Claudia Ellor

BSc Chemistry with Pharmacology, 2020
Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry masters student, University of Glasgow

On a day-to-day basis I attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and labs. I do the core chemistry modules (organic, inorganic and physical) as well as specialised medicinal modules. Work at university involves a lot of independent study, however tutorials and labs give you a chance to work in small groups and improve your teamwork skills.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

Every day I learn something new and I find this keeps everyday interesting. I always feel engaged in my work due to the problem-solving nature of chemistry. It definitely requires me to think outside the box.

What made you want to continue studying?

I chose to do a masters because I find medicinal chemistry so fascinating. I want to go into the field of drug discovery and so this was the obvious next step for me to take.

How has your career developed since graduating?

After I graduated from the University of Birmingham I spent a year working at NRM Laboratories which is an environmental company that analyses samples from clients in the agricultural industry. I worked as an analyst and gained experience conducting a number of analytical techniques.

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What motivates you?

I find my want to learn more in the field of medicinal chemistry keeps me motivated.

Why did you originally apply to Birmingham?

I applied to Birmingham because of the specific course modules on offer and because I felt so welcomed by the Chemistry School when I visited on the Open Day.

What are your fondest memories of the University?

My fondest memories from Birmingham are with the other students I met. I found some of my best friends there. The University has fantastic facilities, societies to get involved in and support when you need it.

Did you get involved in any extracurricular activities as a student?

I was a member of the Chemistry Society and Boxing Club.

How did your time at University help you start your career?

The University has a Careers Network to prepare you for life after university, as well as careers fairs where you can meet potential employers. I also gained a mentor through the Mentoring Scheme who helped me massively in enhancing my CV, networking, and building my confidence for entering the working world.

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What advice would you give to students?

I would advise students to engage in their course as much as possible! I think keeping organised and balancing your time are very important in managing your studies at university. If possible, find a placement to gain some experience, as this will be useful after university in enhancing your employability. Lastly, have fun! Join a society and try something new. It's a great way to meet new people and have a break from your subject.