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Courtney Turner

After spending time in the police cadets, Courtney realised her passion for solving crime.

Courtney  Turner

BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

'I visited Teesside with my sixth form class and I fell in love with the science facilities available.'

Why Teesside?

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.

Why forensic science?

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.

Tell us about your course

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.

What do you think of the campus and local area?

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.

What advice would you give to others considering Teesside?

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.