More about Amy
Why did you choose NTU in Mansfield and your course?
I wanted to study close to home as I have family commitments and NTU in Mansfield was the right course at the perfect place and the perfect time.
What has stood out about NTU in Mansfield?
The accessibility of having University facilities without having to commute into the city or further afield, as I feel Mansfield and surrounding areas do tend to get forgotten about. I feel really supported as a mature student and any worries about the course quickly dissipated once I started. The support you receive as a student is brilliant and I have been involved in so many different opportunities already.
How would you rate the course facilities and why?
The course facilities on campus are beyond expectation. There is a separate unit for those studying nursing and paramedic science and it is evident that the university has really invested in this area, it is fantastic! I like the way the course is designed by combining theory and practice in a coordinated format that is manageable and relatable to practice placements.
What is your favourite thing about your course?
I really enjoy the practical sessions because they are hands-on and it is a really comfortable environment to learn and experience sessions in a mock clinical setting and there is no pressure to get it right first time, so you can go out into placement settings with a level of preparation.
Can you tell us a bit about your placement or any work experience you've done?
I have been out on two full placements now and they were both incredibly interesting areas of clinical practice. My first placement was based at a local hospital, and I was working in the acute coronary ward. It was a valuable experience to learn about cardiology and witness the condition first-hand. I was involved from the onset of the placement and felt very supported throughout my learning journey there, I couldn’t have asked for more. My second placement was a neurosurgery ward based in the city and that was equally a brilliant experience for building upon my nursing knowledge. Again, I was involved from the onset of the placement and encouraged to learn new skills that I hadn’t come across before. The staff were all very supportive and friendly. It was really difficult to leave both placement areas as I enjoyed my time on both so much.
When I'm not studying…
What three words would you use to describe Mansfield and Nottingham?
Historic, Vibrant, Accessible
How have you found Nottingham as a student city?
I have enjoyed Nottingham for many years, and I feel there is so much available for students in terms of entertainment, employment and socialising.
Did you find it easy to make friends at NTU in Mansfield?
Yes, it is lovely to be surrounded by like-minded people from different backgrounds and experiences. I’m fortunate enough to be part of a great group of people for the next three years.
What do you think of the support available at NTU in Mansfield? Think of both your course staff, student support and the employability team.
The support is brilliant from my perspective, the course staff are approachable to discuss any concerns, if not they can signpost to the most appropriate people. Student support and the employability teams frequently reach out with information and guidance regarding their services which is really helpful. There is always someone to talk to if you are struggling, whatever the reason.
About the future…
What's next for you after NTU in Mansfield?
I would love to complete my three years by qualifying as a registered nurse and come back to NTU to pursue a Masters Degree to further my education. I would also like to go into nursing education at a later point.
Has the employability team helped you plan for life beyond NTU?
At the moment I haven’t required any help regarding life beyond NTU just yet, however when the time comes I know where to go.
What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at NTU?
I would have wanted to spend more time doing student support activities at the beginning eg watching critical writing and reflection videos and go to Library to learn about Harvard referencing.