Ms Denise Thyer
Employability Tutor
Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences
Telephone: (01792) 602292

Teaching

  • ASP100 The Sociology of Social Policy

    This module aims to provide an introduction to the subject of social policy from a sociological perspective and to provide a basic understanding of the origins, organisation, operations and outcomes of welfare institutions. The module explores the meaning of social policy and introduces students to sociological conceptualisations of the social construction of social problems, human needs, citizenship rights and equalities. It then considers key areas of the welfare system including education, health, social care, housing and social security, through a sociological lens.

  • ASP255 Equality, Diversity and Citizenship

    This module explores the important concept of citizenship and its applications in social policy. It does this by examining equality and diversity policies, focusing on different theoretically-driven debates about the need for, and impact of, such policies. Building on level 4 social policy modules, students will also have the opportunity to gain more understanding of key concepts such as rights, justice, fairness and equality. As a further aim, the module sets out to help students develop a critical awareness of issues associated with applying equality and diversity policies in the workplace and to the topic of asylum. A particular focus is given to recent legislation dealing with age discrimination, and comparisons are drawn with other national contexts.

  • EDN104 Employability and Study Skills in an Educational Context

    This module provides students with the key skills that are required to succeed in degree level study in the discipline of education. This module will provide practical guidance in written and oral communication skills using some of the key historical and conceptual issues in education. There is an emphasis on building the skills necessary for independent study such as goal setting, time management, using feedback effectively and engaging with primary source material. In addition personal development planning is an important aspect of the module in order to record and further develop the skills needed for graduate employment. As part of the module students enrol in the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) and complete the bronze level by the end of Semester 2.

  • PPS100 Academic and Professional Development

    This module prepares students for studying at degree level. It also supports students to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA). Students are supported to work and learn together in a community of practice at the level required in higher education. They are encouraged to develop a questioning approach, to structure an argument, to write academically and to avoid plagiarism. Students are also introduced to the skills needed in applying for jobs and/or moving forward in a career path, including how to recognise and make the most of experience, learning, and knowledge and how to sell themselves effectively.

  • PSY305 Psychology Work Placement Module

    This module starts with a 3-day intensive employability boot camp covering the key skills that are essential in the work place (Self-management, business and customer awareness, team-working, communication, problem solving & psychological literacy). Following this, a work-placement (35+ hours) will be undertaken which can be spread-out over a number of weeks (e.g., one day per week) or over a shorter time period (alternative working patterns can be made in agreement with the module leader). A limited number of local placements can be provided or self-sourced placements can be accommodated (judged on a case-by-case basis for suitability). Please note that, students who apply to this module are applying for any number of placement opportunities in general and not applying to one specific placement of their choice. Eligibility/ selection criteria for the module: 1. Completed Bronze Swansea Employability Award (students who have yet to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award can do so here: https://myuni.swan.ac.uk/employability/swansea-employability-award-overview/ by the end of June) 2. Statement explaining why you would like to take part in this module and what you hope to gain from it (300 ¿ 500 words). 3. Attendance record throughout your degree (If mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance, this will be considered during selection).

  • SHH118 Careers and Employability

    This module allows students to complete the Bronze level of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA). Students are introduced to the skills needed in applying for jobs and/or moving forward in a career path, including how to recognise and make the most of experience, learning, and knowledge and how to sell themselves effectively.

  • SHH209 Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience

    This module will enable students to build upon the employability skills they acquired from the SHH118 Careers and Employability module. It is designed to encourage students to enhance their employability through a supported programme of work experience and achievement of the Swansea Employability Award (SEA) silver level award. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director of Employability - College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University

    2017 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2016 Present Employability Tutor and Director of Employability Swansea University

External Responsibilities

  • Work Placements & Internships committee , Hywel Dda Health Board

    2017 - Present

Conference Presentations

Thyer, D. (2017) ‘Employability comes full circle: The student becomes the teacher’. Poster presentation presented at the SALT conference, Swansea University, 5tjh July 2017.

Jones, M., Thyer, D & Vaughan, R. (2017). ‘Employability: Creating a collaborative framework for Success’. 60 minute interactive breakout session presented at the Higher Education Academy Annual Conference, Manchester Conference Centre, 4th July, 2017.

Croxall, J., Frawley, A., Vaughan, R., & Smith, S., Thyer. D (2016). ‘Students’ Journey through the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) Award’, paper presented at the SALT Conference, Swansea University, 28th June 2016.