Rebecca Whittingham

Rebecca

Whittingham

United Kingdom
Make sure you take advantage of the resources available to you, do the extra reading and speak up in class – the lecturers give you so much confidence in yourself that you feel completely at ease in a new environment

More about Rebecca

Nottingham Trent has always been in my family as my sister completed her undergraduate degree here. When I was looking at universities for my postgraduate study, I didn’t look anywhere else as I was told by multiple people in the industry that Nottingham Business School was one of the best and highly recommended universities for my area of study. I came on an open day and was sold straight away on the university atmosphere and life, I decided it was the only option.

I completed my undergraduate degree at Hartpury College (UWE) in Gloucestershire in Equine Business Management. I wanted to combine my love of horses with my love of business and this was a suitable degree for me.

Degree content and structure

When I applied for my degree, one of the main things I was looking at was the CIM qualification that I could attain whilst completing my studies, also the flexibility of the work-based learning at the end of the degree instead of just writing a dissertation, the opportunity to be able to complete a consultancy-based project and actually work with a company to complete a task for them was something that really attracted me to this degree. I also wanted to attend a university that would be recognised globally on my CV, potentially enabling me to work all over the world.

I could not find another degree with the final module flexibility like you have at NTU, all other degrees I would have had to complete a large dissertation but at Nottingham Trent it is a lot more practical which is one of the things that attracted me to this degree.

Nottingham Business School

The Business School here at Nottingham Trent University stood out to me because of the location, the opportunity for work-based learning and the offer of the CIM accredited qualification at the end of the degree. Nottingham Business School is recognised all over the world which also appealed to me, and it came with incredibly high recommendations from my sister who is one of my role models.

I feel that my degree will give me a leading edge, not only because I will have completed my masters, but the tutors bring out the best in you and they give you confidence to answer and make you feel confident in your own ability which sometimes lacks at other universities.

It will also enable me to have my CIM qualification and also complete work-based and practical learning whereas at other universities it was all academic based. I feel that I will have an advantage anyway by not only completing my degree at Nottingham Trent, but the other added qualities that are making me into a more confident person from completing this degree.

Facilities

I came to an open day and the university was just amazing, it is a brand new building with the latest technology (QR codes to scan attendance, cashless campus and the smartcard and NOW app to log and check your own personal attendance each week). I still find using my iPhone to log my attendance in lectures fantastic as I had never experienced anything like this before I came to NTU. The 24 hour access to computers is also important, as I commute in. I use NOW a lot, I find it useful to have all the material needed for the degree in one place. This means you can prepare for lectures in advance, and also any important updates on the degree such as room changes, lecturer changes and important degree information.

Seminars and lecturers

I enjoy my classes, there is a lot of discussion and the class size isn’t too large so that you do not get a personal relationship with your lecturer. I feel that everyone in our class bounces off one another, one person will say something another person will build on that point. Our classes are fun and we make sure that we incorporate humour into our studies. We also have regular breaks to ensure we are full of coffee ready to learn all the new things!

I have a really good relationship with all of my degree professors, especially my degree leader. I feel that I am treated as a professional and they value our opinions and they are incredibly encouraging which helps you feel more confident as a person, they never tell you that you are wrong, and they are always welcoming other perspectives on a topic.

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