More about Sayka
“I have already completed my undergraduate studies at NTU and it was simply the next step for me to apply for my Postgraduate studies at the same University. I also live in Nottingham and I am both a parent and carer and was restricted. NTU met my personal needs so I continued my studies here. I also found that the campus was easy to access and very central to all the local amenities including a shopping centre, book shops and great coffee shops.
"Although I have been working for almost 14 years in the Health and Social Care sector prior to coming back to academia, I needed extra qualifications to climb up the career ladder and be considered for more challenging roles and better pay. I was getting frustrated being in the same working environment and really wanted to challenge myself. I applied for my BA (Hons) Health and Social Care course and later went onto study MA Public Health. There was no stopping me.
“I wish people knew that NTU offers some excellent teaching / great academic staff and many of the lecturers are leaders in their fields of expertise. The courses are diverse and equally as good if not better than many other Universities. As far as an international perspective is concerned, NTU has opened its doors to thousands of international students. I really feel that diversity is celebrated far more at NTU than anywhere else in the UK.
“As a student you are paying for the degree, so you really want to make sure it is going to be an excellent investment. I carried out in-depth research and compared my course with other Universities and then made my decision based on all the above. I also looked at other aspects such as social clubs, societies and the student life that was available on site.
“I have always relied on NOW for communication, updates and accessing the learning rooms. It is a wonderful resource and great software for students to access 24/7. It is another way to communicate with colleagues and tutors and also to know what’s happening in and around NTU. It is also easily accessible and not complicated. I would be lost without it.
“I am constantly developing my skills and challenging myself, which is helping me to grow in confidence. I really feel like I am a different person now to the one that stepped into University life in 2015. I have found myself and I have enjoyed every step of my journey. My relationship with staff has also made my journey a memorable one. They are all very supportive. They invest time in you, and that really is key. As a mature student, you need that one to one support.
“My career plans have changed since studying on a postgraduate course because I initially wanted to go into Social Work, but I really enjoy studying the MA Public Health, which was something I did not originally plan but I feel this was the right decision for me. I want to do a PHD, but I need to start working within the Public Health Sector and implement all that I have been taught on my degree into practice before I forget it all.”