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Daniel Jones

Human Biosciences BSc (Hons)

Human-Biosciences_Student_Daniel-JonesWhat appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

Northumbria University has a solid reputation in practical aspects of science and has great links in the industry, plus Newcastle is such a vibrant and exciting city.

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

Human Biosciences covers a broad range of scientific areas, which means you get a thorough grounding in many disciplines. This is really attractive, if like me, you haven’t quite chosen what career path in science you’re going to take.

What qualifications did you have?

I had relevant A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics so being accepted through UCAS wasn’t a problem.

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

Freshers week was amazing, I met loads of new people and there was so much going on all the time.

What do you like most about the course?

I like the range of subjects, between the various lectures and the interactive lab work it really keeps things interesting.

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

As part of my final year project I’m carrying out research on human leukaemia cells and looking into the effect of hormones on gene activity that could be responsible for the development of cancer.

How do you get on with your tutors?

My tutors are all really supportive and have their own specific research areas, meaning you’re really getting advice from leaders in the field.

Do you have the opportunity for any work placements during your course?

My course is a sandwich degree which means there is the opportunity for a year long placement in the third year. Many come fully paid but competition can be fierce.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I work part-time as bar staff at the Newcastle Academy music venue, so I get to see loads of great bands every week. When I’m not working I’m often at the local climbing wall or surfing at Tynemouth beach.

What’s your accommodation like?

I share a house with a few of my course mates just a short walk from the university. We’ve managed to fit a pool table in the spare room so ours is a great house for parties.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

After spending so much time in the labs and really enjoying it, I’d like to take that further as a career and I think a job as a research assistant would be the best step.

Have you used Student Services during your course?

I’ve never needed Student Services but I have friends who have found part-time jobs and had lots of help in career prospects through meeting with student services.

Do you have any advice for anyone applying for your course, or for university in general?

As for the university experience it’s best to go into it with an open mind and really take every opportunity to immerse yourself. You’re only a student once and it really is the time of your life!

What three words would you use to describe your time at Northumbria?

Fun, challenging, amazing

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