It was the Open Day at York that made me decide I wanted to study Chemistry. The staff and students were really enthusiastic about the subject and the department, leaving me with a great impression and I wasn’t disappointed when I arrived.
Alicia, March 2018
The thing I love the most about the department is that you feel as though you are respected and seen as an individual despite the large number of people studying Chemistry.
Having a personal supervisor assigned to you really helps with this. They are an academic member of staff who you can go to with any problems you have whilst at university and generally assist you in settling in to the department.
I was worried about the giant step between studying for A levels and studying at University but there’s a huge amount of support provided to help make the jump a lot easier.
Practical work seemed a little daunting at first but the demonstrators, who are all PhD students, are really helpful and easy to talk to. You spend a full day each week in the labs which is great as there’s less time pressure.
The first term is spent developing basic practical skills with a lot of help from the demonstrators which really builds your confidence.
There’s also a lot of support for your academic modules too with either a tutorial or workshop for each module, usually given by an academic member of staff who specialises in that particular area.
These really help to consolidate what you’ve learnt in the lectures and they’re also a great way to meet course-mates.
The Department are also really keen on developing your transferable skills. In the first term they put on an event called ‘The Happening’ where you work in your Chemistry college groups to solve an industrial based problem.
I really enjoyed this task and it helps you to get to know people in your college within the first few weeks.
Outside of the Department there’s so much to get involved in, with a variety of different commitment levels.
Joining societies has really helped me to make the most of my time at university.
York itself is a beautiful city and it’s so easy to feel safe here both on campus and in the city, especially on nights out.
It really does start to feel like home very quickly.