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

Teaching

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • PPS200 Professional Development and Critical Thinking

    This module will build upon the employability skills they acquired from the first year Academic and Professional Development 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 and Gold level awards. Students will develop key transferable employability skills and achieve specific employability competencies through the production of a Personalised Placement Learning Record. Developing critical thinking and reflexivity in HEI and employment settings will be a cornerstone of this module.

  • PSY311 Psychology Work Placement Module (Single honours)

    This module starts with a 5-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 (70+ 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). Approximately twenty pre-sourced placements will be available for students within local public, private and 3rd sector companies or within the university. Information about these placements will be circulated to the module application deadline. Students will then indicate their top 5 placement options as part of their application. There will also be the opportunity for students to self-source a placement for this module. Eligibility/selection criteria for the module: Students must apply to be part of this module. The application includes: 1. A supporting statement explaining why they would like to take part in this module, what they hope to gain from it, and what their placement choices are (300-500 words). 2. A Curriculum Vitae In order for applications to be considered, students must have completed the Bronze level of the 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) and must have an acceptable attendance record throughout their degree (if mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance, this will be considered during selection). Successful applicants will be matched with one of their top 5 chosen placements where possible. If this is not possible, module leaders will work with the applicant to identify the best placement for them (with their career goals in mind) from the remaining choices available. Alternatively, the student will still be able to self-source a placement should they desire.

  • PSY315 Psychology Work Placement Module (Joint honours)

    This module starts with a 5-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). Approximately twenty pre-sourced placements will be available for students within local public, private and 3rd sector companies or within the university. Information about these placements will be circulated to the module application deadline. Students will then indicate their top 5 placement options as part of their application. There will also be the opportunity for students to self-source a placement for this module. Eligibility/selection criteria for the module: Students must apply to be part of this module. The application includes: 1. A supporting statement explaining why they would like to take part in this module, what they hope to gain from it, and what their placement choices are (300-500 words). 2. A Curriculum Vitae In order for applications to be considered, students must have completed the Bronze level of the 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) and must have an acceptable attendance record throughout their degree (if mitigating circumstances have affected your attendance, this will be considered during selection). Successful applicants will be matched with one of their top 5 chosen placements where possible. If this is not possible, module leaders will work with the applicant to identify the best placement for them (with their career goals in mind) from the remaining choices available. Alternatively, the student will still be able to self-source a placement should they desire.

  • 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.