Postgraduate profile: Paul Walker

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

The CDT offers the opportunity to work in a number of different labs with different people during your RBS rotations allowing you to learn a range of skills and techniques from a variety of different people.

What are the facilities like?

The facilities are excellent.

How much support do you get from staff?

The CDT administrative staff as well as academic staff are always available and willing to help with any questions or problems.

How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?

Postgraduate study focuses more on novel research rather than teaching. This requires a willingness to think about problems and find solutions and explanations for the results you collect.

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?

If you don’t know exactly who you want to undertake a project with but like the style of research at Bristol, then the CDT is a great way to find out about the individual research groups and get a better understanding of what they do.

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

Having spent 18 months working in industry in a non-chemistry role, I decided the CDT route allowed me to work for a number of supervisors and get a feel for the type of project I wanted to work on. Additionally, PACT offers the opportunity to refresh your chemical knowledge through brainstorming, director’s cut and other taught components.

What are you planning to do after completing your studies?

No idea! Although having worked in Industry for a while I would say that I am more suited to academia. I haven't ruled out working in Higher Education once I have finished my PhD but, to be honest with three and a bit years still to go, I haven't really ruled anything out!

Paul Walker, 2014 Cohort
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