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Andrea Rose

What appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

Northumbria was a local university for me and I felt it offered the most suitable and accessible course. Overall Northumbria was the most appealing and welcoming.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?

During my A levels I became really interested in chemistry and decided I wanted to pursue this further.  I had originally been accepted onto a teacher training course but I changed my mind as I felt that I had a much bigger interest and enjoyment from chemistry.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

I was excited and really looking forward to starting the lectures and the lab sessions.

What did you like most about the course?

How accessible it was and the different modules I was able to select. As an Applied Chemistry student I had a lot of choice in which additional elements of chemistry I studied as part of the course. This course fulfilled my interest in medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry.

How did you get on with your tutors?

I got on very well with my tutors. I found them very supportive and approachable throughout the course which made the final year a lot easier.

What are you doing now?

I am now a teacher of science at a secondary school in Chester le Street, The Hermitage. I have been there for three years as a classroom teacher, teaching all 3 sciences to Key Stages 3 and 4, A level chemistry and applied science at Key Stage 5.  I have recently been appointed Assistant Leader and Manager of Science.

How did your degree prepare you for your current post?

It provided me with knowledge to teach the content and stretch and challenge students further at A level. Because of the course and the helpfulness of the course leaders, I have been able to bring students from the school into the University on visits and to events hosted by the University to help promote chemistry at degree level.

What three words would you use to describe your time at Northumbria?

Interesting, challenging, fun.

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