UWTSD Graduation Makes it a double award winning year for Thomas


UWTSD’s graduation today (8 July) marked a double award-winning year for Thomas Clarke.

UWTSD Graduation Makes it a double award winning year for Thomas

After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient Civilisations at a ceremony on the University’s Lampeter campus, Thomas was once again called to the stage to accept the Helen McCormack-Turner Undergraduate Memorial Scholarship and the Lampeter Society Prize in Archaeology.

The Helen McCormack-Turner Memorial Scholarship (Undergraduate) is awarded to a student on an integrated Masters programme, with the Lampeter Society Prize in Archaeology awarded to an individual for excellence in that particular field.

Following the ceremony, Thomas told us:

“I’m delighted to be here today and to receive these awards.   I was drawn to Lampeter by the smaller campus with a close-knit student community, the chance to get involved in the wider Lampeter community in the town, and the rural location that offered plenty of opportunity for exercise.

I chose this course for the diversity of modules offered, and I was really interested in the language modules that Ancient Civilisations required me to study. I wanted to come away with a degree that reflected an awareness and understanding of cultures beyond my main interest of Egypt.

Some of the highlights were the friendly nature of lectures, the opportunity to study modules that I previously wouldn't have thought of studying, such as anthropology and language-based modules. I also liked meeting people from other degrees in shared modules and learning about their historical interests and specialities. One module I particularly enjoyed involved the detailed study and research of Egyptian artefacts from Cyfarthfa Castle Museum. I also really liked the interactive practical sessions, making our own Minoan fresco was especially fun!

I would recommend this course, as you can tailor it to your preferences, with the breadth of periods/topics covered in the modules offered, there's bound to be something for you!”

Studying at UWTSD has inspired Thomas to study further and is now looking at studying a Masters degree.  He added:

“I came away from this course with a new perspective on what constitutes a civilisation. How ancient peoples interacted has always intrigued me and by having the opportunity to introduce anthropological thought and theory during my degree, I was able to gain an academic cornerstone of knowledge, which moving forward will greatly enhance my research and writing.

For me, a large benefit is being able to show to prospective employers that by studying Ancient Civilisations, I gained a broadened depth of knowledge of various cultures, not just focused solely on a specific society.

My degree has inspired me to study further and I’m now looking at studying a Masters.”

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk