Postgraduate profile: Kelly Butterfield

What do you particularly enjoy about postgraduate study in the Chemical Synthesis CDT?

The best thing about the CDT is the friendships I have made throughout the Chemistry department, it is really useful when you need advice from someone with different strengths.

What are the facilities like?

The facilities are excellent, the labs are well equipped and we have our own CDT hub for brainstorming sessions.

How much support do you get from staff?

During the PACT year there is lots of support from the management team, as the years go on there is more emphasis on being self-driven, but they are always there if you want a chat.

How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?

It’s a very different experience because you gain a broader understanding of chemistry through the PACT year, but also the opportunity to learn one area in great detail when you start your project.

Is there anything you would want to tell a prospective postgraduate student considering studying for a PhD in Chemical Synthesis at our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training?

I would tell a prospective student that it is a good course, especially for those that would like to try out a few different areas of chemistry before picking a project to work on for their PhD.

Why did you decide to apply for this programme versus the normal route PhD?

I chose this programme because of the skills training offered. This gives me a greater range of transferable skills when I come to look for a job.

What are you planning to do after completing your studies?

I am still undecided about what to do when I finish my studies, which is why the transferable skills I am gaining is so important to me.

Kelly Butterfield, 2012 Cohort
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