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Shean Lim


Biotechnology_Student_Shean-LimWhat appealed to you about Northumbria University / studying in Newcastle?

Because my University did a twinning course with Northumbria University, and I read reviews online from The Times that Northumbria had been in one of the 'top 10 best new universities in the UK'.

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

The fact that I have an interest in biology and how it applied to technology as opposed to something to do with chemistry meant that biotechnology was an obvious choice!

What qualifications did you have?

I have the South Australian Matriculation GSCE

How did you feel during your first week at Northumbria?

It was nerve wrecking being in a totally different environment, but I survived.

What do you like most about the course?

The relevance to current research as well as plenty of real world examples, which I find is fascinating.

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

I’ve been involved in looking at ways to optimise PCR for somatostatin protein producing genes with [my tutor], Mark Daniels. It’s part of my final year dissertation and at the moment, I’m finding it really interesting as it’s totally new to me.

You’ve just won first prize in Northumbria’s International Student Awards, that’s a brilliant achievement.  What made you apply for the award?

I wanted to see how I fared in terms of my experiences in comparison to various other international students.

What did you have to do to apply for the award?

I had to submit an essay written in the style of a letter addressed to a family member detailing my experiences in the UK as an international student.

Where and when was the Award Ceremony and what happened?

The Award Ceremony took place at a conference room at Northumbria and it was a simple ceremony where I got presented with my prizes, got to meet the other contestants and there was also a free buffet thrown in!

What prize did you receive at the ceremony?

I received a £250 voucher for use in Eldon Square, a £100 voucher for the Empire cinema at The Gate (which means lots and lots of movies to catch up on!) and £150 to my cultural activity of choice.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I spend most of my time studying unfortunately, as the third (and my final year) is really hectic! However I am looking for a part time job at the minute as another alternative source of income.

What would you like to do when you graduate?

Start working! And no, my ambitions have not changed.

How do you get on with your tutors?

They are all very nice and I get along just fine with everyone.

Have you used Student Services during your course?

Yes, I’ve used the student jobshop before.

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

Be outgoing and hard working and you’ll do fine!

Is there anything else you want to add about studying at Northumbria?

It’s a good university with dedicated and friendly members of staff!

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