Haddy Sallah, BSc Social Work


Inspirational student achieves her ambition to complete her social work degree

Haddy Sallah, aged 50 from Dunvant, Swansea has proudly received her well earnt BSc Social Work Degree at Swansea University’s Winter Degree and Award Ceremony (Wednesday 10th January 2018).

Haddy, is a single parent to five children, two of whom are themselves studying also at Swansea University. Her son has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and is currently doing a PhD in Material Engineering and her daughter is in her final year for Medical Biochemistry. Haddy’s daughter also won the NUS women’s award for Inspirational HE Woman Student 2017 and Black History Month Wales Youth Award for the Young Leader 2017. A very talented family!

The BSc Social Work Degree full-time programme is typically completed in three years. It was necessary for Haddy to receive additional time to complete the programme due to her significant health issues, which impacted upon her ability to complete within the usual time. Haddy started her BSc Social Work programme in September 2011, and completed it in October 2017.

During her time on the BSc Social Work programme, which is a testing professional programme in its own right, Haddy has had the additional challenge of managing Brittle asthma. This impacted upon her studies in various ways – for example, Haddy faced several interruptions of her study and numerous emergency admissions to hospital for essential treatment.

The Swansea University programme staff were motivated and keen that Haddy should receive the additional time and support to allow her to successfully complete the programme.

The support provided was comprehensive involving liaison with the University Disability Office and Well-being Services to agree with Haddy action plans should she experience ill-health while in University, during one of her assessed practice placement opportunities or while in the presence of service-users.

The University was also able to work very closely with The City and County of Swansea, one of its programme partners, to carefully select a practice placement opportunity that would test all of the required skills and knowledge while minimising risk to her health, while also building-in time for regular medical appointments.

Jo Rees, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Policy and Social Science, Swansea University said: “Haddy’s passion for social work combined with her motivation and determination to complete the programme has been exemplary. Throughout her time with us on the BSc Social Work programme Haddy has been a pleasure to work with and a truly inspirational student. “

Speaking about her time with Swansea University Haddy said: “I would recommend Swansea University to other students because it is a place that allowed me to grow and excel in my studies and finally find a career that I am passionate about.

“I enjoyed lectures, practice placements and writing academic essays. I also enjoyed the relationship with my tutors as they played a significant part in my personal development. I suffer with a life threatening illness but the Social Work department removed all barriers that would have prevented me from graduating and I finally achieved my goal.”

Haddy has now started work as a Family Link Project Worker with the Swansea Ethnic Youth Support Team. She said: “It took me six years to finish my degree but it did not matter how long it took but I finished it with excellence marks and got a job offer after my first day of placement.

“As a social worker, my passion lies in caring and supporting people who are vulnerable, marginalised, excluded, oppressed or discriminated. This has motivated me to take up an empowerment and advocacy role in my work which involves promoting human rights, equality, justice and social inclusion. I support mainly individuals from the Black Minority Ethnic Community including Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

“I would like to progress future in academia. A research degree in Human Services is something that interests me so that I can help in the reshaping of public policy and enhance social work practice.”