Physics student Stephen Storey shares his experiences of studying at UCLan

Now in his third and final year, BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics student Stephen Storey is enjoying all aspects of his time at the University of Central Lancashire.

It was on open day where Stephen was first impressed by what UCLan had to offer. "Other universities didn't show me anything more than the generic pitch that had already been advertised to me. UCLan had us go hands on with a small experiment, showed us some things other students achieved and then showed us around the labs. UCLan felt like it had pride in what it does. They delivered the message that it would support me in my studies which other universities couldn’t match."

As a student Stephen developed his understanding of physics and interests in areas such as dark matter and python coding. He enjoyed the practical modules hosted the brilliant facilities UCLan provides for its students. “As part of my course, I get access to the Leighton Building’s labs and to go to the Alston Observatory for certain practicals. This is beneficial as it allows me to put some of what I’ve learnt in lectures into practice to confirm and consolidate that knowledge.”

BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics student Stephen Storey.
BSc (Hons) Physics with Astrophysics student Stephen Storey.

Alongside the quality of the lectures, Stephen speaks highly of the lecturers that lead them. “The lecturers across the board are helpful, approachable, and supportive. I also find it a comfort that they are understanding and patient. They consistently provide feedback and resources, and lectures are always delivered clearly in a way that’s easy to understand. The lecturers are easily one of the highlights of the course.”

Outside of the lecture theatre, Stephen spoke of the benefits that come with being based on our Preston Campus. “Preston’s city centre is nothing more than a 15-minute walk away. I don’t have to deal with buses or trains. From my accommodation I can just walk to lectures or to the shops, and it doesn’t take long.”

"I’ve felt very welcome here and supported in my studies, I have not a single regret in choosing UCLan as my university"

In the future, Stephen plans to work within the sector or use the skills he’s learning on the course to work in a related area. “My third-year project involves designing an app and I’m quite enjoying that. I can use that to get my foot in the door for a software or game design job as well.”

For those planning their path into undergraduate study, Stephen offered the following comments. “I’ve felt very welcome here and supported in my studies, I have not a single regret in choosing UCLan as my university.”