The November 2017 graduations was a special moment for Jennifer Wallace. The ceremony was her third graduation at Strathclyde, bringing to an end a nine-year spell with us! She first came to Strathclyde to study a BSc (Hons) in Immunology & Pharmacology, which was followed by an MSc in Pharmaceutical Analysis. Jennifer then went on to study a PhD for research in Pure & Applied Chemistry.
Find out more below about what Jennifer enjoyed most about studying at Strathclyde and what she's going on to do.
Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
I’d always heard that the Science faculty at Strathclyde was highly regarded and after I attended an Open Day, I was determined to study at the city-centre-based campus. The University has always seemed a welcoming and inclusive place to study.
Why did you choose your course/courses?
Firstly, for my Honours degree, I was attracted to the course as it was a joint Honours degree over two disciplines. For the Masters course, the chance to work more extensively in the labs (which was to be based in the newly built Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences building) attracted me to continue my studies at Strathclyde. Finally, after six months working in industry, I was given the opportunity to do a PhD at the University as part of an exciting project working with both the chemistry and bioscience departments.
What did you enjoy most about your course/courses?
For both my Honours and Masters, I thoroughly enjoyed the practical lab-based work. It was an exciting and hands-on way of forwarding my knowledge. However, with my PhD, I came to enjoy the more ‘project’ feel of the course – viewing each aspect (lab-based work, presentations, quarterly reports, and even teaching in the labs) as part of the wider landscape of the project as a whole.
What did you enjoy most about studying at Strathclyde?
I always felt challenged, yet I also always felt in a supportive and encouraging environment, which no doubt helped me get to where I am now."
Apart from that, the friends – both those made in my early years as a young undergraduate and also those I made as colleagues during the PhD – are people that I hope to keep in touch with down the line.
How did it feel to graduate?
It was great. A part of me was naturally a little bit sad as it may be the last chapter of my life with Strathclyde. However, it’s been a great 9 years, and after all the work over the last couple especially it was good to celebrate it coming to a close.
What do you hope to do now that you've graduated?
I started a new job in Project Management, working for a company focused on clinical trials. It’s exciting to be out doing something new, building my career, continuing to learn and building on my academic experience.
What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of coming to Strathclyde?
I couldn’t really recommend studying at Strathclyde highly enough. Everything from the location to the fact it’s always felt to me, as a progressive, and inclusive university with a rich history, is something I feel is to be admired."
The University is always investing in the already impressive campus, which will only serve to better the experience for future students. I wouldn’t trade my time at Strathclyde for that of any other university.
Thanks for choosing Strathclyde, Jennifer!