UWTSD Business Graduate praises University for continued support


A BA Business and Management graduate from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen Business School has praised the University for its continued support during her time as a student, particularly after the loss of her father.

Carly Edwards.

Carly Edwards from Milford Haven Pembrokeshire has always had a passion for Business and Management. Before attending University, Carly completed her Extended Diploma at Pembrokeshire College which gave her a great insight to the business world.

Carly chose to study at UWTSD because of its outstanding reputation. During her studies, she enjoyed different aspects of her course such as the globally responsible business module, as she gained a better knowledge and understanding of business sustainability, and the modern consumer and the impact on the wider society.

University life has been challenging for Carly as she lost her father not long before she started her course. She says: 

“I felt that I had to battle through to make him proud, so he has definitely kept me going throughout my time of studying.”

According to Carly, the support she’s received from the University throughout the past year has been phenomenal in particularly she says that lecturer Jessica Shore has been very helpful, checking on how she was getting on with her university work, whilst grieving for her loss at the same time.

“She always made sure I was coping okay as I have a little boy who is three, so it was a lot of stress completing my degree, but with the amazing support from Carmarthen Business School at UWTSD anything is possible!”

Carly also says that that UWTSD provides great support to each individual in different ways, whether this is by providing feedback to students on their progress to providing mental health support and helping those struggles during the pandemic. 

Carly says she experienced difficulties in  adjusting from class-based to blended learning, but the lecturers were very supportive

“Video links were set up solely to answer any questions that individuals were unsure of, and to ensure that all students felt confident with what they were doing and didn’t feel like they were all alone even though we were studying from home.”

Despite the challenges, Carly has noticed a significant development in her professional and personal skills.

“From having no confidence in myself whatsoever and having little knowledge in the Business sector, to finishing my degree with a first class! I have learnt to have confidence in myself as it has been proven that you can achieve amazing results academically if you stick at it and give it your all.”

Carly has secured a full-time position at LHP Chartered Accountants as a Bookkeeper and hopes her career will grow from strength to strength.

 Jessica Shore, Programme Manager of Carmarthen Business School said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in Carly’s educational journey this year, after joining us from Pembrokeshire college.  Carly showed a huge amount of determination and hard work, even when lockdown was imposed, her drive to keep going was admirable and she achieved a first-class honours degree along with a wealth of skills she can transfer to her new role.  At Carmarthen Business School we have tried our very best to maintain our sense of community and supportive environment and I am pleased to hear this was achieved”.



Further Information

Lowri Thomas, Principal Communications and PR Officer 

07449 998476 / lowri.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk