Inspiring mother of three rewarded with a first class honours degree

Thirty five year old, mother of three, Cheryl Havard graduated with a First Class BA Honours Humanities Degree from the Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE) at the University’s Degree and Award Congregations today (18 July).

Cheryl Havard When her youngest daughter was eighteen months old, Cheryl attended taster sessions organised by DACE at Clase Family Centre.  “I really enjoyed the tasters, and the tutor encouraged me to apply for the Prepare for Higher Education Programme.” Cheryl successfully completed this programme and enrolled on the Part-time Humanities Degree.

Cheryl, from Swansea, undertook all of her degree studies at community venues in the Swansea area, and studied Sociology, Psychology and History. “The locations and timings were really convenient alongside my family commitments.  I became a Class Representative and I am also a Student Ambassador where I often speak to prospective students about my positive learning experience as an adult community student with DACE.”

Cheryl is a positive role model to her family and has even inspired her sister Marie to enrol on the Part-time Degree.

In 2011, Cheryl was delighted to receive recognition for her studies from the NIACE Dysgu Cymru when she was awarded a Highly Commended Adult Learner Award. As well as this, both Cheryl and her sister Marie received a Highly Commended Family Learning Award in 2013.

Cheryl’s studies do not stop here as during September she is very excited to commence a Master’s Degree in Social Research Methods with the School of Human and Health Sciences.

Congratulating Cheryl on her achievement, Head of the Department of Adult Continuing Education at Swansea University Professor Colin Trotman said: “Cheryl is an outstanding adult student who has successfully managed her studies alongside her family commitments.  She is to be congratulated on her achievements and I wish her every success for the future.”