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What our students say

We think that the higher level study at University Centre Bishop Burton (UCBB) is pretty special but don't just take our word for it. Our students have been telling us all about their experiences at UCBB.

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Liam Gale – HNC Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science)

Subject Sport and Exercise Science

“At UCBB you get experience of what it might be like in a real-world coaching environment. I feel like I have learned and developed so much, thanks to the hands-on modules and assessments. It’s been great observing the Lincoln City FC Shadow Scholarship Squad coaches and leading sessions working directly with players.”

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Craig Fairbairn Teacher Training Profile

Craig Fairbairn, PGCE Lifelong Learning

Subject Teacher Training

“I chose to pursue teacher training at University Centre Bishop Burton due to its renowned reputation for providing a comprehensive and dynamic educational programme. Having initially joined the institution as a lecturer, I was exposed to the college's commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. The teacher training course at Bishop Burton stood out to me for its innovative curriculum, dedicated faculty, and emphasis on practical, hands-on experience. Throughout my time on this course I have gained valuable insights into pedagogy, curriculum development, and classroom management, all of which have significantly enhanced my teaching skills and challenged me to be more creative. The emphasis on reflective practice and personalised support from experienced mentors has been instrumental in shaping my teaching philosophy. Bishop Burton College provided a rich learning environment, fostering collaboration and creativity. These experiences have not only equipped me with the necessary skills for effective teaching, but have also contributed to my personal and professional growth, solidifying my passion for education.”

Lois PGCE Profile

Lois Shore, PGCE Lifelong Learning

Subject Teacher Training

“I chose University Centre Bishop Burton for my PGCE because it gave me the flexibility to work and get my placement hours, alongside of my studies. I have found the course to be a welcoming and insightful experience, putting me in charge of my own learning. All with amazing support from my lecturers and fellow classmates. The course has given me the ability to teach my students with more knowledge and courage, and the ability to feel more secure in my teaching journey.”

Football academy player Matthew Stanford on the pitch

Matthew Stanford

Subject Sport

Matthew joined our Category 1 Football Programme at Bishop Burton College in July 2019 and he has developed significantly since then. He played a fundamental role in our success as a team in 2019/20, starting the majority of games in our English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) Premier League title-winning season.

In 2021/22 Matthew progressed from college level study to University Centre Bishop Burton's HNC in Sport and Exercise Science, whilst still accessing our Category 1 football programme as a third-year player.

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Grace Pugh - BA (Hons) Contemporary Criminology student at UCBB

Grace Pugh - BA (Hons) Contemporary Criminology

Subject Criminology

“UCBB gave me the confidence I needed to progress into a position of leadership within the RAF.”

Criminology graduate Grace loved the scale of the UCBB campus and the close-knit community and relationships she was able to foster thanks to smaller group sizes. She also found the exposure to industry relevant trips and industry professionals hugely beneficial.

Now a Provost Officer in the RAF, Grace credits her time at UCBB as preparing her with the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress into the Armed Forces working as a police officer in protective security.

Samuel Caswell - BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Conservation Management student at UCBB

Samuel Caswell - BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Conservation Management (Top Up)

Subject Environmental Conservation

“UCBB gave me the confidence, experience and skills I needed to progress into a role that I love.”

BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Conservation Management graduate Samuel loved the scale of the UCBB campus and having close access to the woodland. He found the small group size and numerous visits and trips that provided exposure to industry experts invaluable.

During his time at UCBB, Samuel volunteered with the RSPB and other wildlife charities, which informed his dissertation on the common scoter. He is now putting these experiences to good use working as an Assistant Ornithologist at WSP in Bristol.

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