Aleksandra Domzalska from Poland

BSc (Hons) Biotechnology

Student from Poland“I am studying a full-time, undergraduate course in biotechnology and expect to complete in 2010.

“I’ve been working all the way through my studies doing some part-time jobs (working in catering, bars, shop work), now I am working as a Shift Manager to develop my managerial skills, as well as, financially support myself through my studies.

“I came to Wolverhampton for the summer to practice my language and spend some time with friends who have been studying here. They told me about opportunities at the University and how life is as a University of Wolverhampton student. I liked what I saw and heard and so I decided to stay and study here.

“I felt it was easier for me to settle into life and studies at the University because I have spent all summer before I started studying in Wolverhampton. I received help and advice from older students which was incredibly useful. The same goes for the university – all the tutors, lecturers and administrative staff were understanding and helpful. I found that University staff were very supportive and I could receive help with everything (eg. housing problems).

“Currently, I am also a student Course Representative and this involves me dealing with issues raised by students to relevant University staff to action or resolve.

“What I like the most about the studies here is that the courses are very specialised. Lectures are delivered in an accessible way and the methods of teaching are versatile. I also won a Microbiology Society prize certificate and cheque for the best performance of a second year student in microbiology modules.

“Buildings are newly refurbished with hundreds of computers with internet access. My course requires working in the laboratories which are fully equipped and which we can access at any time.

“I have never lived in Halls, but lots of my friends have. I have friends literally from all over the world. There are lots of clubs and pubs around the city and the University provides social clubs, sport facilities and different communities - so how you use these opportunities is up to you.

“Wolverhampton is a nice and quiet city with many high street shops, parks to play team games or jog. Many concerts take place in the Civic Hall and there are two theatres and outdoor events for the citizens.

“Studying here helped me to improve my confidence and self-esteem. I am confident in my English and I know that whether I decide to go back to Poland or settle down in another country it would be easier for me to find a job as my degree is accepted in many countries.

“On completion of my BSc (Hons) Biotechnology I am planning to study the MPharm that is offered at the University of Wolverhampton to develop a career in pharmaceutical research.”