Philip, from Carlisle, attended Newman School sixth form whilst working as a match day steward at Carlisle United Football Club before coming to university.

Philip says, “During my sixth form studies, I didn’t know what it was I wanted to do when I left and there were numerous HE fairs that happened throughout the year which these helped me making a solid decision about my future.

Having gone to a secondary school based in Cumbria, there was a strong relationship with the school and the University of Cumbria which meant that we had the occasional visit to a campus and had a guest speaker from the university come into school to talk about university life. Then when I was looking at what universities were offering, the University of Cumbria had it all; and it’s not that far from home!”

The course tutors/lecturers always make time for you – even if they are extremely busy.

He adds, “Having studied Business during sixth form, I quickly found that I had a thriving interest for the subject, so whilst looking for a university course I also wanted choose a course with sandwich placement so that I could also gain first-hand experience.

“The course tutors always make time for you – even if they are extremely busy, and there are so many opportunities to develop yourself as a person within the university. The course I am studying allows me to undertake a placement year with businesses so I get to work within my chosen industry, gain valuable experience to enhance me as a person and also enhance my employability skills for when I’ve finished university.”

Philip admits coming to university has changed his life. He says, “It has made me a much more confident person, especially since I became the course representative and a Student Ambassador.”

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