Neal started at Teesside University following his studies at Royal Belfast Academical Institution.
University was the next step for me so I searched the WhatUni website – the student feedback for Teesside was really good and the course had excellent reviews too. Teesside also has excellent transport links from Belfast where I’m from and the low cost of living was a really positive attraction.
The modules really appealed to me. I’ve always loved sport and this course allowed me to turn my passion into a career pathway. I played hockey at a high level in Northern Ireland and wanted to continue my education in sports. I saw physiotherapists when watching sports and felt so inspired by what they did – I decided that this was where I wanted to pursue a career.
I came to Teesside as a direct applicant through Clearing.
I’ve loved the diversity of the course. We’ve covered sport psychology, physiology and biomechanics – I feel like it’s such a well-rounded course with fantastic facilities. The academic staff have always been really approachable.
I’ve been heavily involved in the hockey club. I was the vice-chair and then the chair as well as playing for the men’s team and coaching the women’s team.
Being so involved in sports really helped me make friends. From my second year I’ve lived with friends I’ve made through sport so I’ve always had someone to talk to and do things with.
Yes! I’ve had a fantastic experience here at Teesside. I’d totally recommend my course and everything you need is right here on your doorstep. The proximity of everything is great – the town, accommodation, lectures, everything. There’s also really good transport links for when you want to go home.
The University is a really close-knit community. There’s absolutely always something to do and somewhere to go. I’ve met people from all over – there’s a really great diverse community here which I really like.