Zoe Hough

Zoe Hough

One of the best parts of studying Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University is how welcoming and friendly the department is. The bright and open Atrium provides an environment to mix with peers of all year groups – sometimes you’ll even get some advice from a friendly 2nd year! There’s also the Garner Library, which offers a great space to do group work. Group work is a really key part of my degree and prepares me for my future in industry, where teamwork is important to get a job done efficiently. Having a space where our teams can meet, with a computer screen that the whole team can see, definitely makes meetings easier!

There’s a lot of breadth in the modules that I take, all helping to expand my knowledge of Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and there’s also some crossover with other Engineering departments, which means there’s a lot of opportunity to meet a diverse group of people. I chose an Introduction to Energy Engineering as my Module Outside my Main Discipline (MOMD) and this has definitely supported my first year, especially as it provides some context for some of the things learnt in other modules. 

Taking a course in Chemical Engineering was never going to be easy and I spend a lot of time working on assignments and making sure I have understood my lectures, but I still have time to relax with course-mates and flatmates. I spend a lot (possibly too much) of my time in Costa when I am on campus and have a break between lectures. I’m a member of the Harry Potter Society, which meets for viewings of the films and pub-quizzes. 

I’ve recently been awarded a Scholarship with BP, which gives me the opportunity to explore aspects of industry through workshops and scholar-days in London. Birmingham is one of 9 universities supported by BP, and achieving this scholarship has definitely helped me focus on achieving high standards of work and given me some focus on a future career – although nothing is set in stone!