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Katie Smith


United Kingdom
My lecturers are awesome... They have been incredibly supportive in a whole host of ways from emotional to professional development.

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Why did you decide to do postgraduate study?

I thoroughly enjoyed my undergrad in BA (Hons) Communication & Society and History, and wished to continue learning in an academic field but with a career in mind. I had previously worked in Marketing, with a Heritage site as a client, and so my attention was re-aligned to History and Museums. An MA was a perfect springboard.

What made you choose NTU?

I did my undergrad degree with Trent, and coming back was such an easy decision to make. I was fully supported by lecturers and this has continued in post-graduate study. Trent has a community and to have a chance to be a part of it again was an opportunity I definitely did not want to pass up. I knew friends who had been at this university from my home town, and I have yet to come across anyone who hasn’t loved their time at Trent.

What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?

I’ve been fortunate that my course is extremely varied. I’ve learned about interpretation, made films, vlogs, a manifesto, worked on Trent Bridge Cricket Ground’s collection, created a set of photographs and even learned about finance; which I surprisingly enjoyed a lot and it inspired me to apply to be the History Society’s Treasurer this year.

What do you think about the course staff – include lecturers, tutors, administrators and technical staff within this. How do they support your learning and University experience?

My lecturers are awesome. Each teach different modules, and are actually working in the field, and so offer us real life experiences. They have been incredibly supportive in a whole host of ways from emotional to professional development.

What do you think about the facilities available to you?

The library is my second home. I can’t get enough of it; the staff are really helpful – I’ve used the librarians to help structure essays, to read through first drafts, to figure out new research techniques. They are so supportive and genuinely interested helping students be the best they can be.

Why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?

This MA course is based on strong academic teaching, and then it launches you into the real world with real skills. Every assignment is split into two; a project and an essay. If you want to go into the academic field, then it will prepare you for further study, yet equally, it will give you the skills, experiences and connections/networks you’ll need to get into the Museum and Heritage profession.

Have you completed any work placements and if so can you tell me a little bit about them – where you went, what you did, and any skills you’ve gained that will help you when you graduate?

I am currently completing a six week placement with Derby Museum, working on their World Cultures gallery, creating a series of short films that will be used for their marketing and interpretation.

How do you think the course, and having a postgraduate qualification, will help you to progress your career?

The Museum and Heritage profession is a difficult one to break into, yet with the skills and networks I’ve nurtured, I feel that I have a fighting chance. For instance, we went on a two day trip to London in February, whereby we met with the Museum of London and with Barker Langham, a successful company that creates projects in the sector internationally. We were given numerous chances to network, and I learned more than I could imagine from that trip.

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