Warwick campus is very well suited for both studying and extra curricula activities.
& Instrumentation Student
What were you doing before you came to Warwick?
I was working at P&G as a process development engineer.
Why did you choose to study at Warwick?
Many reasons. First, Warwick has great facilities for analytical chemistry. Second, the power of people, well known professors for their research and teaching qualities in addition to great technical teams. For me, I see this as an important opportunity to learn and build more knowledge. As a student, the University of Warwick offers their students the opportunity to excel in their studies and develop their scientific knowledge as well as their personalities, so it is a really great to join Warwick.
What did you think when you first arrived at Warwick?
Before joining the master’s course, I visited the University of Warwick to have a better insight into the master’s programmes. I had a warm welcome from everyone at Warwick, they provided me with all the information that I was looking for and I was able to get answers to all of my questions. I have noticed that it is easy to communicate with people at Warwick, they are very good at showing you the capabilities of the department and it was able to get in touch with them after my visit.
What is your favourite thing about campus?
Warwick campus is very well suited for both studying and extra curricula activities. The library provides a suitable atmosphere for individual and group study. Many learning grids are available on-campus and off campus for different times all over the week and some are open for 24 hours every day. In addition, Warwick retail provides wide range of restaurants, stores and outlets. Interestingly, being in the country side give the student that chance to enjoy good weather and natural views that help to keep people happy.
Now going on to your course – AS:MIT – was it what you expected?
Yes, When I visited the University first time, I met a former AS:MIT student who took me around the department so I was able to see the different labs and the facilities. I was then provided with information about the different modules in the course. Also, I was able to meet the course director who described the course structure and the dynamics of involving the student in lectures and laboratory work.
During your course, what was your favourite module, and why?
All of them! AS:MIT is a very well structured program . In principal, it will prepare you very well for both a career in academia as a PhD student or in industry important point to mention here is that all modules are based on teaching the core basics then move onward to advanced levels. For example imaging module. Where as a student I had the chance to learn important techniques to characterize the surface and how to benefit from a software such as ImageJ in elucidating important data.
So, all of them, but in particular imaging ones?
Yes, in particular, I would say imaging, the electrochemistry, mass spectrometry and principles and techniques in analytical science.
What was your research subject?
My master degree project aimed to develop an ionisation source to increase the charge of the protein thus better resolution for high mass samples.
What have you done since leaving Warwick?
I started my PhD with Professor Julie Macpherson (still at Warwick) in the field of electrochemistry and nanotechnology. We are developing techniques for electrochemical synthesis of nanoparticles and metal recovery as well as understanding the processes involved in the formation of nanoparticles at the interface.
Finally, is there anything you would say to someone thinking of studying at Warwick?
I would encourage students who are interested in studying either analytical or physical chemistry, to come to Warwick. Here you will have the opportunity to be trained on using advanced instruments such as GC-MS, HPLC, NMR and UV-ViS. Also, you will be involved with a research team which will expand your horizons, consequently wider opportunity to excel in science and research along with acquiring key experience in writing a paper and how to present your work orally. In addition, Warwick has recently joined the top 100 institute globally in the ranking which means you will have the chance to study in a prestigious place, which will impact your CV positively. Finally, joining the University of Warwick will expand your contact, create chances for you to meet new people, and will allow you to participate in extra curricula for example volunteering activities.