Newcastle Law School

Laura Heads

Laura Heads

Law LLB, 2011. Production Journalist at ITV

Why did you choose to study your course at Newcastle University?

My family are from Newcastle and the north east so the University has always been something I've been aware of, but when I visited it immediately felt like home. The course was perfectly suited to what I wanted and the staff in the law school were so encouraging.

What did you like the most about your course?

I was able to get the help I needed when I wanted it, and in third year, adapt it how I wanted to and take the courses I wanted to take, including those outside of the law school.

How would you describe the city of Newcastle upon Tyne?

Simply - home! It's so friendly, there's so much to do, and everything is so readily available.

Where do you work now and what does your role involve?

I work for ITV now, helping to produce the local West Country bulletins. My job involves finding news, interviewing people, filming clips, producing bulletins and coordinating reporters and staff to get the very best of the headlines on the news. I've also worked a fair bit in the national ITN newsroom and had many opportunities across the company.

How do you feel your course or other activities you were involved in at Newcastle contributed to you achieving your career goals?

I think it was invaluable. Even though I didn't choose to go into law in the end the skills it taught me around deciphering information, getting to the heart of a story, and being able to read around a subject was second to none. It also helps greatly when I'm sent to cover a court case!