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Leona Derby


United Kingdom
At NTU, I feel more comfortable being myself than I've ever felt in my life. It's like a home away from home.

More about Leona

When you first heard about the course, what was it that particularly appealed to you?

The fact that the engineering courses are brand new to the university really appealed to me. It means that my year group can tailor the course the way we want which will hopefully benefit the next cohort.

What would you describe as the strengths of your course?

A strength of the course is that the modules are not strictly exam based, which is good because I find exams very stressful! We’re given coursework too that contributes to our final grade.

What practical equipment do you have available to you?  

There is a superlab that we use for our chemistry of materials module, which includes everything that we need for our lab sessions. For example, chemicals, pH indicator, Bunsen burners and conical flasks. In the superlab, we use laptops instead of paper which helps reduce the risk of contamination or the spread of any diseases.

What skills do you feel you have learned as a result of this course?

I’ve learnt how to be more independent and focus on the aspects of my modules that I need to practice. I’ve also learnt how to work in teams and co-ordinate things.

What do you enjoy or value about studying at Nottingham Trent University?

I value the vast opportunities given to me at NTU. I’m part of the scuba diving society, which I never thought I would have had the opportunity to experience at this stage of my life.

In what way are you supported by the academic staff in your faculty?

The staff hold support sessions so we can ask any further questions we may have. They also have office hours which allows us some one-to-one time if needed. This can expand our understanding of any concepts that were initially unclear.

Is there anything else you would like to say that you feel might be relevant to someone thinking about enrolling on your course?

At NTU , I feel more comfortable being myself than I have ever felt in my life. Being at university is a liberating feeling, it’s like a home away from home.

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