Philip Chalmers

Philip Chalmers

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

I decided to come to the University of Leeds because of their Access to Leeds scheme. The Access to Leeds is a unique access course which opens doors for students that come from a variety of different backgrounds, allowing them to attend university. As part of this scheme, I was given the opportunity to develop essential skills necessary for tackling university assessments. The access course helped me feel more prepared, dedicated and enthusiastic when starting the course in September.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The best aspect of my course is that Leeds degrees allow students to customise their own learning. Each year I have 10 credits to study discovery modules that can be from any discipline. So far, I have been able to improve my employability and have expanded my knowledge across different scientific fields. Food Science and Nutrition at Leeds has unique modules such as the food allergy module, while sharing some modules with the other degree programs, allowing students tailor their learning based on their interests while having rounded knowledge.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

In second year there is a module called Food Analysis where you will work in teams to analyse the nutritional label of a food chosen by yourselves, after gathering data from lab work. The module is practical and develops skills, essential for working in the food industry.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds has something for everyone. There are a variety of well-known and unique restaurants, many different shopping centres, a hub for sport, good transport allowing you to visit other places for day trips.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Once I have finished my degree at Leeds I plan to work in the Food industry either in Quality Assurance or Product Development. Both areas present a variety challenges allowing me to develop and grow, meaning there will never be a dull day.

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Within the School of Food Science and Nutrition, we have a dedicated in-school careers officer who helps us find the best placements and graduate jobs. In addition, the course itself is designed to be industry focused. All modules enable students to apply what they know to every scenario they might find themselves in.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Coming to Leeds has made me develop immensely as a person both intellectually and personally. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as it’s all a part of learning. Academically, you are well supported by world-leading staff so don’t be anxious to ask questions. Personally, don’t be fearful when trying something different, get stuck into a new sport or society, allowing you to meet like-minded people.