Mature student graduate and busy mum expands her teaching skills

Amanda Jayne Jones

Busy mum and nurse lecturer Amanda Jayne Jones was overjoyed when she received her Master’s level Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, through the medium of Welsh, at today’s Swansea University winter graduation ceremony.

Amanda, aged 41 from Llandysul Carmarthenshire, is currently a nurse lecturer on the Swansea University St David’s Park campus in Carmarthen, where she works full time.

Amanda enrolled on to the PG Certificate course through the medium of Welsh because being a fluent first language Welsh speaker and through her past and present role Amanda knows how important it is to be able to communicate with clients of all ages through the medium of Welsh.

Amanda has also published an article ‘Rhoi a Derbyn Gofal yn y Gymraeg’ which means giving and accepting care through the medium of Welsh. Link: https://llyfrgell.porth.ac.uk/view2.aspx?id=1098~4s~tat8zFqn in January 2016 in Welsh about recognising the importance of being cared for through the Welsh language.

Amanda said: “Speaking Welsh with Welsh speaking patients or clients makes them more at ease during a stressful time, helps build effective relationships and enhances communication. It demonstrates respect and dignity for their language, thus improving healthcare outcomes.”

Over the past two years Amanda studied for her PG Cert (through the medium of Welsh) whilst continuing to lecture. On the day she submitted her two year PG Cert portfolio Amanda also started her three year part time studies for her MSc in Child Public Health at Swansea University. Not an easy task to take on when you realise that Amanda is also a mum to three school aged children and leads a busy life with all three outside of work.

Amanda commented: “Within my role I often have students sharing with me their concerns, fears etc about having to juggle studying for a full time degree whilst coping with family commitments and writing assignments. Through my experiences of being ‘in the same boat’ as the students I have been able to help them by sharing my personal experiences and empathising with their situation.

“ I feel this promotes a good rapport with the students and they can also see that as academic staff, we too are in similar positions of wanting to study to develop ourselves.

“ When my husband had a heart attack and open heart surgery unexpectedly last year it was a difficult time for me and my family. Everyone at the University was a fantastic support during this time, and kept me motivated and encouraged me along the way, to ensure I achieved my goal of getting my academic work submitted on time.”