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Helena Louise Fagan


Where are you from?


Why did you choose Northumbria University, Newcastle?

When attending the Open Day, everyone at the University was friendly and welcoming. I also loved Newcastle as a city.

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

I never get bored as there is shopping, cinema, bowling near by and also the O2 and Metro Arena with great gigs and concerts on all the time.

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

The locality of everything! Living so close to town is great, 15 minute walk to the city center, 15 minute walk to university, everywhere is within walking distance!

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

Yes, as I came to Newcastle from Bolton alone I was nervous but made friends very easily and found living in halls a great experience.

What have you enjoyed most about coming to Northumbria University?

The opportunities that are available with various volunteering projects and societies to join.

Who has helped you most since you came to Northumbria?

The tutors are great as there is always tutors available when extra contact time is needed, especially around exam time and deadlines.

Who has inspired you most at Northumbria University?

Volunteer Northumbria as a team! An insight to all the opportunities has resulted in me leading a volunteer project this year.

What is your favourite place on campus?

Habita in the SU is great to chill out, hang out with friends, have a drink and something to eat while listening to music. All the cafes around campus are great with a variety of food available for lunch.

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

In first year I was a volunteer for hospital arts project and then took over this year as Project Leader, it has really built up my confidence and improved and tested my leadership skills and organisation.

What is the best thing about your course?

Module options and being able to take a language along-side other modules.

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

Not leaving work untill the last minute. Anything I read or watch that is sociologically related, make a note of as it will always be handy at some stage.

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 join the Police once I have finished my degree and I think the varied range of assessments has helped me improve skills such as coping under pressure (Exams), confidence (Presentations), team work (Group projects) and perseverance (Essays).

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

As a module this year I have participated in a Youth Offending placement whereby I mentored young offenders and joined in on group activities with groups of youths.

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

Learn how to reference over the summer holidays! Reference is essential in essays and may take a few people a while to get use to so practice or research how to before coming to university!

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

I am so much more independent since coming to university, I have gained more confidence, experience and knowledge.

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


Would you recommend Northumbria University to a friend?

Yes 100%


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