Press Releases 2017

Learn What You Love with UWTSD

19.06.2017

Throughout this week (June 19th – 25th), the achievements of Adult Learners across Wales will be celebrated during the annual Adult Learners’ Week.

Rose Probert

To coincide with the Learning and Work Institute’s Festival of Learning, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is celebrating its adult learners by sharing their stories through a series of inspirational videos.

Each day this week, a number of mature students are having the opportunity to tell their own personal stories on a range of the University’s social media accounts, including Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

With 61% of UWTSD’s undergraduate students classed as mature, the University provides a strong and supportive community of adult learners across each of campuses – in Carmarthen, Swansea and Lampeter.

These individual and special stories are being shared a bid to encourage adults who may be interested in following their interests and passions, to consider returning to higher education and to learn what they love.

One of those who returned to learning later in life is Rose Probert from Pembrokeshire – a single mother and a carer who’s managed to juggle her numerous family commitments with the demands of a university course. 

Rose started her studies as an adult on a community-based programme called ‘Launch’ at Monkton Community Centre seven years ago and having found a passion for learning, she decided to enrol on a degree scheme at UWTSD’s Carmarthen campus.

“After starting the course at Monkton Community Centre, I started to realise that it was my time to learn, to excel and to gain some self-confidence,” says Rose.

“I come from a gypsy and traveller community so obviously, education is very rare in that ethnic minority community.

“I’m now coming to the end of my postgraduate studies in Special Needs, having already gained a first-class degree in Inclusive Studies and Education and I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved.

“I’ve really enjoyed every aspect of my time at University – learning about the education system and how it works – but mostly, it’s been a building block for me – allowing me to achieve my goal of becoming a Special Needs teacher,” continues Rose.

“It’s also allowed me to show my daughter that anyone can train to do anything they want, especially going on to University.

Rose’s journey proves that whatever your circumstances, it’s never too late to learn.

“If you’re thinking about getting back into education, I’d just say, ‘go for it.’  Believe in yourself – there’s plenty of help and support out there to help you do it,” she adds enthusiastically.

Rose, who currently works in the Special Needs Unit in Pembroke School, was also last year recognised for her achievements in the 2016 Inspire! Awards, winning the Award for Outstanding Progression through Learning.  The Inspire Awards ceremony is an annual event hosted each year ahead of Adult Learners’ Week to celebrate the achievements of outstanding learners in Wales who have shown exceptional passion, commitment and drive for learning, often in the face of difficult circumstances.

“Rose’s story is truly inspirational,” says Eve Warburton, Executive Widening Access Officer at UWTSD.

“Everybody at the University is very proud of her achievements.  Rose is one of our many high-achieving, mature students and by making this series of films we hope to tell a few of their stories and inspire others to follow their passion and return to education.   

“At UWTSD, we firmly believe in supporting people to study whatever their backgrounds and by offering a supportive and inclusive learning environment, we hope to help all of our students to achieve their full potential,” adds Eve.  

If you want to follow your passion and want to learn what you love, you can find out more about the opportunities available to adult learners at UWTSD by visiting www.uwtsd.ac.uk/return

Further Information

 For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies by emailing sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676908 / 07449 998476