The course has fuelled my passion for criminology and youth justice, says Euan

Euan Thomas - Criminology & Criminal Justice and Youth Justice

Euan Thomas is a second year BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice and Youth Justice student.

Prior to starting my degree I undertook 6 months’ work experience which involved working with people who were being rehabilitated from prison. I have a passion for supporting young people and my work placement inspired me to study a course that combines my interest in youth and rehabilitation.

The University of South Wales was one of only a few universities who offered a degree of this nature and therefore I decided to enrol on the BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice and Youth Justice. Teaching on the course is of a really high standard. Lecturers are supportive and operate an open door policy. Quality feedback on assignments is provided really quickly which is useful as it allows you to prepare and improve for future assignments.

Teaching staff have arranged guest speakers for many of the sessions from establishments such as the South Wales Police, Social Services, Drug Aid and HM Prison & Youth Offenders’ Institution Parc. They have provided an insight into topics from an employment perspective. I really enjoy the tutorial sessions for modules as they explore the course content delivered in lectures. They also encourage debate; which the tutors are excellent at facilitating. We have looked at real life investigations such as the Jamie Bulger case. By looking at case studies, you learn about how to deal with real life situations once you graduate and enter employment. So far, my favourite module has been Researching Crime and Criminal Justice I as it prepares you for future written assignments.

My time at the University of South Wales has been amazing so far. Before enrolling I wasn’t confident whether university was the right decision for me. The course has fuelled my passion for criminology and youth justice and I feel part of a community of people who share the same interests as me. The modules I’ve studied have been fascinating and have helped me to become a critical thinker. I have also signed up to become a Student Ambassador for the University. In this role I get to meet prospective students and share my experiences of what it’s like to study within the department of Criminology.