Field Notes 7/12/09
Today I interviewed a student called Thomas Howells and he told us about his life in Cardiff University. He is in his 3rd year of university and has taken a course of Civil Engineering. He designs and builds Bridges, tunnels, car parks etc. It involves a lot of practical projects and makes him think …. Oh, I made that, I designed that building/bridge/car park.
He designed an office building within his second year and in his 3rd year he built a car park in a primary school .In west Wales he worked with the council for nine weeks, he did this project between the beginnings of July to September 2009. The project can affect people in many ways. He also told me that in his first year, most of it was just lecturing and further into the second year and third year included more practical making work. His course is worth 4 years of work and designing so he will be graduating in June 2011, showing he was just 18 when he started university and he will be 22 when he finishes.
Things he likes about university are:-
He likes to socialise with friends.
He finds the course very interesting.
He also likes the city.
Things he dislikes about university are:-
Walking to lectures in horrible weather.
In this university there are a lot of courses, but in this building there are about 10 – 20 courses in SOCSI.
There are 9 courses of engineering but they are split into 3 different groups.
With the council, Thomas worked 9 weeks. He told me that the experience he had working with them was quite interesting, most of the time he was dealing with health and safety. It included a lot of designing.
There is a director of each school. He said that he likes to see the big projects he has designed come to life and alter people’s lives. He also stated that he prefers the bigger projects over the smaller ones, for example; sewage.
Monday 7th December 2009
Today Kieron Forrest & Emily James interviewed Matthew Williams. He was a Cyber Crime Specialist.
How did you get into it?
· He didn’t know what to do at first. He thought he wanted to work in the Media but it was hard to get jobs in the Media then so he decided to try something new. Matthew applied for Journalism and Criminology and decided to do what he does now around 4 years ago.
What advice would you give to students?
Matthew said the main advice he would give to students now would be to always concentrate on homework and it’ll pay off in the future
Field Notes J
When Kirsty and I interviewed Dr Eva Eliot we discovered a few things that may not have been obvious to begin with.
Eva didn’t always wasn’t to be a Research Council Academic Fellow but went to Drama Collage as she wanted to be an Actress but then she found out that to be in the theatre business was a lot of hard work. For a short time afterwards, she was a story-teller/teacher and at the same time she also achieved a PHD in Manchester.
Being a Research Council Academic Fellow means that you get to come up with ideas that will need funding and a lot of research before going ahead. However, the Research Council Academic Fellowship isn’t a permanent job. It is contract based and after 5 years it runs out.
There are different kinds of projects to work on, you can go out and meet people of the community. Also, we received a little tip: – “If you are nosy, you will love it!!”… This is a quote from Eva Eliot as being a researcher contains having to interview a lot of people J
There are some bad points to this job though. Well, one point anyway, and that is that sometimes you can find yourself with a lot of deadlines to meet. But if you think about it, with flexible hours you can find time to complete anything that needs doing before those deadlines.
Also, Eva teaches students different methods of research.
The impact on the community from Eva’s career is difficult to show even though she has been involved in ‘Wales Health Impact Support Unit’. This scheme helps to identify the best ways to spend money.
They have also done work on the community of Neath – Port Talbot involving open cast mines. During this project they thought that by collecting coal from the surface of the Earth. But shortly after the start of this project, they found out that by doing so, dust and smelly gases were emitted making it hard for some people to breathe.
There are future projects being considered. One of these is the ‘Welsh Assembly Food Co-operative programme ’. This is when farmers and local people get to sell their home grown fruit and veg at cheap prices on stalls etc.
Eva mainly does research on health. On of her most recent research project focuses on the fact that people who find it hard to get a job at the start of adulthood will continue to find it hard to get a career throughout their lives. This concluded that unemployed people had a lower state of mental health.
BY HANNAH AND KIRSTY
Interviewing Dr. Rob Evans Review
We learnt that Dr. Rob Evans is a professor/ lecturer who is a leader in sociology and teaching on the undergraduate program, and also post graduates. When he is not teaching he has a research career. Works on various committees, he is also in charge of IT development.
When we asked him what he did to achieve his PhD he said in 1992 he had to interview several independent forecasters on the subject of Exchange Policy Rate. In 1997 he achieved his goal of a PhD. We asked him would he advise students to get a PhD He replied that it all depends on the person, you have the 1 project and have 3 years to complete it. Although you get support from lecturers etc it is down to you to pull it off. So if you are curious and you are into working on your own it’s a great thing to do. It’s worked out very well for him he said.
I believe that if I was interested in economy forecasts and Exchange Policy Rates I would have enjoyed it more. This subject didn’t interest me that much so it made me think that when I go to University the subjects that I take has to be something I’m interested in and something that I enjoy.
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