Emily Ferry, Applied Criminology, 2013

Emily graduated in 2013 from the BSc (Hons) Applied Criminology degree with a First Class Honours. She is now employed by the Derby Probation Trust working as a member of the Education, Training and Employment team working on a program called REACH developed to help people overcome barriers following offending and to give them the tools to progress to employment.

Why did you choose Derby?

I met the applied criminology team during an open day, and the course just jumped out at me. The staff were really helpful and they signposted me in the right directions and offered advice on my options.

What were the main reasons you studied the course?

It provided plenty of opportunities to talk to practitioners, visit courts and prisons, and to participate in a mock up murder inquiry looking at crime scene work. We looked at real cases, interviewed offenders, and carried out our own research projects. This opportunity was vital to our understandings of criminal behaviours and rehabilitation issues.

The prison visits provided me with the opportunity to network with staff doing the job I wanted to do, asking them for advice and further opportunities for my future career.

The guest speakers and visits really helped me to gain an understanding of the work place and to get a feel for how the theory gets applied to the job. It was also a great chance to ask the speakers what it’s really like doing the job day to day. These events provided me with additional contacts for future help regarding employment.

How would you sum up your experience studying at Derby?

The course was very rewarding and getting a first class degree was amazing. The course had many challenges which pushed me to achieve the highest I possibly could, which helped improve my confidence.

I would and have recommended the University of Derby, the teaching is great and the open door policy is second to none. I think Derby offers students a sound education and very good opportunities for progression and employment, staff definitely go that extra mile.