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Samantha Fray

Samantha Fray

Production and Admin Assistant, Emmerdale, ITV




​My role is a very varied one. We move around different departments, covering everything that's needed.

During my first year, I became Mature Students' Officer. This was an amazing time for me. I was able to meet a lot of people who had similar experiences to me and also put the point across about the differing needs of the mature student. Towards my course's end, I also became involved with Inhouse (now Trinity Vision) which I really enjoyed and helped me gain so many skills that implement still to this day.

When I left Trinity Vision after having my son, I applied for lots of opportunities but was having no luck until I found a training opportunity with Carve Productions and C4 called, For Three Minutes.

I applied and was lucky enough to be asked to come down to London for ten days to be a Producer for one of the teams. After doing this I felt more confident to contact media organisations in Leeds and this helped me to get my current role. ​

I am really pleased about everything I've achieved so far I remember once being told that as a single mum I wouldn't get very far in the media. I think I've proved them wrong.

Leeds Trinity University showed me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Before doing my course, I didn't think this was possible but I would encourage everyone to just give it a go, sign-up for the course you've always wanted and go for it.

I also found so many of my lecturers to be supportive and great when it came to pastoral care. I love that because it took a lot for me to finish the course. I think if I'd have been at any other university I may well have given up.