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Katie Woodcock

Katie came to university as a mature student as she wanted to do more for the children and families she supported.

Katie Woodcock

BA (Hons) Social Work

'Being a qualified social worker means that, although I can’t change the world, I can change someone’s world.'

Why did you want to study social work?

Before I came to university, I was working with children aged 0-3 with complex learning needs and life-limiting illnesses. Although I loved the job, I knew that I couldn’t do everything that the children and families I worked with needed without being qualified. Being a qualified social worker means that, although I can’t change the world, I can change someone’s world.

Why Teesside University?

I chose to study at Teesside after attending an open day. I was introduced to one of the course lecturers who inspired me. The campus was very fresh and exciting with lots going on. I also wanted to support a local university in the North East to help support the local economy and community.

How did you feel returning to education as a mature student?

I had such a fantastic first year at Teesside University. I met some interesting people, learnt so much academically and also about myself. It’s quite a journey being at university – I remember feeling totally adrift initially, surrounded by people who had so many stories to share, but quickly realised that my own story was just as valuable as a learning opportunity.

What have you really enjoyed so far?

I loved the Law and Social Policy for Social Workers module. I had no idea how much politics can impact on everyone’s day-to-day life. Since starting the course I’ve seen Jeremy Corbyn speak both before and after the general election. I felt part of something huge.

Teesside University is ideally situated for exploring the local area with Middlesbrough boasting good transport links, exciting and progressive community initiatives – and importantly – a great nightlife! The cost of living is relatively low, meaning you can eat, drink and be merry – even when it isn’t Christmas.

Have you taken part in any volunteering?

Through the University’s School of Health & Social Care, I volunteered at Middlesbrough Football Club. Here I supported families to access the football stadium, watch the game and enjoy the sensory room – a valuable resource for families with children with additional needs. Despite my late husband being an avid Sunderland fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt humbled to be part of an experience that wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t met these families.

Would you recommend Teesside University to others?

I wholeheartedly encourage anyone to study at Teesside University. The teaching is informative, supportive and varied. The facilities are fresh, clean and exciting with a vibrant Students’ Union and brilliant sporting opportunities. There is an abundance of resources to access and the staff across campus are all happy to assist.