You must be prepared to do a lot of self-study and revision which is a big difference from school and college.
How did you decide on your degree choice? What appealed about Manchester?
I wanted to study chemical engineering because, put simply, modern society relies on the work of chemical engineers. I have always liked science and mathematics, and the fact that I will one day be able to play such a big role in society really appealed to me.
I chose Manchester because it is the only university which provides a MEng Chemical Engineering with Industrial Experience course which I could finish within four years. At most other universities I would either have to take a gap year and do an industrial placement separately or complete the course in five years.
What were your first impressions of the university and the city?
When I first arrived in Manchester and had a chance to look around the campus, I noticed that Manchester has a really big international crowd and this made me really excited as I knew I would be making friends with people from all over the world and learning about all these different cultures. The campus itself is a mix between nice old buildings, such as the Whitworth Hall, and brand new, more modern buildings such as the James Chadwick building, which is one of the buildings that my department is based in.
What are you most enjoying about your course?
I really enjoy the practical module of my course. We have to do an experiment in the laboratory every two weeks and then we are given one week to write up a full report on it. I find that even though the reports can be really tedious sometimes, writing it really helps me understand the things that were taught in lectures.
What skills and attributes do you think you have gained from your course and co-curricular activities so far?
A lot of my modules require a huge amount of independent study and this was a concept I was new to when I first came to university. Over time I got used to it and soon it became clear that I had to do enough work on my part to get the grades I wanted.
Being a part of the university’s women’s football team, I developed some really important attributes such as discipline, teamwork and time management. Representing the university and playing against other universities was fun but it also gave me a real sense of ‘purple pride’ as I felt really proud and honoured to be able to represent the university. I am also part of the university’s Sports Volunteer Scheme, which is a really good programme to join if you’re interested in coaching in a particular sport or just want to do some volunteering in general.
How do you think you are benefitting from studying at Manchester?
I think the University of Manchester itself has such an undisputable reputation from its long-standing history, and just being a part of it, in any faculty or department, is enough to impress potential employers around the world.
What advice would you give to students considering applying for the same course that you took?
My advice is if you do choose Manchester and get accepted here, make the best out of your time by doing not only things that you enjoy, but also things that will look good on your CV, such as volunteering, running a society, or even taking part in RAG events for charity. However, your studies must always be your first priority and you must be prepared to do a lot of self-study and revision which is a big difference from schools and colleges.