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Louise Turnbull

Coming to university has changed Louise's life in more ways than one.

Louise Turnbull

BA (Hons) Business Management

'Starting university has opened up a whole new chapter in my life.'

Why Teesside University?

I took time out to support my family and be at home with my children, but I decided I wanted a career. I completed an Access course but hadn't got around to applying for university because I was supporting my family at home alongside studying. I spoke to my college tutor before the year ended and she made me aware that, with the grades I'd received, I'd be able to secure a place at university – that was something I thought I'd never be able to do. So I applied to study at Teesside University through Clearing.

What has your experience been like?

Starting university has opened up a whole new chapter in my life. I've been able to secure a degree alongside additional experiences which I wouldn't have been able to have anywhere else. The staff are amazing, so enthusiastic and supportive, from the catering staff through to the academics.

Teesside University is very diverse. It offers the capacity for anyone to be able to achieve more than they think they are capable of. I never imagined I'd achieve the grades I am getting whilst also volunteering, working as a student ambassador and meeting great people who I know will always be in my life.

How has university changed your life?

Being at university has helped me in all aspects of my life. My children have a more confident, happy mum who is showing them that they can do anything if they put their minds to it. You’re not just defined by the roles you’ve had previously. My daughter wants to be just like me when she grows up and she can’t wait to see me graduate.

Would you recommend Teesside to others?

I would recommend Teesside University to anyone who is considering it – it’s a wonderful place to be. The campus is so vibrant and there’s always something happening. University has provided me with the support and confidence to be a better version of myself. Teesside will help you excel.

What would you say to other students considering university?

I took the opportunity to come to Teesside University and I have engaged with everything that I can. Your success is down to yourself and the dedication you give your studies here at the university. The future is yours for the taking, so grab it with both hands.