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Nina Ash

Career Path: Teacher, Primary School
Location: Hartlepool, UK

Having worked as a teaching assistant for 6 years after graduating with a sports studies degree I decided to progress to become a teacher. I completed the part time primary PGCE which involved committing to weekends at university whilst still working as a teaching assistant when not on placement at university. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and placements in a range of different schools in my home town of Hartlepool.

What are you doing now?Nina Ash

I currently teach a lovely class of year one.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I looked round the University and felt that at that time the course was right for me, as I could still live at home and commute when necessary.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

We had a range of lectures that we studied and lots of of lecturers. Although our course was condensed and compact we got a lot out of the course.

How connected was your course with industry?

Throughout the placement I was in three different schools with all various needs.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

The placement prepared me for the future of teaching. I had extremely supportive teachers and mentors which were there to assist and mentor me when needed.

What was the best thing about your course?

The people who I made friends with on the course.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Within my study I achieved my goal of becoming a teacher the support and academic side of the university was excellent.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

I learnt lots of skills on my course including being a positive role model, communication and punctuality. I also gained confidence. I now use these skills on a daily basis as a teacher.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Making new friends and the support from the tutors.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Go for it and give it your best shot.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun, friendship, fab.

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