Alexandra Waibel, Austria
Alexandra Waibel from Wolfurt, Austria joined Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences as a research intern. Alexandra, who has previously worked as a teacher and a speech therapist, studies an international joint Master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies at her home institutions of the University of Education in St. Gallen, Switzerland and at the University of Education Weingarten, Germany.
She said: “Under the supervision of Dr Pete King, I am helping to carry out qualitative research about the view of Swansea play workers on play. This data will feed into the Play Sufficiency Audit of the Welsh Government.”
After completing her studies, Alexandra has plans to progress a career in academia. She said: “Gathering international experience in research is important for a career as a researcher. The opportunity of getting an insight in research methods at the College of Human and Health Sciences and gathering research practice in a real study is brilliant. It broadens my scientific knowledge and research experience.
“The highlight has been the competence, flexibility and support of Dr Pete King, my supervisor here. He gave me a warm welcome and trusted me from day one. He was so confident to let me carry out the interviews with the playworkers at Swansea City Council, the transcriptions and the thematical analysis of the data.
When asked if she would recommend Swansea University to other students, Alexandra said: “Yes! The research internship at Swansea University has been excellent. The supervisors and lecturers are competent and adaptive to student’s skills.
The atmosphere at the University Campus is friendly and supportive. I can highly recommend it. Plus Swansea has wonderful beaches with a lot of opportunities for water sports.”