Hannah Gledhill

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Working for East & North East Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Hannah spent a Study Abroad year in New Zealand and completed her twelve-month placement in the south of France.

I chose LUMS first and foremost because of the reputation of the School’s world-class business degrees. I had decided I wanted to incorporate both a year abroad and a year in industry into my degree and when I found the BBA in Management (Study Abroad) course I was immediately sold. In addition, Lancaster University itself is perfect for those students wishing to experience a true campus environment with great surroundings.

During my first year I was an officer cadet in the Lancaster University Officer Training Corps (LUOTC). This was highly challenging and unlike anything I had done before. In my fourth year I joined the Lancaster University Women’s Rugby Union Football Club (LUWRUFC). This was the best decision I could have made. Not only do you make amazing friends and stay fit, but it provides a balance in what can be an extremely busy study environment.

Without a doubt it was the opportunity to travel as part of my degree that I found particularly attractive. There are few degrees that offer this flexibility and I have experienced some amazing things and seen places I otherwise wouldn’t have visited as a result.

I spent two years abroad, the first studying at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and the second working in France. New Zealand was a fantastic country to explore and the university was campus-based with a similar community feel to Lancaster University, making the transfer much easier. Studying abroad not only opens your eyes to different people and cultures but also to alternative teaching methods which I believe have enriched my university experience as a whole.

My work placement was at Amadeus IT Group SA, Nice, France where I held the position of Requirements Management Trainee. I was given a 12-month assignment, project managing the development of a new Markets Requirement database.

My first task was to design the database specifications and then I was required to liaise with software developers, Market Managers, and Product Managers, both in the Nice branch and internationally, in order to make the specifications a reality. The system has now been implemented with very few modifications from the original draft, and has proven to save the department time and improve efficiency.

Having spent two years abroad, it is my intention to combine work with travel in order to develop my skills in marketing, through furthering my experience of other business practices and cultures. I am particularly interested in working for the Rugby Football Union (RFU) or another sporting body.