A first year student nurse from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences has struck gold by achieving his Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Tomos Glendinning-Lewis, who is from Haverfordwest and studies mental health nursing, was awarded his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award by Prince Philip at a ceremony in St James Palace on 13 October.

Tomos mentored Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award groups, played an instrument, volunteered as an assistant warden on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire and did karate as part of the process as well as taking part in two four-day expeditions in Mid Wales and Scotland.

Tomos said: “The experiences I’ve gained from doing my award have definitely helped me gain skills that I'm using on my nursing course, such as team building, problem solving, working with the public, reacting to unfamiliar environments and situations.

“I would say achieving the award has given me a sense of pride and the motivation to achieve what I need to with perseverance and encouraged me to take up more fulfilling activities to better myself outside of work and education.”

Senior Lecturer with the College of Human and Health Sciences, Catherine Williams said: “Tommos is a positive role model to fellow students and as a department we are absolutely delighted that he has been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award.  The College regards a Duke of Edinburgh Award highly as it’s all about going the extra mile, gaining new skills, pushing yourself and helping others, which is what we ask of all our nursing students. This is a great achievement and one of which both Tomos and the college can be justifiably proud.”