Maddie Taylor

Maddie Taylor, who graduated with a degree in Forensic and Applied Biology, is hoping to work for the police in the future.

Maddie Taylor

“I’m so happy to have graduated after three years of hard work, it’s amazing to celebrate everyone’s achievements,” she said.

“At the moment I am working as a project co-ordinator for a number of Science Learning Partnerships but have just passed my assessment for the police to work in intelligence and am waiting to have my interview.”

Maddie was keen to study at Worcester after attending an Open Day. “I met the staff and saw the City for the first time,” said the 22-year-old. “I was impressed with the staff’s knowledge but also by the fact that they so obviously cared about their students.”

One highlight of the course for Maddie was working with the University Senior Palynologist (Pollen Forecaster), Dr Beverley Adams-Groom. The University supplies and produces the pollen forecast for the UK in conjunction with the Met Office. "I was proud of working with Beverley Adams-Groom during my work experience, who is the UK’s leading palynologist,” said Maddie, of Cheltenham. “Beverley trained me to analyse the pollen types present in honey that had been sent from all over the world for quality assurance so they could then be sold in shops. She also trained me to analyse data to provide a pollen forecast for the UK and Ireland. This was a real privilege and a unique experience.”

Her independent study researched rates of decomposition in different conditions.

The former St Edwards School (in Cheltenham) pupil added: “I had the most amazing time while at Worcester. The staff at the University would go above and beyond to help you so you would aways feel supported. In first year, you are assigned a Personal Academic Tutor who will stay with you throughout your time at university and be there for you, not for just academic problems, but any problems you are facing. Everyone is kind and friendly and it is impossible not to make friends for life.”

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