Hunna Ihsan

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Medical Sciences (Pharmacology & Therapeutics)
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

The Medical Sciences programme is broad with varying modules from specialisms to select. This appealed to me the most, as I developed a research interest right from the start of the degree. The programme is designed to have small group learning sessions that challenged me the most to think critically about health and disease as a medical scientist. Today, it is rewarding to see how the programme has nurtured my ability to approach and translate medical-related literature in innovative ways. This has enabled me to forward my ideas for the progression of research for novel treatments.

Some of the students were are profiling have in addition to their degree been awarded a departmental prize or award in recognition of their exceptional achievements. If this applies to you please can you tell us about the award you have received and what this award means to you?

Receiving the professionalism and personal growth reward is a reflection of the support and opportunities available at Exeter. Through the career opportunities advertised throughout our programme, I was able to take on board an internship with Advanced Global Health. I was required to evaluate the medical devices for neonates based on an appraisal of reports and literature. The internship helped me build on the existing skills I developed in Medical Sciences. I had an opportunity to disseminate critical findings in a concise manner for clinicians and allied healthcare professionals in NHS hospitals to assist them with understanding the beneficial effects.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The positivity at Exeter provides the perfect atmosphere to settle in quickly as you feel at home. I don’t have a specific highlight at Exeter, as I have embraced and learnt from all experiences during the degree. My time at Exeter enabled me to regain my confidence in education and achieve despite the challenges. 

What will you miss the most about University?

I am going on to achieve my long-term goals at Exeter.

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 The University of Exeter provides equal opportunities to develop your long-term goals. There are ample services that are readily accessible to support your studies and well-being throughout the degree programme.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

As Exeter has been the right place for me, I am returning to achieve my long-term career goals here.