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Connor Ridd smiling at camera


United Kingdom
I chose NTU because it enjoys high student satisfaction, and its employability services prepare you for your future.

More about Connor

Why NTU…

Why did you choose NTU and your course?

This was my third time applying to university, having been rejected the first time and withdrawing my application the second I really had to be certain the course and university I applied to were completely correct for me. I chose my course because I did it as an A-Level after I had left sixth form, and enjoyed it to the extent where I knew I could take it further. I chose NTU because it enjoys high student satisfaction, and its employability services prepare you for your future.

Could you describe your experience of being a (subject) student?

At first, I struggled with my initial essay, despite it being just 500 words. The idea of being left to your own devices can be daunting, but I contacted my tutor and student mentor who quickly helped me out. After I completed my first essay, the rest came more naturally to me as I found my footing and saw that everyone else around me was feeling the same way. The lecturers are only an email away or more informally you can chat with them on Teams and they are always willing to assist you.

How would you describe the support from your tutors, university staff and student services?

As I mentioned above, all of the staff at NTU go above and beyond to provide you with the support you need. Regardless of whether or not you have met the person you are talking with, they will do what they can to provide a solution if you have an isses.

On Placement…

Have you completed any work placements on your course? If so, tell us about your experience – where did you go, what did you do, what skills have you gained and what have you enjoyed the most?

As part of one of my modules, Working with Politics and International Relations, I was required to complete a placement. I returned to Exeter to complete my placement with Devon County Council and their Democratic Services and Scrutiny Secretariat Team. During my invaluable time with the team I sat in committee meetings, discussing issues the pertinent to local government. I most enjoyed sitting down with the leader of the cabinet, Cllr John Hart and listening to his experiences in local government.

Do you have any advice for future students going on placement?

Don’t wait until you’re given a placement. Be proactive and find something that really engages you. Work experience offers a value that cannot be obtained in the classroom

Outside of the Lecture Theatre…

What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?

Lively, cultural, historical

Where is a good place to eat, drink or visit in the city?

Eat at Piccolino

Drink at Be at One

Visit the City Ground

Did you find it easy to make friends and settle in at NTU?

NTU is a highly sociable university, with the university constantly providing events and venues to mix with people from different accommodations and different courses. I am glad that I got involved with the societies and sports teams here as it has allowed me to grow a large network of friends. Testament to this is the fact that the friends I made in first year through living in the same accommodation are my current flatmates.

The Next Steps…

Has the employability team helped you plan for life beyond NTU?

I am always receiving emails about the careers events and fairs that the employability team are running. These are varied and a helpful service, if you’re not sure what you want to do, attending one of these events will certainly guide you.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying to NTU?

NTU is a vast university with tens of thousands of students. The level of care and attention that each student receives however would have you thinking the opposite. If you’re worried about not fitting in, student services, tutors and fellow students are always on hand to offer support. There is an endless list of societies for you to join, so no matter what your background there will be somebody here you can share your experiences with.

What is one thing you wish you knew before starting at NTU

I wish I had a clearer idea of the level of support that was available. You don’t really get the sense of it until you arrive.

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