I've enjoyed working with other cultures on this course. This gave me an opportunity to meet amazing people and learn something new from them. My goal is to work in a multinational consultancy firm that allows me to act as a bridge between Europe and Asia. The diversity here is the main beneficial factor in achieving this objective.
When I came to write my first essay, I experienced just how keen and willing the lecturers and support staff are to help. They are committed and passionate about the subjects they teach, which has had an infectious impact on my own work and aspirations. Studying criminology at Anglia Ruskin is quite possibly the best decision I could have made, and my only regret is that I will have to leave at some point!
I started my sociology degree at Anglia Ruskin University as a very nervous, anxious and excited new student. My nerves and worries regarding the degree were very quickly overcome. The tutors and lectures were extremely approachable, friendly and most importantly, they were supportive towards my studies and my future career ambitions. As a mature student and a single mother, I feel that this support was an essential component towards my success on the course (along with, of course, lots of hard work).
The range of modules on the sociology degree helped me to gain an understanding of society as a whole and I find myself using this knowledge on a daily basis. The modules on my degree, along with my own volunteering work, have enabled me to confidently choose my future career path. As a result, I will be starting a Masters degree in social work and I couldn't be happier.
Before I started at Anglia Ruskin, I thought that the lecturers might be intimidating and hard to approach - I could not have been more wrong! Their skill, dedication and passion for their subject area shines through and it captivates and inspires students.
One of the outstanding advantages of Law at Anglia Ruskin is that the tutors are approachable and put students first. They are never too busy with research or outside responsibilities to give help when it is needed. I once received a reply to an email on a Sunday morning!
There is a strong emphasis on employability. The Anglia Ruskin mentoring scheme partnered me with a solicitor from a local law firm, who arranged an invaluable work experience opportunity, as well as advice about applications and interviews.
I nominated the philosophy team at the Cambridge campus [for the WOW! Awards] because they give honest academic advice on all matters relating to philosophy and go out of their way to make each student have a wonderful experience whilst on the course.
My experience at Anglia Ruskin University in my first year studying social policy has been amazing. The lecturers’ way of teaching is efficient and easy for everyone to understand. I thought the course would be overwhelming due to the amount of modules in the first year, but the lecturers made it easier for us. They went through each assignment step by step, making sure we knew what we were doing.
The tutors are always there to help no matter what question I have to ask. If you need other support there are also essay-writing groups you can go to or to see a support worker; the University offers a great support system - you will never be stuck. There is always help available whether it is to do with your assignments, finance or housing.
I have also gotten used living in Cambridge… The people are friendly, there is a lot of stuff to do, the nightlife is great and because it’s such a small town, it is easy to get around either by bike or bus.
I have gained so much knowledge over the past year and I know it will help me in my field of work.
The staff at Anglia Ruskin have all been incredibly welcoming and supportive to me. I have found the standard of teaching to be very high, and the lectures to be interesting and intellectually stimulating. The syllabus in the first semester was particularly varied, and gave a broad historical perspective, covering subjects from Ancient Greece to the rise of Prussia. Another big plus is that the new facilities at the university are fantastic, with large, comfortable and well-equipped lecture theatres. Any doubts I had about resuming study after a long absence have been put aside. I am thoroughly enjoying the course and know that I made the right decision.
Over three years, the University gave me the chance to develop my skills in academia, such as research and writing. Modules in leadership and management gave me transferable knowledge that I have been able to apply to my current job as a manager. Modules in Criminology and Sociology fed my growing interest in theory that has spurred me to take an MA Transnational Crime.
The course gave me a chance to undergo a number of work placements. In my first year I worked at a local homeless shelter, which took me completely out my comfort zone and proved to be eye-opening and character building. In my second year I was given the opportunity to work with Essex Police, a fantastic experience that gave me not only insider knowledge of a public service, but confidence in pursuing a future career in the sector.
Since finishing my degree I have undertaken a graduate internship with Cambridge Constabulary, where I'm actively involved in projects looking at areas of policing from a business background. Not only has this given me the chance to learn new skills, but also to apply what I have learnt throughout my degree with confidence.