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Amy Towler

BSc in Pharmacology, graduated July 2019

Amy Towler, Events Officer, Stemettes

Initially, I enrolled at Newcastle University to study Biochemistry starting in 2016. Due to Newcastle University’s combined first year, I was able to study all subjects under the branch of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences which allowed me to have a taster of each. For me, this was particularly useful as beyond A Level Biology and Chemistry, I had not studied these subjects in depth so having the initial taster before being able to swap specialisms was great. It opened my eyes to the world of Pharmacology!

One particular highlight of my degree was undertaking my final year research project. My project was surrounding skin cancer, focusing on the use on immunotherapy on melanoma and cutaneous squamous-cell carcinoma. It was really interesting to be able to experience working in a laboratory during my degree, allowing me a taster for how this would be as a full-time career.



Being able to study a vocational module was something I particularly enjoyed in my third year. I was able to focus on an area I wanted to explore further in my career – for me, this was Science Communication. This taught me how I was able to communicate complex aspects of my degree to others who may not have the same knowledge, in various formats such as blog posts, videos and press releases. It also gave me the confidence to further pursue my focus on Science Communication, working part-time during my studies as a Street Scientist for Newcastle University, then going on to work full-time as an Outreach Ambassador for Newcastle University until April 2020. Both roles involved delivering interactive scientific talks and workshops to primary and secondary school groups, which I absolutely loved!

I really enjoy being busy, so during my degree I was heavily involved in Raising and Giving Society and Irish Dance Society, undertaking committee level roles in both societies. This was a great way to be able to meet friends outside of my course, enjoy my hobbies as well as gain valuable transferable skills.

I am fortunate to able to continue my passion for Science Communication by undertaking the role of Events Officer at Stemettes, working to plan and deliver impactful careers-based events to allow young people to make informed decisions about their future.