Student returns to study with a little help from UWTSD


Having taken a break from formal education, Charlotte May wasn’t sure whether she’d ever return to learning, but after realising that she needed formal qualifications to get her dream job, Charlotte decided to take the leap and enrol on a course at UWTSD.

After leaving school, Charlotte studied Childcare at Coleg Ceredigion but unfortunately, she became ill and didn’t manage to progress to University at that point in her life.

Four years on and Charlotte is studying Psychology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen and is enjoying the challenges of studying at degree level.

“Studying for a degree was something I always wanted to do but I never thought it would actually be possible,” says Charlotte, originally from New Quay in Ceredigion.

“Everyone at UWTSD has been so lovely and accepting, I know I’ve made the right decision.”

Having initially studied at Coleg Ceredigion – one of the UWTSD Group’s Further Education colleges – Charlotte was eligible to apply for a £1000 bursary.  Having been successful in her application and now nearing the end of her first term at University, Charlotte has received the first instalment which she says has been a great financial support, helping towards purchasing books and other study materials.

A specific progression bursary worth £1000 for students from Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion who are enrolling in the first year of a full time, undergraduate UWTSD course at  either the Carmarthen, Lampeter or Swansea campuses. 

“The application process for the bursary was very straight forward and I filled it in at the same time as my formal application to the University.  I noted how the bursary would help me and I was fortunate enough to receive the money,” continues Charlotte.

Being a mature student, Charlotte wasn’t sure how she’d settle in to University life, and although she’s found the first term challenging, she has no regrets about choosing to return to education.

“I have found it difficult and the idea of an exam is quite daunting but the student support team and the learning support offered to me at UWTSD has been amazing.  I couldn’t have asked for a better University.  It was a good choice to come here and I know it’s going to make a difference to my life.

“The course is demanding but I’m going to keep persevering.  I want to do something that will help people and a degree in Psychology will help me do that,” Charlotte adds

To find out more about the bursary offered to students at Coleg Ceredigion and Coleg Sir Gâr and to talk about the opportunities offered at UWTSD, please contact Delyth Lewis by e-mailing

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