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NUS Wales President Gwyneth Sweatman

What’s your name?
Gwyneth Sweatman

What’s your position?
NUS Wales President 

Where are you from?
I’m originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but have spent the last few years studying and working in Carmarthen, in South West Wales.

What’s your education background?
I graduated from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in Carmarthen, with a bachelor of sciences in Psychology. Previously, I attended the Open University and the American International School of Cape Town for my secondary level education.

Why is education important to you?
Nelson Mandela, my first President, said that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. I couldn’t agree more, which is why breaking down the barriers that block students from accessing this life-changing experience is so important. 

What’s your single biggest goal as president?
My single biggest goal is to address the inequalities students face. Whether it’s through campaigning for the recognition of more support for student mental health, or fighting for the protection of Erasmus, all the work I do, is focused around this.

Why do you love students’ unions?
Everything fun about university or college is because of a students’ union! Sports, societies, representation, shaping your education and lobbying for change, everything to do with student life is coming straight from your students’ union.

What’s your big aim in life?
My biggest aim in life is to contribute to the breaking down of barriers for people who often are silenced. I want to contribute to a happy and healthy society, where there is much more acceptance.