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Jessica Rees

MSc Forensic Psychology

Jess enjoyed her time at Teesside completing her undergraduate degree, that she continued her studies with a master's degree.

I find forensic psychology interesting because no two cases are the same, this makes the work varied and interesting.

Jessica Rees

Why university, and why did you choose Teesside?

I studied A levels at college and the natural route was university. I visited Teesside and loved the overall campus and surrounding areas. I completed my undergraduate degree at Teesside and it sparked a love for forensic psychology, so I progressed onto a master’s degree. I find forensic psychology interesting because no two cases are the same, this makes the work varied and interesting.

What do you like most about your course?

I enjoy the applied parts of my course, modules such as assessments and interventions in forensic practice give me an insight into what working as a forensic psychologist entails. I can put the psychological theory I have learnt into practice through case studies, risk assessments and treatment plans.

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

The services provided by the University are very helpful. The main one I use is the library, the website and building are very easy to navigate and the staff are always friendly and helpful. The library is useful during the exam period as there are a variety of spaces you can use, including collaborative spaces and quiet spaces. The postgraduate floor is also a nice touch.

What do you think about Middlesbrough and the surrounding area?

Middlesbrough is a diverse area and it’s within travelling distance to cities, the coast and countryside. The student population is varied with students from all around the world. The town centre has everything you need from shops to restaurants. I like that Middlesbrough is not as big as many university cities, so it’s not overwhelming for new students.

Are you a member of any clubs or societies, a course rep or student ambassador?

I have been a student ambassador since my second year here. As part of my role I have engaged in many activities such as campus open days, working in local schools and with young people visiting the campus. I also work as a part time youth outreach worker. I’m a member of the rowing club, which is a great way of keeping fit and I’ve met people from different courses.
I also volunteer for the Youth Adventure Trust and I’ve worked with young people on summer residential camps.

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

As a student ambassador I work with people from different backgrounds, which has improved my communication skills. Being part of the rowing club has given me experience in working effectively as a team. Within my academic studies, I have researched and written my own reports which is a vital skill for my future career.
When I finish my degree, I hope to complete my stage 2 training to become a forensic psychologist. Ultimately I would like to work as a forensic psychologist within the youth offending team.

Would you recommend Teesside University?

I would recommend Teesside because the campus is a friendly setting that makes you feel at ease, there is a huge variety of sports clubs and societies you can become involved with. The lecturers are all very experienced. You study forensic psychology from many different aspects, studying both suspects, witnesses, victims and assessment and intervention of offenders.
If you are thinking of coming here, my advice would be to Iook at all your options and choose what makes you feel most comfortable.

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