What our students say
Read our student profiles to find out more about what it is really like to study at Lancaster University. This is what they had to say...
Georgina Key (BSc Ecology/Study Abroad, 2008)
Research Associate, Lancaster University
When I visited Lancaster on an open day I knew that I wanted to come to Lancaster University because of the relaxed atmosphere on campus and friendly staff. There is always a lot going on throughout campus and with so much expertise available to you studying here is really exciting. The Lake District is on your doorstep, so the fieldtrips are great and there is also the opportunity to study abroad for a year. I spent my second year in Sydney, Australia, which was fantastic, and I was able to complete my final year with my friends. My degree at Lancaster has really fuelled my interest in how the environment works.
Carys Hutton (BSc Ecology, 2008)
Project Officer at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
I genuinely feel I could not have chosen a better university than Lancaster. The staff are absolutely lovely and I always felt welcome to chat to them when I needed help. The enthusiasm of the lecturers was infectious and they never failed to make me laugh. The field trips made excellent use of Lancaster’s beautiful surroundings and were amazing fun! Overall, Lancaster has provided me with all the right skills I need to progress into a career and I have made some excellent contacts along the way.
Chris Nesbit (BSc Ecology, 2008)
Lancaster’s reputation for excellence is well earned! Studying Ecology at Lancaster gave me a greater appreciation of general ecological principles before allowing me to expand my interests in behavioural ecology and ecosystem functioning. The staff are friendly, supportive and enthusiastic which made the field trips a lot of fun and doing my dissertation a rewarding experience. The college system allowed me to meet loads of new people – there’s always a social or a party to go to. I enjoyed my undergrad years at Lancaster so much I’m staying on to do a PhD!
Richard Harrison (BSc Biological Sciences, 2004)
I chose Lancaster because of its academic reputation and the flexibility in its degrees. I was able to study Music, Chemistry and Biology in my first year at the end of which I decided to pursue a Biology degree. My three years at Lancaster have been the most enjoyable of my life so far. I have learnt to Scuba dive, honed my debating skills and participated in university life to the full – Lancaster may be small but it has more than its fair share of night-life both on and off campus. I would recommend Lancaster to anyone who wants to combine academic discipline with a great social life.
Alex Pilling (BSc Earth and Environmental Science, 2012)
During my undergraduate degree at Lancaster I enjoyed studying a variety of Earth Science topics from Volcanology to Sedimentology.
All the field courses were excellent, especially the one to Mount Etna! I also had the fantastic opportunity to do my geological mapping dissertation in New Zealand! This was a wonderful experience which supported and furthered my interest in geology.
It was a real privilege and pleasure to work with such wonderful staff and to study the subject I really love at Lancaster University.
Anna England (BSc Environmental Science, 2011)
The course is really well structured, as in your first year you do all your core modules, which will help you to pick your choices for the third year and decide what you would like to specialise in. The quality of teaching is truly excellent and the lecturers are incredibly friendly and supportive. If you have a problem, be it academic or not, they are always willing to help.
I loved Lancaster campus from the moment I arrived on a visit day, which is why I lived on campus for two of my three years. It also makes getting to lectures that bit more convenient, as you really can’t complain about a 3 minute walk to your 9 am’s!
Steven Jackson (BSc Environmental Science / Study abroad, 2011)
I completed the (BSc) Environmental Science degree at Lancaster University, which provided me with a wide range of skills and experiences which will be essential for a career in the environment sector. During my BSc. I got the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The study abroad scheme provided by Lancaster University was a fantastic opportunity for me to further develop skills whilst also enhancing my job opportunities for the future.
Helen Wike, BSc Geography (Environmental Change), Current student
Current Lancaster University Student
Geography (Environmental Change) at Lancaster has been thoroughly enjoyable. Both the human and physical elements of the course cover different aspects of environmental change which are approached very differently to that learnt at A-level. The lecturers and your tutors are extremely approachable and are always there if you need some help or advice.
Mike Stainsby (BSc Geography, 2012)
Intern at the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Switzerland
Studying at Lancaster has not only developed my geographical skills and breadth of knowledge, but has also provided me with numerous experiences that have helped me grow as an individual and so make me more employable. My undergraduate degree took me from the stunning glacial landscapes of southern Iceland and the Swiss Alps to the bustling metropolis that is New York City.
BSc. Geography is an intellectually challenging and rewarding course which undoubtedly paved the way for me to gain an internship with the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Switzerland. Lancaster Geography offers great facilities, opportunity for travel and an excellent standard of teaching. If offered, I would most certainly do it all over again!
Daniel Sayle (BSc Geography/N.America, 2012)
Completing my Geography degree at Lancaster has been a great experience! The first year provided me with comprehensive knowledge in human and physical geography that really prepared me for the highlight of my degree that was studying abroad in Colorado. While there I worked for NASA and other world leading institutes and I got to ski in the Rocky Mountains almost every weekend. My final year has allowed me to study topics I enjoy in real depth and provided opportunities to do field work in northern Spain. Post-graduation, my degree has equipped me with the skills to gain a real edge in the job market which is as important as ever.
Irma Rekic (BA Geography, 2009)
National Health Service
Studying Geography at Lancaster was a truly enriching experience and has given me a wide range of skills and a great amount of confidence. The department gave me support to overcome any difficulties I encountered and enabled me to fulfill my potential. The course gives you a lot of freedom and guidance is always available, particularly with your dissertation, so you can choose a subject you are really interested in.