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Sharon Robinson

Career Path: PhD Candidate, Northumbria University
Location: Darlington, UK

What are you doing now?Sharon Robinson

I have an application to do my PhD at Northumbria in progress and hope to start in October 2020.

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

The MA English programme, the fact that I could study via distance learning and the location. I like both the university and its excellent facilities, especially the library and the city.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

As I was a distance learner, I made full use of Blackboard, but also had a face-to-face lecture and a meeting with my dissertation supervisor. The vast majority of feedback from all sources was very constructive.

What was the best thing about your course?

My dissertation. I enjoyed my subject and my supervisor was constructive and enthusiastic.

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

I learned to be more resilient and not to be easily thrown off course by external pressures. My health was not good and my husband was ill, but I pushed through it and gained a decent degree.

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

Studying, both at home and on campus. Ill health is boring and it is easy to get bogged down with medication and appointments, but if you have deadlines to work to, you can't do that. You have a focus on things outside your own life and people who are interested in your opinions and what you can contribute.

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

It depends on what they want to do, but assuming Northumbria has the course they want, they should go for it. The university is great and the city is beautiful and friendly.

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

Time well spent

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