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Lee Brown

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying

Where are you from?

Northern Ireland

Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

Course accredited by professional body (RICS). Recommended by friends.

What do you think of Newcastle and our region and what are your favourite things to do?

I love it! I enjoy going to St James' Park, I'm also taking part both the Blaydon Race and Great North Run this summer.

What has surprised you most about living in Newcastle and this region? What has impressed you most?

How friendly the locals are. They always make you feel like you belong here!

Did you find Northumbria University welcoming? Was it easy to fit in?

Yes very, the initial few weeks were structured in such a way to encourage integration with other course mates.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

The course is interesting and varied and really rewarding, I have enjoyed the social side of university, especially making lots of new friends!

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

The tutors in the Built Environment department are all very helpful and have made it a relaxed yet very effective learning environment.

What is your favourite place on campus?

Probably the Students' Union, followed in close second by the library (mainly due to the amount of hours spent there in the assignment and exam periods!)

What is the best thing about your course?

It is industry recognised and each day is never the same!

What are the most valuable lessons you have learnt to date?

Time management and the importance of forging good working relationships with other students. This is invaluable for any QS student!

What do you want to do in the future? What skills have you learned/improved that you think will be of most use in your future career?

I hope to achieve chartered QS status after I graduate. The legal knowledge, attention to detail and technical expertise I have developed at uni will be most helpful in my career!

Have you worked on any projects with businesses or been on a placement? What were your most memorable experiences?

Not yet but I am undertaking a 15 month placement in June with a major civil engineering contractor, giving me the opportunity to develop my skills further and experience life in my chosen profession.

If you could offer some advice to students thinking of coming to study here what would you say?

Make loads of friends at any opportunity you get, forge good relationships with fellow students and tutors and try to maintain a good balance between university work and personal life.

How do you feel you have changed as a person since being at Northumbria University, Newcastle (e.g. confidence)?

My confidence knows no bounds, I am a different person after two years of studying here, extremely focused on my career path and have the belief that the course has gave me the tools to succeed.

If you had 3 words to sum up your time with us what would they be?

Unforgettable, exciting, rewarding!

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Most definitely!

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