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Graduation 2015: Award-winner Leah and her plans for the future

Leah Burch Friday 24 July 2015

Leah gained a First Class Honours Degree and was also awarded a scholarship for academic achievement. Here, she tells us about her time at Liverpool Hope University and her plans for the future.

“Despite attending many open days for different universities, Liverpool Hope struck me as a friendly, welcoming and professional community. The facilities were also incredibly impressive, particularly the library which had recently undergone a lot of work. All of the students and staff welcomed you warmly, and were happy to answer any questions or queries. 

“My biggest highlight at Hope was seeing my dissertation finished and printed (finally) after months of hard work and constant attention. Another highlight was receiving a scholarship from the University for my Academic Achievement. Liverpool Hope takes a lot of pride in the achievement of students which I believe is a very personal focus that Liverpool Hope has compared to other universities. Another highlight was taking part in a Global Hope project to Malawi working in a children's SOS village. For the experience and memories that I gained from this project I will be forever grateful; it was a life changing experience. 

“My writing skills have developed incredibly through help and advice from personal tutors, as they have provided a conceptually driven and thought provoking degree, helping me to be critical and focused in my writing. The way in which assessments have been organised throughout the three years has required a lot of organisation and time management to ensure the work I have produced has been something I feel confident and happy with, rather than something last minute! My degree has allowed me to develop my confidence working with academic work and engaging within the excellent research community at Hope via the attendance to many events and seminars held by Hope in the Faculty of Education. 

“I plan to commence my MA in Disability Studies this upcoming academic year to focus on the cultural issues that media, policy and literature produces, whilst also continuing to critically study inclusive policy, highlighting the disabled barriers that prevail in the use of medically oriented rhetoric. Studying an MA at Hope will also help me prepare for the application to PhD's across the country.

“To sum up my experience in three words I would say: progression, informative and fascinating.”

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