Lucy Gell - PhD Student - School of Health and Related Research


Why did you choose The University of Sheffield?

I completed an undergraduate degree in Geography here at the University of Sheffield, and back then I chose to come here because the University had a really friendly feel and great reputation. It lived up to expectations. I came to ScHARR for my Masters and PhD because I had developed an interest in public health and the course here looked very interesting. I was lucky enough to meet a senior lecturer with similar research interests to me early on in my Masters, and here I am today!

Why did you choose the project you are studying?

My research is looking at alcohol consumption trajectories among older adults. I have been interested in research in the alcohol field since part way through my undergraduate degree. In particular I chose to focus on consumption trajectories among older adults because little work has been done in this area, and alcohol consumption and related problems among older adults is likely to be a growing concern in the future.

What do you like about your department?

The staff and students are friendly and supportive, and the facilities for PhD students are great.

What do you like about the university?

Sheffield University is a friendly environment in which to study for a PhD and the resources available to students in the department are excellent. In addition the sports clubs and societies are plentiful and there is always something to enjoy in your spare time.

How would you describe your relationship with the staff?

I feel that I have a good relationship with the staff here in ScHARR, I am treated as an equal. The PhD students are invited to section meetings that help us keep up to date with what research and teaching is taking place within the school, and there are plenty of opportunities for us to get involved in teaching alongside staff as well.

How would you describe your relationship with other students?

We all share an office in the department which is great because it means that we have contact with other PhD students all the time. It´s nice to be able to share problems we are finding within our research, and just generally to have other people around to talk to.