Press Releases 2014-2015

Students Read their Letters to Self after Graduating


University of Wales Trinity Saint David BA Early Childhood and BA Plentyndod Cynnar (welsh medium) students graduated this week from UWTSD Carmarthen. When the students began their course three years ago they were asked to write a letter to their future selves which they would open after graduating. Three years have passed and after the ceremony this week the students were each presented with the letter they had written to themselves when they began their time at the University.

Lauren Hanford, BA Early Childhood said: “I wrote in my letter that I would know exactly what I wanted to do when I graduated, I can easily say that this is in no way true- but it’s so exciting to be in this position! Over the last three years I have learned that there are so many opportunities and paths available for me to explore that I don’t want to be tied to one route. My time at UWTSD has definitely broadened my horizons. Graduating today has made me even more excited to find out what the future holds for me!”

Jess Lovelock BA Early Childhood (Welsh medium), who also won the Extra-Curricular Activities Bursary said:

“My letter is filled with the things I was worried about- I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to understand and adapt to the workload, I was nervous to meet new people and was worried that I wouldn’t fit in. Reading my letter today, three years after writing it, I feel like I’ve grown so much as an individual. There was absolutely no need for me to worry, the university has been such a welcoming place, the staff are so friendly and always willing to help. As for friends, I can safely say that I have made friends for life during my time here. I’m so proud to have won the Extra-Curricular Bursary too, it’s made my day even more special. If I could say one thing to myself 3 years ago it would be ‘don’t worry so much, enjoy your time and everything will fall into place.’’’

Gwenllian Davies, BA Early Childhood (welsh medium) who during her third year of study opened her own children’s nursery said: “The last line in my letter reads ‘just remember to take every opportunity you’re offered, make the most of it and enjoy.’ Reading my letter was lovely as I feel that I have taken my own advice and have really made the most of my time here at UWTSD. I’m so glad to be able to say that I am running my very own nursery, it really is a dream come true!”

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. The Early Childhood degree provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand the diverse and complex nature of young children and their families. The degree explores the links between theory and practice placing a strong emphasis on children’s wellbeing and development. It explores a variety of different disciplines including: psychology; sociology; history; ethics; health; creative development and education for sustainability; and, global citizenship.

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  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