Skip to main content
Undergraduate study

Our students

Paul McGaw

BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Teesside is a fantastic place to live and learn. My experience has been enjoyable, and I’ve made some great friendships with students and staff.

Paul McGaw

Why university and why Teesside?

Teesside was ideal for me as it meant I could stay at home and care for my children. It has a really good reputation and offered the course I was interested in.
Human biology has a broad selection of modules that I find fascinating to build my knowledge.

What do you like most about your course?

I love the varied modules, including anatomy, food science, cell biology, microbiology and biochemistry. There was lots of laboratory time and the facilities were first class, including the National Horizons Centre in Darlington.

What do you think about the campus and services?

There are plenty of places to eat on campus. The library is modern and there are always plenty of computers and lots of space available to study. The Students’
Union is relaxing, with a great shop and plenty of staff to talk about the societies, sports clubs and to discuss any problems.

What do you think about Middlesbrough and the surrounding area?

Middlesbrough is a fun, friendly place, with some great pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and a cinema close to the campus. The main shopping centres are also just a quick walk from the university.

Any extracurricular roles?

I was a founding member of the Teesside University Human Biology Society. I was also an assistant in the Taekwondo Club, where I almost reached black belt. In my third year I was course rep, which involved attending meetings with senior lecturers and the school dean, as well as completing mental health in the workplace courses.
During my course I worked at James Cook University Hospital as a therapeutic care volunteer where I helped and talked to patients.

What skills/experience have you gained that you feel will help you in your chosen career?

My confidence in public speaking has grown more than ever and my presentation and delivery are much more professional. I have gained valuable skills in laboratory work and health and safety, which are essential for working professionally in industry.

Future ambitions?

I am going on to do a PGCE at Teesside and become a science teacher.

Would you recommend Teesside and your course?

Without a question of a doubt. Teesside is a fantastic place to live and learn. My experience has been enjoyable, and I’ve made some great friendships with students and staff.

Any advice to anyone thinking of studying here?

Come to Middlesbrough, the courses are fantastic and there are some great extracurricular activities to enjoy alongside your studies.