Alumni

Helen Forth

Helen Forth studied Technical Theatre and graduated with a Performing Arts Degree in 2011.

Throughout her time at the Met she worked on a number of community projects including TAN Dance's Intergenerational project where she helped with the lighting, set and costume. Helen took part in 'Arts in Action' in both 2010 and 2011 taking technical theatre projects to schools as well as helping with the annual Barnardo's Cymru pantomime in Townhill Theatre. Since graduating she has worked with Cilgwyn Theatre Company as a Production Intern, worked in a costume shop, and then worked at Baglan Youth Forum as an Activity Worker. She has just started a full time job at Swansea YMCA as a Youth Worker. Helen says, "During my time at SMU, I worked on as many external projects as I could.

It was through the experience gained working with Arts in Action, Barnardo's Cymru and TAN Dance that I was offered the job at Baglan Youth Forum. During my three months there I gained more experience with young people and secured this job at the YMCA. The course at the Met gave me the confidence and skills to follow my career path and I'm so pleased to be offered a job at the end of it."


Mike Scott - Delve Media Ltd

Delve Media ltd is a Web Design, Graphics and Multi-Media agency based in Swansea. The company was formed in 2004 by Alumni member Michael Scott a former student at the newly named Swansea Metropolitan University.

"Delve Media ltd is dedicated to bridging the digital divide by offering clean, energetic design at affordable prices. We believe that good business practice, social awareness and environmental concern are an integral part of the working environment. Where ever possible we use solvent free, vegetable based inks and recycled paper for our design for print work and encourage our clients to consider low impact packaging for Multi-Media products". Mike Scott - Company Director


Leah Collett and Gareth Chambers

Two Swansea Met graduates have secured places to study postgraduate qualifications at two of the world's most prominent performance institutions.

Leah Collett was one of only thirty candidates chosen from almost 5000 international applications for the MA Music Theatre programme at the Royal Academy of Music.

Gareth Chambers is pursuing his passion for dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is studying on the MA Dance Theatre programme. Gareth says "I'm loving it and I'm collaborating with some really cool performers and choreographers. I'm going on placement to Berlin for 2 weeks in December which will be a really good opportunity."


Gareth John (Honoured in Queen's Birthday List)

Earlier this year, Gareth John, Chairman of the Federation of Disability Sport Wales, was honoured in the Queen's Birthday list, for 'services to sport'. Gareth John, of Govilon, near Abergavenny, attended Swansea Teachers' Training College, 1962-65 (in its earlier manifestation, before adopting University status.)
Gareth has served Disability Sport Wales for over twenty years, the majority of that time as Chairman. He has led the development of the Federation, guiding it through its early years as a voluntary organisation into the professional body that it has become today.

He commented that he was delighted to receive the award and said that he viewed it as recognition for the work of the organisation which he serves. He said 'I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of a host of participants and athletes, the volunteers who support them and the highly committed professionals in disability sport here in Wales who work so hard to create the opportunities for their involvement in sport. The massive strides we have witnessed in disability sport over the past seven or eight years would not have been possible without the support of our partners The Welsh Assembly Government and the Sports Council for Wales, together with the Local Authorities and our sponsors, led by Ace Feet in Motion. It is a huge pleasure and privilege to work with them all'


Kayleigh Hammond Graduated 2010

Kayleigh Hammond graduated in 2010. She reports back on her progress: "...well I found an audition for overseas teachers for a theatre school called Razzamataz. I was sent out to the Costa Del Sol for 8 weeks working in a 4 Star all inclusive hotel.

Myself and one other person taught singing, acting and dancing to children aged 4 – 16. We put on 2 shows a week with only 3 days' rehearsal each! It was a brilliant experience!!!

Then I found this course at Northern Film School in Leeds, went to the open day and found I wanted to do a course which wasn't yet available, so I joined the existing course and created my own route through it including: film making, performing arts and performance works. I will be involved in experimental theatre/ film, directing, creative writing and producing.

It was very exciting at Swansea Met and it has spurred me on to explore my abilities further.

It's all very exciting!!!!!!


 

Rebecca Griffiths PGCE 1995-1996

"Following the completion of my PGCE Upper Primary in Hendrefoilan in 1996, just to update that I now have just completed my first year as Head Teacher of Dunvant Primary School in Swansea.

Following the PGCE taught in Penclawdd, Hafod ad was Deputy Head n Portmead Primary Swansea. I love my job and enjoy the challenge of leading one of the largest Primaries in the County.

I also got my M Ed with Dr Sue Lyle. Keeping Education it eh family as my dad, Mr Bruce Denley Jones is senior Science Lecturer in SMU for Secondary PGCE Biology. A pleasure to work with SMU, we even have your PGCE students for observation and Practice".


Helen Lamport PGCE – Graduated 2006

"I am still teaching at Denefield School in Reading where I successfully completed my NQT year and took on extra responsibilities within the department last year. In February I took a group of 30 students to Belgium for a week and I helped the head of department to introduce BTEC to year 12 and build up the department from one that did not have good results to one that has ended up with much better results. As a result of this when the head of department decided to leave I was able to successfully get the position of Head of Department. This year we have the largest numbers we have ever had taking Business Studies with 75 year 10's starting GCSE's, 5 year 10's starting BTEC (which is a new course at year 10), 50 year 11's taking GCSE's, 22 year 12 BTEC students, 45 year 12 students taking either business studies, economics or applied business and 11 year 13's taking business or applied business.

Overall I am really enjoying the new responsibilities that come with becoming head of department and hope that things I am changing will benefit the department. I am also looking after an NQT in the business department which is allowing me to pass on knowledge gained from my experiences as an NQT at the school.
I am still commuting between Swansea and Reading but hopefully my new responsibilities will give me a chance to expand my knowledge and experience and eventually make it back down to Swansea.

I just wanted to say thank you to you and all of the team for giving me a fantastic start to my career as without the great PGCE training I received I would not have managed to become a head of department two years after graduating with my PGCE".

Simon Evans, Senior Lecturer in Business Education said "It is particularly satisfying when we hear from past Swansea Metropolitan student-teachers who are making such a big impact in the teaching profession. This term I have already heard positive reports from newly qualified teachers in many parts of this country along with others teaching further afield in the Middle East and China. Helen was an outstanding student teacher whilst she studied with us and she has clearly made a very strong entry to the profession. I am pleased that she will be acting as a mentor to her own student teachers this year. She is such a good role model."


 

Benjamin Lake BA hons Primary Education with QTS - 2001

"After completing my teaching degree in fabulous Swansea, I am currently teaching a brilliant bunch of kids at a school in Derby. Have experienced the highs and lows of teaching but I am still at it and loving the teaching"

Olive Thorman Project / Industrial Design - 2003

"After working as a designer for a couple of major extreme sport brands I have decided that it's time for me to try and start my own brand using the contacts and opportunities I have gained working for others"