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Helen Staff

Psychology with Sport Sciences

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

The quality of resources and what the course had to offer. Also I play sport and the choice of teams on offer and extra opportunities looked great. And of course the city and its Night life!

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

I am a keen sports player and loved learning how and why we do things, so by combining the things I love it was the perfect option.

What qualifications did you have?

I applied via UCAS after completing my A-levels

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

I was scared and anxious about what to expect. My older brothers had told me it would all be right and they were correct. I quickly settled into my halls and made some great friends who I still live with now.

What do you like most about the course?

I enjoy the practicals that we get to do and like the variety of modules. The people on my course are the people who have made my university experience worthwhile. We get on as a group so well and often have socials together.

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

I have recently started my third year project in which I am assessing the referee’s home bias in football and have received help from my tutor and also other members of staff in that field. The course has been exciting all the way through and at some points I have been scared about the amount of work. However it all works out in the end!

How do you get on with your tutors?

Great they all want to help you get the best out of your degree.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

When I’m not studying I’m usually playing hockey or socialising with friends. I work part time in the Centre for Life which has also helped me with many skills and also I’ve made friends outside of university. I love Newcastle and its night life - there is always something going on and always someone to go with.

What’s your accommodation like?

In the first year my halls were nice, however they were in the middle of Heaton and sometime for 9am starts it was hard work to get out of bed in time.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

When I first came to University I had my heart set on being a Sports Psychologist, but due to the range of topics on my course I have now decided that I would like to do a Masters in Forensic Psychology and then get a job from that area.

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

Think about what matters to you and definitely choose a course which interests you. Also don’t be afraid to ask anyone anything.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria?

Time of my life!

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