First publication for two College of Human and Health Sciences students

Read all about the joint staff/student publication based on, ‘Junk Modelling at the British Science Festival’

Junk ModellingMA Developmental and Therapeutic Play students; Kathryn Ashton and Sally Fung have successfully published their first joint staff/student publication with Associate Professor, Justine Howard and Senior Lecturer, Pete King from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences.

The research article, ‘Junk modelling at the British Science Festival:A reflection on non-directive play in action, published in the ‘Journal of Playwork Practice’ explores the benefits and raises awareness of the relationship between play and brain activity through a series of ‘junk modelling’ workshops.

Dr Pete King said, “The junk modelling workshops delivered at the British Science Festival provided a unique environment for students to use their non-directive play practice skills developed from the MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play course and engage in reflective practice”.

These workshops, successfully organised by the staff and students from the MA Developmental and Therapeutic Play programme, were held during last year’s British Science Festival Family Weekend. The event, attracting more than 25,000 visitors, organised by Swansea University in partnership with the British Science Association and the National Waterfront Museum, saw a range of lectures, seminars and workshops delivered to show the diversity of work and research at the University across the scientific spectrum. 

Sally Fung comments on the event, “It was exciting just to unpack the materials and set them up for the children as ideas flowed through the minds of the playworkers. The children were enthusiastic and excited in their discoveries, and there seemed to be an organised chaos as the design processes of the creations evolved as more materials were found and used.”

Kate Ashton comments on how she felt having her work published; “I was very grateful for the opportunity to contribute towards the joint publication and, when it was published, felt very proud. I never dreamt that I would be acknowledged on a publication and the sense of achievement I felt was fantastic and has made me realise that we are all capable of setting our goals high and achieving them!”


‌Following the success of last year’s British Science Festival, Swansea University will be hosting a new Swansea Science Festival later this year, giving people of all ages the chance to get involved and enjoy a hands-on experience of science, making it fun for all the family. 

Where:                National Waterfront Museum 

When:                 8th-10th September 2017