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This small class sizes allowed for everyone to be heard. It also means that you are able to build a strong relationship with your peers and also your lecturers. Everyone at UCS is incredibly friendly and helpful, creating a strong sense of family.

Medical Genetics Graduate Ellie joined University Centre Shrewsbury through Clearing and due to the welcoming nature and personalised learning experience at UCS has gone on to study a Masters in Medical Genetics at the University of Chester.

"I applied to UCS through Clearing. I believe that this was a blessing in disguise, as when I visited UCS shortly after, I was immediately welcomed. When taking the initial tour of the university I met one of my lecturers, Chris Sharp who was incredibly friendly and welcoming which made me feel at home. I felt like the small class sizes really suited me and my style of learning and I was amazed as to why I hadn’t applied previously. As soon as I started I felt welcomed and met the most amazing group of friends that I could ever ask for.

I would say the most unique thing about studying at UCS would be the small class sizes and the friendly atmosphere. This small class sizes allowed for everyone to be heard. Everyone was encouraged to ask questions in lectures. The small sizes also mean that you were able to build a strong relationship with your peers and also your lecturers. Everyone at UCS is incredibly friendly and helpful, creating a strong sense of family. Everyone knows everyone and you never feel like you’re going to get lost in the crowd.  My lecturers were amazing. They were always there for a chat/catch up. My friends and I would spend most of our time in the third floor offices asking questions (however silly they were) or just having a chat about lectures. They feel like family.

It’s prepared me for the next stage of my life. At the end of second year we completed a module called work based learning, where we took part in a variety of activities ranging from science communication, where we created a news segment, to various lab based projects. On the final week of WBL, people from different industries came to tell us about the different things we can do with our science degrees, e.g. scientists, business and law. My lecturers also told us what they did previously and how they came to become science lecturers here at UCS.

I could not recommend UCS enough. I don’t think I would’ve been able to have completed my degree without the continuous support given to me by my lecturers. I am extremely proud to have studied here and to also be an alumni."