Kinga Anna Zielinska

Country: Poland
Sector: Higher Education
Job title: DPhil student
Subject of study: Natural Sciences
Year of graduation: 2018
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

University of Oxford

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since I left Exeter, I have been doing my DPhil at the University of Oxford.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I have chosen it because I love science and I am lucky enough to explore it in one of the best universities in the world. I really enjoy having interesting discussions with my colleagues and the freedom I have in my research.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

I was a member of the Natural Sciences society and the Cycling Club.

Were you part of the Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme at any point during your studies?


What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I enjoyed a broad range of subjects we could choose from, depending on our interests and future career goals. I also appreciated very strong support from both other students and lecturers.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the University, knowing that I will be supported in whichever path I choose.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Exeter is a beautiful city with one of the best universities in the UK. I liked the fact that it was a great place for both science and sport – my two biggest passions.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

The opportunity of taking a variety of modules allowed me to develop my multidisciplinary skills and apply them in different situations, which is a very useful skill when conducting independent research in a cutting-edge discipline like cancer studies. Having a strong background in a number of topics is a great advantage, regardless of a future career path.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

I would say – don’t be afraid to try something you have always wanted to do but you were worried you would not be good enough for. There is no harm in trying, and you can only gain valuable experience.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment, I am very focused on my academic work. I am planning to continue as a postdoc, but I am open to exciting opportunities.


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