TWO students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David were selected to have their posters shown at the Posters in Parliament event in Westminster on Tuesday (Mar 14).
The event was part of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), an open coalition of universities dedicated to encouraging a national culture of undergraduate research which brings together a selection of some of the best undergraduate research from across the UK.
BSC Children and Young People students Kathryn Jones and Lynsey Lewis joined students from 25 other universities displaying their research projects in two exhibitions in the Jubilee Room, Houses of Parliament. The event is being sponsored by Chuka Umuna, Labour MP for Streatham, and Keir Starmer, Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras.
UWTSD’s Health Portfolio Lecturer Karen Hudson said: “The health portfolio staff are delighted that Lynsey and Kathryn’s posters have been selected for this competition. We wish them every success. Lynsey and Kathryn are committed, enthusiastic and hardworking students. Their academic skills have continued to develop throughout their study on the BSC Children and Young People programme. They consistently engage in extensive reading to support their research. We are very proud of their achievements.”
Lynsey Lewis said: “I am very pleased and honoured to have the opportunity to go to Parliament and represent the University at this event. We were asked to choose a topic which affects child development, research it and then present a poster (along with a supporting paper) which raised awareness of the issue.
“ My poster is on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), something I knew nothing about but had heard of only a matter of weeks before, during my working role with Tim Camau Bach at Carmarthenshire County Council. I had wanted to learn more about SPD and this was an ideal opportunity to do so. To be invited to present at Posters in Parliament is overwhelming and very exciting. We would both like thank our lecturer Karen Hudson for all her wonderful support and guidance.”
Kathryn Jones added: “I am delighted to be able to raise awareness to others. My poster is all about dyspraxia, I chose this topic as it can be a hidden disorder that can go unnoticed. I work in a primary school and support children with motor difficulties and wanted to better understand the condition to offer the best possible care. The original poster was a requirement for a specific module regarding an issue that affects child development. The poster is a summary of a supporting paper that provides an overview of the causes, effects and treatment options available.”
A spokesman for BCUR said: “The event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate British undergraduate research, as well as to showcase the tremendous progress that the UK has made in this area. BCUR has made a significant contribution to this success and continues to work to promote undergraduate research in all disciplines by providing students with an opportunity to share their research through poster presentations, spoken papers, or through creative outputs such as performances and film.”
Poison arrow frogs at New Scientist Live
ABERYSTYWTH UNIVERISTY scientist Dr Karen Siu-Ting discussed poison arrow frogs at New Scientist Live last Thursday (Sept 28).
Dr Siu-Ting is an IRC ELEVATE-MSCA Co-fund Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University.
Her research into poison arrow frogs featured as part of ‘Ask a Biologist’, hosted by The Royal Society of Biology.
An evolutionary biologist from Peru, Dr Siu-Ting specialises in amphibians and combines field work in the Amazon rainforest with laboratory and computational analyses to address biological questions.
She is currently working on a project on poison arrow frogs between Aberystwyth University and Dublin City University.
Apply for six-month traineeship scheme
IF YOU’D like to earn as you learn hands-on skills to prepare you for a career in practical conservation or estate management, apply now for Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Skills in Action traineeship scheme.
The project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future scheme, will provide two six-month salaried apprenticeships with the National Park Authority’s Ranger and Warden Teams.
Skills in Action Project Coordinator for Pembrokeshire Coast Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, Tom Iggleden said: “The successful candidates will be learning the skills and experience that are essential to be successful in obtaining employment within a highly competitive sector.
“The main duties of the placement will include practical hands-on work-based experience in conservation and estate management.”
The six month traineeship will see the successful applicants learn a wide variety of skills including traditional hedgelaying and modern conservation methods that are essential to the work of the National Park Authority.
This is an extension to the original three-year project which has helped many of the 15 previous trainees gain employment.
The closing date for applications is October 24 with interviews to be held on November 6.
Application packs are available from the National Park Authority’s website atwww.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/jobs or by contacting contact Joanne Morgan by calling 01646 624856 or by emailing email@example.com.
Committee concerned at £12.7m error
A £12.7M alteration to the cost of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Bill has been described as concerning by a National Assembly for Wales committee.
In the original figures submitted alongside the Bill the Welsh Government identified savings of £4.8m over a period of four years if the Bill was passed.
But the estimates were challenged by children’s charity SNAP Cymru which claimed the Welsh Government had misinterpreted figures it had provided concerning disputes and resolution services. The Welsh Government admitted the error and revised the figures from the original saving to a cost of £7.9m – a difference of £12.7m.
The Finance Committee asked the Welsh Government to delay the financial resolution on the Bill, the mechanism by which government gains support to spend the money enacting the law and the government agreed.
“A £12.7m swing from a saving to a cost is very concerning, as it shows a government which doesn’t fully understand the figures it quotes,” said Simon Thomas AM, Chair of the Finance Committee.
“It also throws into doubt any future costs connected to Bills which come before this committee as we are left wondering whether the government has done its sums right.
“We are grateful to SNAP Cymru for highlighting the inaccuracies and acknowledge the steps taken by the Minister subsequently, but we will need further reassurance that such errors will not happen again.”
The Bill’s aim is to improve the quality of support available to children with additional learning needs through a person-centred approach which would identify needs early on and make sure the right support, monitoring and evaluation was put in place to help them.
The Finance Committee welcomed the actions taken by the Welsh Government to address the situation. But Members were concerned and surprised that inaccuracies as significant as this were raised and that SNAP Cymru was not consulted on the final figures before they were published.
The Committee acknowledges that revisions have since been made and the Minister’s assurances that the revised figures are robust, however, it is concerned at the need to have made this level of changes to the original costings.
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