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Helen Maria Storey

After raising my children, I  began to start to thinking of my own needs and which career path I could take.  I applied to Northumbria as an undergraduate student to study English Literature.  I was awarded a scholarship to continue my studies with a Masters in Research degree (MRES).  I was then lucky enough to be awarded a full scholarship for a PhD to continue my postgraduate research.

What are you doing now?

I am currently in my second year.

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

I needed a university that was close to home and family.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The MRES was different from undergraduate studies.  There are seminars, but the subject matter is very much your own and you learn to adapt what feedback you receive to your own research.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

The staff appear to be as dedicated to your own research as much as they are to their own!

How connected was your course with industry?

Whilst I did not require work placements, there were number of opportunities to attend conferences to hear guest speakers.

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

I would never have achieved what I have done without the support of Northumbria University and the staff encouragement to continue.

What was the best thing about your course?

Meeting new people with similar interests that became good friends.

What skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you know use throughout your career?

My presenting skills have improved so much.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words before coming to Northumbria?

Unsure, directionless, unaccomplished.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after completing 1 year at Northumbria?

Happy, keen, tired.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words after graduating Northumbria?

Confident, ambitious, well-read.

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

The opportunities to meet acclaimed academics at seminars and conferences that I never would have had the chance to meet.

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

Don't think about it, just do it!

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

Challenging, enlightening, happy.

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