CLAIMS that a former student at UWTSD has received £750 payoff because of the overtly sexual nature of a course’s subject matter have been dismissed by the University.
Former student, Angie Marynicz, from Pencader near Carmarthen, complained the way her creative writing course was being taught was ‘very worrying’ because of the focus on sex.
Mrs Marynicz made a series of claims regarding both the subject matter and teaching methods on a Creative Writing BA course being taught by Dr Paul Wright at the University’s Lampeter campus.
In particular, Mrs Marynicz found the way Dr Wright spoke about the sexual undercurrent of the narrative in Hamlet most distressing.
While national newspapers have played up the more scintillating allegations made against the University, The Herald has confirmed that Mrs Marynicz received NO compensation in relation to complaints made about the content of the course.
Instead, the University was fined £750 by an independent adjudicator for not allowing the student to skip lectures the content of which she found offensive or problematic.
In fact, The Herald understands that it was Dr Wright’s alleged failure to communicate adequately with Mrs Marynicz in relation to her complaints and his refusal to excuse her from attending his lectures that led to one part of her complaint being upheld against the University.
The Adjudicator’s report states the University:’should have considered whether it was reasonable to require Mrs Marynicz to attend the Critical and Cultural lectures in view of the content and delivery of the module which Mrs Marynicz had difficulties with.’
A UWTSD spokesman said: “The University wishes to stress that the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) for Higher Education found the student’s complaint “not justified” in all of its main points, including those relating to course content and delivery.
“The complaint was deemed partly justified solely in relation to attendance for particular lectures and, in accordance with the recommendation of the OIA, a sum of £750 was paid to the student and accepted as ‘full and final settlement’ of the complaint.
“The OIA noted that the Academic School, Student Services, Learning Support, the Mental Health team and the Academic Office endeavoured to support the student and this included providing help in submitting the complaint and the request for suspension from the course.
“The University believes unreservedly that it has acted in good faith towards the student and has conducted a thorough investigation in accordance with its complaints procedure”.
Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.
Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.
Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.
“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.
“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”
Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.
Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.
Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences
A CHILD sex offender from Ystrad Meurig has been jailed despite being wheelchair-bound.
Dean Harper, aged 61, had distributed child pornography and tried to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexually abusing herself and sending him photographs.
Harper, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.
He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day in October, 2016.
Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was only 10-years-old.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.
An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.
The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite his disability.
Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.
Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit
AS PART of their annual summer visit to Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Ceredigion next month.
From July 2-6, Charles and Camilla will tour the country, undertaking over 20 engagements across the country.
On July 3, The Prince of Wales will visit Dà Mhìle Distillery, Llandysul, the first organic distillery in the UK approved by the Soil Association, where he was previously gifted the thousandth bottle to be produced by Dà Mhìle.
The Prince of Wales will also visit St. Gwenog’s Church, Llanwenog, and view their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. His Royal Highness will also meet members of their local community.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourteenth annual Summer visit to Wales will feature celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service and the marking the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales railway line amongst other events.
A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The Prince and The Duchess are really looking forward to their annual summer visit to Wales where they will be celebrating key anniversaries for the National Health Service, the Heart of Wales railway line and the 90th anniversary of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation. Their Royal Highnesses relish the opportunity to meet members of the community who are making a difference to Welsh life.”
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