Abigail Dutton

The ability to study for an Integrated Masters degree was what attracted Abigail Dutton to the University of Worcester.

Abigail Dutton

She is graduating with a First Class Honours Masters in Biology following four years of study.

“The ability to do an Integrated Masters really appealed to me and at the Open Day the Biological Sciences staff were friendly and insightful,” she said. “The staff, as well as the fact that the site is beautiful and the support available in firstpoint, really sealed the deal for me.”

Abigail completed A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology at King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge before coming to Worcester.

“I have made so many friends whilst at Worcester who have made the course really memorable,” she said. “One of my best memories is when I presented my dissertation A1 poster. My dissertation took so many hours to complete, so finally being able to present it all to my staff and friends, and have a complete piece of work, was a great moment.”

Abigail was awarded funding from the British Society for Plant Pathology for her Masters research project.

During her time at university, she got involved in the Students’ Union as a School Rep and was Secretary and Chair for the Biology Society during her time at Worcester, even winning an award for Committee Member of the Year.

“When I started, I couldn't have expected to have the experience I have had,” she said. “At the end of Year 1 we were hit by the pandemic and lost out on the laboratory experience and had to do exams online. But here I am now with my Masters and wealth of knowledge and skills.”

Abigail is now continuing her university journey, studying for a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Secondary Biology.

“This university has one of the best reputations for teacher training, so it seemed foolish to leave,” she added.

The University’s annual autumn Graduation Ceremonies will take place as planned from September 12-14 in the beautiful and historic Worcester Cathedral followed by celebration receptions at the City Campus. No Worcester graduates have been affected by the marking and assessment boycott.

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