Trent McLean-Ash, Medical Biochemistry

Trent McLean-Ash

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

Not only was it one of the best universities in the country for student satisfaction, it was top 5 for my chosen course as well! When I arrived the lecturer, who was course leader for first year, was so passionate about the topic, I knew I had to study here.

What have been the highlights of your time at the University of Leeds?

Joining powerlifting and weightlifting, becoming secretary, taking on the role of course rep for Biochemistry, joining the programme approval group. Making so many new friends  in my accommodation (and enjoying the nightlife with them!)

How have the facilities (libraries/labs etc.) helped you get the most out of your degree?

The labs here are spectacular, and they are managed by lab technicians who are incredibly knowledgeable and approachable, they will assist you happily should you require it. The libraries are varied and all fantastic in their own ways, and again they are staffed by experts who are gracious and always helpful.

Have you joined any student societies/sports clubs at the university? If so how has this enhanced your time at the University?

I have joined the Powerlifting and Weightlifting club, of which I am now the Secretary. This year I have also taken a level 1 Powerlifting coaching qualification to help train new members in our sport, we have also managed to get 4 other people qualified in the same way. It really brings people closer together being able to train together, and to enjoy socials together, the bonds are that much stronger than just a simple sport in similarity. There are so many truly brilliant people in this club, I am privileged to know them.

What key aspects of your experience of Leeds would you highlight to students thinking about coming do the same course?

The sheer excellence of the teaching staff. Not only are the majority of them ridiculously nice, they are all of them top of their field – the stuff we are learning this year you couldn’t get/read in a book even if you wanted to, they are literally spearheading research.

What are your ambitions for the future? Do you have specific career plans? Has the Faculty (careers centre/lecturers etc.) helped you with these goals in any way?

Either integrated masters/MRes in Cancer Biology. Followed by a PhD leading to a cancer research position. I have asked every lecturer I can about how they view various aspects of what I am doing/what I can choose to do in order to increase my future career aspects, and how they as experts view them. I would say they have been integral to me making certain decisions with long-lasting effects. The careers centre has been indispensable with perfecting my academic CV and cover letters. It's an invaluable resource.