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Rubaiya Upoma

Rubaiya Upoma

Rubaiya is Psychology graduate from the School of Arts and Social Sciences. She chose City for the breadth of her course content.

What made you apply to City?

The wide range of psychological areas covered in the degree and the fact that the course is BPS accredited.

What were the most important resources for you in helping you to make a decision?

I was able to find all the information I needed on the City website. Being classified as international student despite living in London, tuition fees played a major role in my decision.

What was your favourite thing about studying at City?

My favourite thing – at least for my course – was how passionate and knowledgeable the academic staff seem to be of their respective field. It really comes across in the way they speak during lectures and how willing they are to talk about it more, should you want to.

What kind of things were you involved in outside your course?

I was a part of the Anime & Manga Society, as well as the soon-to-be-official K-pop & K-drama society. I was also a writer for the Student Media, Culture and Arts section (it’s called The Howl – I recommend everyone to go visit the site!)

Other than that, I was also a student ambassador representing City and a Widening Participation ambassador, promoting Higher Education. I was also a Widening Participation tutor and mentor.

Have you had the opportunity to do any placements or work experience?

I did indeed! I had the opportunity to spend my placement year at GSK’s Learning and Development team in HR in its London headquarters.


Always aim for gold and give things your best shot. What happens afterwards, happens. The time spent calculating the minimum needed to achieve X or Y can be spent working towards the best possible outcome instead.