Why did you originally apply to do your chosen course at Birmingham?

I decided to do a PhD because I really enjoyed my research project during my undergraduate degree at this university, and I wanted to continue to contribute to research that will hopefully make big impacts on the quality of life of many. The ability to work on healthcare applications of Chemical Engineering is what drew me to the University for my undergraduate degree and what led me to pursuing postgraduate studies here as well.

What do you think are the best points of your course?

I enjoy the process of becoming more and more knowledgeable in my field. The techniques I am using in my PhD are relatively niche and it’s exciting to be one of the few people utilising them in research. I’m learning things that I would never have the opportunity to elsewhere and it’s really exciting to develop these skills.

What’s the best thing about studying at the University of Birmingham?

The first thing that drew me to the University was how beautiful the campus is. It has all the benefits of being in the city but with beautiful green spaces and buildings. It’s important to me that I can get to and from the University easily, and the University has its own train station making it easy to travel right into the heart of Birmingham. Fun fact: The University of Birmingham is the only University in mainland UK to have its own railway station on campus!

What’s your highlight of your time at the University?

The highlight of my time at the University is the opportunity to meet a huge variety of different people studying different things, being from different backgrounds, but all coming together at this university. It has taught me a lot about both studying and life, and it is so useful having the opportunity to learn from peers.

What advice would you give to students thinking about studying on the course?

Starting to study a PhD can be a daunting thing, as you have a lot more independence to do what you think needs to be done. I think my best piece of advice is learn as much as you can from people around you. I have found that there is a collaborative culture in research groups and knowledge sharing is enjoyable to most people. Don’t be afraid to ask people if they have some knowledge that can help you!

Is there anything extra students thinking about studying on the course should know?

Make sure to take advantage of all the resources that are available to you. The University has a lot of societies and facilities that you can engage with. For example, the University provides free access to Winterbourne Gardens for students, and I have found myself visiting frequently throughout my time studying here. I’ve also met a lot of lifelong friends through engaging with societies. They are a wonderful way to meet new people and explore your interests.