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Leah Wilcock

Career Path: Laboratory Scientist, Covance
Location: Harrogate, UK

I studied Biomedical Sciences because I wanted to work in a laboratory and work in the development of new drugs on the market. Whilst working at Covance I am doing exactly that. I carry out immunoassays every day and analyse my own data. Along with this I am involved in study coordination and I have already had a promotion just after my first year of work.

What are you doing now?Leah Wilcock

I currently work in an enzyme immunoassay section of an immunology and immunotoxicology department. I test study samples from animals and humans (clinic) to help in the development of new drugs.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Northumbria has the course with all the modules that I wanted as well as all the social reputation and events that were happening.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

My course didn’t have many seminars, however we had plenty of labs and in the last year I thoroughly enjoyed the lab project we had.

What was the best thing about your course?

The lecturers that were very engaging and they inspired me to succeed in my course.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I don’t think I would have the job I have without all the help I received from the careers department at Northumbria.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Lab practical skills e.g pipetting

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The city of Newcastle and the interesting people you meet.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Go for it! Best experience of my life.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Fun, worthwhile and memorable.

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