Hélène and Naomi Foxley
It’s a double celebration for twins Hélène and Naomi Foxley who have both achieved First Class Honours degrees after coming from Germany to study at Swansea, inspired by their parents who first met while they were students at the University during the 1980s.
The twins will graduate with BSc Honours degrees in Mathematics andGerman , at a Degree and Award Congregation for the University’s College of Science and College of Art and Humanities held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall today (Monday, July 14). Hélène and Naomi, who are from Oberursel, Germany, will be supported at the event by their British born parents Karen and Angus as well as their sister and three remaining grandparents.
Naomi said: “We are so pleased to have our family here to support us. Our parents first met as students here in Swansea and loved their time here. Our father graduated in 1983 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering while our mother graduated two year later after studying Pure Maths and Computer Science.”
The twins decided to leave Germany for Swansea because the course was right for them, and also their parents had recommended the University. Hélène said: “Maths had always been our strongpoint – a family trait it seems – so that was an obvious choice. We decided to take joint honours with German to use our natural advantage of being bilingual, and Swansea was one of the few universities to offer this combination. In addition the University also understood the German “Abitur” system which is similar, but whose grades cannot be directly compared to A-levels.”
As well as achieving academic excellence, the twins threw themselves into extra –curricular activities, most notably the Volleyball Club, where they were committee members. They played in the women’s team which was promoted to the top BUCS league, won Varsity in 2013 and 2014 and were the best Welsh team - the only one to make it to the top 16 in the UK. To top it off, the team won Sport Swansea’s Most Improved Club of the Year Award for 2012/13.
As well as volleyball they took up hockey and received Loyalty Colours for both sports. They also helped other students practice their German by organising and leading “lessons” at the German Society’s Sprachcafé.
Now they have graduated, Hélène is planning on a career in translation and to travel more while Naomi, inspired by her role as secretary for the volleyball club, plans to become a PA.
Professor Julian Preece of the German Department said: “Hélène and Naomi have excelled in their study of German at Swansea and proved assets in language and literature classes. I congratulate them too on their sporting and German Society activities and I am confident that they will achieve much more in the future.”
Dr Martin Crossley of the Mathematics Department said: “Both Hélène and Naomi have achieved high results and often achieved astonishing grades in Mathematics. I wish them the very best and am sure that they will go on to greater success in the future.”