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BSc (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management Newsletter

Embracing the new normal

This semester has seen the OALM students having to adapt to the new normal with the ongoing challenges of COVID. The first year students have just completed the climbing aspect of their land based module, and will soon embark on the canoeing elements of their water based module.
The second years returned from the summer break to begin their modules focussed on research methods, psychology of outdoor adventure performance and reviewing & facilitation.

Then finally, as part of the expedition studies module, the third years competed a five day backpacking journey in the Lake District - coping admirably with some challenging weather conditions.

Year 1 induction residential

As part of the induction week the OALM students attended a two day camping residential in the Brecon Beacons. This provided an opportunity to get to know each other and the staff. One of the days was speant in the mountains of the Brecon Beacons, and the other in one of the many exciting gorges available to us in the National Park. This trip is an essential element of the course, setting the scene for all that follows.

Two of the second year students - Matt Woolf and Alice Armes - joined the first years for the induction residential and some of our initial climbing sessions to help them out; in doing so they got to know all of our new students. They were a credit to the course, adding value and providing a vital link between year groups.

Next Semester

Next semester, the second year students will have the Land Based Leadership & Water Based Coaching modules, where the students will be looking to complete National Governing Body awards within these; they will also have a climbing based residential to do.

We will also aim to be heading to North Wales, during the Easter break, with some of our students to complete the Mountain Leader Training course.
First year students will undertake the navigation element of the Land Based Personal Skills module, and once completed they will move on to the kayaking element of the Water Based Personal Skills module.

Then to wrap up the academic year they will be heading to the Briancon area of South East France for a week of sport climbing and via ferrata in the sunshine!

In other news...

OALM graduate James Blackbourn completed his ML & RCI assessments this summer and is soon to start his training with the RAF as an officer.

OALM graduate Kitty Dowry has joined Breedon School’s Outdoor Education department and is currently studying on the MA Outdoor Education here at UW.

We are hoping to be able to run a DofE assessors course this semester to assist students in gaining DofE work next year.

The OALM course received a rating of 100% overall student satisfaction in this years National Student Survey.

Despite the challenges we are facing with COVID we will still be delivering a number of climbing focussed NGB courses before the xmas break.

Date: 24/11/2020