More about Ashley
“One of the things that first appealed to me about NTU was how helpful the international team was when I was applying. As an international student you have many questions and it was important that I went to a University that would help make the transition as easy as possible. I applied to a number of universities and very few of them provided the support that NTU did.
“The United States doesn’t have many options when it comes to studying museums, so being able to come to an area with so much history and learn from professionals in the field was a great opportunity.
“The Museum and Heritage Development programme at NTU appealed to me because it provides relevant practical experiences alongside the taught portion of the course. So many jobs, even entry level ones, want candidates that have a certain amount of professional experience. I liked that I would be able to graduate with a degree and CV enhancing experience.
“The academic staff have been so supportive and helpful. They are always willing to take the extra time to ensure that you understand a concept or are on the right track for a project. As a mature student I really appreciate that they also recognize that students have other priorities in life and are willing to work with you.
“I have been able to get involved with some great live projects which have included: setting up an exhibit at the Galleries of Justice where my own work was displayed; collections care at the Mercian Regiment Museum and being involved with a display for Light Night at Nottingham Castle. They have also provided me with a number of networking opportunities and as a result I have made some invaluable contacts.
“I have also completed a four week placement at the Nottingham County Cricket Club. I worked on researching heritage material that could be used for social media or interpretative displays during their international matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. My course leader arranged the placement but I was involved in the whole process. He took the time to ask us what are interests were and did his best to place us in an area that would offer the best experience for our future goals.
“I feel like I’ve accomplished so much at NTU. I’ve had so many opportunities and have been able to experience such a diverse range of events. I feel confident that I will be successful in my first job in the field because of what I’ve learned at NTU.
“NTU offers so many experiences and opportunities. Whether young, mature, new to university, or on your third degree there is something here for you and people willing to help. NTU offers lots of chances for you to surprise yourself in amazing ways.
“I would definitely recommend the Museum and Heritage Development course to anyone who wants to make museums their career. The staff are great and the course provides well-rounded training for the museum profession. I had a number of options when I was choosing where to go for my postgraduate degree and I am so glad I chose NTU!”