Postgraduate profile: Stephen Hill
What do you particularly enjoy about postgraduate study in the Chemical Synthesis CDT?
The flexibility to choose the PhD from a range of proposals. As I knew I would enjoy a project between biology and chemistry then it was useful to have a range of options from which I could gauge my interest.
What are the facilities like?
The facilities are amazing. Not only from the analytical equipment, which is only ever a walk within the building or campus, but there is also the CDT hub. A good focal point when starting out at Bristol for the first time.
How much support do you get from staff?
The support on an admin and scientific level has been awesome but I should also highlight the excellent pastoral side of the CDT. When I had very grave familial problems everyone, from the administrative staff to the supervisors, were unbelievably supportive and generous with the flexibility I was given.
How does postgraduate study differ from an undergraduate degree?
The increased independency of not only doing your own research and experiments but also the design and direction of your work. This is the biggest single step-up from the more prescriptive nature of undergraduate work.
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?
Diversify your choices and horizons within the RBS rotations to cover areas of chemistry you may never have thought existed. Nothing lost in those 8 weeks for trying something new.
Why did you decide to apply for this programme versus the normal route PhD?
The flexibility it gave me whilst I decided on what I wanted to do, more exactly, for my PhD.
What are you planning to do after completing your studies?
I intend to continue within the chemical synthesis industry, wherever or whichever guise that comes in.