'Swansea's Community Feel Is the Reason It Continues to Draw Students' A UNIVERSITY VIEW EDUCATION WALES
Byline: James Houston
THE summer is always an interesting period for student officers as the university quietens down and our members return home for their break. It is often a period of transition, preparation, but most crucially, reflection.
We certainly have a lot to reflect upon this year; a year which has seen Swansea once again aiming to achieve a place on the shortlist for the UK's Best Student Experience.
I truly believe that Swansea students are not only excelling academically, but they are by far some of the most active and friendly university students in the country.
When we reflect upon our union's successes this year, we can certainly say that we have achieved, but the credit must go to our students.
Last month's graduation ceremonies held on campus gave us all a fantastic opportunity to really celebrate our students' time at university and their successes.
As our students milled around campus with their friends and relatives, they reminisced about where they had been taught, where they had revised for exams, and often where they had socialised.
One of the highlights for me was the degree ceremonies of our School of Medicine and School of Health Science graduates, many of whom have worked extraordinarily hard both in study and on placements.
When the university's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Davies, asked many where their next direction in life would be, many could not contain their excitement as they recounted their future plans.
It is a credit to our graduates, but most importantly the university staff, that such a fantastically enthused group of men and women graduated this year who, whilst understandably anxious about their next step, are clearly excited about their future.
One of our targets in the past academic year has been to increase our student involvement and relations within our community.
While environmental and social projects have encouraged our students to become better stewards of their community, it has been, above all, our societies and sports clubs which have made the real impact.
Discovery Student Volunteering, based at the university, has always been a stalwart of our students, as they work tirelessly alongside vulnerable adults, young people, children and those with disabilities. …