Ross Thomas, BSc Social Policy

What did you enjoy the most about the course and studying at Swansea University?

The in-depth analysis of policies which were both historical (but still have a major impact today) and current. It was refreshing to get a different perspective on these policies from the various people on the course.

What skills did you learn from completing the course and how did they help you get a job?

Analytical skills; cross-cutting skills across policies; ability to write lucid and cogent content for a variety of audiences.

What have you gone on to do since graduating?

• Assistant for a Member of Parliament
• Third Sector Development Officer
• Community Regeneration Officer
• County Councilor
• Town Mayor

Where are you currently working?

I currently work for a County Voluntary Council under the Welsh Government’s Communities First programme.

Is your current job related to your degree?

Yes, the Communities First programme is the Welsh Government’s flagship policy to tackle poverty and increase engagement throughout communities; this was a key aspect of the degree course and something I focused on for my dissertation.

What would your advice be to new students?

Take an interest in and keep up-to-date with current affairs and goings-on in the world of politics.

Ross studied BSc Social Policy and completed his degree in 2010.