Elisabeth Bowles - PhD Student - IBERS, Aberystwyth University
As a Postgraduate Research student it is fairly obvious that my undergrad degree played a huge part I getting me to where I am now. The Biology course at Worcester gave me huge opportunities to develop my practical skills due to the huge emphasis on taught lab sessions which let everyone get personal tuition on tricky techniques, both at a lab bench and in more desk based activities. This inclusive experience really helps to solidify the course content by presenting recognisable concepts.
One of the biggest reasons I was accepted onto the PhD course was due to the Research Project, which is completed in the final year. Unlike most universities Worcester allows students to design and undertake their investigations completely self-driven, with the supervisors acting in a supportive role rather than as a leader. The freedom and responsibility given to us has been hugely transferable not just for my current course but also in getting part-time jobs by being able to prove time management and independence.
I would highly recommend going to Worcester to study Biology (or most other subjects for that matter). The lecturers and technicians are the most wonderful people you will meet, always on hand for a cup of tea and some words of encouragement. The perks of such a tight knit community where everyone knows one another means that whenever you’re struggling with something there’s always someone you can go to, be it another student or a member of staff.
I love what I’m doing now and I don’t think I would have been able to achieve what I have had I studied at another university. Worcester helped me go from disappointing A levels, to starting my PhD straight from my Bachelors.