While Rebecca was studying for her A-levels she attended some taster lectures at Leeds that inspired her to study at Leeds.
My visit to Leeds and my interest in biology and chemistry led me to the biochemistry degree in the Faculty of Biological Sciences. The main draw for me was the variety offered by the different modules and the flexibility in the final year. I found the advanced topic modules the most worthwhile and interesting as I could study the topics in which I was personally most interested.
Between the second and final years of my course I spent a placement year in industry with Pfizer. This was a very valuable experience which opened my eyes to a different world of science. I was based in Sandwich, in Kent, in the immunology area of science.
For me, the final year was the best year of the course. I completed a lab based final year project which helped me advance my skills with real lab experiences. The year out and dissertation lab based project enabled me to further my experience in a laboratory and increase my skill base, as well as working within a team environment.
At Leeds, we make sure you have support from your personal tutor throughout your time on the course. Rebecca said: “You’re assigned a personal tutor when you arrive at university and they are available for meetings if or when you have any issues and are happy to answer any questions either by email or face to face.”
The Faculty has a dedicated society that all students can join called the Faculty of Biological Sciences society or ‘FobSoc.’ Rebecca said: “It was great to join FobSoc and have the chance to see people socially outside the course. The FobSoc ball was a really good night. Joining societies and living in halls of residence, especially catered halls, greatly improved my ability to make friends. In my first year I was in catered halls, so having set meal times with hundreds of other students meant there were plenty of people to meet and talk to on a regular basis.”
There are also lots of other ways to get involved at the University. “As well FobSoc, I was also a member of ‘SlapSoc’, the Spanish, Latin and Portuguese society. During my spare time I also teach Salsa dancing. I travel up and down the country at weekends to different salsa congresses and evenings to meet people from around the world.”
My year in industry and lab dissertation project really helped to boost my CV. Since graduating from the University of Leeds, I have been working as an experimental officer in biopotency for the drug development company Covance.