The Skills Development Service team are made up of 2 full time staff and 10 Student Peer Trainers. Please feel free to contact the SDS staff at any time or pop into the Skills Hub on 2nd floor of Students' Union to see us.
We recruit for Student-peer Trainers towards the end of the Spring semester for the following academic year with training taking place shortly after the summer examination period. Look out for adverts on our website and via the Jobshop. If you would like to talk about this opportunity please feel free to contact any members of the SDS team.
Head of Training and Development
I have been managing the Skills Development Service since 2003 and my responsibilities include curriculum management, quality assurance, delivering sessions, supervising the training team and managing the budget. I also have prime responsibility for the provision of the externally-certified courses. My background is in the Railway industry which I joined in 1975 and it is there that I developed my passion for training and developing others. After starting off as a peer trainer in 1985 I became the Regional Training Officer in 1990 until 1996 when the post was expunged following privatisation. I then studied part-time at University of Wales College, Newport for 5 years while carrying out my experiential learning teaching practice in local colleges and learning providers. I am a licencee to deliver training for The Pacific Institute® and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).
I believe that every person has a right to realise their own potential. What I particularly relish about my job is meeting so many diverse and interesting students and helping them gain from my many years of experience while also helping them facilitate their own way forward. I gain no greater satisfaction than seeing our students feel positive about themselves, go into good employment or onto a progression following their experiences at the Skills Development Service. I am of the firm belief that teaching/training is an earned responsibility and that one is permitted rather than obliged to teach others. Outside of work I enjoy listening to and playing music as a guitarist, spending time with my fiancée and family, rugby, football, walking, and being an integral member and volunteer through my local church.
The Student Peer Trainers
The Skills Development Service wouldn’t be as successful without our talented and hardworking team of Student Peer Trainers. To attain the role they go through a tough but rewarding interview process. Once they commence with us they attend a full and robust Train The Trainer course. Student Peer Trainers predominantly deliver our evening sessions but can also take extra sessions in the daytime. Many of our Student Peer Trainers work longer than a year if they are still Cardiff University students at the time, allowing them to grow in skills and confidence. Meet some of our Student Peer Trainers below.
Sum - Senior Peer Trainer
I’m Sum, in the final year of my PhD looking at the genetics of bipolar disorder. I completed all the original CPD certificates back in 2013 and gained the Platinum Certificate and the Diploma of Professional Development in Leadership in 2018. The service we offer is mostly free and a great way of developing transferable skills that you will need once you graduate.
I’m an associate fellow to the Higher Education Academy and in addition to training and mentoring students within the SDS team, I also teach and support students from secondary school all the way to postgraduate level
Katie - Intermediate Student-peer Trainer
Hi! My name is Katie, I’m a Post Graduate student here at Cardiff University. In my second year I attended some SDS sessions and completed a Certificate of Professional Development which led me to realise how little my course prepares me with transferable skills that will be needed in the world of work. Therefore, I decided to take on a role working to deliver these sessions to help other students, like myself, gain these invaluable skills that will help them to obtain a job of a lifetime. My other interests outside of university, include reading and creating my bullet journal.
Boris - Intermediate Student-peer Trainer
Hail, Friend! I’m glad to see you on this very page of the Skills Development Service. My name is Boris. I am a 3rd Year Media and Communications student here at Cardiff University and in my second year in the SDS team. During my first year of study I successfully completed all four stages of the previous version of the Certificate for Personal Development. I have achieved the Diploma of Professional Development as well as entering the final stages of the Cardiff Award. It is a privilege and a joy to be a Student Peer Trainer and to assist fellow students in becoming experienced and confident individuals.
Lowri - Student-peer Trainer
Shwmae! My name is Lowri and I am a third-year Translation with French and Spanish student. Having completed the Cardiff Award and the Diploma of Professional Development in Leadership I was eager to become a Student Peer Trainer to be able to deliver and promote the services of the SDS. I am a proud Welsh speaker so I will be delivering the SDS' new Welsh language taster session and other SDS sessions in English; as well as helping improve the SDS Welsh provision more generally. Outside of SDS and studying, I am highly interested in politics and current affairs; I am currently the Head of Politics at Gair Rhydd.
Nureen Mohd. Azlam - Student-peer Trainer
Hello there! My name is Nureen and am currently a second year Psychology student. I attended a few SDS sessions in my first year and it made me realise the importance of having these transferable skills not only for myself but for others as well. This made me interested in becoming an SPT, so that others may also benefit from the knowledge that will prove useful in and outside their degree. The SDS sessions provide a safe space for students to discuss and learn important skills that are not necessarily provided in their course at University. In my free time, I enjoy taking walks and cooking for my friends and family.
Charalambos Lappas - Student-peer Trainer
Hello everyone! My name is Charalambos (Harry), I am currently on my fourth and final year of my Masters in Mechanical Engineering degree and this is my first year as a student peer trainer. SDS is an exciting platform to practice the skills that you never knew you had, just like I found out myself! I have completed the Leadership Certificate and attended a various number of SDS sessions. I appreciated the professional level of delivering the sessions and wanted to attend more and more sessions, as a result of that I applied to become part of the team. With that in mind, I hope I will be able to pass on the enthusiasm and excitement of exploring and enhancing your soft skills. Who knows, you might be the next one typing their bio on this page next year!
Ben Wilson - Student-peer Trainer
My name is Ben and I'm studying Management in my final year. After attending SDS sessions earlier on in my degree I was keen to get more involved as they were instrumental in my completion of the Cardiff Award and success in interviews. I've become a Student Peer Trainer to help make the sessions engaging and productive; I can't wait to see you there this year!