Friday, 27 September 2013

Work experience helps student's studies

Our students are provided with many opportunities to gain valuable work experience. Jedd Brierley enjoyed a productive summer, attending the 10th Cycling and Society Annual Symposium at Tyn Dwr Outdoor Centre and progressing his Dissertation.

Jedd believes the experience will be invaluable to his studies: "My summer work experience provided excellent opportunities for researching into my Dissertation subject of female participation in mountain-biking.

"Having a whole new batch of trainee instructors to query over how they perceived the mountain-bike community and industry was particularly useful. This allowed me to pick up on underlying themes and attitudes towards mountain-biking from both the female and male perspective.

"This in turn, along with the literature I had studied allowed me to construct a survey for a net-nogrophy. I was also lucky enough to be invited to the 10th annual Cycling and Society Symposium. I put together my initial findings, broken down into; method, themes and intentions. This really allowed me to showcase (if only for myself) what I had managed to come up with so far.

"It was very useful being able to talk to people about my work and hear their opinions. Furthermore, having a chance to just talk about my work was very useful in discovering how engaged I am with the subject matter.

"Finally, being invited to the symposium also allowed me to gather contacts for later research. The women at the symposium were perfect as they all rode bikes, but did not directly associate themselves as mountain bikers - maybe I can find out why? Thanks UCLan for the opportunity."

Monday, 23 September 2013

Cycling event boosts student's job prospects

Outdoor Leadership student Pete Haggan recently attended the 10th Annual Cycling and Society Symposium at Tyn Dwr Outdoor Centre.

The event offered a variety of practical and theoretical presentations on all aspects of cycling; delivered by academics, policy makers and advocates, all with a shared interest in cycling and cycling culture.

Pete believes the Symposium has vastly improved his future career prospects: "This event offered a unique opportunity to present a poster illustrating the research I've carried out over Summer 2013 into motivations for riding venue choice among mountain bikers, with PhD students, town planners and academics.

"I've shared my own ideas and intentions for the direction of the research with likeminded people seeking to understand life history through cycling behaviour, cyclotourism and the rise of middle aged man in lycra.

"What did I learn? Well, despite my trepidation at being surrounded by academic cyclists I realised that even as an undergraduate just beginning my academic career, the effort during the last two years at UCLan is coming to fruition, allowing me to confidently present and talk about my own research.

"All of this has helped me to realise my own ambitions to continue my academic career and the possibility of pursuing a career in academic research."

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Emily goes Outward Bound

Emily Bridger has completed a one-year internship with Himalayan Outward Bound in India (OBI) as part of her Outdoor Leadership degree.

OBI is a non-profit, independent educational organisation with approximately 40 schools world-wide, educating 200,000 participants per year.

Himalayan Outward Bound adventure programmes aim to foster the personal growth and social skills of participants by using challenging expeditions in the outdoors. Outward Bound runs on the belief that character development is just as important as academic achievement.

Participants put in challenging adventure situations gain confidence, redefine their perceptions and demonstrate compassion. Emily has kindly provided UCLan Outdoors with a presentation poster and photoset detailing her time in India.