Hometown: Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Year of Course: 4

 

About You

I chose to come to QMU because it was one of the few universities offering a Nutrition course. I’m really interested health, and the positive effects that food can have on your body, when you nourish it with a balanced diet. I had wished to study Nutrition, then further my studies, and complete a Dietetics postgraduate. However my plans changed as soon as I began the Nutrition course because I knew it was exactly right for me!

I love cooking and have created a blog called “Juicy Lucie Foods”, which contains lots of simple, nutrition-packed recipes, which I’ve enjoyed making whilst a student. I’ve also set up a granola business, that is due to launch after I leave university which I’m very excited about! I enjoy pilates, going out for dinner with friends and exploring new places on holiday/city breaks.

Living Away from Home

I lived in halls in first year and loved it because I met friends there who I know I’ll have for life. Despite how clichéd that sounds, it’s the truth. I moved into Edinburgh for second and third year. I’m living in Glasgow at the minute with my husband and commuting into uni, which is actually surprisingly do-able, because of the train station right outside QMU. Both are such great cities to live in!

When living away from home, the top three things I couldn’t be without are:(1) my dressing gown; (2)Tupperware. (I’m so embarrassingly middle aged.) But seriously, they are essentials for student life. Plastic containers are great for storing big batches of cooked food and packed lunches, which will save you a ton of money. (3) Oh, and a hot water bottle. Self-explanatory for anyone who has been to Scotland.

As for Edinburgh life, I’ve discovered quite a few hidden gems when at university. Firstly, Leo’s Beanery - does the best food and the staff are so friendly. Next, Lovecrumbs; the coolest place. You’ll want to spend hours there sipping a flat white on the window seat. Lastly, The New Leaf Co-Op. You are able to grind your own peanut butter there. Need I say anymore?

"Over the past few years, there has been a heightened interest in health and wellbeing. As a course, I really enjoy it, as it is a great representation of the variety within the field of nutrition. This keeps it interesting!"
Lucie Weir

The Course

I came across for the open day, and was amazed by how modern the university was compared to others I’d previously seen. Also, I was really impressed by how handy the train was into the city. Especially when it arrived pretty much outside Topshop.

With a Nutrition degree, there are a lot of areas you could go into after graduation, for example business, teaching, research, health promotion etc. It’s an exciting time to be a Nutrition student! Personally I plan on going down the business and health promotion route. Companies are on the look out for students with an up-to-date knowledge of nutrition and food.

 Life as a Student at QMU 

Life at QMU is fun because it is a smaller campus compared to other universities, and I find that you’re always bumping into someone you know, which is really nice. You can’t possibly get lost.

The halls, students’ union, classrooms, canteen, gym and library (in that order) are so close to each other. You’ll find you are rarely running around. Unless you’ve slept in or joined the running club.

Speaking of running, the gym is great and the membership fee is quite possibly the cheapest you’ll ever find, in your whole life. Such a steal because it also includes an array of excellent classes.

 

Story published 2016-2017