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Wing Yi Chiu

Food Science and Nutrition

What appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

I come from Hong Kong. The style of study is different from Hong Kong. Students here have more initiative in classes, such as requesting advice on projects and discussing current issues or case studies; their points of view are wider and more diverse.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?

I think ‘Sensory Evaluation and Product Development’ is very interesting. It is sophisticated and adventurous. It’s amazing that tastes, smells and even the texture of the products can be measured scientifically. This technology can improve the quality of food efficiently.

What qualifications did you have?

I’ve completed HKCEE and HKALE in Hong Kong before getting into IVE(CW). When I finished the Higher Diploma in Applied Nutritional Science in IVE(CW), I was offered a direct entry on to the final year at Northumbria University. I didn’t apply via UCAS but I’ve attended IELTS.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

It was better than my expectation because everything went smoothly. I adapted to the lifestyle here easily.

What do you like most about the course?

The lecturers are nice and I can access them easily when I have queries on study. Besides, the course is all-rounded and met my needs.  I have tried the 'inter-library loan' service to find the journals that I need for my projects.  It is user-friendly and convenient.

What do you like most about Newcastle and the surrounding area?

I like the weather here in autumn. The buildings here are nice and historical.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I use to join the city tours held by the Student's Union with my friends to have a closer look at the cities nearby.

What’s your accommodation like?

It’s a shared house; we have our own private place but on the other hand we communicate to each others so often at meal time. Since all my flatmates are Asian, we can communicate in our mother language. I hope that I can meet more local friends and have more communications here.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

Hopefully I would like to find a summer job to earn some living expenses then travel around England and Europe, then find a job in Hong Kong after graduating.

How do you get on with your tutors?

I get on with my tutors very well. They are kind and likely to help me to solve any problems. Sometimes we will have gatherings to have a chat.

Have you used Student Services during your course?

I have been to the job fair held in the Student's Union and joined the city tours.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general?

Think thoroughly before choosing the right course. If you don’t have any targets for your future, you will gradually find it from the course. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any queries, the lecturers are nice and will help you solve the problem.  Work hard and play hard.

What three words would you use to describe your time at Northumbria?

Colourful, adventurous, substantial.

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