First class success for Swansea Valley mum
A Swansea Valley student is one step closer to her dream career in teaching as she celebrates her graduation success after achieving a first class honours degree.
Gemma Dugay of Ystradgynlais is to graduate with a BA (Hons) in Humanities on Monday 18 July from Swansea University’s Department of Adult Continuing Education (DACE).
A 32 year old mother of one, Gemma, achieved her success by studying a combination of psychology, counselling and history over the past five years. She now hopes to continue with her studies, and gain experience in her chosen field.
Gemma said, “I had always enjoyed science and studied Material Science at the Open University for three years. However, shortly after having my son, I was made redundant from my role as a development scientist and began to take an interest in psychology, as I felt that a career which allowed me to give something back, and help others would be more worthwhile.”
“I decided to start studying again and found out about part-time study with DACE through a friend. It seemed the best option as it allowed me to juggle my commitments as a then single parent while studying, especially as the courses were available through a number of community based centres, such as Banwen and Neath. I did feel apprehensive at first but I found everyone, from the teaching, administration, and library staff, to my fellow students so welcoming that I soon settled in. I was also very fortunate to have the full support of my parents and partner.”
Dr Lynne Jenkins, of DACE, said: “Good adult education is life-changing and we are very pleased to have been a part of Gemma’s progress. We at DACE work in close partnership at a range of community venues where adult learners can study in a safe, welcoming and convenient environment and offer a variety of courses at different levels.”