Student Profile

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Perkins Lynda

Graduated: BSc (Hons) Animal Science
Nationality: British
Occupation: Biological Sciences PhD research student

Why did you choose to study at Writtle University College?
Writtle offered the Animal Science degree course which was perfectly suited to help me pursue my future career in the animal field. Having grown up in Chelmsford, Writtle was in an ideal location and suited my desire to study for a degree whilst staying close to home.

What does Writtle University College mean to you?
I enjoyed every aspect of my degree whilst at Writtle. I developed my academic abilities, enhanced my career prospects and created a support network that will precede for years to come.

The staff were supportive, encouraging and worked with you to reach your ambitions. The community feeling at Writtle was wonderful and created a real team atmosphere throughout the whole campus. Alongside this, the extra-curricular opportunities available created a great balance between the academic and social university experience.

Writtle University College is a unique place and offers opportunities that other universities cannot. I look back on my time at Writtle fondly and would recommend this specialist institution to anyone.

What did you particularly enjoy about your course?
The Animal Science degree that Writtle offered was a great and diverse mix of practical teaching and lectures in small seminar situations. The vital practical skills which were developed are pivotal in the ever competitive and expanding animal field. The mixture of teaching styles prepared all students for future careers in academia or in industry.

My favourite modules whilst studying at Writtle were ‘Principles of Nutrition’ and ‘Applied Nutrition and Feeding’. These modules gave a profound overview of the subject area, whilst teaching current laboratory methods and allowed for discussion regarding recent advances within the field. Similarly, I loved the final year dissertation project. It allowed you to completely immerse yourself into your chosen field, create discussions and push research boundaries whilst presenting opportunities to communicate to wider audiences outside of the institution.

My Current Job
Biological Sciences PhD research student at Queen’s University Belfast.

The diverse range of skills that I developed whilst studying at Writtle prepared me for my current PhD researcher position. I believe the opportunities, facilities and in depth knowledge I was exposed to throughout my time at Writtle were invaluable and have prepared me for my current step in my career path.

Future Plans
I am currently one year into my three year PhD project in a Global Research Institute at a Russell Group university. Therefore, short term my future plan is to complete my PhD and then a post-doc position. Long term, my plan is to continue in research and contribute to the ever expanding knowledge and developments within the ruminant nutrition and genetics field.

Special Achievements
During my time at Writtle:

  • First place presentation at the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare's 11th annual student conference (March, 2016)
  • The school of Sport, Equine and Animal Science prize (September, 2016)
  • Academia Association of the British Society of Animal Science award (September, 2016)
  • British Society of Animal Science Academia Association Best National Poster award (April, 2017)