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Mathematics BSc Honours – Graduated 2012

What have you been up to since graduating?

After graduating from my maths degree, I studied a PGCE in secondary mathematical education and qualified as a secondary school teacher. I also took part in a University volunteering programme which gave me the opportunity to volunteer in Ghana, working in low cost private education for 3 weeks.

I started work as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at Heaton Manor School in September 2013 and have since moved on to Churchill Community College where I now work as an Assistant Curriculum Leader of Mathematics.

How did the PARTNERS Programme prepare you for employment?

PARTNERS gave me the chance to work for Newcastle University. After completing the Summer School, I was a Student Rep the following year. This meant that I had additional employment experience on my CV which demonstrated evidence of using skills essential to my current teaching role.

Why should students apply to Newcastle University through PARTNERS?

PARTNERS is fantastic for various academic and social reasons. You have a chance to meet lecturers from your course and study relevant topics to ease with the transition from post-16 study to higher education. You begin to understand the demands of university life and quickly learn what makes a successful independent learner.

You have the chance to socialise with other students with similar interests and ambition. This makes the first day in September so much easier. It takes away a lot of the worry about 'fitting in' and establishing friends.

You also get to meet the Student Recruitment Team who provide support, as well as work opportunities. I became a Student Ambassador while at Newcastle which allowed me to take on paid part time work to fit around my studies.

Do you think you had any advantages over non-PARTNERS students during your time at University?

I knew that I had a group of friends who I could spend time with, study and complete assignments with immediately.  The lecturers on my course knew me from my time at the PARTNERS Summer School and would check on my progress from time to time. I also knew my way around campus!

What support did you receive from the PARTNERS Team during the Assessed Summer School and throughout your time at University?

The team are always on hand to assist with all elements of the Summer School. They helped me with study plans, finance and any further support that was in place if I needed it.

If you could give advice or tips to a new PARTNERS student, what would it be?

Make the most of your contact time. Your lecturers are there for you and can assist you with study and research projects.

Make sure that you don't just focus on the academic side of university life whilst on PARTNERS - take the time to enjoy the extracurricular side of being a student.

Also, visit places around the city with new friends and swap contact details - you can all celebrate together on results day.

Any final words?

PARTNERS will seem like a big change from school life - embrace this! Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most of all, make sure you enjoy yourself! It'll be over before you know it!

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