Completing the course has raised my self-esteem and personal belief

Nicky Marsh

Graduate Nicky Marsh decided to go back into education to improve her chances of promotion. In doing so, not only did she secure her promotion, she also discovered a new sense of self-esteem.

Since I started Nursing in 1994, the academic requirements have escalated from requiring a Diploma, to a Degree and now to a Master's qualification for many of the higher clinical and management positions. It was therefore with some trepidation that I found myself applying for an MSc in Leadership & Management with University of South Wales.

I knew I must have the MSc to improve my chances of securing a promotion, but I hadn't studied since 1997 and never at Master’s level. I now had a family and a full-time job to cope with as well, so I worried I may not have what it takes to make it through.

I needn't have been concerned. The course tutors were so supportive and encouraging from the first day to the last and fellow students were always there to encourage, trouble shoot and offer study tips.

The MSc Leadership and Management course has given me new skills and broadened my understanding of how to lead, making me more effective in my role. Nursing is ever evolving and therefore the "change management" and "coaching", to name but two of several useful modules, have been invaluable in setting up a new team within a new Critical Care Hospital at the height of the pandemic. I was more assured in my actions, which in turn allowed my team to feel more supported, confident, and clear in the ways forward. 

Completing the course has raised my self-esteem and personal belief, which I feel is evident in both my work and home life. I am proud of my achievements and, just in time for my 50th birthday, have secured that promotion to Senior Nurse! 

My advice to anybody thinking about furthering their education and career would be, just do it! You never know what you can do until you try, and you couldn't choose a better University than USW to help guide you to success.