'Going to UWE through Clearing was one of the best things I've done'

Issue date: 06 August 2013


Claire Swaffield, who has graduated with a first class honours degree in English Language and Linguistics, is glad she came to UWE Bristol through Clearing.

She says, “I came to UWE as it was my final opportunity to study linguistics, after I did not get the grades for my initial UCAS choices. Having said that, it was definitely one of the best things I have done and I'm so glad I ended up at UWE!

“I loved my course, especially the linguistics. Using the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) modules, I was able to consolidate my learning of English grammar and phonology through an applied method. The staff and course tutors were totally supportive throughout my three years. I have gained so much from my course, especially a career path and a love for the field.

“Having the Bristol Centre for Linguistics based at UWE gives the opportunity to attend lectures from visiting academics. I was Vice President of the student-run UWE Linguistics Society which is strong and active. During my time on the committee we organised the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (ULAB) conference, with Professor David Crystal as the plenary speaker. This not only gave me teamwork and organisational skills, but experience in event management.”

Claire feels her greatest achievement was receiving first class honours for her degree, while being on the LingSoc committee, volunteering and working at two jobs.

She continues “Following my degree, I decided to create The Linguistic Experience Project website where linguistic and English Language students can share their experiences of voluntary, work experience or graduate positions. As I wanted to pursue speech and language therapy, it required a lot of volunteering, and I did not necessarily know what was available or relevant. This now contains posts from students from all over the country in a variety of areas such as research, publishing, speech and language, education, conferences and societies.

“I have participated in a variety of voluntary placements, including a special needs pre-school, special needs school, communication group for stroke outpatients, as a conversation partner, as well as working for an independent educational psychologist and a speech and language therapist team.

“I have now obtained a place on the MMedSci Clinical Communication Studies course at the University of Sheffield, which I will be starting in September.”

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