Student Profile - Alice Sayers

MSci Chemistry with Industrial Experience

Alice SayersIf you have a passion for the subject, you can and should pursue that - go for it!

I've just completed my first year at Birmingham and have absolutely loved it! I've got as involved as I can within my school rep system and student society, as well as volunteering at the Big Bang Fair and as a maths tutor.

 

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

I really enjoy lab work and love that I can apply what I have learnt in lectures to the practical chemistry I am doing in the lab. That's something I feel I didn't get at A-level.

 

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in engineering and science?

My A-level chemistry teacher really inspired me and made me realise I could do chemistry at university.

 

If you could change one thing about the culture of engineering and science today what would it be?

I would make science (specifically chemistry) more prominent in the public eye - a lot of careers events around campus are engineering-based, so scientists often miss out.

 

Did you get involved in any societies volunteering or extra-circular activities while at University that boosted your interest in a career in engineering and science?

I was elected as Student Rep at the start of the year and have been re-elected for a second year. I also joined ChemSoc as Marketing Rep and have now been elected as Chair - I'm really looking forward to getting some new events organised and getting more students involved with voluntary work in the local area. This year I also tutored GCSE students in maths at a secondary school nearby with a charity called Action Tutoring - it was very rewarding and I would encourage anyone to try it!

 

What advice would you give to girls wishing to pursue a career in engineering or science?

The same advice I would give to anyone, because your gender shouldn't make a difference to what career you follow. If you have a passion for the subject, you can and should pursue that - go for it!