More about Niamh
"I choose this course because I've had a strong interest within the Criminal Justice System from a young age and the BA (Hons) Criminology degree offered what I felt was right for myself.
"I decided on NTU after coming to an Open Day, which was both course and Campus focused, and thinking this could be home. Once you enter a University, you'll know whether you can study there, you'll know if it feels right, and NTU did for me. I have to say that it has lived up to the expectations and really is a brilliant place to study. From Boots Library to the Students Union to the Global Lounge, there really is something for everybody here. Opportunities are truly endless.
"The School of Social Sciences provide students with the tools to leave University ready for the real world. I have been privileged to have taken advantage of the many opportunities that the University provides.
"Nottingham is a great city for students and it's literally on your doorstep! It encompasses a broad range of things to do from shopping, restaurants and bars. There are great places such as Wollaton Hall, the National Ice Centre and Nottingham Castle to explore. You're never far away from something to do, and with the range of things on offer, it's difficult not to miss out on a new adventure. A lot of places within the City have discounts for students which is brilliant for saving money and you'll experience the student night of all student nights on Wednesday, when a flock of students take to the City in their fancy dress.
"For myself, Criminology was not what I expected, it has challenged the stereotypes, the pre-perceptions you encompass and really shaped my view to something entirely different. Throughout the degree you're provided with opportunities to gain real life experience which can be influential in your career aspirations and personal development. During my second year, I took part in a pilot study at a local prison for a project called 'Learning Together', a programme that enables people serving prison sentences and higher education students to study alongside one another. Since this, I have provided feedback to enhance an academic paper and advocated the opportunity to new students. I also took part in the Service Learning module in my second year, in which I worked alongside Nottinghamshire Police to provide recommendations for their Volunteering services.
"There are many opportunities to get involved with the School and build your skills. I am currently a CERT Mentor for the School, supporting first year students with their transition into University. Ensuring they're settled by sharing my experiences of first year, peer-to-peer support and signposting to relevant services where necessary. There is also a great employability award called: Acceler8, which you can take advantage of at any year of study. It is a personal development programme that makes extracurricular activities count, which can be beneficial upon leaving University when applying for graduate jobs.
"You're provided with a personal tutor whom oversees pastoral care of yourself and is the first port of call for any problems that you have both personally and academically. You really create bonds with your tutors, which helps you through some of the harder times. Knowing that there is endless support available is really comforting. Having an incredible support system through staff within the School, and the many student support services available, you’re able to perform to the best of your abilities.
"As a first-year student my career focused upon policing, however throughout my studies, I am now focusing upon policing within the cyber sphere due to my research project / dissertation being upon technology enabling crimes of a sexual nature. This has been influenced by the academics I am surrounded by, and my interest being supported and developed throughout my final year.
"Take advantage of every opportunity you are provided throughout your University life and enjoy your time as three years really does fly by!"