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Grace Puei Yi Chew


What appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

I did a transfer degree from INTI College in Malaysia with Northumbria University. The professor from Northumbria University gave a brilliant talk about his research when he visited the University in Malaysia, where I studied for the first and second years. He was very enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and gave a very friendly impression of Northumbria.

What was it about the course / subject area that particularly appealed?

I have been fascinated about biology and so this is the reason why I decided to study biotechnology as this course will enhance and broaden my knowledge in various aspects of bioscience. Biotechnology enables laboratory research and yet at the same time is relevant in industrial processes especially food and beverages.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

Being in a very new environment didn’t exactly intimidate me because I met meet-and-greet officers and also my seniors who were really helpful and friendly. I must say I felt very welcomed when I first arrived in Newcastle.

What do you like most about the course?

We are able to get a good grasp on the current hot topics in researches underpinned by all the basics of biotechnology.

Can you give an example of a piece of work you’ve been involved with recently?

I’ve just finished my research and dissertation on the impact of a post emergence herbicide, bromoxynil towards the nitrogen-fixing microbes in soil.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I’m a member of Team Northumbria which allows unlimited access to the sports centre and fitness equipment. So, I’ll go for a sweat once a week and keep myself healthy!

What’s your accommodation like?

I’m staying in Lovaine Flats. Overall, it’s well maintained and with very friendly staff.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

Start looking for biotechnology related jobs.

How do you get on with your tutors?

The tutors are all very helpful and my project supervisor is really kind and has never failed to answer all my doubts patiently.

Have you used Student Services during your course?

Yes, I’ve used the international student advisors and careers service. They provide very good services and are extremely helpful!

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course?

Don’t be shy to ask for help and be focused on what you want to achieve.

Any advice for fellow international students travelling to the UK?

Be prepared physically (passport, important documents, own essentials and so on) and mentally (don’t worry too much and be excited!). Pack up your belongings as early as possible and have a good rest before departure.

Any advice for living in the UK?

The living style in the UK may be very different from your home country but it will be just fine after some time.

What three words would you use to summarise your time here?

Colourful, fruitful and independent.

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