Top 10 Reasons why USW was the right choice for my learning disabilities nursing course

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We asked our learning disabilities nursing students for their top reasons why USW was the right choice for their undergraduate studies for Learning Disability Week 2021.

Here’s what they had to say:


1. Opportunities to work with TRAC - Teaching and Research Advisory Committee

“I love the fact I could work closely with people with learning disabilities in theory and -practice through TRAC. The amazing involvement from TRAC has been inspirational.”


2. Clinical Simulation Centre access

“The university has great facilities that include the Simulation Centre. It helps me improve my clinical skills, allowing me to apply my knowledge which will help me with patients in a clinical setting.”


3. Support provided by teaching staff

“I chose to study at USW because I was told about the amazing support students receive from the tutors, and they were not wrong. The lecturers are always on hand to offer help and advice on any aspect of the course.”


4. Sense of community

“I knew through attending an open day that learning disabilities nursing was the course and profession for me. Fantastic lecturers and a real family feel. Best decision ever.”


5. Opportunities to develop good working relationships with health professionals

“Being able to undergo placement opportunities in my local health board has helped me to build up a rapport with potential future colleagues.”


6. Research-informed teaching

“I liked that I’d read a lot of research conducted by Professor Ruth Northway, and she is part of the learning disabilities team.”


7. Opportunities to undertake a placement abroad

“The chance to do a placement abroad intrigued me as I’m interested in learning new ways of how support is given to people with learning disabilities.”


8. Support in place for students with learning difficulties

“I wanted to study here based on the support it provided to students with learning difficulties as I have dyslexia.”


9. Help at the start of your career

“USW help support students in beginning their careers as a nurse. It isn’t the case of feeling left in the dark on completion of your degree.”


10. Common-sense approach was taken during the pandemic

“No one could have predicted the impact of covid. This was when USW proved to be the best of the best. They have kept us informed and had a real common-sense approach to dealing with the pandemic.”