Aberystwyth University Nursing degree encourages Welsh speakers

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Aberystwyth University Nursing degree encourages Welsh speakers

Craig Dugan
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Students enrolled in the new nursing program welcome the opportunity to study close to home.

On Monday, Aberystwyth University at Ceredigion welcomed 53 students to a new course, partly in Welsh.

Caryl James, a health worker from nearby Bow Street, said studying away from home was never an option as a single mother.

“It was incredible to get a place on the course. I was really happy. When I heard I had a place, I cried,” she said.

Ms James, who works as a phlebotomist with nurses at Brownley Hospital in the city, said qualifying as a nurse has always been an ambition.

“But as a single mum, it’s impossible for me to go to Swansea or anywhere else to take a course, so having the opportunity to take a course in Aberystwyth makes it easier,” she said.

“I feel like I’m walking into someone else’s life. »

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Anna Stevens: “It’s not just a new chapter for me. I feel like it’s a new life.”

Anna Stevens, a first-year student from Penrhyncoch, said a degree like this would not have been possible if she had been an unpaid carer for a disabled son.

But, since Philip became an adult, she has been funded to enable carers to look after him.

“For me, it’s not just a new chapter. I feel like it’s a new life,” she said.

“Having the opportunity to do this is surreal, and it’s on my doorstep, which is fantastic. »

Ms Stevens, who also has a daughter in middle school, said becoming a nurse would be a way of giving back to helping her community.

“It gave me the opportunity to give back, to give back to my community, and to make a difference for people,” she said.

The university has been awarded the Health Education and Improvement Wales contract, which provides support to the NHS Wales organisation, with the majority of students from the area.

About half are Welsh speakers who will be able to study part of their degree in Wales as part of a campaign to increase the number of people speaking the language in the health and wellness sector.

“It’s been a boost to our NHS for the recruitment and retention of local and regional nurses,” said the university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Elizabeth Treasure.

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