Gemma Almond, a Swansea University history graduate, London 2012 Paralympic swimmer and international medallist was awarded the 2014/15 Alumni Scholarship.
Gemma, who is originally from Shrewsbury, moved to Swansea in 2011 to Study a BA (Hons) in History, successfully graduating with a first class honours degree in 2014. Gemma chose to study at Swansea for a number of reasons, particularly the swimming facilities on campus. “I liked the fact that Swansea is a campus university, the open days were great and it offered the best balance for academic study and my swimming commitments”. Gemma trained for roughly 22 hours per week, which was balanced with her dedicated commitment to her postgraduate studies.
Gemma graduated in January 2016, having studied MA History, with a specific interest in disability history. Gemma explained “this is a particularly new field and it’s so exciting to be part of a growing area of research”. Gemma started her PhD in October at Swansea University, which is a colaborative doctoral with the Science Museum in London.
Due to the level of commitment Gemma dedicates to her studying and swimming, the Alumni Scholarship allowed Gemma the opportunity to continue both her studies and sporting achievements without financial strain.
“The financial support provided has been invaluable for enabling me to stay in Swansea where I can access top class facilities both academically and in sport. I enjoyed my undergraduate degree here and I am particularly thankful that I am able to continue my study at postgraduate level within the same environment and under the expert guidance of the lecturers. Funding at a masters level is difficult to come by and I am grateful for the opportunity it has given me to further my aspirations in academia whilst minimising the financial pressures.”