Case Study

Christina Richardson


BSc (Hons) Sociology student Christina Richardson credits support from University support services, lecturers and her course leader as one of the reasons she managed to graduate from her course and progress to a Masters course having switched from Criminology in her second year.

Before my studies, I was working in a call centre and I decided I wanted a career change. I wanted to do something where I could help people, I wanted something challenging. I chose to study at the University of Sunderland because I had heard that the employment rate for graduates was high. I had also studied at Sunderland previously and was comfortable with the University.

You should definitely research your courses; I actually changed from Criminology to Sociology in my second year. I felt I enjoyed the Sociology modules more and my best subjects were Policy and Research. I struggled a little in my second year due to the change in courses but I got through it thanks to the great support from lecturers. I received support from support services, lecturers and my course leader for many reasons at University. The support network is brilliant and I couldn’t have done it without that support.

Since graduating, my career path is going really well. I started doing support work in supported accommodation. I have since been given an unconditional offer for a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Sunderland and I intend to join the Probation Service in the future. My Masters in Psychology starts in September, and I'm really looking forward to it!

I would absolutely recommend the University of Sunderland! I already have to a friend who is now due to start in September on Psychology with Integrated Foundation Year. Studying at the University of Sunderland was like being at a theme park on the biggest rollercoaster – there have been ups and downs along with scary moments but there were a lot of moments where it all ran smoothly with laughs and giggles along the way."

Published 22 August 2018

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