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Jody Nichols

Redcar, UK

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Public Health

PhD student, Jody Nichols began her higher education journey many years ago with the University of Sunderland, completing an undergraduate degree and masters before her PhD in Public Health. She became an Academic Tutor for the University which led to the creation of her own business.

I chose University of Sunderland as I completed my Masters here and I was offered the opportunity to continue my studies with a PhD within a supervisory team that I greatly admired. The University also gave me the flexibility with my course to balance my childcare needs with part-time work and study.

As the course is not a taught course its all self-directed learning, which is the best part about it for me. You need to be strict on yourself but I love the flexibility to study techniques that this provides.

Studying for my PhD opened my mind to a career broader than a traditional 9-5. I realised that I wanted to be my own boss and become an entrepreneur, that’s when I developed my business idea Ad Hoc Academic which is a skills-matching website designed to connect people looking for temporary academic positions with those in the academic world seeking to find them.

I would highly recommend the University as it provides great facilities, great lecturing and research staff. It has something amazing to offer everyone.

I would sum up the University as a life changing, mind blowing, career nurturing hub for academia."

Published 2 October 2017

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