• Question: How did you decide where to go for your respective qualifications? What facilities were made available to you there?

    Asked by Cheeky Monkey to Anne, Florence, Mark, Neil, Sinead on 15 Nov 2015.
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      Florence McCarthy answered on 15 Nov 2015:

      I studied in the UK because at that time the facilities were better – it is different now though and the facilities in this country are as good as anywhere

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      Mark Collins answered on 15 Nov 2015:

      I studied at Queens University as at the time it was the number 1 ranked university to study chemistry in the UK and I am really glad I studied there, although I have left 10 years I still know a lot of the staff there and we regularly meet up for coffee and a chat! It is more like a big family within the school of chemistry.

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      Anne Moore answered on 15 Nov 2015:

      I went to university before the internet was in use. In those days, you wrote away for the university prospectus & then poured over these books for days/weeks to determine if there was a degree programme that sparked your interest. These days, I would suggest that, if you can, talk to graduates of the programme to see where they are now & what they thought of the programme. It’s alot easier to do this now!!! There are also great open days in all universities.

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      Sinead Balgobin answered on 16 Nov 2015:

      I visited quite a few unis before deciding, and had interviews at a few too. It was really important for me to actually see the university and ask questions of the staff and students before I made a decision. In the end I chose The University of Manchester because it had brilliant undergrad labs (they were brand new) with access to high tech equipment, the staff seemed really nice- and most importantly I felt that it was a city and a university where I would be happy: it wasn’t too academic and high pressured, but wasn’t just about partying either.