Press Releases 2014-2015

Mother and Daughter Graduate Together from UWTSD Carmarthen


A mother and daughter have graduated together from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen.  Ann Davies and her daughter Gwenllian graduated today having both studied on the Welsh medium BA Early Childhood course at UWTSD Carmarthen. Since beginning the course the mother and daughter team have opened a children’s day care and preschool nursery, Meithrinfa Cwtsh y Clos, on the family farm in Llanarthne, Carmarthen.

Ann said: “Graduating together has been a wonderful experience; we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the day and are so happy to have completed the course.”

Cwtch y Clos opened last September and is located on Ann and Gwenllian’s family farm in Llanarthne where children are able to play and learn in a variety of different ways. They opened the nursery whilst still studying the 3rd year of the course by hiring fully qualified staff to join the team.

Ann said: “The course was great as it offered both the conventional and flexible route, which was ideal for me as I also work as a peripatetic music teacher. Gwenllian began on the conventional route and was then able to switch to the flexible route once the nursery opened.”

The flexible learning route is designed to combine students' work commitments with study on evenings and weekends. Students access lectures and tutorials during some twilight and evening sessions as well as on some pre-arranged Saturdays each term.

Gwenllian said: “Running my own nursery has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. We want to offer children a similar experience to what we had growing up in rural Wales- being outdoors with plenty of space to play and develop with a variety of new experiences. The course was offered through the medium of welsh which was brilliant.”

Ann was also awarded the JE Mock Award for Endeavour, recognising outstanding achievement, dedication and hard work.

Ann said: “It was a complete surprise to receive the Endeavour Award, I feel so honoured and it’s made the day even more special. I feel that I have received this award on behalf of everyone on the course, the amount of hard work and support amongst the group has been truly outstanding and I’d like to congratulate everyone on the course.”

The BA Early Childhood is an innovative course for those interested in discovering how young children develop and learn. The course is delivered in a supportive, engaging environment and explores all aspects of children’s wellbeing and holistic development. Students are supported to become confident graduates prepared for varied future careers.

This multidisciplinary degree means that students can access several careers linked to working with young children and families including nursery managers, early years/early childhood development officers, further and higher education lecturers and Family Centre personnel.


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  1. For more information please contact Sara Jones, PR and Communications Officer, on 07449 998 478 or via email at
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014