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Céline Mahé

Céline is quality assurance compliance manager at TRB Chemedica

BSc (Hons) Process Biotechnology

'I really appreciated having so many opportunities at Teesside – there is lots of involvement with industry.'

Celine Mahe

I first came to Teesside University from France on an exchange programme to complete a two-year chemistry course. I really enjoyed my time at Teesside and was able to continue onto a BSc course within a variety of subjects. I found that contact with lecturers here was a lot more relaxed and friendly than in France.

I progressed to Teesside’s BSc (Hons) Process Biotechnology because the course mixed a variety of subjects that I really enjoyed. It also offered the possibility of a year out, which I found very interesting.

I had a wonderful time at Teesside University. I met many different and interesting people, quite a few of whom I stayed in touch with. I also improved my English quite a lot. And
I really appreciated having so many opportunities at Teesside – there is lots of involvement with industry. During my third year I went on a Comet knowledge exchange. I spent a year working on my final-year project for a pharmaceutical company in Austria which was a fantastic experience. And during my final year, I worked in a project clinic with SKB – Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company.

I appreciated getting so much support for lecturers and fellow students. Having personal tutors is a very good idea.

The social life in Middlesbrough is very good for students. Everybody is very friendly and laid back, and there are a lot of pubs and clubs. The accommodation and living costs are cheap compared to back home. The countryside around Teesside is very good for hiking with some pretty villages.

When I left Teesside University, I joined Nestlé’s graduate scheme in York. I stayed with the company for seven years working on various sugar and chocolate confectionary projects. I worked on a number of technical assistance projects all around the world, and managed to spend a year working for Nestlé Australia in Melbourne.

I then followed my husband back to Switzerland and found a job with a pharmaceutical company developing anti-allergy drugs, and I started working in quality assurance. I was looking after supplier management and production compliance. The job was really interesting but the company was quite bureaucratic and not really employee focussed. I then worked for Celgene International on drugs for patients with certain types of rare cancers – it was interesting and challenging. We had a fabulous team and it made me realise the importance of nice colleagues.

Because of our growing little family, I have since changed roles to work part time in the medical device industry.