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Susie Thurlow
I think Nottingham is a very creative and cultural city, there is art work round every corner, not necessarily a planned piece of art work but the architecture is stunning, the streets are pretty, such wide open spaces.

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Why did you choose NTU and your course?

When looking around Universities, Nottingham Trent University really stood out to me! The course leaders were so friendly and when being introduced to some projects we would get involved in over the course of the 3 years; I was enticed further, especially due to the creative aspect. When walking around Nottingham in general, the town has everything you need, I felt this University would really suit me and I feel as though it’s now my second home.

What’s your favourite thing about your course?

The creativity of it and the chance to express your own ideas. Developing them as you follow the process and getting to an outcome that you are proud of.

How have you found the course facilities?

I have done my first year during COVID-19 so I haven’t had the full experience when it comes to accessing all facilities, however first term we visited Barnes Wallis quite a bit. The space was open and inviting and is a place I can’t wait to visit more as things settle. When places started opening, I did book spaces at Barnes Wallis and the Library to take myself out of my room in halls and to get a new atmosphere.

Have you worked on any live briefs or competitions?

During my first year I worked on two live briefs, one with Blueprint For All, which I found inspiring due to it being regards to the Stephen Lawrence Trust. I was lucky enough to then get to present in front of these live clients which is something I found so grateful and happy about. The second was regards to a fragrance created in a group, again our group got the chance to present in front of live clients and the feedback we gathered from them was not only eye opening but made me love this course even more.

Has your course included any guest speakers or industry trips?

Yes, we have had quite a few guest speakers come to talk to us (over MS Teams due to COVID-19), they have given us insights into the real world, opening our eyes as first years to what is to come after University, and I guess for me, to push me further to working hard and getting the dream job I want when graduating.

What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?

Lively, buzzing, social

What do you think of the creative and cultural scene in Nottingham?

I think Nottingham is a very creative and cultural city, there is art work round every corner, not necessarily a planned piece of art work but the architecture is stunning, the streets are pretty, such wide open spaces.

Where would you recommend visiting in Nottingham?

From a going out point of view, Rock City, Revs, BaaBaa, Waterfront, Bierkeller and more. If you’re looking for more things to do in the day then visit Wollaton Deer Park, even University of Nottingham. The Arboretum and Forest Recreation Ground are great when the sun is out, the fields are full of students and it’s such a lively and social scene.

If you could give new students some advice, what would it be?

Everyone is in the same boat! You will make new friends whether it takes you a little bit of time or not. Nottingham is full of students and offers so many clubs to join to find people you will be friends for life! Take your time to settle in, it’s not going to happen straight away. But most importantly just have fun!

What do you think of the course staff?

I think they’re lovely. Obviously for me it’s mainly been over MS Teams calls but they give great advice and are quick and effective to respond on emails.

What’s next for you after NTU?

I have so much I want to do! I really want to work behind the scenes of a fashion brand and business, not 100% sure on the area I’d prefer yet, but I’m enticed by the social media aspect, creative direction, marketing communications, something along those lines. I hope to gain experience over the course and within the industry first-hand, establishing good connections along the way.

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