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Andrew McAlpine

Career Path: Environemtal Health Officer, River Tees Port Health
Location: Sunderland, UK

I wanted to work in public health protection and environmental health covers a diverse range of public health areas. The path I have chosen is food safety and mostly with imported food.

What are you doing now?Andrew McAlpine

I work as an Environmental Health Officer for River Tees Port Health Authority inspection ships and monitoring imported food ensuring public safety.

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

Location was a big factor but I also liked the feel during the open days compared with other university's locally that were more formal.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Good variety of learning methods and assessment including site visits and field trips. The staff were good at delivering the different modules.

How connected was your course with industry?

I had a voluntary placement and the university is well connected with local employers and helps students with placements and work experience. Field trips with professionals in the field were also useful.

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

The placement was essential in helping me gain a full time job as it gave me the experience of working in the industry that other graduates did not have.

What was the best thing about your course?

Site visits and industry talks.

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

The links between the University and industry helped me into employment.

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

Food safety.

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

Lectures, but I also enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere.

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

Go for it, they can help you achieve your goals.

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

Life changing experience

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