My scholarship has allowed me to dedicate all my time to my studies. In first year of university, I was working 20 hours a week while studying, but now my scholarship allows me to dedicate all my time to the university, for work and social events.
I now feel very prepared for my future career, as I have been able to dedicate that time. If you’re thinking of applying for a scholarship, go for it! Someone has to get it, and it can be you. Never be disheartened by the barriers you’ve faced in coming to university, because you’ve made it and now is the chance to make the most of it! So go for it, apply and use it to the best of your advantage; because you deserve it.
I love my course, and all the lectures are delivered by active researchers so the information is very current. I enjoyed my course so much, that I have changed my career-path from being a veterinary surgeon to being a cancer researcher.
The facilities at the RVC are incredible. As a biological sciences student I have been fortunate to work in state-of-the-art laboratories using tissue culture and imaging facilities for my dissertation, which provides my own, unique data. The teaching is very personal here, as a smaller university you get to know the lecturers really well. All lecturers are very accommodating, and will have no problem with you dropping by their office for a quick chat on the teaching material.
My career goal is to study for my PhD before going into industry to develop new cancer therapeutics. I was fortunate enough over the summer to gain an internship working in Professor Campanella’s “Mitochondrial Cell Biology & Pharmacology Group”, working with human and canine breast cancer cell lines. This placement helped me secure an industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), where I will be developing new antibodies for cancer treatment while writing up my masters in science. The RVC has massively helped me prepare for my career by imparting vast laboratory experience on me.
I have lived in London all my life, so I massively enjoy being in London, for me no-where else compares. There’s always something to do with the multitude of events from the wonderful mix of cultures from around the world.
I love that the RVC is a tight-knit community. As a relatively small university, you really do get to know a variety of people from across courses, years and interests. So while we’re all vets, nurses or scientists, we’re all so different, and those differences makes for some interesting and exciting friendships that you carry with you for a life time. The RVC is a specialised college dedicated to progressing veterinary science for the benefit of mankind and animals. This is reflected in the passion of every student and staff, and I think that is what makes the RVC different.