Posted 22 November 2010
First year Adventure Recreation Management BSc (Hons) students have been getting to know each other and ‘learning the ropes’ with a number of off campus trips.
This year, there are 14 first year students on the course at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.
They recently visited the Arthog Outreach Centre in Wellington, Telford, to put their skills to the test as part of a module in outdoor activities and risk management.
Students spent the morning discussing with staff how the centre risk management policy worked and how they carried out risk assessments for different activities.
After a fun session on the climbing wall, the students were tasked with producing their own risk assessment of the activity and discussed how it fits into the centre's risk management strategy and how it can be applied to their risk management assignment.
Adele Clint, Adventure Recreation Management Lecturer, said: “It’s been a really fun and rewarding day.
“The students have had the opportunity to apply their risk management knowledge in a functional setting whilst having fun and developing their climbing skills.
“It’s been great to have the centre managers and instructors delivering this part of the module as the students can then see how it applies to them in real life because these students aspire to be managers and instructors.
“These are all practical skills which they will be able to use in their placement years.”
The students will next be taking to the south Shropshire Hills to test their navigational skills as part of their training for the Mountain Leadership award, and will also be visiting the Berwyn Mountains and Snowdonia in the forthcoming months.