Course Title: BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
Year of Graduation: 2022

UndergraduateCriminology & Policing

Students in front of Wrexham University clock tower

What were you doing before coming to Wrexham University?

I wanted to attend Wrexham uni because it was close to where I lived so was ideal for living and travel. It was also highly rated for its criminology programmes and student satisfaction. I also attended some of the open days where I was able to speak to the students and tutors, which helped to confirm my choice to study here.

What was the atmosphere like around campus?

The atmosphere was always friendly around campus. There was always somebody close at hand to help when needed and there are a number of places for students to sit down and work or to relax with friends between classes.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed being able to learn something new. Weather it be from lectures, conferences of guest speakers who could give first hand experience about the subjects you were learning about. The tutors used different methods to teach us about the subjects that we were learning about, which helped to understand the information when it is being used in a practical setting beyond university. 

What was the support like?

The tutors were always on hand to provide students with support, using one-to-one sessions, assignment preparation session or through e-mail. There were also a number of extra-curricular sessions that were made available to students and provide additional support for assignment guidance, with information on how to find academic sources, referencing or how to complete assignments based on the learning objectives. There was also support provided by the library services which was always available for students, and they provided one-to-one sessions if asked.

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Wrexham University?

I feel I have benefited from studying here because I was made to feel welcome from the off, made great friends who supported me and always knew where to go to if I needed any extra help. I feel that I have become more confident in being able to speak in front of people, have confidence in the work I produce, but also built confidence in my work ethic.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Wrexham University, and why?

I would recommend studying with Wrexham because as I have said there is always somebody on hand to help you when you need it, weather it be help with your academic studies, how to complete assignments or finding out how to use the skills that you have gained through your studies and apply them to work. Or if you’re not sure what career path you want to follow, tutors can help you to consider the variety of pathways that the course or career can offer. 

How did your time at Wrexham University prepare you for the world of work?

The tutors were able to speak from experience when talking about the subjects, and by having people from the service talk to us about their experiences and providing their point of views regarding the subject matter, it helped to put what we were learning about in a practical setting. They helped us to understand what skills would be needed and how what we have learned can be used to better ourselves and the way that we approach situations if faced with them in that working environment.

What have you done since graduating and what does your current job involve?

Since finishing my studies I have since found a job in retail so that I could take a break after these past three years, and to be able to consider what career pathway to pursue. I have been considering what job I would like to follow, but also allowing myself some time to relax after the vigorous studies of the past three years, taking into consideration the skills that I have obtained and how I can use these in my future career. 

What have been your career highlights to date?

A career highlight from my time in the specials was assisting with the policing of Remembrance Sunday. It was the first remembrance day that was held after being postponed as a result of COVID-19, and to be a part of leading the parade, interacting with the public and volunteering on such a special day was an amazing experience.

How did studying at Wrexham University help you?

It has helped me in a number of ways. I have been able to build on my confidence both through class participation and assessments, whereby I have had to stand in front of my peers and present my work, whether by myself or as part of a group. This has helped me be more confident in talking in front of people but also helped me to become a more interactive student, and to be able to work with my peers towards a shared aim. I have also built my self-confidence. Even though the tutors were there to help when needed, I learned to have more confidence in myself and the work that I was producing.