Ben is originally from Manchester, so getting to our university wasn't a major issue for him. "I chose the University of Cumbria because of the location. I wanted to live independently and more aware from the city. Cumbria offered me a close community with great facilities but also close to a lively town centre."

With Carlisle city centre just a short walk away, Ben chose to stay in halls during his studies to get the best of both worlds. "Living on campus was really convenient - the Sports Complex is great!"

"I got married in 2017 and all my groomsmen were friends I made at university."

While Ben enjoyed the social elements of university, he made sure to buckle down for his studies. "My course was taught by high quality lecturers and gave me great leadership and creativity skills. It started me on my international teaching adventure, I did placements as well, including my distant placement in Ghana!"

Ben now works in an international school in Dubai as Primary Assistant Principal. In addition, he has also set up his own teaching and learning website and vlog.

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