Shandin Rickard-Hughes, Regional Manager (Canada)
25 Redmond Drive, Unit 4, Hamilton, ON L8W 3K7, Canada
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Suite 300, 150 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 1J9
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Jennifer Wilson - BA Fine Art
I chose the University of Gloucestershire as the facilities are very good and location is very safe, central and accessible. The campuses are also very beautiful and quiet for studying but the town centre is in walking distance. Since my main focus is technical skills development and to incorporate these into my studio practice; I think the environment offered both physically and intellectually will help me achieve my goal.
Studying time at the university has greatly enhanced my career potential with modules such as “Supporting studies” and “Working in the Arts” allowing me to see opportunities that are on offer in the professional world of the arts. I wish to stay focused on developing a studio practice, investigating the possibility of post-graduate work and/or residencies.
Lauren Wilson - Graduate Diploma Psychology
The small community feel was what really attracted me to the University itself. The societies and sports teams are incredibly welcoming to anyone that wants to participate, even if you have zero previous knowledge about their particular activity. The area itself I enjoy because it is not as busy as a city like London, which allows me to have the quiet I require to get my studies done, but at the same time there is a lot to do in town if I want to be involved. There are plenty of clubs and bars that cater to students but also to a slightly older crowd if the student ‘scene’ isn’t quite your style. Everything is in walking distance if you prefer to walk or bike than take the bus and I can easily hop on a train or a bus to get to numerous other locations such as London, Birmingham or Oxford.
I like the seminars I have for my course the best. All my classes are large in number and I find the seminars to be more hands on and give me a better grasp of the subject than most of my lectures. It is much easier to get a grasp of what is expected of you for assessments when in a seminar setting that during a lecture with the other 70 people in your class. Moreover, the assistance from my dissertation supervisor and from my academic review tutor has been incredibly helpful to me in understanding how to move forward, step-by-step so that I can learn from my errors and adjust for my future endeavours.
Anna Curtin - MA Fine Art
I chose the university because it has a small MA group ensuring lots of access to the tutors. The university has also supplied me with a private studio and the access to the fantastic workshops and resources such as the print room and dark room.
The teaching approach is amazing which make me able to focus on my art practice with the support of critical dialogue with tutors. Studying time at the university has helped me to gain a deeper awareness of the concerns my art practise and how I fit into the general dialogue of the art world. I think I will leave here with a clearer vision of what I want to say visually and can move into being more of an exhibiting artist.
Ryan Wilken - MBA Business Administration
I settled in pretty quickly and didn’t have too many problems; there wasn’t a language barrier so that helped. Cheltenham in itself is a nice and friendly town, easy to get around and explore England on the weekends.
The course is really helpful as you get to see the theory and how this does get applied to the business. However, the most interesting part to me is the dynamic of students, as in our course of 15 there are only 2 British students so it’s very international and nice as you get to see the different perspectives.
Brent Smith - LLB Law
The fast-track program was the biggest seller as I could complete my studies a year earlier. I was attracted to the UK since I had an urge to travel, also the LLB is transferrable upon completion and after writing the Canadian NCA exams. International advisors have been absolutely great. The Ontario student assistance program provides quite a few hurdles to leap over and the staff here have been very helpful and patient with the procedures. Tutors are fantastic. Very knowledgeable, very helpful and are legitimately concerned with student success. After going to a large University like Carleton, it’s quite refreshing getting to know tutors on a more personable basis as well as learning in a more manageable class room
Holly Wingert - BA Hons Psychology
I was attracted to the UK because I’ve always been really into the English music scene, as well as wanting to see how ‘Mother England’ compared to Canada. I was attracted to University of Gloucestershire because it was located in a town of similar size to my hometown, and seemed like it would make a simple adjustment. I’ve found people very helpful at UOG, from International Advisors to lecturers to janitorial staff that I have to ask for directions. Additionally, the Help Centres located at Park and FCH campuses are loaded with really helpful information on how to make a smooth transition to the UK and if the question you need answered isn’t readily available, all staff members are just an email away and have been very prompt in their responses to me. My tutors have been very helpful and supportive, from responding to emails quickly to staying late to discuss assessments to recommending travel destinations in the UK. They have all been gracious, as well, to the fact that although you speak English, it’s a very different country and they are willing to discuss the differences and the transition that you experience from your home university, and they are actually interested in hearing about it! I think I’ve gained a new sense of independence, mostly. It was my first time leaving home to come here, and moving 7800km across the world for 6 months isn’t easy for anyone. UOG has done a fantastic job in making you feel at home though.
Marley Treloar - BA (Hons) Fine Art
I lived in the sometimes snowy, sometimes sunny country until I finish high school at 18 and decided to look abroad for university. I joined the Fine Art undergraduate course in 2013 and I’ve loved every day of it. I chose to fly across the pond and study at the university because of the program, I’ve been able to have a studio space within a great little student artist community for the last two and a bit years. I’m currently in my final year and working towards the end of year Degree show. I can’t think of anywhere else that would have been a better match.
One day at Hardwick is quite like the next; there is always something new happening. From student led exhibitions, trips to galleries, artist talks and exhibitions in the gallery space, my campus is a very busy place.
I’ve been helping out at the Hardwick Gallery, which is an exhibition space next to the studios that shows artists works from all across the country. There are always really exciting things going on; I’ve recently finished narrowing down the short list for the next exhibition program and with the rest of the member of the Hardwick Gallery working group. I think we’ve just about decided on the artists that will be exhibiting their work over the rest of this year, I can’t wait for all the opening night events.
Lola Okanlawon - BA (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management
What I like the most about University of Gloucestershire is the fact that Park Campus, where my course is based at, has a massive park/ field. I used to study around the pond during the summer. Also the library was great, it had a lot of quiet rooms and was open till 2am. The SU was great place to chill and I had some really great moments there.
I was a residential assistant my 2nd and 3rd year and also mentored during my 2nd year.
Being a residential assistant helped me in being confident, we had to do accommodation tours during Open Days and I remember my first tour was nerve wrecking (literally was stumbling on my words) but my last one was great, I remember talking about the university for more than half an hour and wasn't even done talking.
I learned a lot out of my course, especially my placement year,
apart from it helping me during my final year at uni, it prepared my for the real world. I got my first job in Canada because of the experience I gained during my placement as a student accountant at the British Heart Foundation headquarter in London.
Patrick Dunn - BA (Hons) Music & Media Management and BA (Hons) Popular Music
What I like the most about the University are the incredible mentors, lecturers and friends I've made in my time here. The connections I've made with experienced professionals in my industry are easily the most valuable thing I'll be taking back to Canada with me.
The classes are very diverse, and tackle all sorts of issues that aren’t part of the main focus of my course back home, but are essential to my career. It’s been an amazingly insightful and inspiring experience in general. Through my course, I've gained a much deeper understanding of my industry and how to build a lucrative and fulfilling career within it. I know what steps I need to take, where I want to go and how to get there, and I now have connections to mentors and fantastic resources to help me along the way!
My time abroad has completely changed me for the better, and enabled me to grow and flourish in ways I never imagined. It's given me all the motivation and inspiration I need to realize my ambitions, and I couldn't possibly be more grateful to the people who made this happen.