After studying IT at A Level, Helen Turner was determined to study the subject at university. Having a flair for design, she was glad that Lancaster offered a more creative approach to IT teaching.
A creative approach
“I chose to study at Lancaster because of the really nice campus and the course,” she says. “There were not many IT degrees which had a focus on the creative industries side of things. This is great because it combines computer science with areas where you can apply your creativity and design mind.” The prospect of gaining industrial experience while undertaking her degree was also appealing to Helen. “There was also the option to do an MSci with a placement, which is great as you can gain experience whilst you are simultaneously gaining your degree,” she says.
Helen feels that her course’s practical sessions and seminars have proven invaluable, due to their facilitation of interaction between academics and fellow students. “Being a top ten university, you are provided with a high level of teaching, as well as practical sessions and seminars where you are able to actively engage with others around you on your course,” she says. “Not only does this provide a chance for help from academic tutors, but I feel it is a great opportunity for making close friends and supporting each other throughout the year.”
Helen made the most of her free time at Lancaster by regularly training with the University’s Women’s Football Team. “This was great, especially during my first and second years when I had more time on my hands to meet new people and socialise whilst doing something I am passionate about and really enjoy,” she says. “Joining a society is a great way to make friends!”
Plans and advice
Having thoroughly enjoyed her time at Lancaster, Helen has advice for prospective students who are thinking of studying computing here. “Choose a course which is right for you, so that you are getting a degree whilst doing something you love,” she says. “Take advantage of the workshops and seminars. They are a great way to meet people on your course, as well as get help from the lecturers. At first the course might seem very daunting, but the Department are very friendly and always happy to help. Put yourself out there and grasp as many opportunities as you can, because the three years fly by!”
Helen has clear career plans for after she graduates. “I am hoping to do an Information Technology graduate scheme, to become a Project Manager or get in to Technology Consulting,” she says.