Connor was the first of his family to study at university, but he always knew he wanted to get a degree for his personal development and career prospects.

“I always pursued a medical degree, but missed out on the grades. So I developed a career plan for if I didn’t get into university at all - if this happened, I would join the police. Forensic science appeared and it immediately came to me that this is a potential crossover of the two.”

Cumbria wasn’t always his first choice though. “My place was given to me through clearing, so my knowledge was limited about the university. It was a bit of a gamble really. However, I loved the university as soon as I joined. I like the relaxed and friendly attitudes of the lecturers to the students. I know all my lecturers on a first name basis and feel like I could easily approach them with any worries I might have.”

The lecturers have a relaxed and friendly attitude to the students. I know all my lecturers on a first name basis and feel like I could easily approach them with any worries I might have.

Has any particular tutor stood out? “Ashleigh Hunt has provided moral support since the start of my dissertation. This significantly reduced my stress over the important piece of work and made the entire process a lot easier.”

Connor has really enjoyed getting to make close friends and join the societies at our university. His advice for new students? “Be better with your money, student loans don’t go as far as you think.”

BSc (Hons)

Forensic and Investigative Science

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