Mafalda Guerra

Portuguese Criminology BSc student Mafalda Guerra talks a little about her degree and what she hopes to do next. 

Tell us a bit about your course, and what you like about it?

After I graduate I would like to be a police inspector for the Met, so I chose this course because it is specifically related to crime and criminal investigation. I have found it really interesting so far – it is giving us a wide perspective on criminology, and giving me a good understanding of what I can expect from a career in this field. The lecturers have been friendly and helpful, and the boundaries between student and teacher are just not there – the lecturers are really approachable and we have great working relationships. 

Are there particular facilities and learning resources that have been useful to you?

In the first year, we visited Marylebone Road Magistrates Court to observe how hearings are presented and what goes on, and then we wrote a report on this – that was a really interesting first assignment on the criminal justice system.

Have you had any work or industry experience as part of your course, and where/what did you do?

As well as visiting the Magistrates Court, I also did some mentoring at HM Prison Holloway (the women’s prison), where I was finding ways to help women integrate back into society – whether that was advising them on improving their qualifications or on using the job centre etc.  and then I wrote essays about this work. 

Do you socialise outside university too? What sort of things do you enjoy?

When I have time! I like to go to the cinema, pub, meet friends generally.

Are you from London originally? 

No, I am from Portugal originally, so I came over to study for this course.

Do you live near the campus?

I live in Upminster.

What are your best tips for new students at London Met?

It’s hard when you are moving from a different country, like me. You need to be strong – focus, engage with your lecturers and study hard, even in the first year! Then you’ll be able to achieve your dreams. 

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