After spending time in the police cadets, Courtney realised her passion for solving crime.
'I visited Teesside with my sixth form class and I fell in love with the science facilities available.'
University was always something I wanted to do – I can’t remember a time in my life where university wasn’t an option. I visited Teesside with my sixth form class and I fell in love with the science facilities available. From then on, no other university could compare.
Initially I wanted to study biochemistry, but after spending time in the police cadets I realised how much the pursuit of solving crime meant to me. When I graduated from the cadet programme, I decided to look into courses that would allow me to work alongside the police. I was always drawn to science, so forensic science seemed the perfect fit for what I wanted to do.
I adore all the research possibilities on my course. In my first year, the Core Skills module gave me the chance to research any topic I wanted – I chose toxicology, something which I had no previous knowledge of. As a result, I developed a real interest in an area I hadn’t previously considered. I love the time I spend in labs too.
The facilities were one of the main reasons I chose this university above others. The library is amazing and it’s open 24 hours – I can spend long hours in there preparing for exams and assignments.
During Freshers week, I spent most of my time in the Students’ Union taking full advantage of the deals and entertainment on offer. The first few weeks provided a smooth transition into university life and made my time away from home easier.
In comparison to my hometown of Newcastle, Middlesbrough is smaller but it offers everything I would ever need from a city. With everything being a 10 minute walk away from my accommodation, I don’t need to work about getting lost either. Albert Park on the edge of campus is beautiful in the summer, and the nearby cinema has been a lifesaver on weekends.
I would highly recommend my course for anyone considering a career in forensic science. Take advantage of all that Teesside has to offer and don’t spend too much time worrying. The key to enjoying university life is finding a balance between your education and your social life. I’m already encouraging my younger friends to make Teesside their top choice.