More about Bryony
What made you decide to undertake postgraduate study at NTU?
"I studied my BA at NTU, it is local to me and I had a great level of support during my undergrad. I was aware of the good reputation of the School of Social Sciences."
What route did you take into your postgraduate study?
"I failed my GCSEs and was left with limited options for further education courses, I worked in a care home and gained NVQs in Health and Social Care. I then completed an NVQ level 5 in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care, I was able to apply to NTU through UCAS for the final year of BA (Hons) Health and Social Care. Since completing my degree in 2015, I have worked in various settings including a Primary Care Team for people with learning disabilities, managing a care home and working within NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group on a Vanguard project."
What did you hear / know about NTU before you came here?
"I heard really positive things about the School, I also felt very welcomed by the Social Work team during my interview. The Open Events have been really informative too and the facilities are great."
What were the key features that attracted you to your course?
"I like that the study is compressed into two full days which makes it easier to work around. Its also helpful that all lecturers are qualified Social Workers and some of them are in practice too."
When choosing a course for postgraduate study, what did you consider it important to have?
"Placement opportunities locally and in a variety of settings, NTU is part of the D2N2 partnership which means there are plenty of potential placements."
What were the key facilities that attracted you to the University?
"I was impressed with the library and the designated postgraduate study areas."
Do you use NOW? If Yes, in what way and how do you find it useful?
"I use NOW before lectures to familiarise myself with the learning as this helps my understanding of the information and allows me to ask more detailed questions. I also use NOW to review information and further my learning. I found NOW really useful for writing my dissertation during undergrad."
Do you receive support from your current employer?
"I have flexibility with my work, I am able to work part-time during taught learning and full-time over the summer to gain time off in leu for my placement."
If you are working as well as studying, what does your job entail and how do you juggle both?
"At present, study days at NTU are on Thursdays and Fridays which means I use the first part of the week to work, the second part to study and the weekend and evenings to parent!"
How will your course benefit your employer?
"My course is already benefiting my employer as I have an increased understanding of legislation and approaches to risk taking and working non-judgementally with people. I won’t be able to work as a social worker in my current workplace, but I can bring my learning to the employer in the meantime."
What has been your greatest achievement as an NTU postgraduate student so far?
"I am pleased that I have been able to balance so many competing demands. I also find speaking to the lecturers and the networking opportunities beneficial."
Have your career plans changed as a result of your postgraduate study?
"No, although I am keen to work in children’s settings for the experience. I would like to work in adult social care, hopefully in a safeguarding team or mental health."