The blog below was written by Rhodri Thomas, a PhD student and Postgraduate Tutor in the School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies:
The Halliwell Centre on the Carmarthen campus was the venue, at the beginning of March, for the Trinity St David AS Revision Day for Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics, co-hosted by the School of TRSIS and the School of Cultural Studies. The event, by now a firm fixture of the academic calendar, was attended by some 180 students from secondary schools stretching the length and breadth of south and south-west Wales (from the Rhondda to Haverfordwest!). Attendees were able to choose from a diverse programme of talks, each of which was delivered by specialists from the Schools of TRSIS and Cultural Studies and specifically tailored to correspond to the course content at AS level. Topics included (but were by no means limited to): Situation Ethics; The Life and Teachings of Buddha; Philosophy of Religion: Evil and Suffering; Religion and Contemporary Society: Freud and Jung; and, The Jewish Festivals.
A lunchtime reception provided the opportunity for TSD staff to meet exclusively with teachers, and it was the new WJEC syllabus (to be taught from September 2016) that dominated discussion. The conversation reinforced the importance of maintaining strong links with secondary schools and further education colleges, highlighting the unique role that TSD is able to play during this period of transition and, ultimately, in helping to safeguard the future of Religious Studies/Philosophy in Wales.
After the academic activities had been concluded, the event was brought to a close in the traditional manner…with a religiously-themed pub-style quiz (eagerly awaited by the School of TRSIS’ student ambassadors). This year, it was Brynteg School from Bridgend who walked away with the bragging rights (and, more importantly, the chocolate!)…a fantastic end to what was a hugely successful day! The very best of luck to all attendees in their forthcoming exams!