I’m 20 years old and from Sidcup in south east London. I came to university straight from school. I enjoy reading and playing the guitar.
Why I Chose Criminal Justice and Criminolgy at Leeds
It’s very interesting and relevant to our everyday lives because crime is such a big issue, politically and personally for many people. It also allows you to have a better understanding of the Criminal Justice System and how those most vulnerable-prisoners and victims of crime- can be helped. It also challenges some of the misconceptions about criminals and the effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System and encourages you to think critically about issues and how they are presented.
I have very much enjoyed my course so far. The most enjoyable aspects of it for me have been looking at the relationship between politics and crime control policy- how so many different factors have influenced policies over the years and how these have affected the way crime and criminals are viewed and dealt with. I am looking forward to the Policing module next year as it is a possible career option for me.
University Facilites and School Support
I think the learning facilities in the Law school are very good. The school itself is modern (as it was only built in 2011) and the common room is a nice place to revise in during exams. The university’s facilities are also commendable. The libraries have lots of excellent resources, many which are key for my course are available online, which makes it easier to access them away from university. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is an effective and useful resource.
I have found the student support in the school great. The lecturers all ensure we know their open-door hours and encourage us to email them or go and see them if we have any problems with their modules. I have had many meetings with my personal tutor and he is always willing to speak to students and give them advice about their studies.
Outside of Studying
There are multiple clubs and societies available through Leeds University Union. There’s lots of sports clubs, including Quidditch, and all sorts of music and dance clubs. There seems to be some sort of society for every interest. I have tried women’s rugby in first year and the St John’s Ambulance first aid training and lots of my friends are in Christian Union.
Leeds as a city
Leeds is a really good city and very welcoming for students. It’s a huge advantage having the university is so close to the centre, only a 20 minute walk. There are plenty of shops, clubs and restaurants that are student friendly.
My advice to prospective students
Criminal Justice and Criminology is a really facinating course which gives you lots of different skills and includes aspects of Psychology, Sociology, Politics, Law as well as other areas. The lecturers are very knowledgeable and are willing to help you succeed and do the best that you can. You have to be prepared to put in some work to get the most out of the degree. By doing some work outside of lectures, you are more likely to find an area that really interests you and as the course is so broad, there is something for everyone. There are also opportunities in second and third year to choose your own modules from other schools in the University, so you can combine the core modules with areas that interest you most.
At the moment I’m not too sure what I want to do when I leave University. I would like to find a job in the Criminal Justice Sector, but I don’t currently have any clearer plans.