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Jamie Fox

Following this experience, I knew I wanted to work for a not-for-profit charity involved in international development. With my ICS experience, I was able to apply for my current job, which I was offered in December 2014.

What are you doing now?

I am a Trust Fundraiser at Raleigh International. Raleigh also delivers the ICS programme but I work on fundraising for the expedition programme. Young people take part in 5, 7 or 10 week expeditions, working on sustainable development projects which include providing access to safe water and sanitation, protecting vulnerable environments and building resilient communities. Trust fundraising involves approaching trusts, foundations and other charitable organisations to apply for grants and donations. I will often contact an organisation by phone or email before I write bids and applications.

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

My main criteria was somewhere with a city campus, far from home! The fact that Northumbria has such a diverse international student population also attracted me.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a mix of lectures and seminars, and my first and second years involved many team projects due to having several practical experiments. Feedback was generally positive.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

My dissertation supervisor always had time to chat and was generally very helpful. 

What was the best thing about your course?

The diversity of students and the opportunity to work with everyone through the many team projects.

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

Definitely my writing skills. The structure of a report or essay is definitely something I can transfer to my current job, where I write bids for grants as well as yearly reports for donors.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words before coming to Northumbria?

 Shy, quiet, focused

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after completing your first year at Northumbria?

 Involved, knowledgeable, open-minded

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after you graduated at Northumbria?

 Confident, proud, approachable

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

Go to Northumbria if you are looking to study and communicate with new people from all walks of life from everywhere around the world.


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