Press Releases 2016

JE Mock Award for Endeavour for UWTSD Carmarthen student

04.07.2016

Teresa Canton, BA Primary Education (QTS) student who graduated this week from UWTSD Carmarthen was awarded with the JE Mock Award for Endeavour due to her dedication towards her academic success. 

Mathew Jones, Programme Lead said: “Teresa decided to take advantage of the University’s widening access opportunities and to take a 'second chance' to return to higher education later in life. Having volunteered and worked in primary schools in Pembrokeshire, Teresa enjoyed supporting young children's learning and decided that she wanted to be a primary school teacher.

“Teresa applied for a place on the BA Primary Education with QTS but unfortunately lacked the appropriate GCSEs. Such was her desire to follow her dream, she enrolled on the BA Primary Education and enrolled on a further course to improve her grades. She was successful and by the end of the first academic year, she transferred to the BA Primary Education with QTS.

“From the outset of her work experience in schools, Teresa made a deep impression on staff and tutors by showing talent and great promise. With two young children and a family business to run, it was not an easy task to fulfill the requirements of this challenging course over the last two years.

“Teresa’s commitment and enthusiasm was demonstrated by her reaching high standards of academic achievement and in meeting the QTS standards. Evidence of this is that she will graduate with a first class honors degree with a distinction in her Professional Teaching Experience, which is a fantastic achievement.”

Teresa said: “I feel overwhelmed to have won this award; it’s lovely to receive recognition for my hard work over the last three years. It has been a challenging time, especially trying to balance family life with course commitments. It’s always been an ambition of mine to be a primary school teacher but I had to put it on hold earlier in life, I am so happy to be able to say that my ambition has now become my reality.

“It means so much to me that my children have been a part of this journey, they took part in one of my modules as voiceovers on a video that we were tasked to create. I’m thrilled that they have been introduced to University life, they are now adamant that they too want to go to University. It means so much to me to be graduating today and I am looking forward to beginning my career as a teacher.”

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 225 108 / 07449 998 478 or via email at sara.f.jones@uwtsd.ac.uk