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Stacey Belshaw

Legal Practice Course

Where are you from?

Houghton le Spring

Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

Best University in the area for my course.

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

Lived here all my life. Favourite thing to do is to attend the Tyneside cinema

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

Yes I did, I was intimidated to begin with but fitted in quickly.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

The course, better than I anticipated. The University has fantastically strong contacts and it reflects well on the course and students.

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

My Commercial Law lecturer. Fantastic teacher and very approachable.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

Professor Alan Reed, the reason I came to the University was from my respect of such an amazing and intelligent man.

What is your favourite place on campus?

The Law Library, as it's 'reference only', I never struggle to do the work I plan to that day.

Have you joined any sports teams, clubs or been involved in any volunteer projects? Tells us about the highlights?

CAB and the newly set up PSU also given the chance to shadow Judges.

What is the best thing about your course?

The variety and respect the course recieves.

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

Don't be afraid to ask, everyone else is thinking it but to scared to say it.

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?

Either to become a solicitor or to begin a career in research.

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

Newcastle Building Society - being given actual work rather than the usual process of tasks. I felt really valued and appreciated by an amazing team.

Have you taken up any opportunities to travel with your current course/undertake field trips? If so, please tell us about them.

Not yet as nothing has been suggested. Would love to have a chance to or better still to attend a placement abroad.

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

You won't regret it.

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

My confidence in myself and my judgement. I was very scared when I joined the University when I began. I thought I wasn't good enough and that as I was from a poor area that people would judge me. I didn't regain any confidence until I started to get feedback and results.

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

Money well spent.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?



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