Margaux Quiniou

Margaux Quiniou

BSc Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular Biology) with Professional Placement

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

The highlight of my time at Exeter has undoubtedly been the research project which final year students take part in. Integrating a research team in the Biosciences department and taking part in novel and cutting-edge research was a fantastic experience! Working alongside experienced and passionate scientists, using state of the art techniques, and gaining in-depth knowledge about a scientific field was immensely rewarding. Finally, this project gave me the chance to grow and mature into the researcher I wish to be.

2. What will you miss the most about the University?

The friendly community and supportive atmosphere are major elements I will miss about the university. My lecturers were not only competent in their teaching skills, but also understanding, available and always ready to help! The close proximity and communication between staff and students is what makes Exeter unique.

3. What did you enjoy about your particular programme?

I particularly enjoyed the structure of the Biological Sciences programme, as the wide choice of modules gave me the opportunity to tailor my degree to my interests. I loved the flexibility we had in choosing between more theoretical or practical-based modules, field trips, or even modules from other programmes. Most importantly, I was able to discover and learn about specific areas of science which had not occurred to me while applying to university. Overall, I enjoyed the freedom and independence I had in ‘designing’ my own degree.

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

My biggest advice to current and future students would be to take every opportunity that comes their way! The university offers numerous summer internships, work experience and volunteering possibilities. Not only will these valuable experiences enhance your skills, they will also allow you to create a network, become independent and help you decide on your career path.

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

As I wish to become a neuroscientist, I will be moving to Zurich (Switzerland) where I will be studying a master’s degree at the ETH, which will prepare me for the exciting research life that awaits me!