UWTSD Law and Policing graduate ready to focus on a career in Policing


UWTSD Law and Policing graduate Shauna Curry credits the University with helping her learning journey to become a serving police officer.

UWTSD Law and Policing graduate Shauna Curry credits the University with helping her learning journey to become a serving police officer.

Shauna became a police student volunteer in her final year and said the real-life experience it gave, inspired, and encouraged her to join South Wales Police.

She said: “I had three offers from different universities and chose UWTSD as it offered a joint degree programme encompassing both Law and Policing. Following my A-Level in Law I was unsure on what route of study I wanted to undertake so by choosing UWTSD, my options were broadened.

“Additionally, the rapport that UWTSD has with South Wales Police, along with their supportive reputation was instrumental in my decision.

“I had an interest in criminal law and with the help of UWTSD, I gained an insight into both the Magistrates and Crown court procedures in action and in my final year of study became a Police Student Volunteer which incidentally made me realise that I wanted to focus on a career in Policing.”

Shauna said the three years spent at UWTSD were challenging as in March 2020 of her first year, COVID not only affected her experience of student life, but also the way she studied.

She added: “UWTSD were exemplary in their handling of the pandemic providing support when needed, and lecturers made themselves available via Microsoft teams, and email offering one-to-one support and guidance when needed.

“Without the support from my lecturers and the comradery with my fellow peers, albeit via video link, I am sure I would not have achieved my first-class honours. I am also immensely proud that my dissertation has been commended and recommended for publication.” 

Shauna said UWTSD has helped her personally and professionally and enabled her to achieve her goals.

“On Monday 4th July, I joined South Wales Police full-time and I'm currently training to become a Police Officer... Thank you UWTSD!

“I cannot recommend this University enough and will endeavour to return to further my education/professional journey.” 

UWTSD Senior Lecturer Mike Durke, said: "Shauna has been a star in each of her three years with UWTSD, but she topped off her time as an undergraduate with an outstanding dissertation. This was the cherry on the cake - the best dissertation I have read in my 16 years at UWTSD. I asked our External Examiner Dr Gareth Addidle for his perspective, and as a result we both agreed that it is of publishable standard. As a result, it will be submitted to an academic journal soon. What an incredible result for an undergraduate!"

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