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Ashley Liddle

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

BA (Hons) Business and Financial Management with Integrated Foundation Year


As a mature student with years of experience in the hospitality industry, Ashley Liddle’s main priority was to choose a university course that would help enhance her long-term career prospects. The fact that the University of Sunderland is situated in a stunning coastal location and Ashley is a keen walker and photographer was a huge bonus.

After working in the hospitality industry in managerial positions for over 6 years, I wanted to come to university to enhance my career prospects and make a change in my industry. I ultimately chose the University of Sunderland after learning about the high rate of graduate employment. The fact that the University encourages you to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular and employability-enhancing activities was also really appealing to me. The coastal location was a bonus because I enjoy walking and photography. You’re also nearby to Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham city centre, with plenty of great cultural attractions within easy reach.

I learnt a lot about how I can develop personally and professionally and got involved in volunteering and networking. I’ve even started my own business. My self-awareness has grown significantly, and I believe that leaders are lifelong students who should continually read, study and thrive when confronted with new knowledge. I often find myself reflecting on professional experiences at work that have facilitated my growth.

The main piece of advice I would offer to prospective students is to make the most of your experience. As part of your student journey, you’ll network with other students and academics, and this is a great opportunity to establish contacts in your field.

Overall, the University of Sunderland has helped me to thrive from day one. My student journey has been a memory I will never forget, even more so as a mature student-parent."

Published 11 May 2021

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