Sheffield student wins National Undergraduate Employability Award

Pei Lyn Tey, an undergraduate student at the University of Sheffield has won the award for Best Placement Student at this year’s National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards. NUEAwards

The award, sponsored by L’Oréal, was in recognition of the research undertaken by Pei Lyn during her year-long placement at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as a Molecular Biology industrial placement student. Describing her work experience Pei Lyn said: “[During the placement] we were all assigned individual research projects, which we would work on which the company was interested in.

“My day to day work at GSK involved planning my experiments, spending a lot of time in the lab (which was great fun!!), attending meetings to catch up on what others students or project teams were up to and writing up my work.

“I enjoyed being able to learn in a hands-on method during my placement, and the environment I was in further encouraged that. I also really enjoyed the companionship of the groups I was placed in; it was a friendly, tightly knitted group of people who were constantly pushing themselves to their boundaries.”

Pei Lyn is now back at the University to complete her Molecular Biology course in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Head of Department, Professor Alastair Goldman said: “It is great to see Pei Lyn’s excellent placement work being recognised with this NUE Award.

“Such placements really enhance the student experience, building confidence and expertise that will help them compete successfully on the graduate job market.”

Pei Lyn travelled to Sheffield from Malaysia and is very pleased to have done so. “I chose to come to the University of Sheffield because of how highly regarded the University is, especially in the field of Biotechnology. The teaching staff is also very committed to providing a great teaching experience!

“My favourite bit of my course has been the final year project with Dr. Adam Hodgson where cytogenetics is used in the diagnosis of leukaemia. We were taught how to perform human karyotype analysis which is to pair up the chromosomes of a sample and identify abnormalities that may indicate cancer such as Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia or other genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome. I definitely gained a new skillset there!”

Pei Lyn Tey’s award comes after University of Sheffield Chemistry student Shannon North, was shortlisted for the NUE Award for Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium-Sized Employer 2016. Vice President (Science), Professor Nigel Clarke said: “Science is naturally a very vocational area of study and at the University of Sheffield we ensure our students receive excellent practical tuition. Part of this is seeking out the best placement opportunities and I am delighted to see our students being recognised for excelling in the industrial context.”

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For more about the awards, please visit the National Undergraduate Employability Awards website.