Determined student overcomes serious challenges to qualify with a criminology de

Clare left school without any qualifications, conquered a serious illness and overcame other testing challenges but today (Saturday 23 July) she will deservedly be presented with her precious Criminology degree at the Swansea University degree award ceremony in the Great Hall, Bay Campus.   

Clare JenkinsClare Jenkins, aged 34 from Swansea, has overcome a number of serious challenges to attain her BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice degree which is very important to her.

In 2006 Clare’s life rapidly changed, when she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. In 2008, following a relapse in her condition and a very uncertain future, she underwent a stem cell transplant as her sister was found to be a match. 8 years on Clare is healthy and in full remission.

Following a gruelling recovery, Clare was unable to return to work and undertook a review of her life. She applied to a local college and enrolled on a progression course followed by an access course in Social Welfare. She subsequently applied to Swansea to study Criminology.

Clare’s time at university was not always easy. Not only was Clare a mature student and one of the eldest in her class, she had many commitments outside of university life. Her father suffered a cardiac arrest during her first year which resulted in Clare undertaking a caring role for not only her father but also for her younger siblings.

As a result of these issues Clare re-sat her first year and with true resilience and tenacity went on to successfully complete her degree. To receive a place in university and to be graduating means an enormous amount to Clare who left school without any qualifications.

Clare undertook her studies with true commitment, her attendance was excellent, she participated fully in lecture discussions and was always cheerful and supportive to her peers.

For Clare, recovering from her health issues shaped the person she is today and is by far her biggest achievement yet, however she is extremely pleased and grateful for the opportunity to obtain a degree in Criminology at Swansea University. She is a true ambassador for the University.

Speaking about her experience at Swansea University Clare said: “My time at University is definitely something I will always remember, I made some great friends and met amazing staff along the way who I will always be grateful too. Gaining my degree means so much to me in very different ways and I couldn't be prouder of myself.”