Graduate profile
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David A Lloyd

"The course I studied was diverse and had a very practical laboratory-based approach, which had wide application regarding job availability after graduating."



Graduation year


David A Lloyd is a Compliance Associate at Pharmanet Ltd.

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?

Surrey was one of the first universities to offer four-year degrees with the third year spent in industry.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey - what do you picture first when you think of being here?

The impressive cathedral and the camaraderie of everyone there. Lots of clubs to join too!

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey, or the course you studied, to someone who doesn't know anything about it?

The course I studied (microbiology) was diverse and had a very practical laboratory-based approach which had wide application regarding job availability after graduating.

How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey student, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

I became very independent and wanted to pursue a career in science.

Where did you spend your Professional Training year and how did it benefit you?

At the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. I learned so much practical microbiology that it helped me achieve a 2.1 in my final year.

What do you find most enjoyable about your line of work and why?

Worldwide travel and meeting so many interesting people in the pharmaceutical industry.

What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?

Learn about the industry regulations such as Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). These are not really taught yet critical to a career in the pharmaceutical industry.


Learn more about biosciences and medicine at Surrey and our Microbiology degree.