Abbie’s Newcastle University


The physiology lecturer, Dr Tim Cheek, had a real skill for turning an incredibly dull and monotonous topic into an exciting story that would keep us all enthralled for an hour.

Life expectations: turned upside down

Apart from the course, my time at Newcastle completely turned my plans and life expectations around. Meeting Chris there, my fiancé, was a big part of this. We are now running our own distillery in Yorkshire, making gin and whisky which is a long way from being a medic!

I joined the university’s Latin & Ballroom Society in my second year, and within six months I was up on stage performing at the big annual International Grand Festival. I had danced at school many years prior, but being on stage at uni was a pretty key moment because I was quite a shy person before that.