About you

"I am from Aberdeen and in Year Two of the BSc (Hons) Human Biology.

"I’ve always been interested in human anatomy and how things work in the human body. That was the sole reason behind me choosing to study Human Biology but I have also taken a liking to other fields that we have learnt about such as pharmacology."

Living away from home

"Having gone to boarding school, living away from home to attend uni felt natural. I lived in the halls of residence in my first year and loved it. It’s the best way to meet people and have a fun time. It’s also really convenient for getting to those early 9am lectures! This year I am staying in a flat in Edinburgh city centre with friends who I met last year in halls.

"I love Edinburgh and couldn’t imagine being at university anywhere else. It’s always got such a buzz. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival has got to be one of my favourite aspects of living in Edinburgh — the atmosphere in the city throughout August, when it takes place, is amazing.

"I believe the essentials for living away from home would be a fluffy dressing gown, for lounging around, a lesson on how to do your washing correctly and a mug for all the cups of tea you consume."

The course

"The University is fairly small and a close community. Coming from a small school I decided it would suit me better as I have always been used to small classes and groups. Human Biology suits me well as there is a lot of practical work which I really enjoy doing. There are a lot of fun and interesting labs to participate in and also regular guest speakers that come in to lectures and seminars. Attending open days before coming to QMU helps with meeting people on your course and makes your first class less daunting.

"After graduating, I plan on either doing a postgraduate course in teaching or dentistry."


"There are a lot of fun and interesting labs to participate in and also regular guest speakers that come in to lectures and seminars."
Pippa Ross

Life as a student at QMU

"I am part of the netball and hockey clubs at QMU. Joining a sports team or society at university is the best way to meet people and to get advice from students in another year group. Also, sports teams have the best social gatherings and events, which are great fun to be part of. Grad Ball, which is the Sports and Societies’ end of year ball, has to be the highlight of every academic year and is definitely worth joining a society for!

"I believe to get the most out of being a student you need to be social and not be scared to try new things. You will get a lot of opportunities while being at university that you will not get once you graduate, so make sure you make the most of the student life."

Story published 2016-2017