Catherine's course gave her the chance to complete an unforgettable work experience placement at a hospital in Kenya.
'I was privileged that my course offered scope to undertake an international placement. It was an amazing experience.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.