More about Jake
"I chose to study at NTU because of the fantastic opportunity it provided me to further my education. It's a university that just keeps on climbing the league tables and has great facilities. The School of Social Sciences provided me with the opportunity to combine learning through the excellent teaching provided and being able to put into practice what I've been taught.
"The course is really interesting. The further you get in to it, the more freedom you are given to pick and choose what you want to study. I love the platform it has provided me to critically analyse the criminal mind, something which has always fascinated me. The best thing about studying in the School of Social Sciences is the diversity of modules and teaching you are provided with – I can go from studying the drug crisis in the UK prison system to the threat of international crime within an hour.
"The Service Learning module in Year Two gave me first-hand experience of conducting research and dealing with external organisations. I was in a great group working with a really interesting charity. The research we conducted was also considered to be extremely valuable so we were asked to present our findings to Paddy Tipping, who is Nottinghamshire Police and Crime commissioner. This experience was incredibly valuable.
"There is a lot of support and advice available – you're given a personal tutor when you first arrive at University. This immediately helps you settle in to your surroundings and they support you from first year, up until you finish your course. All members of staff are also always willing to hear any concerns, both about your learning and your private life.
"Studying Criminology at NTU has just furthered my desire to want to work in a career within the Criminal Justice System. It's opened my eyes to the numerous different types of career available to me once I gain my degree.
"My advice to anyone considering studying here would be to keep an open mind as often you can be surprised by what you are asked to study. In regards to going to university in general, just have fun and enjoy it because three years goes far quicker than you think."