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Ellie McLernon

Ellie's interest in psychology had led to her studying for a degree at Teesside.

Ellie McLernon

BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology

The library is one of the best aspects of the university. There are lots of quiet places that are great for when you want to crack on with some work.

Tell us why you decided to go to university and why you chose Teesside?

Having seen and heard about university all through my education I thought it would be the best option for me. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I left school but I knew that I wanted to further my career and get a qualification in something that I thought was interesting.
I chose Teesside as it was the place where I felt most comfortable. Before I applied, I went to Teesside University summer school and experienced what the university had to offer. I also had a friend studying here who recommended it.

Why did you choose your subject?

I chose forensic psychology after learning about it during my A Levels, and I wanted to find out more about it. My favourite module is the Psychology of Criminal and Sexual Offending - this has really captured my attention as you learn about some of the more controversial topics in forensic psychology.

What do you think about the campus and the services offered?

The library is one of the best aspects of the university. There are lots of quiet places that are great for when you want to crack on with some work. Also, the fact that you can access books and journals online is a bonus too. I’ve had amazing support from the disability and mentoring services as a disabled student. Mentoring services have helped me to plan my work and directed me to other helpful services within the university.

What do you think about Middlesbrough and the surrounding area?

Middlesbrough is a vibrant and friendly place. It is smaller than some of the bigger university towns which I think is better because it's less overwhelming for new students.

What skills have you gained at Teesside that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

I work as a student ambassdor for the university and this has been vital in helping me gain the skills for future employment. I have met people from lots of different backgrounds and countries, which has been really cool. Also, as part of my course I have written my own research reports, which has been helpful in gaining experience for the psychological career field. I'm not sure what I want to do in the future, but I’m interested in working for the police.

Would you recommend Teesside University?

Yes, the modules are interesting and the lecturers are very helpful.
My advice would be, if you are thinking of coming to study here, just have a look around and see how you feel. Don't just visit one place, do your research and find the place where you feel the most comfortable.