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I wish I’d have done my undergraduate degree here and that speaks the loudest in my opinion. I believe as an all-round university it is tough to beat.

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Why did you choose NTU and your course?

I was aware this is a very well established and respected university within the industry. It is local, so I can commute from my home on a daily basis. As for the course, this is something that I have a natural interest in after working on properties whilst funding my way through my undergraduate degree. The area of Nottingham is brimming with historic and contemporary buildings which gives inspiration from both ends of the spectrum.

What recent projects have you worked on? What has stood out?

I have recently project managed a job in Selly Oaks, Birmingham which has been very challenging due to the material shortages in the UK however, in due course we have managed to get it over the line. This project challenged me to deal with difficult circumstances as well as appreciating customer service in unprecedented times.

As well as this I have been given the great opportunity to take part in a programme called the Great House Giveaway. This entails me to complete a house renovation within a specific time frame to maximise my profits after selling the property. This is a project that is ongoing and keeping me on my toes to manage my time between studies and work.

What marks out of 10 would you give for course facilities and why?

I would rate my course a 9 out of 10 considering the facilities on my course and standard of lecturers. The area of Nottingham provides examples on both ends of the spectrum with historic and contemporary buildings which inspires you when designing but also the theoretical backing from the high standards of delivery from lecturers within NTU. The lecturers from the course come from an array of backgrounds giving insights from each, which is insightful as a student and important to take on board as previous experience and something that maybe critical along the line when working.

Name one thing that has surprised you about NTU.

Something that has surprised me when studying in NTU is the togetherness of the students. At my previous place of study it was almost a ‘dog eat dog’ environment, however, after studying at NTU it feels more of a team environment which is a lot more welcoming and less daunting when studying.

What do you think about the course staff, including lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff? How do they support your learning experience?

The lecturers have provided no end of support in each of the modules I have experienced, which is extremely reassuring when entering the course from a foreign sector of previous study. Having this reassurance emphasises the support provided by the staff which is encouraging for learners who aren’t completely confident in their abilities.

How do you think NTU has changed you?

NTU has only changed me for the better. I’m constantly pushed to overcome challenges out of my comfort zone to achieve bigger outcomes once my studies have been completed, therefore preparing me for situations within the big wide world ahead.

What advantages do you think having a postgraduate qualification will give you with regards to employment after graduation?

For me personally it was naturally the next step for me as my undergraduate degree turned out to be the wrong field of study for the career I wish to pursue. However, I don’t see this as a bad thing as I got to challenge myself in a different area, developed my networking skills and grew as a person through new experiences. Not only do I believe the qualification will help me significantly towards gaining a job, but I think the experiences and networking I will come across will be just as valuable. NTU is also a very well-known and established university within the sector therefore gaining a masters degree through them will be very attracting for potential employers when applying for jobs.

What would you say to someone thinking of applying to NTU?

I would simply say do it. I can only say I wish I'd have done my undergraduate degree here and that speaks the loudest in my opinion. I believe as an all-round university it is tough to beat, as it comprises of quality in every sector, therefore giving you the best quality of qualification alongside an amazing all-round university experience.

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