My Story - Kayleigh Davies
Brave social work student overcomes hurdles to earn her degree
Determined Kayleigh Davies, aged 30 from Johnstown, Carmarthen received her well-earned BSc in Social Work at Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Ceremony on the 10th January 2018.
Kayleigh started her BSc Social Work programme in September 2010. The programme is full-time, and students are typically expected to complete within three years. Kayleigh completed her first year successfully, but unfortunately was prevented from entering her second year of study due to unexpected health issues resulting in her admission to hospital with discharge not being considered an option in the foreseeable future.
However, Kayleigh was determined to return to her studies and to complete this challenging professional qualification, which includes three assessed practice learning opportunities in the community. She returned to start her second year of study in 2013, this time as a wheelchair user. It took a total of seven years and four periods of suspension on health grounds, but in 2017 Kayleigh successfully qualified with the BSc Social Work degree.
The University’s BSc Social Work staff were pleased that they were able to support Kayleigh so that she could continue with her studies.
Jo Rees, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Policy and Social Science, Swansea University said: “As Kayleigh’s personal tutor, I have been privileged to work closely with her. Kayleigh has a clear passion for social work, and her dedication cannot be questioned. She has faced unexpected health challenges and associated personal issues head-on, and she is an inspiration to all students.”
Speaking about her time at Swansea University Kayleigh said: “The support I have had from all the staff has been second to none. Without their support especially Jo Rees, I wouldn’t have achieved this degree. It has been challenging to say the least but I feel very proud that I have achieved this degree and am glad that I studied at Swansea. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to study.”