Ruqiya shares her experience studying for her PhD
Having progressed from her MPharm and a master’s in Cancer Biology and Therapy, Ruqiya has pursued her fascination in the field of cancer research through a PhD.
I chose to study at the University of Central Lancashire because it is one of the leading universities within the field of cancer research in the UK. I have had some challenges with adapting to the British education, such as the deadlines and adapting to a new writing style, but overall the academic staff have been supportive, willing to help and the research facilities are very good.
The support doesn’t end with academic staff either, in my experience student support helps a lot to guide you through different aspects of student life. Also, careers support is great for helping to prepare you for jobs. My advice to you if you are considering studying here is make the most of the available resources, which are plentiful!
"If you are considering studying here is make the most of the available resources, which are plentiful!"— Ruqiya Al- Jaafar, PhD in Nanomaterials & Composite Materials for Biomedical Application
When I arrived in Preston, I first noticed how the city was small but very resourceful and the accommodation is around the campus, which is convenient. It is a great place from which to explore more of the UK, I have visited London, Lancaster, Loughborough, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich and Sheffield.
I feel Preston is a safe place to come and live as an international student and although the weather can change to rain in an instant, we do have nice summers too! In my spare time I enjoy walking around the city and also the nearby green spaces, such as Avenham and Miller Parks.