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Grace Dunlop

BSc (hons) Psychology

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

I like that Northumbria University is so integrated into the city centre. There is always such a good vibe everywhere you go and it is very accessible. I also like the modern style of the University, its facilities are fantastic! I am originally from Harrogate, which is near Leeds.

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

I really enjoyed studying both psychology and physical education at A level and the course I chose combines the two.

What qualifications did you have?

I applied via UCAS. I had two As and a B at A level. I also had 11 GCSEs (3xA*, 5xA, 3xB)

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

It’s all a bit of a blur to be honest, there was so much going on! It was very exciting having so much going on and meeting so many new people. I settled in pretty quickly and just focused on making friends and getting to grips with the Uni.

What do you like most about the course?

I like the diversity it offers in content and assessment styles. All of the modules are interesting and there is a huge range. Some use exams whereas there are also presentations and group work.

Can you give an example of a piece of work you’ve been involved with recently?

I have recently handed in my dissertation proposal. To complete it I had to do some in- depth research into my area of interest and find a gap in the research. I was supported by my dissertation tutor. The first two years of my course weren’t too difficult but they were challenging enough to keep me working! This year seems to be quite a bit harder.

How do you get on with your tutors?

I rarely see my tutors on a one-on-one basis but the ones I have seen are very nice and I get on with them really well.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I work as a student representative which I really enjoy! The work is very flexible and you get to meet loads of great people. I also go to the gym.

What’s your accommodation like?

I live in a flat in Heaton with two other girls and I absolutely love it! It’s a proper girlie flat and we spend most of our time in the living room chatting and watching TV. The area is brilliant because it’s so close to local shops and bus routes. And there’s a great local pub!

What would you like to do when you graduate?

Originally I wanted to do a masters but I have just changed my mind and I am now applying for graduate training schemes. Hopefully I can go into a management role. I’m keen to start working.

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

Make sure you do your budgeting before you come to Uni so you know if you will be able to live on the money you have available. Ask as many questions at open days as you can, current students are the best source of information!

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

Challenging, exciting, unforgettable.

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