Matthew Broderick felt UCLan was the perfect place to delve deeper into his interest in science, enrolling on the BSc(Hons) Forensic Biology degree course in 2005.
“I wanted to study science and had an interest in forensics at the time. I liked the look of the course content – it was quite specialised and genuinely interested me. Furthermore, I thought coming to UCLan would open many doors for me and I wasn’t wrong; my time at university had a great impact on me both personally and professionally.”
“The course was brilliant and I greatly enjoyed it, however it’s the extracurricular things that really stick in my mind,” commented Matthew. “I was a Student Mentor and Student Ambassador; I attended a private dinner at Westminster with Boris Johnson and Malcolm McVicar. I did just about everything, from working in the library to self-defence instruction. The academic side is certainly important, but these opportunities really developed me as a person and left me confident that I could overcome anything that faced me in the ‘real-world’’.”
Upon graduation, Matthew studied for his PGCE and then taught in London for two years whilst completing his MSc in Science Education. “I was fortunate to work with children quite a lot at UCLan and it really stoked a fire in me to get into teaching. Achieving my PGCE and obtaining a Distinction in my MSc was fantastic, as was getting into day-to-day teaching. The impact I had on my school in London in just two years remains a real source of pride for me. ”
Matthew then headed off to his Qatar, where he currently teaches at an international school, in addition to writing science textbooks for Harper Collins. “I wrote my first in 2010 and have had two others published since. I love teaching, but being able to help others find a passion in science through my books is the icing on the cake.”
“I’m fortunate to be in a job I love, and it’s in no small part thanks to UCLan and the opportunities presented to me. I did everything I could to progress both academically and personally. I worked hard on my course, mentored students and held several jobs. I tried to make the most out of every opportunity I had.”
“I feel that I could have got a degree that would have got me into teaching anywhere, but my experience at UCLan was unique. The opportunities I had pushed me above and beyond, to where I am now,” he continued.
TOP TIP FOR UNDERGRADUATES: Don’t restrict yourself to just studying, or just partying, or just working. Do as much as you can, of everything. Yes, you’re at university to get a good degree, but you also have a fantastic chance get involved with a range of activities which will really benefit you as a person and make you stand out post-graduation. Just remember, it’s up to you to take them and make the most of your university experience.