ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY has been shortlisted for a top accolade in the 2016 Times Higher Education Awards.
The university has been named as one of six finalists in the Most Improved Student Experience category.
The five other higher education institutes are Cardiff Metropolitan University, St George’s University of London, University of Surrey, Ulster University and York St John University.
The winner will be selected from data gathered by the THE’s YouthSight Student Experience Survey which asks around 20,000 students to rate the academic reputation, teaching, social life and facilities of their university.
Acting Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University, Professor John Grattan, said: “The annual THE awards are seen as the higher education sector’s answer to the ‘Oscars’ so we’re naturally delighted to have been shortlisted for an award. We’re particularly pleased to be in the final six for the Most Improved Student Experience category , as providing a first-class student experience is at the heart of everything we do here.”
“Only a few weeks ago, Aberystwyth University was ranked the best in Wales and one of the top four universities of its kind in the UK for overall student satisfaction, so this latest nomination is further proof that Aberystwyth is an exceptional place to learn and live.”
The overall winners in the 2016 THE Awards will be announced at a special ceremony in London in November.
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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