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‘University was the best decision I’ve ever made’

Monday, 01 June 2015 09:19

With so many universities to choose from and courses to study, picking the right one can be hard work. The University of South Wales  lets its students do the talking, so you can find out what it’s really like to study here.

The university was a first choice for Ellen-Rose Jones, a BA (Hons) History graduate and now president of the Students’ Union.  

Great friends, excellent social life and buzzing atmosphere

This university stands out from others; it’s really welcoming and friendly, just what you want when your leaving your parents and moving away from home for the first time. You’ll make friends easily, have an excellent social life, and be part of the buzzing atmosphere on campus. My advice to anyone considering university is come here and get involved with everything. There’s so many sports clubs, teams and societies to choose from – you’ll have some amazing memories and won’t want to leave.

I was part of the cheerleading and dance society - the best decision I made. Getting involved with the team was incredible, I made so many friends and memories that I’ll cherish forever. I’m very competitive and excelled in the competitions; I was over the moon when we came second in nationals. I even worked behind the bar in the Students’ Union which was great for my social life. 

The social life at USW is amazing I promise you, if you’re bored there’s always something to do. We have a great Students’ Union club night which is hard to miss called Score! Students hold loads of fundraising events, my favourite is Take Me Out with both girl and boy rounds - a really funny night out.

I’m from a small village in North Wales, and since coming here, I’ve met people from all over the world, from different cultures and religions. I’ve tried different foods and even learnt bits of other languages.

Choose Something you enjoy

I’d always planned on studying history, it’s my passion. If there are students out there still undecided what to study, choose something you enjoy. If you like the subject, the chances are you’ll do great. Essays won’t be a nightmare and the lectures won’t be boring – well hopefully not! 

The lecturers here are really helpful and not intimidating as you would imagine, they go out of their way for you. We went on a course trip to Berlin, probably my favourite part of the course, things like that helps everyone bond. 

It sounds predictable, but my best moment at Uni was my graduation, it really makes the hard work worth it. I didn’t want to leave at the end of it all, and I was so excited when I was voted in as Vice President at Pontypridd Campus, which meant I could stay for another year. 

If you’re thinking about Uni, I highly recommend visiting here . A visit confirmed this was the right place for me! I even met people that day that I’m still friends with.”

University of South Wales open day - 4 July

The University of South Wales is one of the largest universities in the UK with campuses in Pontypridd, Newport and Cardiff. It offers courses across a huge range of subject areas including business, education, sport, engineering, the creative industries and more. Come and find out for yourself, book on to our Open Day on 4 July

About Ellen

Hi my name is Ellen I am the Vice President for Pontypridd Region.

- Giving welfare and academic advice to students

- Acting as an advocate/representative for student casework

- Designing and delivering campaigns and events of student interest

- Monitoring and governing SU activities in a legal and financial light as a Trustee

- Executing policy as democratically mandated by Student Council

- Contributing to website and social media content

My campaigns: Improving Glyntaff SU space, Mini buses for sports teams/societies, Encouraging student led events, improving the Union's Welsh provision.

The University of South Wales

Bachelor's degree, History

2011 – 2014

Activities and Societies: I was a member of the University Cheerleading and Dance society during my time as a student. We competed in regional and national competitions often placing in high levels.

Alun School

2004 – 2011

GCSE, A Level, History, English Lit, Media Studies.

Activities and Societies: Throughout school I was highly active in inter-house sports competitions, I ran cross country for my house for 8 years. During my time in school I was also a student of The Whitton-Morris School of dance, studying Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Musical Theatre. I achieved a high level of grades and excelled most in the live shows we put on each year in Theatre Clwyd Cymru.

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