"Birmingham offered a specialised course in Palaeobiology which was perfect for my interests, being a good blend of biology and geology - along with a good selection of field trips."
What first attracted you to study at Birmingham?
Birmingham offered a specialised course in Palaeobiology which was perfect for my interests, being a good blend of biology and geology - along with a good selection of field trips. And with the department situated in the Aston Webb building, the location was amazing!
Can you tell us a little about your career progression since graduation?
From Birmingham I studied a Masters of Research in Biosystematics at Imperial College London, whilst doing research for the Natural History Museum. I have since moved on to start my PhD in Sydney, aiming to return to the UK for research after I finish.
How do you feel your studies have influenced or helped you in your career?
The large range of different modules I studied gave me a good knowledge base which has helped me vastly in critical analysis whilst doing research proposals over the last year, as well as giving me a fantastic base for studying a PhD. The Personal Skills Award module in Media/Communication also vastly improved my ability to give presentations and interviews in all aspects of research.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Researching at the Natural History Museum in London was a fantastic opportunity and helped me learn so much in a short amount of time.
What did you enjoy most about your time at Birmingham? Any favourite memories of campus?
The network of friends I gained both in my studies and socially made the whole experience fantastic - especially sitting on the grass outside the library to revise.
What advice would you give to current or prospective University of Birmingham students?
Choose a subject and modules that you think you would enjoy the most, not the ones that you think would give you the best progression. That way you are more likely to get the most out of your degree.