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Rebecca Jane Reed

Sunderland, UK

BSc (Hons) Criminology

MSc Inequality and Society


Sunderland-born Rebecca chose to study BSc (Hons) Criminology at the University after finding a passion for it at college. After hearing about MSc Inequality and Society, she decided to continue her student journey at Sunderland and is enjoying the challenging and highly engaging course content. She hopes to find a career in the police force in the future.

I love my hometown – I am extremely proud of where I come from. I have always wanted to pursue higher education and knew I wanted to study something that interested me but I only found my passion when I started college and chose Criminology as one of my options. I loved studying it so much that I decided to enrol onto BSc (Hons) Criminology here at Sunderland. Before I started university, I attended Sunderland’s Summer School which really showed me how much fun learning could be, and I knew I definitely wanted to study here. I am now currently studying MSc Inequality and Society, a course I heard about at my graduation ceremony from my undergraduate degree.

The course is highly engaging – there hasn’t yet been a lecture I haven’t enjoyed and all of the students in my classes actively engage with the material. The jump from Bachelors to Masters degree was something I was initially concerned about and I struggled a little at the beginning, but the support from the lecturers is astounding and I have no fear about asking for help because I know they only want you to exceed. Furthermore, the programme leader is making huge efforts to ensure there are opportunities for us all to thrive, for example dissertation workshops and a possible writing retreat is in the works. I am focusing my dissertation research around Islamophobia online, looking at how hateful ideas are reproduced and what the affects are on the Muslim community.

While studying, I have been working closely with the Sunderland Futures team; they have been amazing, helping me find out what kind of work I want to pursue once I graduate and have helped me with volunteering. I have been lucky enough to be one out of 27 students who are working with Northumbria Police on their first student volunteering scheme with the university, allowing me to get an insight on what it is like to work with Northumbria police. Hopefully, this volunteering experience will lead to me finding a career path within the police force, where I can use my skills gained from both of the courses I have studied at the university.

I would highly recommend the University of Sunderland to other students; I have loved every part of my experience here. The staff are an absolute credit to the University, there is plentiful support and the resources are fantastic. I would advise prospective students to try to be the best kind of student – take advantage of the time you have learning here and really get involved with the opportunities around you. Most importantly, have fun doing it! There is nothing like walking across the stage at the Stadium of Light during graduation, with your family and fellow students cheering you on when you get your degree - it really is an amazing feeling.

The experience I have had at Sunderland has been amazing and something I’ll cherish forever.”

Published 13 March 2020

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