How has your Chevening scholarship helped support your studies?
Without this Scholarship I could have not studied successfully here at this University. Hence, it has helped a lot and various networking events of the programme motivated me a lot.
How did you hear about the University of South Wales?
I applied to the University while I was applying for the Chevening programme, a UK Government Scholarship programme for future leader from across the globe. So, I am studying here as I have won the scholarship competition and became one of 1800 students who are studying in the UK this year.
I used the Chevening website and the FCO website to find Universities offering my interested subject 'Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management’. This way, I found out this University offers my course especially with the name 'Management’ while the other Universities offer courses for engineers or specialists only. So, I am happy to become a specialised management level professional. :)
Why did you choose to study here?
First of all, I have own company in Mongolia which offers Occupational safety and health (OSH) training courses as well as consulting service to implement International standards for OSH, Quality and Environmental Management Systems (ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001). I have co-founded this organisation, named Occupational Safety and Health Management Institute of Mongolia (OSHMI), 6 years ago and I have been working as one of management team members for 6 years. In order to expand its operation by cooperating with Internationally recognised consulting and training companies, we needed an official qualification that will be recognised by those large international organisations such as IOSH and NEBOSH. Therefore, I searched for UK Universities for courses which are recognised by these organisations. But, my chosen course was accredited by IOSH so that graduates can become a Graduate Member of IOSH automatically upon completion of the master’s course. The reasons why I chose the UK and this University are based on my aspiration to becoming OSH professional to be recognised worldwide so that I can expand my company’s operation by making it a partner of the prestigious international communities in OSH.
Tell us something that you think would be useful for future students to know? – I am proud to study at the University of South Wales as it offers a broad range of specialised engineering, business, art and filming courses. The University has 3 campuses; Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd.
The library books are helpful for studying, but most importantly its online database is truly supportive to finding special journal articles, books, laws and regulations as well as research reports as the University will offer you its already paid service. So, you can have an access to those numerous online information sources on a free basis thanks to the University’s already paid arrangements. Moreover, you will learn something unique in the UK if you are from non-EU countries. That is because all the assignments and exams will require to have an ability of critical thinking, time management, focused research ability and excellent academic writing skills. But, don’t worry. The University Library and Study Skills staff will teach you on how to meet the University requirements by organising a number of free training courses (even for academic English) and one-to-one Study skills tutorials. They are the most helpful tools that will equip you with necessary knowledge and skills to study successfully.
What are your aspirations? What would you like to do when you finish your studies?
I will come back to my company in Mongolia and boost improvement there. :) My knowledge and skills obtained from this University makes me a stunning professional in my field. Even I observe it while studying here. My purpose is to connect Mongolia with the world through my company’s Internationally recognised operations and cooperations with the UK institutions.
What do you think about Wales?
Wales is a beautiful country. Cardiff has good stadiums, castles and green parks; I really enjoy the green environment in Bute Park. People in Wales are very friendly, which is always different from England and other European countries. Rugby is popular in this country. Brecon Beacon’s National Park, Treherbert, St Fagans National Museum (Castle), Castell Coch, Barry Island, Penarth and Cardiff castle are the attracting places, which are also close to the University.
I study in Treforest (Pontypridd) campus. This campus is very popular as many courses are located here and the library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days of a week and the books and student services are more abundant. Treforest is a small town. I live here near a green park and this environment allowed me to cycle everyday and enjoy the breath-taking green environment. Also, my house is not near a busy road so there is no background noise; it’s very calm and appropriate to studying, so the location is nice.
I live in a 5 bedroom house with my family. It is spacious, bright and we have 2 study rooms. The tenancy fee is equal to the fee of one bedroom flat in Cardiff. In the rear garden, we have our lunch and dinner outside when it is not raining. So, I really enjoy my house in Treforest.
Have you joined any clubs or societies?
I joined the Women in Engineering society. I also work as a Course Representative in my course so I often engage with the Student Union staff and other course representatives so that we can raise concerns and requests of fellow students to the University. I am a Student Mentor as well so that newly enrolled students can get advice and help from me for matters related to settling in both life and the University. I enjoyed the Women in Academia society as well.