After graduating from Swansea University with a First Class degree in Human Geography, I was keen to continue my academic studies. A grant from the James Pantyfedwen Foundation enabled me to complete a postgraduate degree in ‘International Security and Development’ at Swansea, a field of study that had been of great interest to me during my school and university days.
The course included the study of a variety of current issues in the field of global security and international development. The modules studied ‘traditional’ security matters such as war and conflict, and ‘untraditional’ subjects such as economic security, environmental security and sustainable development, health and migration. The study included conceptual and theoretical issues as well as more practical issues dealing with development in relation to the international community, specific countries and local communities. I decided to base my dissertation on Wales’ role in relation to sustainable international development.
Completing the Masters has confirmed my enthusiasm for continuing to work in the field of international development. I would like to start a career contributing to promoting and facilitating the key role of the Welsh Government and Welsh communities within sustainable international development.
It would not have been possible for me to study for a postgraduate degree without the financial support of Pantyfedwen, and I am truly grateful to the Foundation for its support and generosity.