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Aneliese Hodgson

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

I really appreciate the services offered to students, such as counselling, study skills, and study assistance.

Aneliese  Hodgson

Why university and why Teesside?

I studied chemistry, physics and maths A levels, I found chemistry interesting enough to study it further. Chemistry is a central science that covers many topics, which would give me a wider range of job opportunities when I graduate.

Teesside is close to home and when I attended the open day, I felt welcomed by the friendly staff who were very passionate about the subject.

What do you like most about your course?

I enjoyed the physical chemistry modules, as they reintroduced topics studied in A-level physics in a different way. Each subtopic was taught by different staff members, which kept it interesting and fresh. The Integrated Laboratory module was enjoyable as it explored physical and inorganic chemistry.

What do you think about the campus and the services offered?

I really appreciate the services offered to students, such as counselling, study skills, and study assistance. I have used the careers service for help with placement applications and interview techniques, the staff are extremely helpful.

The Library is usually open 24 hours and I like that different floors allow for different levels of noise, so you can easily find your perfect study space.

What do you think about Middlesbrough and the surrounding area?

Middlesbrough is close to industry which increases job prospects with minimal travel. There are also strong travel links with Newcastle, Durham and York just a short train journey away. Middlesbrough is also close to the coast which offers beautiful scenery.

Are you a member of any clubs or societies or a course rep?

I have been the chemistry course representative for two years, I attend biannual course board meetings to share feedback from my year group working in partnership to resolve any issues.

I am member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and I work on sectional events such as the Top of the Bench competition.

I’m an academic support assistant, helping students with disabilities by note taking, providing study assistance and practical support. I’m also an A level chemistry and maths tutor.

What skills have you gained at Teesside that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

I have gained independence and time management skills from balancing the duties of a course rep role with my studies and two jobs. The group projects have strengthened my teamwork and communication skills.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I am eager to tackle real world chemistry by working in industry. I would also like to study a physical chemistry part-time postgraduate course.

Would you recommend Teesside and your course?

Yes. The cohort is relatively small and the lectures are in a classroom environment, so there is increased participation. It’s very friendly and close-knit. Teaching staff have their own specialisms and academic achievements, and are approachable and always eager to help.

What advice would you offer to students thinking of coming to study here?

Do your research, attend open days and go on the university website, talk to staff, and current students. Current students can give you an insight to living in halls, and what it’s really like to be a student at Teesside.

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