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Eleanor Durdy 1

MLaw BPTC

Where are you from?

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

The MLaw programme is a great course. It combines practical and intellectual skills which I found to be a good balance for such a tough course. The university is so fresh and exciting too.

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

Newcastle is a brilliant city. As a countryside lass, I was hesitant to move to the city but it has a great student atmosphere and I feel safe in the city. I enjoy shopping in town, heading just 10 minutes out to the beach and jogging down the quayside.

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

I've been most impressed by the sheer amount of things that can be done, I've lived here 3 years and still find something new everyday. I've been surprised by how safe I feel, I have a university safe zone app in case of emergency and the people of Newcastle are so friendly!

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

I love everything about Northumbria. From the moment I got to my open day, I knew it was the place for me!

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

The welcoming student life. The Students' Union offers so much for everyone and the sheer amount of support from my tutors.

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

Who hasn't helped? I've met so many people through volunteering and societies and my personal guidance tutor is basically my mum away from home!

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

I've been inspired by a lot of people during my time, including my tutors who have tackled the busy career that I love and then attempted to teach us it. I've also been lucky enough to attend lots of guest lectures with some of the top lawyers in the country.

What is your favourite place on campus?

The Students' Union. It has a chilled atmosphere, and I enjoy heading over for the weekly SU quiz to wind down after a long week! It's a great place to meet up with friends.

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

I've been involved in sports, societies & volunteer projects whilst at Northumbria. Highlights include logging over 400 hours volunteering last year which will be added to my Higher Education Academic Record transcript when I graduate, being nominated as secretary/course rep of the year and meeting some great people.

What is the best thing about your course?

My course is challenging and pushes me everyday. It combines a practical experience with theory work which isn't something that is offered in every institution because the course is so unique.

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

My most valuable lesson that I have learnt is to grab every opportunity; to be brave and introduce myself, to ask that 'silly' question and to ask when I'm struggling. You really never know what is around the corner.

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?

My aspirations are to become an in-house barrister for the foreseeable future. The course, university and opportunities I've had have improved my communication skills, organisation and motivation ethos.

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

I've not worked with business or been on a placement but I do work with the university as an Outreach Representative, by attending local schools and talking to children about Higher Education which is a greatly rewarding job.

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

I travel to London regularly to attend Inns of Court, which gives me an opportunity to meet those in the profession and gain invaluable experience.

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

Do it! Go with your heart, rather than your head. Love the university/city and your studies will be more enjoyable.

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

My parents, friends at home and many people I know have commented how much more confident I am since attending Northumbria. I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunities that I've been given.

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

Inspiring, fun, motivating.

Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Without a shadow of a doubt.


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