17 May

Higher Education Fair – Delegate Profiles

Categories: Sixth Form,


As well as our applicant profiles, we will also be publishing some fascinating portraits of some of our Higher Education Fair delegates over the next few weeks.

This year’s event will be Ballakermeen’s 31st Fair.  Around seventy universities will ‘take up residence’ in our sports hall for two days on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th June.  The event was created by late former Head Teacher, Ian Masterton.  A true entrepreneur, Mr Masterton was eager to ensure that Manx applicants were not restricted by a lack of information or access to university staff during the university application process.  Such events occur across the UK at this time of year and, over on the other Island, schools and Sixth Form colleges are able to bus their students to the nearest event in order that they can talk to university staff and carry out key research prior to their application.  In true Manx style, if you cannot easily access an event, create your own!

For thirty years, Sixth Form and admin staff at Ballakermeen have planned and delivered a formidable event, recognised on ‘the circuit’ as one of the best organised, attended by young people who are excellent candidates for admission.  This year’s event will begin with presentations in our Studio Theatre at 6.45pm on Thursday 15th June, followed by the opportunity to visit delegates’ stalls in our Sports Hall.  Be there early to avoid disappointment as this fills up quickly!  All Year 12 students on the Island will attend on Friday 16th with their schools.  Members of the public interested in Higher Education and potential mature applicants are also welcome to attend.

If you need any further information, please contact the organisers Ian Kay (Head of Sixth Form) or Gill Kirk (Sixth Form Administrator) on, or by calling 648700.

So that students and parents/carers attending the event can put names to faces, we will profile some of our delegates, and the universities they represent, over the coming weeks.

Here’s the first.  It’s a great friend of Ballakermeen and the Isle of Man, Jane from Huddersfield.

Isle of Man Higher Education Fair 2017 – Delegate Profile No. 1

Jane Murphy

Institution name:
University of Huddersfield

Delegate name:
Jane Murphy

Job Title:
Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer

Key facts about this university:

1st in England for professionally qualified staff; 94.5% of our graduates go on to employment or further study; a top 10 university in England for paid work placements – 100% of our students have the opportunity to undertake professional work experience during their studies, including guest lectures and projects set by industry partners; continual investment in and development of our campus.  Accommodation guaranteed for all 3/4 years at Huddersfield if applied for through DIGS.

Number of students: 22,400

Number of courses on offer: 400 (approx.)

Typical entry requirements:  AAB – BBC, dependent on course

Average cost of accommodation: £4,200 per year

How many times have you been to our event?

Every year since 2008 – I’ve managed to expand my visit to a week and am working on a fortnight now, as it’s my favourite trip of the year!

What do you like most about coming to the Isle of Man?

The welcome that we get.  The students are so clued up and so polite, the hospitality and organisation at Ballakermeen, the long summer days, the clip clop of the horses pulling the tram, the beach, ice creams at Niarbyl/Cregneash/Peel ………….. it’s such a unique place, I could go on indefinitely!

What are the most common questions applicants ask you about your university? 

By the time the Fair comes around, applicants from the Isle of Man usually have heard or found out where we are (West Yorkshire, between Leeds and Manchester) and whether we offer what they want, so questions tend to be about accommodation, content of courses and the campus itself.  The latter is looking fab – we’ve just opened another new building for Humanities and Law – you can see it if you visit us on your school’s trip but, if you can’t/don’t make that, just get in touch with me and I’ll happily arrange a private visit.

What makes Huddersfield a good place for a Manx student to study? 

The campus isn’t too big or over facing, although there’s plenty on offer and all the teaching is on one site.  It’s next to the town centre, which has plenty of bars and clubs, so is easy to get to – just fly to Manchester and get the train straight from the airport.  It’s a friendly place with a wide range of courses and highly qualified teaching staff, and the facilities improve every year.  And if you’re missing your glorious Isle of Man scenery, there are stunning substitutes to top you up right on your doorstep.

Tell us about one of your most interesting or offbeat courses.

Costume with Textiles – This is learning how to design, integrate textiles and produce costumes for a wide range of performance genres, including theatre, opera, dance, film and television; Sports Journalism – If you’ve got an interest in sport and love talking about it, you could be the ideal candidate to cover its highs and lows across print, broadcast, online and social media; and Business with Supply Chain Management – this course guarantees employment if you graduate with a 2.1 or above.  Oops, you said one … I got carried away!

Tell us why students should consider applying to Huddersfield.

At Huddersfield it’s all about you, so not only do we have the location, the courses, the teachers and plenty of accommodation, but we offer support for you from start to finish. ‘Employable Me’ is a scheme which encourages students, from the very beginning, to get help with adding to their CV so that they are more employable on graduation.  This could be through part-time work, volunteering, help with research – whatever they need. Add to that Personal Tutors, Pastoral Support from both the Uni and the Students’ Union, Welfare, Disability and Financial support together with a Health Centre on campus – everything you need to feel secure and happy during your time with us.


Thanks Jane!  We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to your favourite destination!