Newcastle Law School

Harriet Allen

Harriet Allen

Law, 2014. Senior Business Developer, Allianz Insurance PLC

Why did you chose to study Law at Newcastle University?

When I visited on an open day the Law school was being rebuilt and the renovation of the Students’ Union had just been completed, so they had clear investment in facilities. It's also a really friendly and safe city for young people- I didn't want to be isolated on a campus. The law school has a good reputation and is a good distance away from where I grew up in North Yorkshire. I liked that it was in a row of converted houses, it didn't feel foreboding or intimidating.

What did you like the most about your course?

The student group was really sociable and supportive; there was never any sexism or sense that you couldn't achieve your dreams. The law school society was incredibly active - there was so much to get involved with. I liked Mooting the most - this brought my subjects to life. I also liked having a third year where I could chose exactly what I wanted to study and was able to mix in a languages subject too.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne?

It is the best city for students. Its economical, it’s safe, the locals are friendly. The transport system is brilliant. There is so much to do when you're not studying and some really lovely places to live. I'm really proud to have studied there; I feel like I have been part of a great student fraternity.

Please give a brief description of your career journey since graduating from Newcastle University.

I went to Australia and interned for Greg Piper MP in New South Wales as his research assistant. I then came back to the UK and worked as a Paralegal for an Industrial Disease expert. I then joined Allianz as a Management Trainee before becoming a commercial motor underwriter and team leader. In September 2018 I became a Senior Business Developer in Southampton responsible for growing a panel of 20+ brokers which is currently at £17m of Gross Written Premium.

How has your time studying Law, and other activities, at Newcastle University contributed to you achieving your career goals?

It helped me to remember to have courage and be kind. When we were under pressure with lots going on, you could always take solace with talking to your friends and the librarians. Being polite and friendly goes such a long way. It also taught me to be realistic about my aspirations and to be efficient with my time so I could enjoy everything I wanted to. I gained great analytical skills, am always curious and can sensitively assert myself with diplomacy through the extra-curricular activities I got involved.

In a one line quote, sum up why you would encourage a prospective student to study law at Newcastle?

It gives you the opportunity to develop essential life skills, not just career skills, in a supportive environment