Case Study

Gavin Teasdale


Our friendly and modern campus persuaded Gavin Teasdale that he had made the right choice in Sunderland.

After attending an Open Day at the University of Sunderland, my mind was made up to spend the next three years studying there after being so enthused by the friendly vibe and modern feel to the campus. I live locally and have a strong connection with the area so I was certain I had made the right choice.

The course was fantastic and the most important factor which led to my success at the University was the quality and approachability of the lecturers. They are all very friendly and will quite happily spend time with individual students over and above scheduled lecture and seminar time to ensure that they fully understand what they are learning. This was particularly helpful in preparing for exams and assignments.

Sunderland has a 24-hour library and for anyone who wants to succeed in their degree, this is crucial. Particularly in the run-up to exams and assignment deadlines, the quiet space provides a perfect environment for students to produce their best work, with a brilliant range of resources surrounding them.

The University is committed to helping graduates begin their careers, and upon graduation, I was introduced to a local law firm who offered me some work experience. This undoubtedly provided a stepping stone from education to where I am now and it is encouraging, particularly in an age where it is difficult to find employment after finishing a degree course.

I now work at PGS Law, the biggest firm in South Tyneside, and qualified as a Solicitor in December 2013. I am based in the Litigation Department, providing advice and assistance in respect of debt recovery, landlord and tenant work, neighbour disputes among other general litigation matters. I also provide advice to schools under the company’s Schools Legal Help Scheme and assist in the Personal Injury Department.

I thoroughly enjoyed my course and would recommend the University of Sunderland to anyone thinking about studying law at degree level.”

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