Name: Ryan-Jay Walsh
Subject: BA (Hons) Criminology & Psychology - Blended Learning
Even though I didn’t have any A-Levels, Arden took the 4 years I had spent studying at Manchester College into consideration, recognising my commitment. I am the only person in my family to have pursued a university education and I am extremely proud and grateful to have been given the opportunity.
Last year, Ryan-Jay began his Criminology & Psychology Degree via Blended Learning at Arden’s study centre in Manchester, and has since become a student ambassador.
Ryan-Jay, 24, said: “I left school with a handful of GCSEs and no A-Levels. I later went on to study at Manchester College for a total of 4 years, gaining a qualification in Public Services.
After finishing college, my family took on the full-time care of my two nephews and it completely changed my life. They are both autistic and require a lot of care. Having them in my life was what initially inspired me to study Psychology at degree level so I could understand more about the human mind and adapt my skills to benefit my nephews as they grow up.
Even though I didn’t have any A-Levels, Arden took the 4 years I had spent studying at Manchester College into consideration, recognising my commitment. I am the only person in my family to have pursued a university education and I am extremely proud and grateful to have been given the opportunity. I am now encouraging my two older sisters to apply as well."
Having flexible study is so important to me. Student support has been brilliant and very supportive. I’ve had to do last-minute school runs to drop my nephews off which has impacted the time I can get to university, but Arden has been so understanding and the flexibility of study suits my life perfectly.
"My ultimate goal is to work in a school and support students who may need advice, mentoring or counselling. I love helping people and want to do everything in my power to support others. It is for that reason that I decided to take up the role of student ambassador for Arden. There’s one particular student that I remember from an open day. He was interested in studying a Criminology & Psychology Degree and I felt like I could give lots of input and advice to really help him on his way. It’s such a rewarding role."
Ryan-Jay will finish his degree in 2020 and plans to further his education with a Master’s degree.
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