Eleanor recalls her own transition to university life and hopes that her role as a mentor will help new students who are in the process of settling into a new campus and studies. “I feel [the student mentor scheme] offers an opportunity to find out more about the University from someone who is actually experiencing it,” she says. “Students can get a lot from it as it puts their mind at rest when I can answer any worries or questions that they might have.”

A fascinating subject

Speaking of her experience as a student, Eleanor shares the factors that led to her choosing Chemistry at Lancaster. “Chemistry, in my opinion, is the most interesting of the sciences because it has tons of exciting applications in industry,” she explains. “And as I’m from central London, the leafy campus of Lancaster was the perfect change for me.”

Friendly atmosphere

Describing the campus as “friendly and lively,” Eleanor explains the benefits of studying at Lancaster’s Chemistry Department, such as the excellent staff-to-student ratio. “There is always help available and the interaction with the staff has been entirely positive and helpful. The comfortable lecture sizes mean I am much more confident in asking for clarification if I need it.”

A flexible degree

Since starting her degree, Eleanor has discovered subject areas that she’d like to focus on. This has been instrumental in helping her decide which specialist modules she’d like to take in her second year onwards. “I’m interested in organic chemistry so that side of the programme, and especially the practicals, has been amazing so far,” she says.

Of all the skills and attributes Eleanor has developed through her degree so far, she feels that one of her biggest achievements has been “learning how to write lab reports like a chemist.” She adds: “Writing COSHH forms has also taught me how to stay safe in the laboratories and to be aware of the hazards associated with different chemicals.”

Eleanor is studying Chemistry as part of Lancaster’s innovative Natural Sciences programme, which allows high-achieving students to undertake up to three science subjects at BSc level. She is happy to recommend the programme and praises its flexibility. “You really can tailor your studies to accommodate you and your interests,” she says.