Joanne Murray, BSc Psychology

I wasn’t even sure exactly where Sri Lanka was when I spotted an amazing volunteering opportunity there. I joined Sri Lanka Volunteers Global for five weeks. It’s a newish organisation and it caught my eye as it was started by psychology graduates, which fitted with…

Ambreen Saira Hussain BSc (Hons) Optometry

I was thrilled to be named 2016’s Student of the Year by contact-lens manufacturer CooperVision. I was awarded the title at the National Student Summit at the company’s HQ after presenting my research into the effect of contact-lens material on in-vitro wettability in adverse environmental…

Julie Burns, MSc in Human Resource Management

My day job is at GCU as the Senior Executive PA to the Principal and I’ve just graduated with an MSc in Human Resource Management. I was apprehensive, but after the first couple of weeks, once I got to know my classmates, I realised we…

Charlotte Ryan, MA Multimedia Journalism with Distinction

I had been working as a freelance journalist for two years, but wanted to improve and crucially, get a good job. The course helped me with both. The lecturers were really approachable and got to know us all. I took ill halfway through the year…

Oliver Stewart, BEng Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering

I’m being awarded the Best BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering Student Award at graduation – which is sponsored by Thales, the company I’m now working for – as well as The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Outstanding Project Award. If you’d told me four or…

Corrinne Taylor, BSC Nursing (Learning Disabilities)

I’m delighted to be graduating with the Victoria Infirmary Glasgow Nurses League Prize for Best Student in Practice, and as a runner up for the academic achievement award. I feel very honoured. I’m already working as Community Learning Disability Nurse in South Lanarkshire and I’m…

Damien Mullen MA TV Fiction Writing

I was writing my dissertation for an MA in TV Fiction Writing at GCU when I was approached to write a script for the prestigious A Play, a Pie and a Pint series. I was overwhelmed but it is the biggest opportunity for new writing…

Taczarina Hirani BSc Nursing Studies (Adult)

I balance my studies with my job as a member of the Campus Life team, organising events for international and home students such as the Freshers and Welcome programmes. As a Nursing student I undertake regular placements, which can include weekends, and the team’s flexible…

Ekpeloodum Excellence Robert, BSc(Hons) Biomedical Science

I chose GCU as it offered the programme I was keen to study and I knew I would get the support here that I needed to achieve my academic goals. I’m studying Biomedical Science as I want to help other people and contribute to the health…