USW leading the way with Hydra simulated learning

Hydra Suite Training_01 - Jan 2020

University of South Wales (USW) staff have become accredited Hydra facilitators, allowing them to design and deliver high quality, simulated activities for our students.

The creator of the Hydra methodology, Professor Jonathan Crego, visited the USW Pontypridd Campus to deliver the two-day course to policing, nursing and law staff as well as police officers from Gwent Police.

The Hydra Simulation Centre in the Elaine Morgan building in Glyntaff, provides a unique learning and teaching environment within HE and is used to conduct immersive, simulated scenarios for a variety of students from our Police Sciences, Nursing, Global Governance and Social Work to Public Health, Business and Marketing courses.

The suite is one of only six installations within UK universities and is one of the most technologically advanced, “cloud-based” suites across the world.

Jonathan Crego, Visiting Professor at USW, said: “This course is designed to introduce educators and practitioners to the Hydra philosophy, simulation development, exercise management, assistive technologies and Hydra facilitation. The two-day course ensures the highest standards of Hydra education and training delivery are maintained throughout higher education and public services. I look forward to introducing the methodology to different disciplines and faculties at USW.” 

Helen Martin, Academic Manager for Policing and Security, said: “Hydra has so many benefits for us as academics, as well as our students. We have really been trying to ‘hydrafy’ the student experience. Whilst the technology was invented to facilitate blue light training, we have shown that there are many possibilities for a range of courses. It offers an environment to deliver innovative, simulated learning and technology. Most importantly, it allows our students to experience these sorts of scenarios in a safe environment, allows them to make mistakes and enables them to learn from it before they have to use these skills in a real-life environment.”

Dr Dean Whitcombe, Hydra Simulation Manager for USW, said: “The latest cloud technology provides a unique platform for collaboration and exercise development between USW, other universities and external organisations. Hydra staff and technologies afforded by the suite, have made a significant contribution to teaching and research excellence throughout USW in recent years and we look forward to developing these innovative practices in partnership with Professor Jonathan Crego and the Hydra Foundation.”