Postgraduate student stories

What is it really like studying at the University of Cumbria? Read about some of our students' postgraduate experiences.

Student Stories

Alannah Harton

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Anamaria Rambojun

MBA London

Anamaria tells us all about her time at the University of Cumbria in London, from her Global Business Management (Top-Up), to her MBA!

Anderson Uvie-Emegbo

MBA Lancaster

Anderson Uvie-Emegbo talks about his journey from Lagos to Lancaster and the many things he loves about being an MBA student at Cumbria – his new home away from home.

Andrew Clark

Secondary Education with QTS: Religious Education (PGCE)

Andrew, originally from Southport, chose the University of Cumbria because of its long history of successful teacher training. He describes himself as passionate about education and regards RE as central to holistic development of young people.

Chantel du Randt

PGCE Primary Education with QTS

Chantel du Randt took the leap and embarked on a PGCE to change careers. In this quick interview, she tells us her story and how she managed to balance family life and study to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a teacher.

Ciara Molloy

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Claire Hyland

MSc Occupational Therapy

My name is Claire and I’m from the midlands of Ireland. I’m currently studying a Master’s in Occupational Therapy at the University of Cumbria. I wanted to write about my placement experience on the MSc Occupational Therapy programme, to help give you an idea of what a role-emerging placement will be like on the course.

Crystal Graham

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

It might be a world away from Blackburn, but for Crystal Graham, working in Abu Dhabi has become a second home.

Emily Gill

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Jen Ager

MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning

Applying to study for my MA in Outdoor and Experiential Learning was a big career decision for me. I’d qualified as a primary school teacher in 2002, but despondent with the current educational climate, it was time for a complete career change.

Lois Andrews

PGCE Primary Education with QTS - School Direct Route

"It’s daunting coming back to uni as a mature student. You think “can I cope? Am I past it?” But there is a lot of support on the course. I wasn’t past it. I shouldn’t have worried. My family also benefited as I was happy and my partner even said I had my mojo back!"

Mark Clayton

PGCE Non-QTS Online

"I did this course as part of my SCITT training. I felt it would provide additional academic background to my very practical course. If you do choose to do this course, best of luck with it. I found it brilliant. "

Michelle Perryman

MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration)

Mohammed Dawood

PGCE General Primary (5-11yrs) with QTS

Ramin Farhadi

MBA Lancaster

Ramin Farhadi talks about his journey from Iran to Lancaster and the many things he loves about being an MBA student at Cumbria – his new home away from home.

Shannon Keys

PGCE General Primary (5-11yrs) with QTS

Current PGCE student, Shannon, had already completed 2 undergraduate degrees when she joined us. She chose to join Cumbria's acclaimed PGCE programme after chatting to our friendly academic team and loved that she could complete her final placement from her home in Northern Ireland. Keep reading to hear more about her Teacher Training journey.

Silica Doinita Ionita

MSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Silica Ionita graduated in 2018 following her studies of Occupational Therapy with us at the University of Cumbria. Silica was originally from Romania and was highly attracted the University of Cumbria to further her education. She was inspired by three close friends from Romania who had travelled to Carlisle to study with us. They’d reported back that it was a fantastic place to take that next career step. Of course, we agree.

Steafan Deery

PGCE Primary with Physical Education Specialism

Steafan Deery was a PE specialist with the Irish Football Association who retrained to become a teacher. In this quick interview, he tells us why.

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