More about Admire
As a mature student with a family and work commitments, Admire left employment for a year of study to gain another qualification and to improve his career prospects.
Admire has so far, achieved two distinction grades on the course. As a direct result of his diligent study and capabilities, Admire has secured part-time work as a University Visiting Lecturer for Nottingham Trent University.
Balancing study, work and life commitments as a postgraduate student - how do you cope?
We are required to attend lessons two days of the week. This gave me the flexibility to work and take care of other family commitments on the other three days. I had to utilise night hours for my study and it can be quite a challenge to juggle. Due to family and work commitments, I have become more of an independent learner than when I was an undergraduate student.
What skills have you learnt? How will they help you?
I have learnt a lot of new skills, from new programming languages to new operating systems. In all the modules that I have covered so far, I have gained new knowledge of new technologies relevant to the computing industry. I have also improved my soft skills, through interacting with my peers during group work, and above all, I have learnt how to carry out independent research. As a teacher by profession, all these skills have equipped me to become more effective in my work and to progress my career.
What are your career plans?
I aspire to progress from being a Further Education Teacher to a specialised Higher Education Teacher. Postgraduate study not only gives me specialist knowledge of an area but it offers me the flexibility to work in the private sector as a computer security specialist.
What are the facilities like?
I found the facilities to be modern, the new buildings indicate that the University is committed to providing up-to-date facilities. Most teaching rooms are equipped with computer technology to support the learning experience. The University won the Times and Sunday Times Modern University of the Year Award in 2018, and this confirms it.
What did you like studying in Nottingham?
Studying in Nottingham, the city of Robin Hood, means you get the opportunity to experience the rich student life associated with the place. Nottingham is centrally located, with connections to all parts of the country, through one of the best public transport networks.
Students get to interact with other students from University of Nottingham and other institutions around the Nottingham and neighbouring cities.
Would you recommend your course?
Yes, I would recommend the course to those with an interest in studying computer security. The course has a well-balanced selection of modules with some challenging content, as is to be expected at postgraduate level. The mode of teaching incorporates a variety of styles from lectures, seminars and practical labs which ensures a well differentiated approach to cover most learning styles. As confirmation, the University achieved gold rating which is mostly based on student satisfaction.
Advice for an applicant?
Not much in terms of advice, as I was able to get all the information that I needed before starting my studies. There is so much information about the course on the university website, and you get the opportunity to visit the university and talk to students during the open events. During induction week, you are given more opportunities to get more information and ask any questions that you might have.