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Chloe Omoloju recently transitioned from the Armed Forces to study BSc Childhood Development with Foundation year at USW.

How have you found your first few weeks on the BSc Childhood Development with Foundation year course?
“The first week was induction which we were introduced to our lectures, modules, and other support team members. Finding my way around campus is quite easy for me as my husband is in his final year on the same campus. He gave me the tour and showed me how to access my course work and other learning materials. I was nervous because I thought I might be the oldest in the class, but there are a few mature students. What a relief.”

How has your life changed since leaving the Armed Forces and becoming a student?
“It feels so good to be more involved with our children. I love doing the school runs, which my daughter loves. Basically, I can spend more time with them and assist them with their homework. I have made the right decision.”

What are you most proud of?
“I did not plan to spend ten years in the military, but I am proud I joined the army. I recognise how the discipline has influenced my life and my time management. I am proud to further my education and hoping to successfully pass and pursue a career as a social worker.”

What advice can you offer to young Black people who want to enter higher education?
“I would advise for them to research, plan and if it the right decision to go for it. The knowledge you get when you go to university is unbelievable.”

Who inspires you?
“I would say the inspiration comes from myself. I have always been determined and focused with my life. I want to achieve great things and to make my children proud.”

Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013, USW has supported not only members of the Armed Forces (as students at the University, but also supported the AF wider community.

Led by Dr Ross Hall, Director of Strategic Partnerships: AF and Veterans, USW provides AF personnel with educational support with the Enhanced Learning Credit Administration System (ELCAS). USW assists forces personnel to study in Higher Education (HE) by recognising their unique employment experience in lieu of formal qualifications.