- Name: Daniel
- Course: History and Archaeology BA Honours
- Where I'm from: UK
I live in the locality, so choosing to study at Newcastle University was not a difficult option. The University was exactly what I was looking for in respect of teaching and atmosphere when I was applying. I had also visited the University many times with my secondary school and was immediately impressed as a prospective student. I was also impressed by the fact that the staff, whether they be support or academic staff were so willing to help me out in any way they could. All these points made my decision to study at Newcastle University very easy to come to.
Studying at Newcastle
The teaching quality on my course, History and Archaeology, is exceptional. One particular part that I find most valuable is the fact that the lecturers are still researching their particular fields or exploring new interests and I can be assured that what I’m being taught is the most up-to-date research possible. I also find that the particular module choices of a high quality, as they allow me to develop new skills that I hadn’t even considered I could gain when I came to University, whilst also allowing me to develop my own individual interests, whether they be in History or Archaeology. I find that both subjects do link quite well too.
Studying History and Archaeology
I find the huge variety of subjects I can study the most enjoyable aspect of my course – I have never once felt limited in what I was doing, and what I could do. My favourite module has to have been ‘The Archaeology of Britain from the Romans to the 20th Century’ that I took last year. I think one of the most common misconceptions about archaeology is that it is just ‘digging stuff out the ground’, but that module showed that there was much more to Archaeology than meets the eye! It allowed me to think about historical topics which I already knew about in a new light.
Recommending History and Archaeology
When I originally arrived at university, I hadn’t considered studying Archaeology whatsoever. But now I’m starting to thoroughly enjoy it. You would be surprised how much you can link History and Archaeology together. I also have to admit that the lecturers, both Archaeology and History, make a difference as well. They are extremely approachable whether you need academic or pastoral support, they will do their very best to help you, and as a student with a disability, who periodically needs support, I find that most valuable.
I’m from Newcastle so I know the area very well. I think the most enjoyable part of life in Newcastle is the fact that the people are so friendly! It’s a massive city of culture and heritage as well though – and as a History and Archaeology student, I find that very appealing!
I am currently the president of a newly-formed society – the ‘Disability and Neurodiversity Society’ for students with disabilities, for carers of people with disabilities and for anyone who has a general interest in disability affairs. We hold fortnightly discussions on a range of topics, as well as social events that cater for specific needs, such as accessibility. I am also a member of the History and Archaeology societies and they do a wide variety of events including social events as well as talks on their subject areas. They’re great places to get acquainted with people who are on your course or just anyone – you can join any society you like and there is a huge variety.
Living in Newcastle
I lived at home during my first year, so don’t have much experience with student accommodation. Having talked to many of my friends who did however, I can safely say that it’s an interesting experience! You can meet people on different degree programmes, from different parts of the country, or even different countries, and just adds to the university experience.
Managing your money
I would say spend your money wisely! Especially History and Archaeology students! The Phillip Robinson Library has a huge variety of books that you’ll need during your time studying at Newcastle (and is one of the loveliest places to sit and work), but throughout your studies you’ll become very well acquainted with second-hand books! Various societies, particularly the History and Archaeology societies, also host book sales so they’re definitely events to keep an eye on. Most of all, budget your life – food, course costs, everything!
After I graduate with my undergraduate degree, I hope to stay in academia by completing a master’s degree (and maybe even a PhD!). Studying at Newcastle though, with an easily accessible Careers Service, is excellent however. I have already had talks on what the service can offer. As a part of my course, I have to undertake fieldwork during the summer break, for which I have worked in the Great North Museum, which opened up another potential career path also, and perhaps a path that I wouldn’t have considered if I hadn’t been studying at Newcastle.