Care leaver achieves award for degree achievement with University of Wales Trinity Saint David.


A care leaver from Hereford has praised the support he received from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, which helped him achieve a degree in Youth and Community Work and the Carl John Memorial Prize for Studies in Youth and Community Work. He now plans to train as a social worker in order to help young people like him.

 Jake T4.

Jake Eggerton, 25, joined the university as a mature student at the age of 21, taking a big step into the unknown.

“I hadn’t completed any college course since leaving school, but this is the most amazing university for a care leaver to come to,” he says. “Without the support I received I would never have achieved as much as I have.”

He passed his assignments with flying colours, graduating this week with a 2i – an achievement that brings him closer to realising his dream of becoming a social worker.

“I’m having a year off then going to work for the local authority in Hereford as a social work apprentice,” he says. “My ambition is to work with kids in care like myself.”

He credits the university with providing excellent financial, academic and practical support during his studies.

“Without the help of finance officer Delyth Lewis I never would have achieved this,” he says. “When I ran out of money I could go and see her and the finance officers, who were lovely. Also, because of my home situation, I had to get moved around a bit, but the porters were very accommodating of that – they do all they can to help me.

“Finally, I want to thank Sarah Hill and Lisa Gilbert who supported me with my assignments. I almost got a first! I’m surprised I was let in to university, and never expected to do this well. Everyone has been wonderful - they do all they can to help and support you here.”

Angharad Lewis, Programme Director for BA Youth and Community Work, taught Jake at Levels 4, 5 and 6, and also provided additional support and guidance when this was required.

“As a programme team, we worked closely with Jake who would regularly arrange tutorials with us to explore his practice, and to explore the challenges faced by young people in today's society,” she says. “Jake was always keen to know how he could improve both academically and within his youth work practice.

“We are very proud of Jake’s achievements on the degree. The transformation seen in Jake from his first year to now has been significant both in relation to his attitude and motivation towards his academic studies, and also towards his practice, and this needs to be commended.”

Jake’s commitment and dedication to his Level 5 placement at Carmarthen Youth Project - Dr M’z, resulted in him being offered a paid position there as part of a specific project.  

“The manager, staff and young people speak very highly of him,” says Angharad. “Seeing how Jake has flourished during his time at UWTSD is something we are very proud of as a team. We are so very proud of Jake and all that he has achieved.  Winning the Carl John Memorial Prize for Studies in Youth and Community Work celebrates Jake’s resilience, dedication, commitment, and achievements.”
The BA Youth and Community Work programme is an exciting and practical programme which offers students a professional qualification that employers want.  The programme is underpinned by youth work’s principles and values and offers students the opportunity to learn in the workplace.

“This programme is for people who are on the side of young people in society today,” says Angharad. “The programme prepares students for a qualification which enables them to work with and support young people during adolescence and beyond.”