d400 - Agriculture BSc

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Meet Ellie from the UK

About Me

Choosing Newcastle

I chose to study at Newcastle because there were no “cons” when comparing it to other universities offering the same course. My reasons at the time ranged from the University’s position in national league tables for overall and subject specific rankings, to its gold standard teaching award and employability rates, to the social scene and local area. It is a no brainer when you compare other universities against it.

Studying at Newcastle

The teaching quality is faultless. Every one of my lecturers is extremely knowledgeable due to their positions in industry or research, and are all extremely friendly and approachable.  They are all more than happy to answer your questions after lectures, or via email if you need any further guidance with assessments. They make the step up from school to university simple, and are keen to support you in any way they can. Specifically, in Agriculture, first year genetics can take a while to grasp, regardless of what A-Levels you studied. The genetics lecturers help the jump by going through complex processes slowly to help you understand the topic.

Studying Agriculture

I really enjoy the Agri-food systems module in semester one. This is because the module combines everything in the production line, literally from farm to fork. Also, the variation in lecturers for this module allows a wide range of knowledge to be provided. For example, Animal Science specialists cover the livestock side of Agriculture, compared to Plant Science specialists covering the arable side of Agriculture.

The Agriculture class size at Newcastle is also small, so you become friendly with everyone very quickly. Being combined with other courses, for example Agri-business management, means you get to know a wider range of people, not just Agriculture students.

Living in Newcastle

Personally, I love Newcastle. It’s a vibrant and compact city that can provide something for everyone. As an Agriculture student, I find it particularly comforting that within 30 minutes you can be in the countryside to make it feel that little bit more like home. The locals are also generally very friendly, and are more than happy to help with directions or anything else that you might need clarifying while wandering around.

Being social

The number of clubs and societies on offer is huge, with more and more being added every year!There is definitely something for everyone, as they range from Baking Society, to Marrow, to the infamous 20-minute Society. I’ve joined the Agrics, which is great! Everyone I’ve met within the society is lovely, and they always put on a good themed social. For example, Hippies and Chavs vs Toffs.  The one thing I liken it to is Young Farmers, but in the city.  I’ve also joined Clay Pigeon Shooting as a beginner. Again, everyone in the club is lovely, and they are always willing to help you with technique or answer any questions. What I love about it though is that members are from a wide range of courses, but all have a shared similar interest in the countryside and outdoor activities which is great for meeting new people who aren’t on your course.

Student Accommodation

I currently live in Turner Court, which isn’t university owned accommodation, but I was still placed there through the accommodation team. My experience of Turner Court has been amazing so far! The bedrooms and kitchen are a decent size, and the maintenance and security teams have been incredibly helpful so far. Whether we have needed them to change a lightbulb or reset our key fobs, they are always happy to help. I do however think that at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you live regarding how “social” somewhere is because it’s all about who is in your flat!

Managing your money

Having to budget is a big part of student life, whether it’s with the amount of times you eat out or where you go food shopping, or how often you go out socialising. I tend to bulk buy things such as rice, pasta, chicken, salmon and mince so that I always have something nutritious to eat. By bulk buying it cuts down on the amount of times you need to do a “big shop”, so spend less.

I’ve also started getting my allocated amount of money that I can spend in a week out in cash, so I know how much I’ve got, which helps me that little bit extra when it comes to organising what I can do in a week.

Future plans

I went into my degree open minded about what area of Agriculture I’d like to work in. However, as I’m progressing, I have looked at the idea of being a Farm Business Consultant. Being at Newcastle is helping me achieve my career goals as the first and second years of the Agriculture course are general, and therefore cover all topics over a wide range of Agricultural practices. By doing this I will have a better understanding of what modules I would like to do, and I’ll have a better understanding of which ones will help me achieve my career goal. Also by having general first and second years, I will graduate with a wider range of knowledge over all aspects of Agriculture that I will be able to apply.