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Michelle Thomson

Initially, a large part of my role involved assessing the merits of new cases from a medical perspective and assisting the Medical Negligence team with the interpretation of medical records. During my time at Irwin Mitchell my role developed and I became more involved with the legal aspects of cases. As such, in 2012, I commenced the Graduate Diploma in Law to gain a legal qualification then embarked upon the Legal Practice Course in July 2014, studying distance learning, and secured a training contract, which I completed in August 2016.  Having completed my training contract I was delighted to be offered a NQ post in the Medical Negligence team.

What are you doing now?

 Newly Qualified Solicitor in the Medical Negligence Team.Michelle Thomson

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

Excellent reputation for nursing, close to home and, at the time, a bursary was paid. I gained experience of the job on placements as well as obtaining an academic qualification.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Very friendly atmosphere. Staff had great experience and would always take time to listen to your questions and provide feedback.

How connected was your course with industry?

Some of the Lecturers were previous healthcare professionals, which made a great difference on explaining the practicalities of the job. The course was split 50/50 with regards placements and university. Good varied teaching methods.

What was the best thing about your course?

Gaining work experience at the same time as obtaining an academic qualification. Meeting other people and learning how to undertake research.

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

A nursing degree has allowed me the platform to go on to do law as it provided me with both an academic level and an outstanding set of soft skills.

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

Soft skills, anatomy and how to be able to undertake research.

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

 Friendly atmosphere and the range of sporting activities that were available.

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

Research the course well. Don’t restrict your options. Get involved in sport.

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

Engaging, inspiring and fun.

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