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Anna Carol Ball

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Sociology


Anna Ball opted to transfer to the University of Sunderland after speaking to the programme leader and friends already studying at the University. Being at university and working part-time allowed Anna the freedom to explore the world and gain experience in a variety of fields. Anna intends to pursue work as a learning coach and hopes for the future that she will be able to deliver education to those with limited access.

Before I began university, I was studying at sixth form and I was not ready to go straight into a career, there was still so much more I wanted to learn. I was also working closely with the World Challenge organisation where I took part in aid work overseas. Being at university and only working part time allowed me to still explore the world and get experience in fields I would like to work in the future.

After having a poor experience with another university and being so close to giving up, I managed to get in touch with the programme leader who guided me through the application process and transfer. I chose Sunderland as I had a couple of friends who had studied here. I had only ever heard good things about Sunderland, and the people I knew studying at the University had amazing things to say about the support they had received.

My favourite aspects of the course are the modules, lecturers and support network. The modules were more modern and relevant to my dissertation and future career prospects, focusing on topics from the past, present and future. The ability to link theories and themes to our daily life and the real world makes learning much more interesting and the modules are much more understandable. The lecturers make learning fun by creating engaging lectures and suggesting interesting reads. They’re also here for you, whether it’s a general chat or for support throughout your degree. Being new to Sunderland and only joining in the third year, I was extremely worried as to how I would fit in and understand a whole different way of learning. Both the staff and students could not have been more welcoming, I felt more welcome and a sense of belonging on my first day at Sunderland than I ever had in my previous university.

The University of Sunderland fired up my passion which I had lost for learning. I gained a lot of confidence and self-belief thanks to the staff, especially Wendy Podd and Liz Henry. Learning was made fun and relevant, which I didn’t think was possible in a global pandemic!"

Published 5 October 2021

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