Emma Richardson - College of Life and Natural Sciences - University of Derby

Emma Richardson, BSc (Hons) Geography, 2014

What are you doing now?

In my current role as an Information Analyst at Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group, I provide detailed analysis and information to help with decision making within primary and secondary health care in Nottinghamshire. I am responsible for looking into the developments of strategies and projects that are improving healthcare, with the aim to monitor and improve the success of these projects in the future.

I work with a variety of staff within the NHS to ensure all areas are covered during analysis. My job is very communication/technologically led and I use a variety of systems and GIS techniques in my work. Some days are challenging however work is constantly changing, evolving and developing. I also tie in with National NHS schemes and government NHS proposals.

I started my job in the June before my graduation; therefore I have been working for the NHS for over a year. I began as an analyst at the Royal Derby Hospital and after a year I moved to Nottingham West due to a promotion. I would recommend working for the NHS and there are plenty of career development opportunities.

The NHS has supported my career since I began and encourages me to go on courses and attend conferences to develop my role.

My time at Derby was the best three years of my life. Studying geography at Derby was a great decision as it had provided me with a variety of skills to apply for any type of job.

What were the main reasons you took that course?

I chose to do a degree in BSc (Hons) Geography as I loved the subject at school and sixth form. Geography is a current subject to study, forever changing but with relevant skill sets to adapt to any career.

When I first started at university I didn’t know I wanted to go into public health/NHS. However population geography modules and the study of human geography got me really interested in this part of the subject. It influenced what I chose to do for my independent study and I graduated from Derby in 2014 with a 2:1.

Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?

I chose Derby for a number of reasons. The first that the uni was close to home, and that the city was smaller than the one I currently live in; enabling me to find my way around and feel safe. The second reason was the facilities at the University and the Geography department. Everyone was very friendly and always had time for you. Another reason was that the course provided a broad choice of geographical modules to undertake.

What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?

Very positive- the University is highly regarded within the public sector, especially for geography. I believe that an influencing part of me getting both of my jobs as an analyst including the status of the university, my degree and the course I took.

How did the lecturers inspire you?

The lecturers in the Geography department are extremely knowledgeable in their fields. The level of detail and expertise each lecturer had was very admirable and made me want to study hard. So I could also have that same knowledge. The range of presentations and facilities with the geography department also inspired students and encouraged them to work hard. Lecturers were always on hand to offer support, guidance, gave up lots of their time to answer queries and provided support when confidence was lacking in certain pieces of work.

The lecturers in the Geography department are extremely knowledgeable in their fields. The level of detail and expertise each lecturer had was very admirable and made me want to study hard.

How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?

I had a meeting with a member of staff in the Career Development Centre who encouraged and supported me when writing my CV, and helped me create a LinkedIn account. I undertook a placement within my third year; at Nottingham City Council with an analyst team – which then helped me make my decision for my future career.

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?

GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DERBY. My time at Derby was the best three years of my life. Studying geography at Derby was a great decision as it had provided me with a variety of skills to apply for any type of job. I would also like to add that the university is constantly supportive of students and provides a wide choice of opportunities for these when the time comes to start looking into career paths.

"My time at Derby was the best three years of my life." Emma Richardson