Gemma Harris, from Aberdare, is studying for a PhD at USW.
"My research looks at how the Miners’ Strike of 1984-85 impacted the women involved, particularly those from the South Wales Valleys. For me, this is an academic and personal project being the daughter of a miner who went through the strike. Also, I feel that that women’s stories should be told as for some, the strike was completely life changing. This is a new topic for me but coincides with my studies of protest movements.
"I completed my history degree at USW specialising in the Anti-War Protests of Vietnam before going onto another university for my Post Graduate Diploma. The intention was always to come back to USW to complete my education with a PhD with a view to becoming a researcher or lecturer.
"Studying at USW was my first choice since going back into education as a mature student. I have always felt like I was fully supported with my studies and even when I had a bout of ill health and was unable to attend campus for most of my third year I was still fully supported remotely, eventually graduating with my 2:1.
"To anyone thinking of studying History at USW, I would highly recommend that you do so. The lecturers are wonderful and fully available to support and encourage you and our librarian is a font of knowledge always willing to help. I have never once regretted it."
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