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UCP Criminology Graduate Pursues Masters in Law Alongside Role as Paralegal

Nikita Manley graduated with a 2:1 in Criminology at University Centre Peterborough.

Nikita Manley, BA (Hons) Criminology graduate of University Centre Peterborough (UCP), part of Inspire Education Group (IEG), has exemplified her commitment to professional growth, undertaking a Masters in Law with Cambridge Law School alongside her position as a Paralegal at Andersons Solicitors.

Having completed her GCSEs at local secondary school, Stanground Academy, Nikita was unsure of her next steps. “At first, I really couldn't decide what to do, but I definitely wanted to do something on the law/criminal side…Do I become a Police Officer, do an apprenticeship, or something else?”, Nikita contemplated.

“Then I heard that UCP was holding an open event, and given it’s close by, I thought, why not? I decided it was worth keeping my options open and went along. As it happens, I spoke to the Head of Criminology and a current Criminology student, who completely won me over!”.

The BA (Hons) Criminology course at UCP is ideal for those interested in the problem of crime in contemporary societies. Covering a diverse range of modules, including, criminal justice, crime and the media, and politics, ideology & society, the course proved instrumental in honing Nikita’s skills.

“I walked through the Atrium on my first day and knew this was the place for me”, Nikita exclaimed. “The small class sizes were great – I became close with my peers, so we felt we could ask questions freely. The lecturers actually know your name, and the one-to-one student support was outstanding”, she explained.

A significant milestone for Nikita during her time at University Centre Peterborough was winning the Student and Panel’s Choice Award at the Dissertation Conference. “This was massive for me, because I don’t enjoy doing presentations, but everyone said I did so well!”, Nikita shared.

Upon graduating, Nikita enrolled on a Masters in Law course with Cambridge Law School, sharing, “My time at University Centre Peterborough definitely helped me take this next step in my professional development”. In addition, Nikita secured a role as a Paralegal at Peterborough-based Andersons Solicitors; specialists in Criminal Law.

Inspire Education Group wish Nikita the best of luck in her future endeavours.

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