Students and staff from UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art have contributed to the latest exhibition showcasing at the Elysium Art Gallery, Swansea, ‘Without Borders’.
‘Without Borders’ is an evolving digital project and physical exhibition, aimed at bringing together 22 communities and nearly 300 artists from around the world.
The exhibition seeks to remove barriers, create alliances, and connect with neighbours. It aims to bring creative people together, to collaborate in an international touring exhibition of works on paper – a collection of artists’ pages.
After exhibiting at Swansea, ‘Without Borders’ will travel to Japan, Norway, USA, Venice, Canada, and back to Wales. The project will also be globally accessible via an e-catalogue.
At the end of the tour, the artworks will permanently be bound together to create one unique artist book, to be housed in a special collection’s library which will be announced at a later date.
The term Border describes literal or invisible lines: edges that separate and divide, that contain and limit. Without Borders is particularly evocative and redolent in these current times. Ever-quickening, reactive politics results in some borders hardening, whilst others dissolve. The divide between rich and poor appears to be widening. Physical, geographical, and social borders, together with the fragile, permeable border between life and death have also been highlighted by the recent pandemic.
Jonathan Powell from the Elysium Art Gallery said: “As a former student of Swansea College of Art, I was very keen to get them involved in some way. Despite the difficulties with all the lockdowns and disruptions the students were magnificent and contributed a great body of work.”
Katherine Clewett, Programme Director of the Cert HE Art and Design Foundation course at Swansea College of Art said: “The exhibition title ‘Without Borders’ upholds ideas and perspectives concerning current socio-political boundaries. This project is an opportunity for students and staff to reflect on constricted connections, and to seek collective responses.
“Swansea College of Art contributors comprises students and staff from Foundation, Degree and MA courses, exhibiting in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, photography and stitch.
“We are thankful to Elysium Art Gallery for inviting us to contribute to this timely exhibition.”
The exhibition continues at Elysium Art Gallery until Saturday, August 28th.
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The new business will help companies monitor and improve their indoor environments.
Entrepreneur David Kieft, the founder of the Raven Delta Group, has launched a new venture dedicated to monitoring and improving indoor environments through one of its group companies – EFT Consult.
W-360 has been launched with EFT, in partnership with Metrikus, a specialist software company that has pioneered the digitisation of the built environment, offering its clients customisable dashboards from which they can easily view and manage indoor environmental conditions.
From offices in Swansea and London, W-360 will leverage the specialist skills and expertise of EFT Consult, part of the RD Group, and Metrikus to offer a solution to organisations to measure, monitor and ultimately improve the Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) within their buildings.
The Environmental sensors and software platform will monitor and report on the condition of air quality parameters (such as particulate matter, CO2 and VOCs), lighting levels, thermal comfort (including temperature and humidity) and soundscape. All of these factors have the potential to negatively affect human health and well-being.
The launch comes in the context of a growing momentum towards standards around the quality of indoor environments. In April, the British Standards Institute (BSI) fast tracked the development of PAS 3003, sponsored and written by EFT and its partners, into a new standard designed for measuring, monitoring and reporting indoor environmental quality and wellbeing of occupants. The move recognised the pioneering work EFT Consult has conducted over the past six years.
W-360 will help companies understand and implement the new standard. It will offer a range of services including an assessment of the existing quality of indoor environments, building design and installation services and the installation and management of a range of sensors, linked to a dashboard that companies can easily view.
David Kieft said: “We are very proud to unveil this exciting new venture at a time when concerns around indoor environments and decarbonisation are very much coming to the fore. We have been heavily involved around developing standards in this area and we are delighted with the work BSI is now taking forward on this. We look forward to working through W-360, to drive this process forward and help many organisations along the way.”
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Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has today welcomed the Welsh Government’s “national call to arms” to significantly expand the green canopy in Wales and has pledged to work with the government and partners to achieve a dramatic increase in tree planting.
The call comes after NRW worked as part of the Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters MS’ task force charged with exploring ways to expedite tree planting in Wales.
Over an intensive three-week period, a team of experts came together to develop a series of recommendations aimed at supporting woodland creation and focus upon removing barriers to tree planting. The expert team also investigated ways of increasing the value and amount of sustainably grown Welsh timber used in Wales.
This work builds on NRW’s existing efforts to increase tree coverage in Wales through an existing Woodland Creation Programme. This covers a wide range of work including expanding the NRW managed Welsh Government Woodland Estate; scoping new funding avenues for woodland creation; and ongoing work to reduce the regulatory burden of woodland creation without compromising vital environmental safeguards.
Clare Pillman, Chief Executive Officer of NRW said: “Woodland creation is an essential part of creating a healthier and prosperous Wales.
“We are determined to contribute towards Welsh Government’s ambition to be carbon net zero by 2050 through planting up to 180,000 hectares of new woodland and hedges.
“We are all facing climate and nature crises and large-scale tree planting will help us tackle both. It will also provide significant benefits to everyone in Wales. I am delighted at the new momentum tree planting is enjoying in Wales.”
NRW was represented on the task force by its Executive Director of Communications, Customer and Commercial, Sarah Jennings.
She said: “It has been a pleasure to work alongside experts from across Wales and across sectors on the findings set out by the Deputy Minister.
“We have worked together with common purpose to understand the barriers to tree planting and how they can be overcome.
“The benefits of tree planting are too great to pass up; they provide a range of substantial environmental, economic, cultural and wellbeing benefits.
“I’m looking forward to working with the Deputy Minister and our partners in an alliance for change across Wales to develop the recommendations into actions that will have a real and positive impact on Wales’ future.”
NRW will continue to work with the Welsh Government and its partners to further the extensive tree planting ambitions in Wales and to deliver the many benefits this can provide to us all.
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Julie Crossman, a lecturer from the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research (WAPPAR) devised a leadership development programme with the Welsh Ambulance Service (NHS) Trust (WAST) to support the new leadership role of Senior Paramedic. Since January this year, over 30 Senior Paramedics were recruited, and this is a growing scheme with plans to develop more Senior Paramedics each year. A need was identified for a consistent, coherent and standardised leadership development programme to support staff in these roles. The resulting award is a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Leadership in Emergency Services).
The role of Senior Paramedic is a new initiative within WAST, and seeks to develop clinical leadership roles to support the Service in its ambitions to be more clinically led and to further develop an operationally effective service that’s fit for the future. It’s a position that’s intended to enhance the degree of frontline clinical leadership within the organisation with the prime intention of developing and improving practice as well as transform the means by which we shape the clinicians to deliver services.
All of the Senior Paramedics will pursue the qualification delivered by WAPPAR to ensure that they enhance and develop their existing leadership skills to undertake their role. It’s a programme that focuses on applying learning to professional practice and seeks to cultivate transformational leaders, engaging the workforce to meet the challenges faced in terms of improvements in clinical practice and transforming the way services are delivered. After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, students will be able to apply for the Chartered Manager Award within the University.
According to Julie Crossman: “I am excited by the opportunity to support the development of such a valued profession. The Senior Paramedics are a tremendous asset to WAST and I feel very fortunate to be playing a small part in their ongoing leadership development. The senior leadership at WAST have wholeheartedly supported the Senior Paramedics in terms of facilitating their leadership development, and UWTSD are working in partnership with WAST to present an engaging and meaningful programme to develop skills for the future.”
Recently WAST and UWTSD held a virtual event, and this was the first opportunity to bring the whole group together, and to find out how Senior Paramedics can get support from leadership . It was as an opportunity for the CEO Jason Killens to speak to the group, whilst also learning how important and vital this new role is to WAST.
Andy Swinburn, Associate Director of Paramedicine said: “The importance of this programme and coming together of our inaugural Senior Paramedic teams cannot be overstated. The creation of this position, coupled with this leadership education programme will be an instrumental step in the development of the organisation. Having all our Senior Paramedics together (albeit virtually) was a great opportunity to set the direction and recap on progress to date. I also want to thanks our CEO Jason Killens for taking time out to speak to the attendees and share his insights, expectations and future aspirations for the role and how the education will support this development.”
Recently Andy has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal, that recognises the hard work he has put it to the Ambulance Service and the NHS during his career.
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