On Wednesday 20th June a small number of Year 12 students travelled to the University of Wales Trinity St David in Carmarthen to take part in a Learned Society of Wales event. Academics from Swansea University and UWTSD along with PHd students provided lectures on important areas of research in their fields of study. Feedback from many prestigious universities states that some students are not undertaking enough independent research to ensure that any future application and interview process are strong and distinctive. So this event was aimed at providing students with guidance to achieve this.

Students chose different subject areas from Law and English literature/creative writing to Psychology and Further Maths. They were provided with the opportunity to be guided in independent research with the aim of starting on their Welsh Bac project in an area of interest for a future degree or career. Many of the students found the day extremely useful with it giving them a real insight into how to carry out future research which will enable them to produce a strong Welsh Bac project.

On the same day three students attended an event run by the Royal College of General Practitioners Cymru aimed at preparing students for the rigours of the application process for medicine. The day comprised of key note lectures on pressing issues for medicine including anti-biotic resistance and the role of the GP. The lectures were designed to provide the foundation for creating a research theme for their Advanced Welsh Bac project, this will be a vital for anyone interested in studying medicine at university.

Students also took part in a series of intensive one to one and small group workshops on everything from personal statements for medicine to mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Advice and expertise was provided by several GP’s, medical colleagues and current students of medicine to ensure that every possible query could be answered and appropriate guidance could be provided. Once again the students involved found the day valuable and has inspired them to pursue a career in this area.

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