Kristy Holder, 24

Physical Geographer
Studying for a PhD in Palaeo-Climatic Research 

I‘ve always loved geography but studying at Swansea University has opened my eyes to how important it is in the modern world. Work being done by people like myself can be used for the benefit of all.

My passion lies in unlocking mysteries from the past. Through palaeo-research in the South Wales peatlands we can find out about climatic and cultural changes that took place thousands of years ago. 

Starting my PhD, I am finally getting the opportunity to contribute to the wonderful world of research I glimpsed during my degree. My BSc gave me direction, but now I am now heading into a world of discovery.

Eventually I want to conduct my own research, get papers published and become known in my chosen field. Far more research is needed on climate change and I hope to contribute to the understanding of the impact humans are having.

Lecturers here are inspirational and cover a lot of ground allowing students to uncover their main interests. They see through eyes that understand the complexity of the world around us and will help you do the same.

One day I would like to be a lecturer and can only hope I can inspire students the same way.  They have given me a new-found confidence in my abilities and the belief that if you work hard you can achieve your goals.

I wanted a university close to home but was also enticed by compulsory abroad trips – it’s the best of both worlds really.

Everyone will tell you the beach and Singleton Park are amazing. Coming to Swansea allows you to develop academically and personally in an environment that is friendly and fun.