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Audrey Mizzi

Career Path: Studying Museum and Gallery Studies, St Andrews University
Location: Fife, UK

My career so far has had me work voluntarily with some organisations to gain more experience. This Masters has led me to seek volunteering opportunities while carrying out another courses. The previous Masters also helps in decision making and critical thinking on my museum studies Masters and I hope that after I graduate again, I will be able to use both masters co-jointly to open a business related to cultural heritage or run an institution.

What are you doing now?Audrey Mizzi

I am studying a Master in Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of St Andrews. I am also volunteering as a preventive conservator with an institution and an exhibition assistant with a museum.

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

I personally looked at the course and it included many things of interest for me. The University status was a bonus and having made my research, Northumbria offered the course via distance learning which was something I looked for since financially I wasn't looking to move then.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I was supported via online seminars and emails which was great because I got the same feedback as if I had have attended lectures physically. Notes were great and all available at once. Feedback was always constructive and helpful.

How connected was your course with industry?

The placement helped a lot! I had a number of hours with an institution that offered a lot of tasks and helped me build my skills.

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

Volunteering in the cultural heritage sector is important and since this placement was with an institution that let on volunteers to help, I ended up continuing to volunteer and work on other projects as well as seek other opportunities.

What was the best thing about your course?

The availability of the programme leader, the lectures available all at once and flexibility to do what you like and also the support when visiting Northumbria by our programme leader.

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

Preventive conservation really helped me find a niche that isn't necessarily active in Malta yet which makes it very important to have. It also helps me everyday when speaking with different cultural heritage individuals and work with them on conservation matters.

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

Communication, decision making, time management and critical thinking. It also helps me voice my opinion when someone is seeking information on the conservation of an object.

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

I only was there for 1 week and then again for my graduation. I enjoyed the student city very much and was great to have support and being treated as students even though I was a distance learner. The graduation was the best day of my life and I loved feeling that the university encourages students to be bold rather than just regurgitate why the University is important and how much it has achieved instead of encouraging students to change the world.

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

I would say go for it! Even as a distance learning student, I can say that I was treated fairly and when in doubt I always found the support I needed.

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

Enlightening, encouraging and proactive.

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