Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I live in Leeds with my husband and 7 year old daughter. Outside of university I enjoy spending most of my time with my family, we have two dogs and like to be outside camping or walking with them as much as we can. I enjoy running, and I am a trained run leader with Leeds Girls Can.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I came into the University on the BA Social Sciences foundation year and moved over to BA Childhood Studies after completing level 0. I knew that I wanted to be able to make a difference to children’s lives so I chose this degree to give me a solid understanding of childhood and the kinds of things which impact on children and families. I have lived in Leeds all my life, so was aware of the fantastic reputation the University has and for me there was no choice. If I was going to University it had to be Leeds!
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
I really love my course; each module is different but they all build upon one another to really offer a deeper understanding of childhood. I was also invited onto the interview panel for a new lecturer in the school, which was a brilliant experience for me and a great opportunity to find out a little more about a side of the university you don’t usually get to see as a student.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The support offered by the School of Education is brilliant. As the school is quite small, everyone gets to know each other and there is a real feeling that all of the staff are invested in your wellbeing.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The facilities are amazing, in particular the libraries. There are so many different places to go on campus to suit your working style and the same if you need to take a break.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I am the Student Union representative for the School of Education. I have also a student ambassador and have been involved in open days and induction week offering student support.