Susan Turrell

Viral Gene Therapy

Susan was a postgraduate representative for her institute which strengthened her communication and management skills. But it’s on a placement in a local school that she gained leadership skills and found an easy rapport with students. This will be extremely useful in her future with a job raising public awareness of science.

What do you hope to go on and do when you graduate from the University of Leeds?

I want to get a job that helps raise awareness of science in the public domain. I'm not sure exactly which job at the moment, but something like working for a scientific institute or liaising with schools.

What skills and qualities do you think you’ve gained from your course?

I have learnt to work independently and organise my own time, but also to work well in group activities. I've developed my presentation skills and can communicate articulately. I can critically analyse problems to give new insights about possible solutions. I think the most important thing I've learned is to use my initiative.

What skills and qualities do you think you’ve gained from co-curricular activities?

As a post-graduate representative for my Institute I have strengthened my communication and mediation skills and have a better understanding of how the department is run. This has also improved my management skills. Whilst on a placement in a local school I gained leadership skills and developed an easy rapport with the students. Attending the Arts Society Life drawing classes has enhanced my creativity (and is a good way of winding down from the lab!).

How will these skills and qualities help you achieve what you want to do when you graduate?

I think these skills will help me in my future career as I can explain complex ideas in a way that’s easy to understand and I'm self motivated. I like seeing a project through to the end and I'm efficient and conscientious. Most of all, I enjoy science communication which will drive me to do a good job.

What has been your proudest moment while studying at Leeds?

Winning the Centre for Bioscience Student Award

How do you think you have benefited from studying at Leeds?

I'm at a centre of academic excellence and work in a stimulating environment. This course also provides lots of opportunities to extend your range of skills and work in a sociable community.

What advice would you have for students just starting out at Leeds?

Don't just focus on your course but take some of the co-curricular opportunities that are available and enjoy yourself!