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Aoife Talbot

BA Law & Psychology

Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

Strathclyde BA courses are perfect for students who prefer flexibility with their course as there are a broad range of subjects available to be studied; a principal factor in my decision to study at Strathclyde. It was also important to me that the staff and tutors were helpful and welcoming, which I found to be true at Strathclyde. The careers service in particular struck me as being highly effective and responsive,  which is obviously important if you’re in need of either a part-time job during your time at uni and, more importantly, in obtaining the perfect job after graduation.  

The location of the university is perfect for student life; it is located in the city centre of Glasgow, well-known for its friendly & lively atmosphere.

How did you decide what course to choose?

I was finding it very difficult to decide which course to study at university and kept changing my mind between three subjects. I have always been passionate about Psychology and French, and was also strongly intrigued by the idea of studying Law. Luckily, I found the BA course at Strathclyde which I discovered allowed me to study both law and psychology, and I was later ecstatic to find that I was also given the opportunity to study a third subject (French) along with them.

Has studying at Strathclyde lived up to your expectations?

Strathclyde has exceeded my expectations in so many different ways. There are all sorts of support available to students here, something which is obviously very important to students living away from home like myself. Strathclyde run events every week for example, for those in need of mental health support, there are a wide-range of services such as counselling, mindfulness sessions, meditation etc.

In terms of student accommodation, it is the perfect way to meet new people and I have met some of my best friends through living in halls at Strathclyde. The village office is responsive to any issues with accommodation and truly do have the students’ best interests at heart.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

I find all three of my subjects to be very engaging through both teaching and content. French is very enjoyable due to the interactive nature of the subject; even in lectures, students are encouraged to contribute to the lesson. Students are also given the opportunity to improve their spoken French skills through oral classes each week (something I always look forward to).

The law course is both interesting and engaging, and enables you to develop new skills to build your confidence for the future, which can help you on your path to be a lawyer, or any other career you may be considering.

Personally, I find psychology to be the most enjoyable course due to the fascinating new things you learn both through lectures, reading, preparing for essays and exams at the end of the semesters. Each topic is taught by a different lecturer who puts their own personal spin on the lectures to make them that much more engaging. You’re also given the opportunity to participate in psychological experiments ran by 4th year students which gives you both a taster of what you will be doing in the future if you continue with psychology and the experience is also something which is quite fun to do as an individual due to the diverse nature of the experiments, e.g. this year, there were studies focused on driving, on being single, on how your parents impact your personality, on whether you have a tendency to become an alcoholic etc.

My course is great because the subjects I am studying are so different from each other that I find that I am always kept on my feet. The staff are both supportive and approachable in all three subjects, and have always been helpful with any questions I had about the subject/coursework/exams.

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

I would advise them to both work hard and enjoy themselves. Strathclyde is where you will make some of your best memories and so you should remember to enjoy every minute of it. Be yourself and put the work into your course and everything else will fall into place.