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Catherine Thompson

Catherine's course gave her the chance to complete an unforgettable work experience placement at a hospital in Kenya.

Catherine Thompson

BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies (Learning Disabilities)

'I was privileged that my course offered scope to undertake an international placement. It was an amazing experience.'

What brought you to study nursing at Teesside?

I have always wanted to be a nurse. I’m passionate about advocating for people with learning disabilities and meeting their physical and emotional needs. Teesside is also my local university.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I loved everything. The split between theory and practice worked well – lectures and seminars were engaging, enjoyable, inclusive and beneficial. My favourite module was Service Improvement because I was able to develop my own ideas, and my tutor provided full support and advice to help me with this.

What was the most memorable part of your course?

I was privileged that my course offered scope for me to undertake an international placement. I gladly accepted this opportunity and went to Kenya where I worked in a government hospital - it was an amazing experience. I was honoured to take a donation of £5,000 with me which was raised before my trip. These funds went towards providing essentials for children in over 15 orphanages. I witnessed much poverty and tragedy which inspired me to fundraise when I arrived home.

What was your social life like at university?

As a local student, I've always enjoyed the social activities the town has to offer. The cost of living is very reasonable in comparison to other parts of England. There is a lot of choice of places to eat, clubs, bars and shops. There is something for everyone.

What are you doing now?

Since completing my studies, I have started a job in respite care for adults with learning disabilities, where I did my management placement. I can’t think of a place I would rather work and Teesside University helped me to achieve this goal. The academic support throughout my placement here provided me with the skills and confidence I needed to prove I would be competent in this role.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your time at Teesside?

I really enjoyed my time at Teesside University and would highly recommend it to anybody wishing to study in the School of Health and Social Care. The University provided me with so many opportunities.