Why did you choose Lancaster University?
I chose Lancaster University for my MSc (Research) in part because I was already a student here completing my MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery). The University has a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with staff who are always prepared to help and take the time to get to know you personally. There were a number of options for where to spend my intercalated year, but the research opportunities available at Lancaster University were excellent and its reputation for this is very good.
What do you feel is the best aspect of studying at Lancaster?
I have enjoyed studying at Lancaster University for many reasons. The staff at Lancaster University make it an easy place to feel welcome and to settle into. They are always on hand to offer support and to encourage attempts to further your academic profile and improve employability. In addition, from a pastoral perspective, all needs are met. The University has all of the facilities that I've felt that I have needed and I've really liked living in the area for the last five years.
What's best about the social life at Lancaster?
The community feel to Lancaster makes it different to many other city universities. A range of activities through clubs and societies have allowed integration within many groups of people, as well as opportunities to socialise within the academic department. Cultural events are also a great opportunity to get to know new people.
What have you enjoyed most about your time at Lancaster?
Lancaster is a lovely market town where I've enjoyed easy access to the outdoors. A short walk from the town leads to beautiful countryside scenery and Lancaster is also very cycle-friendly. Good transport links exist to rural areas such as the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, as well as to larger cities. The availability of a huge range of clubs and societies has allowed me to pursue any activities and interests that I've wanted to. More recently, I've found out about local food-growing opportunities in the community, which sound great.
What advice would you give to students considering studying at Lancaster?
Lancaster has suited me incredibly well, but come to Lancaster to experience it for yourself. Make enquiries with the department and discuss your opportunities. There's something for everyone here, which makes for an eclectic mix of people.