Adam Patel

As an A-Level student from Bolton, Adam chose to study at Lancaster based on its excellent reputation. “A lot of people are aware that this University has a consistently high reputation in the league tables, but on a more personal level it was the continuous praise that Lancaster received from previous students that encouraged me to study here,” he says.

Help and facilities

Since he came to study at Lancaster's School of Computing and Communications, Adam has been keen to enjoy the benefits of the facilities and resources that are available to students, including the Software Engineering Development Studio that is a fundamental feature of the final year. Along with this, Adam is happy to know that support is always there if he needs it. “The level of assistance is great,” he says. “Whether it relates to the degree or just general help, somebody in the School will always direct me to the correct area of expertise, and to people who are willing to help.”

Loving Lancaster

Whilst studying at Lancaster and living in the University’s surrounding area, Adam has been optimising his opportunities to have a happy and balanced experience, and encourages others to do the same. “Alongside playing football on a weekly basis, I completed a basic First Aid course provided by the University, and have also been involved in teaching young students at primary schools the basic concept of programming using very simple software,” he explains. “My advice to prospective and new students would be to manage your time, workload and bank balance correctly and the University social experience will be one to remember. Join societies, make new friends, share your interests with a wider audience and study hard. Make use of the resources that are available to you and talk to your lecturers. You’ll be surprised how much they are willing to help.”

Future-focused

Adam is already considering his future options. “As a software engineer, ideally I’m looking forward to a career in programming,” he explains. “Before that, though, I’m already thinking about staying here for another year to gain an MSc level qualification.”