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The Faculty holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award which recognises our commitment to providing equality for women in mathematics and science

Sannia Farooque
MChem, BSc Chemistry student
Winner of the Adult Learner Award
Research and Leadership Scholar

Chemistry is at the heart of modern science, and so opens up doors to a vast number of opportunities. I chose to study at the University of Leeds because of the quality and versatility of research here and I was also taken in by equal opportunities and generous scholarships.

Adult Learner Award
Last year I won the Adult Learner Award last year which acknowledges the hard work of mature students who are doing a degree on top of maintaining their family and / or work life. It is a competitive award, and I feel so honoured for being awarded it. It can be hard sometimes, managing my time between my studying and my family, especially as I progress through this degree. However, everything worth having is worth working hard for.

Research and Leadership Scholarship
I have also been awarded the Research and Leadership Scholarship which enables the scholar to undertake two research projects in consecutive summers. But that’s not it. It offers so many other exciting opportunities ranging from volunteering at the House of Lords to Science festivals and school outreach activities. You are also given leadership training which will be invaluable when I am applying for jobs. With the scholarship I did a project on the extraction of natural products and their uses last year. However, I am planning on doing a project in computer modelling this summer.