BSc Health and Social Care, Catherine Jones

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

Prior to studying at Swansea, I was at Bridgend College studying Health and Social Care but took the care pathway. Prior to this, I was at Coleg Cymmendol Y Dderwen Comprehensive doing my A levels, but after volunteering in an Orphanage in Belarus for a week, I decided I wanted to do a more caring profession, in order to help others.

In my spare time, I was heavily involved in youth democracy, being on Bridgend Youth Council, where I was elected the youth mayor of Bridgend, a member of Funky Dragon (the children and young people’s assembly for Wales) and the Welsh UK Young Ambassador. Being involved with these, is what sparked my interest in representing others and why I continued with this path at Swansea University by getting involved within the Education Zone and being a course then college representative .

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

I chose to study at Swansea University firstly because it is close to my home town and as I am from a big family, I wanted a University which was in traveling distance from home. The second reason was that it was a Campus University, which is what I was looking for. I like the sense of community a Campus University creates. To add to this, Swansea seemed to have the best reputation for the course and offered a range of opportunities that was otherwise missing from other Universities.

Previously I had stayed at Swansea University for a conference and loved the feel of the campus and the accommodation. As I started the University slightly later (at the age of 20),
I was lucky enough to receive great feedback about Swansea University life from friends already studying, such as the various societies I could join and events I could be involved in. All of this reinforced the idea that I wanted to choose Swansea.

Can you tell us about your course?

My course of Health and Social Care offers a variety of modules covering many aspects of the sector. It allows individuals to explore different topics and possibly choose a profession which they are passionate about and wish to pursue. I also liked that the course offers employability aspects and incorporates writing CVs, recognising our skills, limitations and cultural competence and also an opportunity to undertake a placement in a chosen field.

I enjoyed the fact that the cohort was small, which allowed us to develop a close professional relationship with lecturers and other professionals within the department.

What part of the course do you/did you enjoy the most?

The part of the course I enjoyed the most was exploring the Social Policy modules as in my previous studies I did not have this opportunity. Democracy and politics is a particular interest of mine so I really enjoyed incorporating them into my studies and developing my knowledge on them further. I also really enjoyed my researching and writing my dissertation as it allowed me to explore a topic that I was interested in and gain knowledge on the topic.

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

I have had many highlights from Swansea University, from making friends and having memories during lectures, to social activities with housemates and friends made through the Education Zone.

I have two main highlights; the first was running in the SU elections for the education officer. Although I was unsuccessful with the position, I was still able to attend a number of events and speak to numerous students across the University. This really gave me a sense of the community feel that is spread across the campus as my fellow students were friendly and very supportive.

My second highlight was being nominated as the College rep of the year in the SU elections and then being shortlisted. I thoroughly enjoyed the awards evening and got to celebrate the success of myself and others for the hard work we have put in, in representing the students across the University.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

I am happy to say that I am continuing my studies at Swansea University, by doing a Masters in Health Care Management. When the time came for me to choose a University, there was no choice about it; it was going to be Swansea again. By accepting this position, I am also able to continue on with my time representing the students of the College of Human and Health Sciences by being elected the PGT college rep.