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Your RO Ambassador update, May 2019

Gursharan , RO Ambassador - Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Posted 1 month ago

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well and managed to get some rest in over the Easter break. As we head into May, it’s time for a new monthly blog. I will also be sending this out over email so all of you can reply if you have any questions.

This month I will be focusing on universities and how you can start looking for potential courses and degrees you might want to look at studying. For those of you who have already started considering universities and different courses you want to study, that’s great. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further with me or you have any questions.

University and course research

Whilst you’re studying for A-levels, it can be daunting to start thinking about the next year and applying to university. However, I remember when I was a student in year 12 I found exploring UCAS super helpful! Starting to familiarise yourself with UCAS, what it is, and how you apply to university is a really good place to start.

https://www.ucas.com/

On the link above, you can explore UCAS and search different courses and universities. You can also find out what the standard entry requirements are for these universities and what the course entails.

For those of you who have a clearer idea of what to study and where you might like to go, I would suggest visiting the university website. On here, you can find out the different modules you might be studying and how you might be assessed on your degree (practical work, examinations or coursework).

RIU

Something I’d like to mention is, research-intensive universities (RIU’s), which most of you will be familiar with after the National Student Conference. All the universities that are partnered with Realising Opportunities are RIU’s. When I went to apply to university, I looked at the benefits of applying to them and there are so many and I’m benefiting from them right now! Firstly, you will be taught by world-leading lecturers who are some of the best researchers in their subject! I know that some of my lecturers for Psychology have been involved in infamous psychology experiments and carried out amazing projects. At an RIU you will have access to cutting edge facilities due to the amount of investment in these universities and the research they carry out globally!

As a third year Psychology student, who has spent three years at an RIU, I have had the opportunity to work with psychologists, lecturers on their real-life research that affects the world today, and I have been taught by lecturers from famous experiments I’ve learnt about. This has personally helped me shape my career path and gained me excellent experience for when I graduate. If you have any specific questions about RIU’s or even Psychology, don’t hesitate to email me.

What should I study?

Whether you’re 100% sure of what you want to do in the future, or you have absolutely no idea I would recommend you check out this page that can help you make some decisions and become more familiar with decisions post-A-level: https://www.brightknowledge.org/university-choices

Ask the Graduate

Are you interested in public relations? Do you like the idea of promoting a company or client to the public, so the company’s reputation is improved?

If you would like to find out more about what public relations involves, and how exciting it can be then you’re in luck!

This month’s Ask the Graduate is Tom Curry, a senior PR manager, and you can read his profile and ask them questions here.

Last month’s Ask the Graduate was Will, who is a trainee anaesthetist, and he has now uploaded the answers to all of your questions so be sure to check them out! If you didn’t ask Will a question but are still interested in studying Medicine at university or it is a future career prospect for you, then I would recommend you have a look at his answers.

 

If you have any questions about any of the information in this update, feel free to contact me, and I will be able to help you - ro.ambassador@newcastle.ac.uk
Gursharan – your RO Ambassador

 

 

 

 

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