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Raul Sanchez-Valiente Calderon

Career Path: Relationship Manager, Arts Council England
Location: Nottingham, UK

Since completing my MA in Cultural Management at Northumbria University i have been non-stop working in the cultural sector first at Dance City in Newcastle then at the Arts Council England where I have been working since 2009.

What are you doing now?Raul Sanchez-Valiente Calderon

I am a Relationship Manager for Arts Council, basically I manage the relationship of cultural organisation with Arts Council administering public funds that are allocated to these organisations.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

At first it was the quality of the course content that drew me in, then I experienced the quality of the teaching.

How connected was your course with industry?

Very much indeed, my placement was at Theatre Royal in Newcastle and was one of the best experiences I ever had.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

It was a game changer and really added value to the course as I was able to put into practice all I learnt at University.

What was the best thing about your course?

The support received by the lecturers and the confidence they made me gain.

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

By providing me with the right tools and knowledge to face the real world.

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

Financial management, cultural assets and how to maximise them, human resources, different models of management and how to adjust to changing environments.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

My peers, my visit to the library and the residential course.

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

It's a great place to study and Newcastle is great city too.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Revealing, empowering and life-changing.

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