Stephen is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to Wrexham to study BSc Hons Construction Management. Read his story here.
What were you doing before coming to Wrexham Glyndwr University?
Before coming to Wrexham I was living at home in Belfast while I was doing a BTec level 3 in construction management.
What attracted you to Wrexham Glyndwr University?
I was originally attracted to Glyndwr because it seemed friendlier and less intimidating than a lot of the other Universities I was looking at and I felt like I would do well here. I also researched Wrexham and it had plenty of activities such as bowling, swimming, shopping, etc. Wrexham also has a good nightlife with plenty of pubs and clubs which was very important at the time when I was choosing a University. I also liked that Wrexham was close to cities like Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.
How did you find moving from Northern Ireland to Wrexham?
The transition for us was difficult at first as we had to travel back and forth to view houses but for students that stay in student accommodation in first year this isn’t a problem. Once we had our house I found it quite easy to settle into the area. I was also able to meet one of my lecturers on one of first visits to Wrexham and after meeting him and seeing the University I was ready to move here.
What’s the atmosphere like around campus?
From what I have experienced there is a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, I spend a lot of time in the library where I have everything I need to get work done. The campus has great facilities there plenty of places to eat inside and around the campus I find that I can quite easily spend all day here working on assignments.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
I have an interest in construction so for me lectures are always interesting but I really enjoy the way my course is structured which allows me free time to work and to enjoy Wrexham.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
When I graduate I want to move back to Ireland and get straight into the world of work in the construction industry. I’m not sure exactly what job I want to go into, but I’ll be looking at careers around Health and Safety and Quantity Surveying.
What has the support been like?
Great. Although I have not needed much extra support, I do feel like it is always available, and my Girlfriend who is also studying here has been helped a lot by the University.
How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University?
The main thing I’ve gained is presenting skills when I started I hated presenting and tried to avoid it at all cost but as we’ve giving more and more each year my confidence has grown. I’m still not brilliant at it but I am improving every time which is reflected in my marks.
If you were to sum up your experience at Wrexham Glyndwr University in one word what would it be and why?
Brilliant. My experience has been brilliant because I’ve really enjoyed my time here, I’ve met good friends, I’ve gained a lot of confidence, had a lot of new experiences, I was able to explore the UK from Wrexham and I’m on track to finish with a good degree so I got everything I wanted from my University experience.