Katlin finds home from home at Staffordshire University

“The best thing was that I got to know all the tutors - I could stop them in the hallway and have a conversation about anything. They were so enthusiastic.”

Katlin Kurg, BSc (Hons) Animal Biology and Conservation

A student from Estonia who found her home from home at Staffordshire University says she was overcome with emotion at achieving a first-class honours degree.

Katlin Kurg studied BSc (Hons) Animal Biology and Conservation and made long lasting friendships during her time in Stoke-on-Trent.

“It's a brilliant place; they made me feel so welcome. The International Student Centre was really helpful. You can go in and ask for financial help, housing help or anything to do with your lectures.”

She added: “I never felt out of place and made loads of English friends.”

Katlin was attracted to the University because of the affordable cost of living and believes Stoke was the perfect base for her studies.

The course included access to nature reserves around the campus and city plus one of Katlin's highlights was a field trip to Scotland.

“It's such a great area because you have big cities around like Manchester and Birmingham but at the same time you have places in nature like the Peak District.”

Katlin achieved top grades on the course - graduating with first-class honours and gaining the highest final project mark. She claims the key to her success was good time management and support from her lecturers.

“The best thing was that I got to know all the tutors - I could stop them in the hallway and have a conversation about anything. They were so enthusiastic.”

Katlin was so inspired by her lecturers that she plans to stay in higher education to become a researcher, and is hoping to undertake a Masters or PhD.

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