"As part of the PICNIC student exchange I attended Northumbria University for three days during the week of the 16th April. As a current student at Newcastle University, I was interested in how the course I study, Sociology and Politics, runs in a different university, within the same city. I was interested in student’s course participation and excited to learn more about Northumbria University with regards to student involvement.
After firstly meeting staff at Northumbria University, who helped organise this exchange, I was able to attend my first politics lecture. During my visit to Northumbria I attended several politics lectures, for example ‘thinking globally’ and ‘thinking politically’. Alongside this, I was able to meet one of the course representatives for the Criminology degree, who also gave me a tour of campus. This was something I really enjoyed during my visit as it allowed me to talk to a current student. Through exploring the campus with a current student, it allowed me to experience university as current full-time students at Northumbria do.
Sarah outside Northumbria
Through exploring the sociology department, it became apparent that the study facilities surpassed the facilities available to me at Newcastle. This was through many students using the communal sofas, computers and desk spaces. This exchange led me to believe Newcastle’s GPS (Geography, Politics and Sociology) department could improve their facilities as the current student common room is currently underused. For example, more computers could be added to this room.
During my time at Northumbria it was mental health awareness week. Activities ranged from an ice-cream van on campus to free massages at the student’s union. Through meeting the Societies Officer at the students’ union, I quickly became aware of the vast number of activities and societies at Northumbria. For any students considering study at Northumbria or even a student exchange, I feel meeting with societies and getting involved with things on campus is vital as it massively enhanced my trip. I feel this is useful to remind people to always check what is going on as on campus as activities are often missed.
Due to a desire to work within Higher Education, this exchange was extremely beneficial. This is through allowing me to explore a university other than the one I attend myself. In doing this I could explore different study spaces, different lecture structures, different lecture content and finally an entirely different campus.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northumbria University and Dan and Jorga at Northumbria SU were extremely helpful in ensuring they organised the best trip possible for me. For anyone else considering taking part in the PICNIC student exchange, I would 100% recommend."
Sarah outside Student Central