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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’m still studying my undergraduate course but since coming to university I have learn a lot about how I can develop personally and professionally. I have got involved in volunteering and networking and 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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