Class of 2023
BSc (Hons) Security, Intelligence and Investigative Practice
Niamh Tyrer made the move from engineering after deciding to pursue her passion for Intelligence.
I looked around several universities that offered intelligence based programmes, but when I came to Cumbria, I loved the community feel and felt really at home. At the open day, I sat down with Iain Stainton, the programme leader and he gave me loads of information and helped to negate any concerns I had.
After speaking with several academics and taking a look around the campus, I’d made my choice.
When I came to the open day, and I listened to the course talk, I thought the modules sounded really interesting and realised what a wide range of careers these could lead to.
I was studying engineering, but I fell out of love with it, and decided I wanted to study intelligence as it was something that was so interesting to me.
I found the modules on communicating really interesting.
I loved the amount of interaction between students and tutors. There’s lots of time allocated to discussion, where we can share and listen to personal views to gain lots of different perspectives. This really develops your understanding when you hear so many different view points.
We also had the chance to have time 1 on 1 with tutors, which allowed us to ask any questions and often this provided a wider knowledge and context.
My first year was during the pandemic, so everything was online and I didn’t get a chance to meet with my peers. It made it awkward to engage in group discussion, and this made it quite difficult to gain an understanding in the online space.
We had Whatsapp groups for discussion, but it just wasn’t the same, so it was nice when it was all over and we could meet in person!
It was great! I played netball in local groups that I found online, met up with my classmates to work collaboratively, went for lunch and drinks with them.
Confidence! I was very quiet to begin with, especially with classes taking place online, but I was made to feel comfortable to share my opinions and discuss others.
We did a great module on interviewing, and we had to present to our peers, which was a great opportunity to express myself and it really helped me to come out of my shell.
I work at a Law firm, collecting intelligence for car insurance claims. It’s a far cry from what I thought I’d be doing, but I love it. I’ve had great experience working with databases and working in a team.
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