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Alexandria Bradley

Career Path: PhD Candidate, Northumbria University
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Without this experience, including the support and opportunities offered by the MA and its team of outstanding research focused staff, I would not have had my career within the prison service nor the confidence to have been driven to depart from that promising and fruitful career to engage with further postgraduate study with Criminology at Northumbria towards my PhD. All of my positive experiences at Northumbria inspired me to begin my journey towards a career in academia.

What are you doing now?

I am currently conducting research which will investigate the intersections between victimisation and offending behaviour. I am attending conferences and getting my research out there. I hope to be a Lecturer when I finish my PhD as I am really enjoying all of the teaching experience I have had so far. The MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice opened my eyes to the world of research, in that it enabled me to make connections and conduct my own research in a prison setting. 

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I had lab sessions which were really interesting and a mix of lectures and seminars. Lectures allow you to grasp the main topics and to then focus your reading around them. Seminars were my favourite as you do lots of engaging activities which help you to remember information much better.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

They always have time for students. Now I know just how much effort it takes to create seminar plans; I respect them more than ever. It is a skill to engage a class in a new subject area and the academic staff here have innovative ways to teach their subject and their research.

How connected was your course with industry?

It was excellent, there was opportunity to get into the prisons and other organisations. We had guest lecturers from all sorts of areas of expertise such as the police, prison inspectors and ex-offenders. In forensic science we had guest lecturers from scientists who appear on television as well!

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Without the excellent teaching at Northumbria which altered my perspective completely, I would never have stepped foot into the prisons service. It was the most rewarding short career which only ended because an opportunity arose back at Northumbria.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about the course was the opportunity to be taught by the leading academics in the field.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

To be confident in my own beliefs. The need to be thorough and precise. Not to make an judgements until you know all of the facts. How to be organised.

How would you describe yourself in three words after you graduated at Northumbria?

Innovative, prepared and enriched.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Make the most out of the experts here at Northumbria. Squeeze every opportunity thrown at you because you will never know unless you do!

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