Dream of career in police force is step closer for UWTSD mature student


Sadie France has graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) with a First class honours BSc Policing and Criminology degree - the culmination of three years of hard work during which she juggled four jobs along with her studies and the daily demands of raising a family. It will now set her on the path to achieving her dream of a career in the police force.

Sadie, from Carmarthen, studied at the university’s Swansea Business Campus after deciding to return to education as a mature student.

Sadie, from Carmarthen, studied at the university’s Swansea Business Campus after deciding to return to education as a mature student.

“I chose Policing and Criminology because I have always held a keen interest in crime and would like to pursue a career within the police, and I chose UWTSD because I had heard good things about the university,” she said.

The biggest challenge she faced during her studies was juggling family, work and university while establishing a business as a driving instructor.

“At one point I was working four jobs,” she said. “I also have a learning disability which made me question my ability to deliver on an academic level, but I wanted to prove to myself and others that I am not stupid, and to show to others that you can achieve anything when you put your heart and soul into it.”

She adds that she was helped by the supportive environment at UWTSD.

“The lecturers were amazing and always promoted an open-door policy (prior to covid),” she said. “They always gave great advice and time to students and the tuition was excellent - the knowledge, experience and engaging format of delivering lectures was so interesting.”

Now she is celebrating achieving her degree and looking forward to the possibilities this will open up for her.

“Achieving this degree makes the struggle worth it, it feels amazing,” she said. “I am continuing with my driving tuition for now but will apply to be a detective when the recruitment programme opens next.”

Bronwen Williams, Academic Director for the Business Campus at UWTSD said:

“Sadie has been a very successful student and over the last three years her average for each year has been over 70 percent. This, Sadie has done as a returning to education mature student, who has also had to balance work and a family throughout her studies, which has been especially hard through the COVID lockdowns, as home-schooling has also been thrown into her daily life.

“Sadie has provided a mature and confident to voice to classroom discussion, has shown a dedication to her studies and to improving her own academic CV. As a teaching team, we have all been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment Sadie has given to her studies and the quality of her work shows how much she has developed and grown whilst at UWTSD. Our mission is to transform education to transform lives, I really hope that we have done this for Sadie, and we will be looking on to see the success she will achieve and richly deserves.”

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Rebecca Davies

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