Daniella Gallagher

Daniella Gallagher

BSc Biochemistry with Industrial Experience

1. What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time at university was completing my industrial placement year at Shell Technology Center Houston in Texas, USA. It was an incredible opportunity, both to complete a lab-based research project and to experience living abroad. I was proud that my project was published in a high impact journal, and the skills I developed this year aided me hugely when I returned to Exeter for my final year, especially for my final year research project.

2. What will you miss the most about University?

I have loved the sense of community in Exeter in all aspects of my university life, from the academic programme to halls of residence and societies. It is a dynamic hub of like-minded, yet equally diverse individuals, many of whom I can call my friends. I will miss being surrounded by such interesting and friendly communities of people!

3. What did you enjoy about your particular programme?

The Biochemistry programme at Exeter has allowed me to explore a range of areas within the field, which has helped me to prepare for a career in the industry. The variety of modules and opportunities to do lab work were both interesting and engaging.

4. What advice would you give to current and future students?

I would definitely advise to get involved and take advantage of having close contact to academics who are leading experts in their fields. Many of the Biosciences teaching staff are open to discussion with students outside of lecture hours, which is a great opportunity to gain clarity or deeper understanding of certain topics, and develop your academic interests.

5. What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am pleased to have secured a graduate role within the Civil Service, for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). I will be working on environmental policies relating to exiting the European Union, and I hope to further my professional development by getting involved with a variety of projects within the Civil Service.