your time at University of South Wales?
Amazing experience with wonderful people and lots of fun!
I am now a second year fashion design student at the USW. The course has given me the opportunity to keep my love for art close and in the same time it has enhanced this love through fashion. My first year experience had helped me to grow up and discover the world by experiencing and living in the fashion field and also it has given me responsibilities.
I am also one of the class representatives in my course It is indeed a great responsibility to represent your course mates and also forwarding their queries. Now that first year is gone and the second comes with a fast pace.
I believe that not only the destination is the one that matters but the journey. As said, my journey has just begun. During this first year I learnt how a fashion collection comes to life and how important is the primary research for every fashion project. Because of that I had the opportunity to collaborate with a curator at the Cardiff Museum who let me look closer at the very rare and valuable items that are kept in the backrooms of the museum and not exposed in the actual exhibitions.
The course is taking us gradually through all of the processes, from history to present, from patterns to the actual outcome.
The final project was the best that we could have. We had so much freedom that we didn’t know what to do with it, but we ended up with great job done. We were allowed to use our freedom to create and experience new things just like artist do to create new worlds. This final project included (among others) a process of making a dress which we designed. It is very important to struggle to find ways to represent your crazy ideas into reality, because the dresses concepts weren’t based on traditional patterns but they were meant to represent distortion. Watching the iMovies presentations was amazing. Just looking at peoples way of searching for inspiration and putting it into fabric it gives you a lot of perspectives.
For me, creating and making it shine it s all that matters.
But in the end, no matter what we say and do, FASHION NEVER SLEEPS,
and NEITHER DO WE .
Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?
I chose to study at the University of South Wales mainly because of the resources they had. For example they have An Aerospace Centre and a Flying Simulator which is really relevant to my course and that got me really excited about my future years in this University. Also I have to say that the location was very advantageous. It was close to a very big city but it kept all that peace and quiet you need for studying.
Have you enjoyed your University experience at South Wales so far? I have to say that although it was tough having to adjust to a new way of living and also with new methods of teaching, it has been one decision that I cannot say I regret. The amount of things I learned and experienced made me a more responsible and better person.
What advice would you give to any students who are thinking of studying at USW?
I would personally advise you to think about the practical issues beforehand such as accommodation, money and work related issues and if you have any trouble to go ask at the advice centres available, they are really nice and helpful. Try not to worry about the future, enjoy the present as much as you can and be proud of what you achieved so far.
What’s your number one student experience so far?
I really enjoyed my second year when I was Women’s Officer in the Students Union. I have learned a lot about managing and organizing events and it was quite nice to be doing something different than university related work.
Favourite places to visit or things to do in Wales?
There are quite a few things to do around here depending on your personality type. Although I only just started a year ago, one of my favourite things to do is climbing. The University’s sports centre offers a climbing facility and program and there is also a climbing society where you also get to meet a lot of people and socialize. There are some other facilities nearby as well and I would say there are a lot of nice locations for climbing outside too. Another thing to do mainly in spring or summer is going to the beach.
As a last thing, I would like to wish you luck in anything you wish to pursue and to hope you’d be happy with the path you chose for yourself.