Denise Thyer, BSc Social Policy

Denise Thyer was a full time mum and former retail manager when she began her Social Policy degree at Swansea University. Denise, who is from Swansea and is in the third year of her course, recently completed a SPIN (Swansea Paid Internship Network). She spent time working as a Placement Co-ordinator at Swansea University.

We caught up with her to find out more about her experiences...

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

Swansea University is ideally located for me to easily balance being a mum and study. My biggest motivation to come to university as a mature student was to retrain and progress onto a career that could not only secure financial stability for my family, but also for a job that that could give me career satisfaction while fitting around my family life.

Can you tell us what you enjoy about your course?

The course has been mentally stimulating with lecturers that have not only motivated me, but recognized my potential for future career prospects.

Tell us more about your work placement…

I was put in charge of the organisation and management of work placements for year two students in the College of Health and Human Science.

This involved:

  • Sourcing and securing graduate level work placements relevant to students career paths, for students to gain work experience through the SHH209 module.
  • Creating an Ebook of placement providers for students to apply for their work placements
  • Building long term contacts for the university for future placements.
  • Working with students in preparation for work placements
  • Working with lecturers and careers and employability teams in a placement allocation panel
  • Introducing students to placement providers and setting a plan of work with placement providers

What was the most enjoyable aspect of your work placement? 

Having my skills and abilities recognized with the faith that was put in me to use my initiative and set my own goals and workload, while working with inspirational colleagues.

How will your work placement help you pursue your chosen profession?

Working with the students and colleagues in the College of Health and Science has given me insight to the way modules are co-ordinated and implemented. This valuable work experience will help me in the PGCE/PGET that I am hoping to progress onto after graduation, giving me experience of working in higher education. 

Would you recommend taking part in a work placement to other students? 

Yes! Work placements are opportunities to put the theory behind your study into practice, while learning valuable transferable skills.