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of remote-controlled robots by the Aberystwyth Robotics Club, an afterschool club for local teenagers which is led by staff and students. Kirsty Williams also met

Geography Society students and staff from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, including Professor Neil Glasser who will be part of an international expedition to Antarctica in January 2017 and Professor Bryn Hubbard who was awarded the Polar Medal earlier this year. Acting Vice-Chancellor at

Kirsty Williams: Visiting the Aberystwyth Robotics Club THE WELSH GOVERNMENT

Cabinet Secretary for Education has met with staff and students at Aberystwyth University in the first of a series of visits to Welsh higher education institutes. Kirsty Williams AM was given a

short guided tour of campus by Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor John Grattan on Thursday, September 29. She said she could see why

Aberystwyth University had performed well in recent student satisfaction survey. During her visit, the Minister

spoke to students who decided to study for a degree after attending Aberystwyth’s flagship Summer University programme, which is aimed at widening access to higher education. She also met a group of international and EU students who are studying at Aberystwyth. “I have spent much of my first

five months in post hearing all about the issues facing the education sector in Wales. So I was naturally delighted to get out there today and learn more about life on campus as well as to experience freshers week first-hand,” said Ms Williams. “Aberystwyth was recently ranked best student experience in Wales by the

Good University Guide and it’s clear to see why, especially at this exciting time of year. “I was particularly pleased to learn

more about the work the university has been carrying out with regard to widening access, giving young people from Wales the opportunity to spend six weeks on campus and experience study in an HE environment. “Next month we will be launching

Wales’ tenth Seren hub here in Aberystwyth. Year 12 pupils from across the area will come together, learn together and get valuable support from leaders within the university to ensure they are supported to achieve their academic potential.” One of the highlights of the

tour was an introduction to the innovative work being carried out in the Department of Physics for the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover mission in 2020. Space scientists at Aberystwyth

are developing a ‘selfie’ mirror which will enable the ExoMars Rover to take images of itself if it became damaged, as well as camera calibration targets to ensure images sent back to Earth are a true representation of the natural colours of Mars. There was also a demonstration

Aberystwyth University, Professor John Grattan, said: “We are very pleased that the Education Secretary has been able to visit Aberystwyth University and to see at first hand why this is an exceptional place to learn and live. In the wake of the EU Referendum result and the recommendations of the Diamond review, it was an opportunity to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities facing the higher education sector at this time. “It was also an opportunity to

highlight some of the high-quality research and development which is being carried out by academics here in Aberystwyth, including our involvement with the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission and our international expedition to Antarctica in January 2017. “As an institution, we have placed

great emphasis on widening access to higher education through our flagship Summer University programme and some of the students who decided to enrol at Aberystwyth University as a result of their Summer University experience were able to talk to the Education Secretary about their reasons for choosing to study for a degree.” The Leader of the Welsh Liberal

Democrats and MP for Ceredigion, Mark Williams, also accompanied Kirsty Williams on her first visit to Aberystwyth University as Education Secretary.


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Space Week: Mars terrain model A B E R Y S T W Y T H

UNIVERSITY’S Department of Physics is inviting members of the local community, including students and staff, to discover more about exciting developments in space research taking place on their doorstep, as part of World Space Week, running until Monday (Oct 11). Declared by the United National

General Assembly in 1999, World Space Week is the largest annual space event with activities held across the world to celebrate, educate and inspire the general public and children about space. In keeping with this year’s theme

of Remote Sensing Enabling Our Future, Aberystwyth University will be taking part in the global celebration with examples of remote sensing from Earth to Space. The public display is at the Old College and ends at 6pm this Friday (Oct 7). Some of the other exciting events

on during the week include a scale model of the terrain of Mars, which will be on display showing the entire surface of Mars and the Gale crater; this is currently being studied by NASA’s Mars Science Lab rover, ‘Curiosity’, which was built by

physicists at Aberystwyth University using data from MOLA, the Mars Orbital Laser Altimeter. Models of flight hardware being

produced in Aberystwyth which will fly to Mars on the European Space Agency’s 2020 ExoMars Rover Mission will also be on display. Rachel Cross, a Research

Associate in the Department of Physics at Aberystwyth University, is one of the organisers: “Scientists at Aberystwyth University have long been involved with space exploration. For example, the robotic arm of the recently rediscovered 2003 Beagle2 mission was developed and calibrated by researchers at Aberystwyth, and this work provided the basis for Aberystwyth’s current involvement with the ExoMars European Space Agency mission in 2020.” Other exhibits include a pop-up

planetarium, interactive challenges, glacial images from the Centre of Glaciology’s Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) flyover in Switzerland and a ‘spot the glacier’ challenge. So, come along and control a mini-lander on the harsh Martian landscape or explore the planets using interactive software - there’s something for everyone.

Case adjourned MAGISTRATES adjourned a case

of criminal damage when the accused did not turn up at court. Jordan Patrick Allen, 18, of Aberystwyth, failed to attend Aberystwyth

Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Oct 5) to face the charge which arose from an alleged incident on September 19. Magistrates adjourned the matter for

two weeks. No show for assault accused A 44-YEAR-OLD defendant

failed to appear before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Oct 5) to face two offences. Gareth Anthony Lloyd, of Telford,

was due to face the charges arising from an incident alleged to have taken place on August 5 at Machynlleth. For the first offence, the defendant allegedly conducted threatening

behaviour towards the complainant with the intent to cause distress. For the second offence, Lloyd

allegedly assaulted the complainant by beating.

Magistrates imposed an

adjournment until October 19 at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court. Lloyd is on extended unconditional bail until then.

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