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Richard Bowen

Richard
Bowen

United Kingdom
The course provided a module on developing professional skills which has proved very useful in developing my CV as well as my interview skills. The variety of modules has taught me how to write more professionally through consultancy reports or computer forensic reports

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What made you choose this course? (Facilities, reputation, student life?)

NTU seemed to have a lot of prestige in the field of cyberpsychology, being one of the few universities to recognise it as a branch of psychology and frequently campaigning for the British Psychological Association to do the same.

A number of very well renowned cyberpsychological researchers are also present at Nottingham Trent, such as Dr Mark Griffiths, who is one of the world’s leading online addiction researchers.

How has the course so far helped you prepare for your career?

The course provided a module on developing professional skills which has proved very useful in developing my CV as well as my interview skills. The variety of modules has taught me how to write more professionally through consultancy reports or computer forensic investigation reports.

Could you describe your experience of being a student at NTU so far?

The year was entirely remote for me due to the pandemic, but NTU coped very well with the restrictions put upon them. The quality of all of the lectures was very high despite being done through call and there were still plenty of opportunities for participation in lectures.

From a broader perspective, NTU and halls staff have always been very welcoming and friendly. They have always been very happy to offer support whenever I have asked and have provided clear guidance whenever needed.

Could you tell us about the support you received from your tutors and university staff?

Tutors have been very supportive throughout the year. They have enabled me to explore a wide variety of potential research idea, as well as providing me with advice and guidance on how to create experiments.

Assessment feedback has also been very clear and where it hasn’t been lectures have been helpful in clarifying.

We’ve had to transition to remote teaching during the coronavirus outbreak. How have you found that change? Do you feel the University’s responded well to the challenge?

Very much so. The university has done very well to move everything online. While different lectures have different approaches to teaching through Teams, many of them were still able to deliver lectures that were the same quality as what could be delivered in person.

There were also plenty of opportunities during lectures for people to participate. The technology had one or two teething issues but ultimately there were plenty of instances where in-depth conversations on the topic occurred.

During this period of remote teaching, have you still been able to access the kinds of guidance and support you’d normally expect? Are you still comfortable about your prospects?

Support has been readily available through emails and, when requested, through Microsoft Teams calls. Ideally I would have liked to have in person conversations with people like my dissertation supervisor but due to the circumstances this wasn’t really possible.

I was still provided with many opportunities though. My supervisor approached me with a number of opportunities such as presenting at a conference.

If you recommended this course to a future student, what would you say?

This course offers a great variety of content, drawing on both psychological theory as well as computer science. As it’s such a new discipline there are also many areas of research that remain unexplored. If you enjoy the idea of exploring and developing research in a quickly changing subset of psychology this course is a fantastic choice.

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