Vicky worked part-time and volunteered as a youth worker for six years before starting her degree.

"It was this experience that helped me to gain my place at university," she explained. “The youth workers that I worked with as a young person and as a trainee youth worker had all gained their Youth and Community Work degree from this university and had spoken very highly about the course and its lecturers."

“I was encouraged to apply by two women who were my youth workers when I was a young person; they were a big influence on me and made me want to pursue a career in youth work. I also decided to study for a degree so that I could get a place on my grandmother’s graduation wall where there are pictures of all my family members who have graduated from university.”

I like the discussions that we have in lectures and hearing from people who are as equally passionate about these issues as I am and having those healthy debates both with my fellow students and with the lecturers.

“I like the discussions that we have in lectures and hearing from people who are as equally passionate about these issues as I am, and having those healthy debates both with my fellow students and with the lecturers.  

“With this course I get the opportunity to put what I have learned into practice by going out on placement. I have met some amazing people, not just in my year of the course, but also in the year below, and I cannot forget the lecturers; I have been able to experience things that I would not normally have access to, such as going on placement in different agencies. I have also learned so much that will help me in my current job as a youth worker, and I still have the opportunity to learn so much more.”