USW Student Mel is continuing to teach English to Refugees and Asylum seekers during the coronavirus outbreak.


Mel Clinton has followed in the footsteps of many USW students by volunteering to teach English to Refugees and Asylum seekers.

For over a year, Mel has volunteered to teach those who’ve recently arrived in Cardiff. During the Coronavirus outbreak. Mel, along with other volunteer teachers, some of whom are USW students have moved their teaching online. 

Mel said, “It's great that we have been able to stay in touch with our students during the lockdown via a WhatsApp group and weekly Zoom meetings”.

These online sessions offer regular contact for Refugees and Asylum seekers who otherwise would have very little contact with the outside world. “While the main purpose of the group is to allow students to continue learning English, it is much more than that; it also helps provide some sort of structure to the week and enables students to stay connected to each other."

USW Refugee Champion Dr.Mike Chick said “ Mel deserves enormous praise. She has done all of this while being a mother and studying full time for a Law degree at USW!” 

Like many of us, Mel has had to manage many different things during the lockdown, "I think the most important thing is to be kind to yourself. Just juggling childcare and deadlines can be an enormous struggle and it will be even more difficult if you do not look after yourself too."