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Lewis Tull

Lewis is now studying MSc Advanced Organic Chemistry.

Lewis Tull

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

'The lecturers are superb and the class sizes are kept small so we got lots of one-to-one contact.'

I’ve really enjoyed my degree – you really do get from it what you’re willing to put in. While on industrial placement I completed offshore survival training and travelled to Wales and Holland, where I was involved in delivering a detection pipeline investigation gauge used in subsea pipelines.

The degree has given me a massive amount of laboratory experience and I was employed by the University to conduct research into hydrothermal carbonisation of microalgae, as well as working on my final-year research project which complements my studies.

The lecturers are superb and the class sizes are kept small so we got lots of one-to-one contact. All the lecturers are experts in their field, with industrial experience and postdoctoral experience at an academic level.

In my final year at Teesside University I was selected to take part in the Voice of the Future 2013, an event marking National Science and Engineering Week. I was just one of six students nationwide invited to put questions to MPs at the House of Commons. I asked the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts whether he feels MPs who are given a ministerial role can be expected to be competent if they have no experience of having worked in that particular field. It could be that a government minister for science may have no experience of working in that industry, or similarly with the minister for health or transport.

I am now studying a master’s degree at the University of East Anglia. I'm focusing on the organic synthesis of compounds with potential therapeutic roles against Alzheimer’s disease. I have been awarded a scholarship by the Royal Society of Chemistry to embark on secondary teacher training.

I had opportunities to mentor other students throughout my course which helped prepare me for my upcoming role as a teacher. As I’ve always wanted to teach, chemistry (a shortage subject) was the most logical option - my final grade determined my scholarship amount and Teesside gave me every opportunity to excel.