Daiana –3rd PhD student in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester

How did you decide that the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health at the University of Manchester was the next step for you?

I graduated in BSc Biomedical Sciences in 2017, and I was certain that a PhD was the right next step for me. Because I was involved in research projects during my undergrad, I attended a few conferences and in one of them I met a researcher from the University of Manchester. I was amazed by his line of investigation, so I decided to come to Manchester for a 3-month internship with him, which was a great experience! I then decided to come back for my PhD in the same lab, and I definitely do not regret this decision.

 What is it like being a PhD student at the University of Manchester?

The University of Manchester has provided me an amazing environment to develop my research as well as opportunities to improve my teaching and leadership skills and to be involved with social responsibility activities. For instance, I’m part of an International Programme that allows me to do a PG Certificate in Medical Education, as well as to work as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) in which I can directly apply what I have learned. I’m also involved in a few committees that organise events for PhD students – from conferences to barbecues!

There are also several opportunities to make a difference through social responsibility – I’m a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation in which I give advice to low income background students who want to pursue a degree in top UK universities.

The University of Manchester is definitely a place in which your ideas can be heard and you can make the difference!

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