Social Work and Health & Social Care student stories

What is it really like studying in our Institute of Health? Find out what our current students and alumni think about studying within our community. From views on the support offered to placements, they cover it all.

Student Stories

Eleanor Armstrong

BA (Hons) Social Work

Eleanor completed her Social Work placement at a national homeless charity during the Covid-19 first wave. Find out below how she found the experience, how she was supported through the experience and what she gained out of it.

Hanah Pantling

Working with Children and Families

Hanah chose to study Working with Children and Families knowing she wanted to work with children and families to make a positive impact in their lives.

Leanne Bookham

BA (Hons) Social Work

‘Don’t feel as though you’re going to be worse off for attending a newer or more rural university than others you may be considering. The lecturing team are exceptional, as is student support. As a mature student and a parent I was unsure of what completing a degree may look like for me; and now as I’m finished and looking back I think UoC has been a fantastic option”.

Natalie Sutcliffe

Working with Children and Families

Natalie, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, previously attended college for two years studying a BTEC before applying for her degree.

Sharon Palmer

BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (with integrated foundation year)

Sharon always wanted to become a nurse but life got in the way, at the age of 48 she's taken the step toward making her dream of becoming a nurse come true by studying our Health and Social Care (Integrated Foundation Year) course.

Suzanne Gibson

BA (Hons) Social Work

Suzanne, from Dumfries, worked as a nursery practitioner for 16 years and completed her childcare and development training before coming to the University of Cumbria.

Maisie Dowden

Health and Social Care Integrated Foundation Year, progressing to BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

After meeting one of our lecturers, Maisie decided Cumbria was the university for her, and she joined Cumbria through the Health and Social Care Integrated Foundation Year. Following her foundation year, she joined the Working with Children and Families course, and graduated in 2023 with the Caroline Larmour Prize for Outstanding Creativity in a Community Setting. Read on to find out about Maisie’s story

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