Student profile
Joseph Meller

Joseph Meller

"I’ve enjoyed the practical work and the range of topics I’ve been able to study on the course."

“I chose Surrey for the Professional Training placement year it offered and its very good postgraduate employment figures.

During my first year, I lived in halls. It was a good social introduction to the University - I enjoyed living with a lot of people and getting to know people on other courses.

The University’s staff and facilities are great, and access to Surrey Sports Park and the social areas on campus are a plus. The societies run by the Students’ Union are really good and Guildford is a nice place to go out in the evenings.

I’ve enjoyed the practical work and the range of topics I’ve been able to study on the course, but the Professional Training placement year has been the highlight of the degree for me. I worked at Eli Lilly UK in Liverpool and it was an excellent experience. The staff were extremely friendly and I was quickly involved with several business projects.

I would definitely recommend a placement year. My experience has made me much more confident in practical techniques and I feel more comfortable with managing deadlines, doing presentations and preparing formal write-ups. It’s helped put my degree into context and given me a much better idea of what I want to do once I graduate. I’m very interested in a career in industry, but I plan to look into PhD opportunities before applying for jobs.”

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