My postgraduate experience has introduced me to some wonderful and interesting people, and has broadened my knowledge of academia, the university and the international community as a whole.
More about Charlotte
What degree did you take at undergraduate level and where did you study?
I studied BA Criminology here at NTU.
Did you take a break in between your undergraduate degree and the postgraduate degree? If so, what did you do in this study break?
No I moved straight from undergraduate to postgraduate level.
Why did you want to undertake a postgraduate degree, and do you think it has benefitted your career aspirations?
I was unsure of what career I wanted to move into, and I loved my undergraduate experience at NTU, so I wanted to stay and get a further qualification here.
Why did you choose NTU and your course?
The course sounded very interesting, and provided a different avenue of research to my previous undergraduate studies. NTU also offer great alumni benefits and encourage students to stay and pursue further studies here.
Could you describe your experience of being a Postgraduate NTU student?
My postgraduate experience has introduced me to some wonderful and interesting people, and has broadened my knowledge of academia, the university and the international community as a whole. There are so many chances to do new things, and get involved with every aspect of university life, even as a postgraduate.
How would you describe the support from your tutors, university staff and student services?
University staff are always there to help and give their advice and support on both academic and personal issues you may have. There are specific teams to deal with different issues, so whether you need mental health support, financial advice or help with employability and careers, there are trained individuals spread right across the university that are here to help.
Outside of the Lecture Theatre…
What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?
Entertaining, Students, Varied.
Where is a good place to eat, drink or visit in the city?
Annie’s Burger Shack, Penny Lane bar, walking round Wollaton Hall is a lovely day out.
Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?
I found it easy to make friends at NTU, everyone is in the same boat and wants to have a great experience, so jump into new situations, join societies and sports teams and put yourself out there and you will make friends.
The Next Steps…
Has the employability team helped you plan for life beyond NTU as a postgraduate student?
The employability team put on so many events and sessions to help you plan for the next steps and perfect your professional skills and CV, cover letters etc.
What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying to NTU?
Go for it! It will be a great experience and give you the chance to meet lots of new, interesting people, and give you a deeper knowledge into the subject area you are studying.
What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at NTU?
It is a very independent studying experience, so you need to reach out and work with you tutors and course mates to start those conversations about the work to avoid feeling isolated. Most people only want the best for you and will help in any way they can.