Press Releases 2014-2015

Prize Award for Students Studying Through Adversity

29.10.2015

(O’r chwith i’r dde) Gemma Alpine, Chris Jenkins, Daryl Lawrence, Selwyn Walters, Samantha Taylor a Silje Gronn.University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Swansea has teamed up with the Old Dy'vorians Association (ODA) to reward five students who have worked through adversity to achieve academic excellence.

The ODA has been in existence since 1930 and serves as a platform for past pupils and Masters of the old Dynevor School to initiate and maintain contact with each other. In 2002, the School closed after 109 years, having moulded some of the city's greatest and most influential people. In 2005, UWTSD Swansea (then Swansea Metropolitan University) completed a refurbishment of the former School site which is now home to the University's Swansea College of Art.

The President's Prize was traditionally awarded to a deserving and distinguished pupil at the former Dynevor School. In a demonstration of the links now forged between the University and the ODA, the annual prize was restored in 2005 to reward UWTSD Swansea students who have combined hardship with excellence during their first year of study.

Cheques were presented, by ODA President Selwyn Walters, to the five deserving students who were nominated by their lecturers. These were: graphic design student Samantha Taylor from Cwmbran; applied drama student Gemma Alpine from Llanelli; motorsport engineering student Chris Jenkins from Llandeilo; environmental conservation student Daryl Lawrence from Swansea; and international travel and tourism management student Silje Gronn from Norway.

Professor Mike Phillips, UWTSD Pro Vice-Chancellor, said: “What we have seen during the presentation is people facing adversity and triumphing. I have been touched by all of the stories. We are a university that widens access and is open to all. The rewards of being such a university are incalculable.”

Selwyn Walters said: “As the Old Dy’vorians Association, this award ceremony is perpetuating our connection with the site that was our old school. We have a strong relationship with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and are both happy and proud that our old school is still being used for education purposes. An award such as the Old Dy’vorians’ President’s Prize is an excellent way for us to stay connected to the site and recognise the hard work of the students.”

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