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Nicole Beddard

Senior Psychology Technician, Teesside University

MSc Health Psychology and Clinical Skills

Without my qualification or university experience I would not be where I am today. I have met some wonderful people and gained so much knowledge in different areas.

Nicole Beddard

Why did you choose Teesside?

After completing my psychology undergraduate study here, I knew that if I wanted to pursue a postgraduate course, I would come back here. My open day experience was a deciding factor too, I felt at home.

What did you think of your course?

I found it very interesting as I was able to translate my undergraduate skills. Seminars involved interviewing each other, exploring measures of health problems (eg stress) with the biopac and heart rate monitors, and using our critical knowledge to review publications. I also felt very comfortable with my peers and lecturers.

Tell us what you liked most about your course?

I loved how the module content widened my knowledge of the psychology of health; that everything health-related has a biological, psychological and social impact. I made some lifelong friends, we helped each other out – it was such a cohesive group. I loved the dissertation project module as it was something where you could be creative. I explored a topic which I am very passionate about and so I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.

What was your social life like?

At MSc level it changed a lot. We had a lot more work to do but we would always go to a café for lunch to give ourselves a break. The work level is a lot higher but if your time was managed efficiently, then you could enjoy a pub or restaurant catch up after a big assessment or exam.

Did your time at Teesside University help you to achieve or get closer to your goals?

Without my qualification or university experience I would not be where I am today. I have met some wonderful people and gained so much knowledge in different areas. This includes the facilities that I currently look after. I can relate to the students who ask for support as it wasn’t so long ago that I was in their shoes. I’m considering a PhD at Teesside, but for now I am really enjoying my job.