Busy student celebrates degree success

A busy Swansea University student who found time to represent her fellow students, join student societies, volunteer in the local community and successfully pass her degree is now confidently meeting her latest challenge in her new career as an audiologist.

Sarah HollidayTwenty two year old Sarah Holliday of Chippenham has graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Audiology at a Degree and Award Congregation for the University’s College of Human and Health Sciences held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall today (Wednesday, July 22). Sarah, who went to Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, will receive her degree watched by her proud parents and grandmother.

Sarah decided on a career in audiology while a teenager and chose the Swansea University course due to its emphasis on work placements. She said: “Throughout the four year course, I worked in 11 hospitals in diverse geographical areas with people from a range of backgrounds with a variety of needs.  I have become so used having ‘first days’ at work, that when I did actually start my first job in June based in Southmead Hospital in Bristol, I felt very relaxed in my ability to do the job confidently.”

As well as her studies and work placements, Sarah found the time to volunteer as a student ambassador and was also a member of the University’s Dance and Squash Societies.  She also hosted her own audiology blog to help fellow students and joined the British Academy of Audiology, first as a student representative, before becoming their publications and communications representative and is now set to be the Chair of the Student and Training Committee.

Not only did Sarah manage to meet her studying commitments and student activities but she also found time to volunteer as an adult leader for Brownie groups in Sketty and Uplands where she led on activities and crafts with girls working toward badges and awards.

Personal Tutor, Barry Bardsley said: “Sarah has made an outstanding contribution to the audiology profession even at this early stage of her career. Her enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra mile is inspiring for her peers but also her clinical mentors and lecturers.  Her outstanding professional volunteering, student activities and community work will ensure that she will be missed here at Swansea but we all wish her the very best for her future.”