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Students praise university kick-start degrees for laying career foundations

Students on kick-start degrees at a North Wales university have praised the institution for helping them on the road to success.

Sarah Buckley and Isabel Rivas are just two of many people to have benefited from one of Glyndŵr University Wrexham’s kick-start options.

Both were daunted at the prospect of returning to education after years of working in other jobs, but they are delighted they took that decision and say enrolling on a foundation year – flowing directly into a three-year honours degree at Glyndŵr – was “the best decision they ever made”.

The pair added that other students should follow their lead and join universities across the country in joining via the kick-start route; initial benefits include being with contemporaries and within social groups and an academic environment that will support their longer term goals, as well as lecturers having a major stake and investment in the students’ success.

Mum-of-two Sarah, 34, and 29-year-old Isabel are both studying for a BEng (Hons) Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies and say the pathway to the qualification was made easier by having already joined the University and become part of the Glyndŵr family.

“I have two children so I needed flexibility and support, and Glyndŵr University has given me that,” said Australia-born Sarah, now living in Neston, Wirral.

“I was petrified to be going back into education as I hadn’t done anything like that since 1999 and I was scared of failure, but starting on the foundation year of a four-year integrated degree meant I got to know my lecturers early on in my first year – I felt comfortable in my surroundings.

“It’s also given me access to the student support and careers teams at an earlier stage, so when I am ready to take the next step in my life I will feel more prepared.”