School of Science, Engineering & Design

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Giordaina Hartley

As part of her year placement, Giordaina worked as a laboratory technician at Covance in Harrogate. She worked in the central dispensary department where all drugs sent to the company are made into formulations ready to be tested.

Giordaina Hartley

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

'I enjoy being able to apply what I have learnt in lectures to situations in the lab.

I have always had a strong interest in science, and chemistry challenged me the most. I wanted to expand my knowledge and improve my chances of having a successful career which is why I decided to study a higher education course. I love learning and I felt the subject gave me great opportunity to discover the science behind chemical reactions and their place within everyday life. It incorporates aspects of chemistry, maths and engineering and has a perfect balance of lectures, seminars and practical work to keep you engaged.

I enjoy being able to apply what I have learnt in lectures to situations in the lab. The course is designed so that there is a crossover between modules, which really helps with your overall understanding of the subject matter. I definitely think the course will help me achieve my goals and further my career prospects. Expanding my chemical knowledge and gaining further qualifications in chemistry increases the likelihood of getting a good job in my chosen field.

Inorganic and organic chemistry were my favourite modules as these were logical and concentrated on the chemistry, rather than the maths or engineering side. They were challenging modules which made you feel like you had achieved a lot when you understood them.

I did a one year placement as a laboratory technician at Covance in Harrogate which is a research organisation focusing on the development of pharmaceuticals. I worked in the central dispensary where all drugs sent to the company are made into formulations ready to be tested. Various techniques and equipment are used each day to achieve homogenous formulations. Time management was an important aspect of the job as there was a shared list of tasks between the staff which needed to be completed by the end of the day. The staff there were professional and welcoming and they made me feel like a valued member of the team. I would consider working there in the future.

I chose Teesside because it enabled me to live at home so there was no added stress or pressure of being somewhere unfamiliar or financially straining. I knew other people at Teesside and they highly recommended it.

Student services and School support were excellent. I never feel short of support as there are so many places you can go to for help. I found Angela Waldock, the placement officer in the School of Science & Engineering, extremely helpful as without her I may not have completed a placement.

The Students’ Union is great. There is always something interesting and fun going on; you can never be bored with all of the events on offer. The campus has improved over the last few years with developments in the Union, the library as well as The Curve. It looks and feels a lot more welcoming and modern and I hope the progress continues.