Press Releases 2014-2015

Outstanding Achievement from UWTSD BA Primary Education Student


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) student has received a prestigious award at the NIACE Cymru Inspire! Adult Learning Awards. Claire Arnold, third year BA Primary Education with QTS student, received the ‘Learning Progression Award’ and was also the overall winner of the prestigious 2015 Inspire! Learner of the Year Award.’ There were over 300 nominations for this award from across Wales.

The Inspire! Adult Learning Award 2015 ceremony took place at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff last week and marked the launch of the NIACE Adult Learner’s Week, the biggest celebration of Adult Learners in Europe.

Having left secondary school with no qualifications, Claire worked towards becoming a teacher whilst also bringing up a young family. In addition to her studies, Claire introduced a wide range of adult education to her local community of Monkton. Claire has been instrumental in helping Monkton Community Primary School, where she herself had been a pupil and later a Learning Support Assistant, to embark on a new project to provide adult education in the community. 

Adult Learning Co-ordinator, Kellie Bellmaine, said, “Monkton is one of the most deprived communities in Wales but Claire saw the opportunity to make a difference by providing adult education in an informal setting. The project has been a huge success. Not only has Claire’s personal journey been amazing but her legacy means that three foundation degrees and one full degree are now available right here in the heart of Monkton.”

Julie James AM, Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology, who presented Claire with her final award, said: “Claire’s successful journey from leaving school without any qualifications to completing her second degree in higher education this year is an inspirational example to all adult learners in Wales. She has also inspired others to learn within her own community of Monkton, Pembrokeshire.” 

On receiving her award Claire thanked the tutors who had supported her to reach her ​​goal.

The BA Primary Education course at UWTSD offers a balance of University based and Professional Teaching Experiences that give student teachers a broad insight of the profession as a whole in preparation for a career in primary education. Individuals' knowledge and understanding of curricula and ethical and professional matters are developed, in addition to enhancing students’ knowledge of pedagogy and effective teaching and learning strategies. Individuals’ own personal skills of literacy, numeracy and communication are enhanced in a variety of ways, including workshops, lectures, tutorials, visits, guest speakers, discussions, problem solving activities and forums.

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014