It was a big decision for Stephanie Crisp to leave her local government job in London to pursue a career in research – but knew she was making the right choice after visiting Stirling.
“I was working as a community safety officer, managing the team’s work around youth crime and gangs,” explained Stephanie, originally from Grimsby. “I loved my work but I increasingly felt like I needed a fresh perspective, so I decided to find out if a career in research could be the answer.
“When I began considering potential universities, Stirling stood out as it offered exactly the course I was looking for – and the campus looked as though it would give me an amazing and memorable experience. When we visited the University before applying, we received great advice and support from staff, which provided a better sense of whether the decision was the right one for us.”
Stephanie, who received a scholarship, enjoyed her time at Stirling and praised the support available through her lecturers and online resources. She said: “I’ve experienced some fantastic teaching in classrooms, but also through the University’s online learning environment. As a mature student, this was completely new to me but really helped my learning and gave me the chance to experience a variety of formats – including podcasts, quizzes, videos and listening back to lectures – and get the most out of my course.”
The 36-year-old enjoyed exploring the local countryside in her spare time and described the decision to relocate to Stirling as the “best decision ever”. She has now successfully applied for funding to do a PhD in social policy at Stirling.
Stephanie added: “I feel incredibly lucky to be here and to know I have at least another three years at the University.”