Married Couple graduate together


09.07.2019

A married couple from Llanpumsaint have graduated together on the same day at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

Sharon a Rosie

Sharon and Rosie Frewin both graduated with an MA in Professional Practice from UWTSD’s Wales Institute for Work-based Learning (WIWBL) after returning to education to transform their careers. 

Sharon Frewin works for Carmarthenshire County Council as a Community Inclusion Senior Manager.  On receiving her degree, she said:

It has opened a whole new tier of opportunities which were not accessible to me before.  I wanted to challenge myself and felt able to do this for the first time in education due to the support I had from the tutors at the Wales Institute for Work-based Learning.

It has been great having somebody who really understands what it is like and somebody who can give you the support you really need. Although I am glad we were submitting assignments at different times because life would have been one crazy juggling act if we were both on the same timeline!

I have gained confidence and self-belief first and foremost which is a great feeling. I also feel my professional practice has been enhanced, I am a more adaptable leader as my practice is firmly set within research and current evidence base for best practice.

We’re now hoping to spend more time together as a family but I can hardly believe I have a Master’s degree!”

Rosie Frewin currently works as a Partnership Governance Officer at Hywel Dda University Health Board.  She commented:

“I initially signed up for the diploma as a personal challenge to academically test myself, but to also evidence my professional ability. The approach of the tutors and the modular design of the course were both perfect for me.

I have really enjoyed the research and the reflective learning. I have gained confidence in my academic ability and feel a huge sense of achievement. It surprises me how much more I consciously apply theory to practice and I genuinely find it makes me more effective at work.   I have been able to apply my learning at work directly and indirectly. On a basic level achieving my Masters has meant I am able to progress further through my organisation. It has demonstrated my commitment and drive to develop professionally, and it has provided me with the knowledge and skills to apply to all aspects of my role.

We were both able to support each other, understanding the demands when deadlines were looming, providing proof reading services and generally being each other’s cheerleader. It definitely helped in being different cohorts so that timescales we’re slightly staggered, so while one of us was in study mode the other stepped up on the dog walking and parenting duties.

It also provided the opportunity for some fairly academic conversations we didn’t realise we were capable of! One thing we have been proud off is the learning environment it brought to the house, it wasn’t unusual after work to find us both working on assignments and our daughter studying for her exams!”

Looking towards the future, Rosie added:

“For now, I am enjoying our sense of achievement and the extra hours in the day! Although I am seriously considering embarking on the Doctorate and I never thought I would say that!”

 

 

 

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