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Meet some of our postgraduates...

We think Sheffield is a great place to live, and the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences Sheffield is an excellent place to study for a research degree.

Below, some of our current postgraduates give their opinions on life and work in APS.

You might also want to take a look at some of the University information (link on the right hand side) about life in Sheffield and at the University.

Student picture - Han Goh

Goh Hoe Han is from Malaysia and is studying leaf development for his PhD  (2008-2012).

“I appreciate the opportunities this department provides for its PhD students: if you put a lot in you get a lot out. Its very friendly and supportive and I have never felt I have been treated differently because I am an overseas student. My working environment is excellent, and Sheffield is a great city. Its very hilly, which gets you fit if you walk to work!”
Student photo - Adam Dobson

Adam Dobson is from the UK and is studying microbial resistance evolution for his PhD (2007-2011).

“The department has really provided a stimulating and nurturing environment for my PhD. The lab facilities are superb and the academic environment is very, very strong with plenty of seminars and opportunities for discussion and interaction. Moreover there is a vibrant postgraduate community. One thing you cannot separate from the University is the city – Sheffield is a great place to live. It is a big city right next to the biggest national park in the UK and its cheap compared to other British cities.”
Student picture - Kang Wook Kim

Kang Wook Kim is from S.Korea and is studying the genetic basis of colour polymorphism in the Gouldian Finch for his PhD (2007-2011).

“The department is very nice and exceeded my expectations as a place to work. My lab is state-of-the-art and there are many people from different scientific and cultural backgrounds working here. I like living in Sheffield but it is rather hilly!”
Student picture - Xiaojia Yin

Xiaojia Yin is from China and is studying co-tolerance in Arabadopsis for her CSC-funded PhD (2007-2011).

“I found it very easy to settle into my personal and scientific life in Sheffield: The Sheffield Society for Chinese Students (CSSA) was very important in this. The department is very friendly and I really like living in Sheffield because it is so close to the Peak District National Park. Even though it is a big city, the cost of living is very cheap.”
Student picture - Serina Akhtar

Serina Akhtar is from the UK and is studying club-root infection. She has a departmental PhD scholarship (2009-2013).

“My lab has a great mix of home and international students and this brings a really important perspective to my working environment and research. The induction process for new PhD students was really useful and helped me settle into my PhD quickly. As well as being a great department, this city is really friendly and safe– the best thing about it is that it doesn’t feel like a city. You have all the convenience of city life and none of the downsides.”