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tim parsonage

Tim Parsonage

Tim is a third year student on the BA (Hons) Education and Childhood Studies (with foundation year) degree. Check out his story below.


What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndwr University?

I was a support worker in an adult’s residential service, working with people with challenging behaviour, autism and learning differences.

What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndwr University?

Primarily the foundation degree, I had been out of education for some time picking up the occasional training certificate and NVQ. Therefore, looking at universities was quite intimidating given I didn’t hold many relevant qualifications. The foundation year I did hear at Glyndwr prior to my degree definitely gave me a kickstart and allowed me to learn what was expected of me academically.

What’s the atmosphere like around campus?

Sociable, academic, enjoyable and exciting. There is always somebody to talk with whether they be peers, staff, tutors or people from other courses.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

The lively debates, the taught sessions working with my peers to see different points of you and the incredible placements I’ve been on that have me helped network in my future field of work.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I’m currently looking at completing a masters and gaining some more experience in my field before I go on to do my PGCE and become a primary school teacher.

What has the support been like?

Outstanding, when I was diagnosed with dyslexia in the first year it hit home I knew I was struggling academically but could never understand why. When my tutor suggested I take a walk over to the disability team at the library, everything became so much clearer and my work has improved tremendously as a direct response of being empowered and guided by the dyslexia team and my lecturers.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University?

Glyndwr has taught me how to write academically, how to research and how to challenge people’s opinions professionally. University as a whole and more specifically here at Glyndwr, is something to be highly recommended - it can transform you as a person and help you find your purpose.

If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndwr University in one word what would it be and why? Fulfilling, it’s given me a sense of purpose and drive to take my new skills and enter a sector of work where I can really make a difference.


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