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Wendy Hardy-Coulter

In 2005, I attended Loughborough University for my MA in Information & Library Studies. I moved to Wellington, New Zealand in 2005 and studied for my LLM in Information Rights Law & Practice between 2010 - 2012. My Dissertation was based around 'Cloud Computing and the Law' with me going on to create my two businesses - Tui Information Management, and Information Rights Law & Practice in 2014 off of the back of this research.

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

It was the only place which offered the particular course which I wanted to take, and it offered it by Distance Learning - important for me, as I live in New Zealand!  Also, because my health is a disability and over-stimulation is a problem, Distance Learning is quiet and peaceful.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

It was a great course, from a brilliantly supportive University and course staff, and administrative staff.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

The academic staff  always had time to help, and to answer my queries, and to resolve any academic 'snags' which arose.

How connected was your course with industry?

My Law Masters was in conjunction with The Ministry of Justice, UK, which was a great 'tick' towards my choice of course.

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

I believe that my LLM in Information Rights Law & Practice sits very well with my MA in Information and Library Management, and provides me with many skills which will help my businesses to get off the ground, and to do so successfully.

What was the best thing about your course?

My Dissertation - the time and scope provided for authentic Research was invaluable!  And it also provided me with another string to my bow, by learning about 'Cloud Computing and the Law'.

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

Learning about privacy law, data protection, and intellectual property law are all relevant to the areas of work which I would most like to consult upon.

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

Go for it!  Work hard and enjoy your time there.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Very enjoyable, if 'Distant'.

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