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I'm Alex!

I've just finished three years of a Forensic Psychology degree

I've probably dealt with, or at least heard about every possible problem you can have at university. It's an amazing experience; but equally could be the most difficult and stressful time of your life so far.

So go ahead. If you're applying, thinking about applying, or just want to know what I think about something, ask me anything!
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Hi - sorry you haven't had a response to this yet. I'm just going to bump the thread in the hope that someone sees this and can help

Why do I do this?

The Universities forums get a lot of questions that are unanswered. This is often because the OP's thread got missed - bumping threads gives them another lease of life and frequently results in someone seeing it and being able to respond

If you would like to help with unanswered questions check out the first part of the list here and don't forget the second part of the list here.

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Do you think the city and uni will become more popular due to the recent success of Liverpool FC & have u watched them play?
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Do you think the city and uni will become more popular due to the recent success of Liverpool FC & have u watched them play?
Ahhh, that's an interesting question! A large amount (dare I say majority) of the students at Liverpool universities aren't actually from Liverpool. Taking that into account it's likely that a lot of the prospective students don't support Liverpool FC.

Buuut, for big supporters it could be a convincing factor if they want to be more local. Despite them not winning, getting to the final was definitely a big win for Liverpool. I've never seen the place so busy when they were in Kiev!

I'm not a huge watcher of football. However, after being in Liverpool for so long I can't help but support the place. I've never seen them play in person though!

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Having receievd an unconditional offer as a mature returner to education, are there many full-time mature students at LJMU?
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Having receievd an unconditional offer as a mature returner to education, are there many full-time mature students at LJMU?
Congratulations on your unconditional! That's very impressive

Yes we have a surprising amount of mature students. A lot of mature students choose to stay at home but there is even accommodation available that is provided solely for those older students. During my undergraduate study I knew a 67 year old, three 30 year old's and loads of students in their mid to late 20's who I studied alongside.

It's very similar on other courses so you have nothing to worry about.

Hope that helped!
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Congratulations on your unconditional! That's very impressive
To be honest, it wasn't unconditional (at Liverpool Uni) when I did my A levels 40-ish years ago, but took up the offer of a decent job (and a 35 year plus career) instead

That career has been in technical roles, and I will be joining the faculty of engineering, so I'm hoping that my experience will make up for some of the rustiness in theory!

I live near to Greenbank Park, and have no intention of moving. My interest was more from a social point of view, although I don't feel my age (and have worked in teams with very varied ages - from both ends, as it were), I'm acutely aware that I could technically be the grandparent of an 18 year old fresher
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To be honest, it wasn't unconditional (at Liverpool Uni) when I did my A levels 40-ish years ago, but took up the offer of a decent job (and a 35 year plus career) instead

That career has been in technical roles, and I will be joining the faculty of engineering, so I'm hoping that my experience will make up for some of the rustiness in theory!

I live near to Greenbank Park, and have no intention of moving. My interest was more from a social point of view, although I don't feel my age (and have worked in teams with very varied ages - from both ends, as it were), I'm acutely aware that I could technically be the grandparent of an 18 year old fresher
Wow, that's a brave step to get back into education! I hope the course will be what you're looking for I can assure you that nothing is more valuable than experience. I've forgotten much of the theory I learnt in my undergrad studies, but the fruits of experience are very rarely lost.

In terms of being sociable, it's entirely up to you and what you're comfortable with. Many older student's ideal social life isn't getting a bit wild with a bunch of 18-20 year olds! However, you should find most students very welcoming to those of any age, especially if you can provide the knowledge of experience. But there is a significant community of mature students that you should find opportunities to network with!

All the best,
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(Original post by Liverpool John Moores)
I'm Alex!

I've just finished three years of a Forensic Psychology degree

I've probably dealt with, or at least heard about every possible problem you can have at university. It's an amazing experience; but equally could be the most difficult and stressful time of your life so far.

So go ahead. If you're applying, thinking about applying, or just want to know what I think about something, ask me anything!
Hey Alex! I'm starting an access course soon with view to study Forensic Psychology at LJMU! Some questions if you don't mind?
-How were the tutors?
-Is there many presentations as part of the course?
-Whats your end career goal?
-Did you have any work experience in the psychology field before starting the course?
-Did you live on halls/at home and did you enjoy it?
Thanks!
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Hi everyone,

My name is bree and ive just finished my second year at LJMU.

Im also here to answer any questions anyone may have
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I’m starting LJMU in September, I’m a married 30 year old with three children, I am of course living at home (about 30mins bus journey away) I can’t wait to start and hope I make some new friends despite me not living on campus or wanting to go out to nightclubs and get drunk etc.
I’m doing criminology & sociology with a foundation year. Roll on September!
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(Original post by magicmoonbeams)
I’m starting LJMU in September, I’m a married 30 year old with three children, I am of course living at home (about 30mins bus journey away) I can’t wait to start and hope I make some new friends despite me not living on campus or wanting to go out to nightclubs and get drunk etc.
I’m doing criminology & sociology with a foundation year. Roll on September!
Im glad youre looking forward to it! You dont have to go on nights out or live in halls to make friends. You can make friends from your course and theres loads of clubs and societies where you can make good friends too!
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Im glad youre looking forward to it! You dont have to go on nights out or live in halls to make friends. You can make friends from your course and theres loads of clubs and societies where you can make good friends too!
That’s good to know, thank you!
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That’s good to know, thank you!
No worries, if you need a hand with anything else just let me know!
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Hey Alex! I'm starting an access course soon with view to study Forensic Psychology at LJMU! Some questions if you don't mind?
-How were the tutors?
-Is there many presentations as part of the course?
-Whats your end career goal?
-Did you have any work experience in the psychology field before starting the course?
-Did you live on halls/at home and did you enjoy it?
Thanks!
Congratulations on your place!
I dont study that course so i cant help much with course related questions sorry! D:
In terms of how much is presentation based, there may be info on the ljmu website on your course page maybe?
Most people dont tend to have work experience in psychology before they start that kind of course so I wouldnt worry about that too much.
I personally lived at home first two years, and am going into halls third year. Living at home is way cheaper, but all my friends have a lot of fun in halls.
Hope ive helped a little
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What is there on freshers that doesn't involve drinking, clubbing etc.? Worried I might not be able to meet people outside of my course
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What is there on freshers that doesn't involve drinking, clubbing etc.? Worried I might not be able to meet people outside of my course
If you go on the website, there should be events there. Last year they had games and fun things during the day.

Dont worry about not meeting people outside your course, freshers really isnt everything. If you live in halls, youll meet loadss of people that way, and if you join a club or society youll meet a tonne of people that way too!
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If you go on the website, there should be events there. Last year they had games and fun things during the day.

Dont worry about not meeting people outside your course, freshers really isnt everything. If you live in halls, youll meet loadss of people that way, and if you join a club or society youll meet a tonne of people that way too!
Thanks, nothing on the website yet but I'll have a look closer to the time. Also any clue on how to set up a society as I noticed there's no societies based on pro wrestling listed online and so would like to try start something up to help meet people who are as passionate about it as myself.
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Thanks, nothing on the website yet but I'll have a look closer to the time. Also any clue on how to set up a society as I noticed there's no societies based on pro wrestling listed online and so would like to try start something up to help meet people who are as passionate about it as myself.
No worries, yeah itll probably be updated closer to the time.
If you go on the SU website theres a section thst says start your own club or society and it talks you through when and how to apply to set it up. I thought there was a wrestling one already though? Maybe not. Brilliant idea to set it up if there isnt one though!
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Hey Alex! I'm starting an access course soon with view to study Forensic Psychology at LJMU! Some questions if you don't mind?
-How were the tutors?
-Is there many presentations as part of the course?
-Whats your end career goal?
-Did you have any work experience in the psychology field before starting the course?
-Did you live on halls/at home and did you enjoy it?
Thanks!
Hi!

Sorry for the delay in response I'm here now and I'll do my best to answer your questions.

Tutors are only human, and like in anything, you'll find tutors that you like and get on really well with, and some which you find less.. appealing, for lack of right word? They are all very interested in their areas and vary in terms of expertise in psychology. For example, one tutor may be a specialist in statistical math and questionnaires, and another will hate math and love qualitative interviews. You'll be interacting with two groups of tutors from the science department (psychology), and the school of law (Criminal Justice) so there are so many tutors you can approach.

I actually did a lot of presentations. But in third year your no. of presentations can be determined by the modules you take and how they are assessed. But you should expect to do at least a couple even if you avoid modules with presentations.

My end career goal is a difficult question. Luckily my course is broad so offers me potential to pursue a doctorate, or to get experience in the criminal justice system and involve myself there. I will probably try the latter as my dream job is to be involved in investigative policing.

I had absolutely no experience in the psychology field and hadn't touched any psychology before. It isn't an issue, I still got a first It's extremely difficult to get psychology experience and the university after you start would be most able to steer you on the right path. I did however acquire lots of criminal justice experience whilst at uni. But as i said, very little experience in anything worthwhile beforehand.

I lived in halls and it was a mixed package. Halls are generally awesome. But it's like a lottery. You could end up with the most fun loving bunch of people! Orrr, you could end up with a person who never leaves their room, a person who gets drunk and smashes things, and another two who end up in a flat romance (Bad, bad idea) which lasts a couple of months; then ends in a ball of flames which ruins any flat unity there ever was (Personal experience) . However, things like that can be remedied and LJMU residential assistants can deal with any issues like that and find much better flat mates if need be! In spite of hiccups which many people have, overall I absolutely loved living in halls first year! I wouldn't recommend living at home unless you really want to. Halls are very sociable, you make loads of friends, and fending for yourself teaches you priceless life lessons

Hope that gives you some insight!
All the best,
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