Mansfield NTU is a great university to study and achieve your goals. I have noticed in year 2 that Mansfield is offering more social activities, sports etc that are normally offered at the other campuses and they continue to offer more social opportunities.
More about Linda
What made you choose to study this course at NTU in Mansfield?
The course sounded much more varied rather than focusing on the Childhood studies foundation degree in which I was originally going to do.
What stood out to you about NTU in Mansfield?
Whilst looking into the course on the University website I came across Lisa (the course leader) who put together a video explaining about the course and the modules, this appealed to me rather than another course I was looking into studying. The location (Mansfield) attracted me as I do not have to travel too far from home and the cumulative two days on site works around my family and placement.
What do you enjoy most about this course?
All the modules were very interesting, and I have learned so much about theories, concepts and how social work is used in contemporary practice and with children and families. I have enjoyed learning about the complexities that children and families face and how they can be supported by using the skills and knowledge gained from the course. I enjoyed the lectures and the discussions we have with our lecturer and other students in our class sessions.
How do you find your lecturers and tutors?
Professional, inspiring, and very supportive. They are approachable and if you have any questions about the course/modules they are happy to help and offer suggestions/signpost. They offer constructive feedback on the modules either verbally and written and are supportive in helping develop your academic and professional skills.
What do you think about the support available at NTU in Mansfield?
Excellent. Plenty of support with lecturers/tutors, library staff, employability, and support via the NTU online NOW system.
What do you think about the facilities available at NTU in Mansfield and what do you use the most?
The library is excellent, plenty of books, clean, comfortable, and helpful and friendly staff. There are opportunities for sports and relaxing areas to enjoy a coffee, eat your lunch, socialise or network.
Have you been involved in any placements as part of your course? If so, what did you do and what did you achieve?
Yes, I undertook my placement as a family support worker at Pact charity at Nottingham. Due to Covid, I wasn’t able to undertake all the duties however I have supported families with seeing their loved ones or friends in prison. I have learned more about the criminal justice service, and it has opened my eyes to ways of working with different agencies and the importance of it. I have always worked in nurseries; therefore, it was good to try another field in the child and family support sector.
What advice would you give to someone considering a course at NTU in Mansfield?
Do it! Mansfield NTU is a great university to study and achieve your academic and professional goals. I have noticed in year 2 that Mansfield NTU is offering more social activities, sports etc that are normally offered at the other campuses and are increasingly providing new opportunities at Mansfield NTU.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned so far during your course?
I have learned more about myself and how important it is to be organised, self-disciplined and to get involved in other activities and events outside of the course. I have learned the importance of gaining relevant work experience whilst undertaking the course and involvement in extra learning activities to enhance my employability after my degree.
What’s next for you after NTU in Mansfield?
Hoping to further my studies and go on to study a top up degree in Working with Children, Young People and Families at Mansfield NTU.