Isobel Hall, UK
MSc HRM and Industrial Relations
Class of 2016
If I could round up my first semester in two words, these would be: ‘challenging’ and ‘great’! It was quite a change coming from three years of work back to university, but a change which has been fantastic. From going to Freshers Fair not feeling quite as fresh as the first time around, to making a great group of new friends on my course, and taking my first semester exams – it has been quite an experience!
Manchester is such a great place to come and study, and to live. Coming from working in London, I can say Manchester has everything you could need from a city just on a smaller and more accessible scale. Living in the city centre means I have the advantage of being in the middle of the hustle and bustle, but am still close to walk in for lectures and the library (a place I fondly called a second home come exam and essay time).
I’ve also taken advantage of the societies the University has on offer, taking ballroom and Latin lessons as a new hobby, which has been great fun and probably very funny to watch. I’ve also kept in touch with my existing hobby, belly dancing where I took part in a performance as part of the University society at ‘Global Night’ held at the Student Union. It was a great evening with lots of amazing societies in beautiful costumes such as the Indonesian Society. Hopefully this performance wasn’t quite as funny to watch as ballroom and Latin, we can only hope…!
Anyway, on to the course itself! I’m studying MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and really cannot commend it enough. The teaching staff are great, and very accessible for any questions you may have. The course is intense due to being one year long, with the added choice of taking the CIPD qualification, but the content is really interesting and varied. As long as you’re clever with your time you’ll be able to work hard and have the balance we all need. I have learnt an awful lot already and can’t believe it’s going so fast! My course mates are brilliant and the number of contact hours means there’s plenty of time to spend with each other so you’ll end up with a really close knit group of friends. On that note, the first week in Brathay in the Lake District was amazing. Definitely go, you won’t regret it!
All in all, the first semester has been great and I am excited to continue!