University of Bath
Firstly, I would like to say thank you to the Trust for the generous grant I received last year.
The year since receiving the grant has been a very busy one for myself. In September 2017, I started my first year at the University of Bath, studying Politics and International Relations. My modules covered topics ranging from European History to International Politics Economy, expanding my knowledge of the subject and improving my academic and analytical skills.
On top of my degree, I have been heavily involved with Bristol University Officer Training Corps (BrUOTC), one of many Army Reserve Units dedicated to University students. As well as multiple weekends spent away on military training, my first year at BrUOTC also saw me travel on several ‘adventurous training’ trips.
I travelled to Chamonix for two weeks with Wales UOTC, gaining my first Alpine skiing qualification. During my Easter break, I spent two weeks in Norway learning to Nordic ski before retracing the route of the infamous Heroes of Telemark – a feat which involved dragging sleds through the Haardangervidda in temperatures lower than -20 degrees. I also represented the Unit in the Armed Forces Parachuting Championship (AFPC), having completed a parachute packing course at RAF Weston-on-the-Green earlier in the year.
At the AFPC, I was fortunate enough to win a bronze medal in the Junior Accuracy Category. In the summer, I travelled to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst with the intention of commissioning as a Reserve Officer.
The course is broken down into four modules and, unfortunately, I injured myself during Module C and was unable to commission. However, my time spent at Sandhurst taught me a great deal and reaffirmed my desire to start a Regular Commissioning Course once my University studies finish.
The grant I received last year was put towards a new laptop. Alongside the clear benefits this has had on my studies (given that everything at university is now done online!), the laptop has also been crucial to my role in BrUOTC and as a committee member of Bath University Skydiving Club. For BrUOTC, my new role involves producing and distributing promotional material for the Unit and the UOTC as a whole. Thus, I frequently find myself using programmes such as Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, something which would not have been possible on my old laptop which quite literally melted performing similar tasks!
Finally, I would like to reiterate my thanks to the Memorial Trust for their continued support and I look forward to staying in touch in the future.