- Course: MSc Clinical Embryology and Assisted Reproductive Technology
1. Why did you choose to come to Leeds University to study the above course?
I came to Leeds because the course came highly recommended to me by one of my friends. Not only this, but I was also looking forward to working with and learning from a whole ensemble of professionals in their respective fields in the world of ART. Apart from the academic perspective of the course, I was also looking forward to the great night life in Leeds, as well as the amazing student community at the university.
2. What did you enjoy about your course?
The fact that on top of the theory side of the course, we also got hands-on practical experience in some of the most used ART procedures such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Both the support staff and the teaching staff were always on hand to help with any problems or challenges faced. After each practical series, we had to complete a reflective log which was very instrumental in identifying any areas that needed improving. Further, the reflective log was very useful when I went for my interview, and my interviewer (now my boss) was extremely impressed by the work we carry out!
3. What have been the highlights of the course?
What I love most about the course, and really can be said about the whole of Leeds University, is the diversity! Meeting people from different parts of the world from all sorts of backgrounds has really been eye-opening. Additionally, we all bring different levels of skills and knowledge and learn from each other, which has truly been a humbling experience.
4. What was your greatest challenge throughout your course?
Learning and realising that as a student embryologist, bubbles during gamete handling and micromanipulation were my biggest foe. And I am pretty sure I speak for everyone when I say this, bubbles are a nightmare – but with more practice throughout the course, I was able to overcome them.
5. What is your research project on and what has it involved?
My research thesis was based on the effects of different techniques of cryopreservation (slow-freezing and vitrification) on the epigenetic reprogramming events that take place during early development of the preimplantation embryo. These critical events are essential for normal development and normal gene expression.
6. How do you think doing a research project has benefited/will benefit you in the future?
As the techniques for cryopreservation keep on improving, it is extremely important that we know the direct effects these techniques have on normal embryonic development.
7. How would you rate the facilities available to you throughout your final year project? How have these enhanced your experience?
The laboratory, classroom and library facilities have been second to none. And accessibility to these facilities is extremely easy, which is just as well since the course is extremely intense.
About the University
1. Why did you choose the University of Leeds?
2 words – Russell Group.
2. What have been the highlights of your time at the University of Leeds?
The night life has been amazing, and I have met some friends for life here. I have loved every minute of my time at Leeds, and I know I will miss it when I have to leave for my new job. Leeds, you’ve been awesome.
3. How have the facilities (libraries/labs etc.) helped you get the most out of your degree?
Without these facilities, and if they weren’t in the good conditions that they’re in, the course would not have gone as smoothly as it has. The university has a unique way of making sure each and every student feels catered for, regardless of what course they are studying.
4. Have you joined any student societies/sports clubs at the university? If so, how has this enhanced your time at the University?
Sadly, I did not join any major societies. However, I still managed to make the most of my time at Leeds.
5. What key aspects of your experience of Leeds would you highlight to students thinking about coming do the same course?
Forever dedicated teams of teaching and support staff, state of the art technology, world-class teaching facilities, ground-breaking research and a student-focused wellness centre for the times when one might feel a little bit too overwhelmed. Oh, and have I mentioned that Leeds have the best student society?
6. What are your ambitions for the future? Do you have specific career plans? Has the University (careers centre/lecturers etc.) helped you with these goals in any way?
I have already started my dream job as a junior embryologist. I particularly love what I do as nothing is more rewarding! I really hope to become the best embryologist I can be, and eventually work my way up to be a lab director. My tutors have been extremely helpful in helping me get my dream job, and continue to help with any guidance I may need during the early years of my career. Couldn’t be more happier !