Student Profiles

Daniel Congrave

Prizewinning student graduates

A local student accumulated an impressive total of six prizes throughout his time Bangor University.

Former Ysgol David Hughes pupil, Daniel Congrave, 22, from Beaumaris, Anglesey has graduated with a Master of Chemistry degree (MChem).

Daniel was awarded the Dr John Robert Jones Prize which is awarded to three of the best graduates across all subjects at the University, and received a prize of £800. He also won the AMRI MChem prize of £250, which is an annual award for the best MChem final year student.

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Daniel Congrave

PhD awaits Samuel

Four years of hard work have paid off for a Bangor University student who graduates with a first-class degree this week.

Former Malmesbury School Sixth Form student and Air Training Corps cadet, Samuel Hare Male, 22, graduated with a MChem degree from the School of Chemistry.

Excited about the prospect of graduating, Samuel said: “lt feels like it’s been a long time coming as I’ve done a four year course. The majority of my friends graduated last year so after seeing how much they enjoyed it, I’ve been very much looking forward to it.

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Nawzad Noori Ahmed - PhD in bioelectrochemistry


"I am from the north of Iraq from the Kurdistan region.

"When I first arrived in the UK the very different culture was the hardest thing to cope with. However, the staff and students alike soon helped to settle me into a UK way of life. The extensive history of the department and local area is very impressive. The ability to work hands on with the scientific instrumentation has helped my technical knowledge and confidence grow."

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From Barbados to Bangor - Collin Scantlebury Visiting PhD student from Barbados


Collin Scantlebury, a PhD student at the University of the West Indies (UWI), in Barbados is visiting Bangor to undertake research for his PhD.

He was born and raised in St Peter in the North of Barbados but lives in St Philip in the South, where he is a part-time vegetable farmer when not a full time student in the lab at UWI.

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Athanasius Justin Manji - 3rd year PhD student


"The School of Chemistry where I am doing my PhD is one of the pioneer departments and has been a centre of excellence, its ranking in the recent Teaching Quality Assessment is excellent. The staff who are not only lecturers but experts in their fields, are highly dedicated to their work. They are very friendly and are always available and ready to assist students."

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Rob Hobbs - BSc Chemistry, MSc Chemistry, PhD Chemistry


"I really enjoyed my undergraduate studies with Bangor, the supportive academic environment really suited me as a student.  The supportive nature of the school here made the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate degree easy, and having finished my masters degree I was given the opportunity to again continue my studies at PhD level."

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Daniel Williams - BSc Chemistry and Management


"I left Bangor in June 2010 with a BSc in Chemistry and Management studies and walked straight into my current job. I'm originally From Royston in Hertfordshire and haven't moved far as I'm back in Royston working for Johnson Matthey at their headquarters.

"The department on the whole has set me up extremely well to enter the world of work and I’m grateful for all the support I had throughout my time in Bangor from the whole department."

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John Jones

John Jones - Part-time PhD in Electrochemistry and Biosensors


John Jones is from Degnway, North Wales.

A part-time PhD student at the School of Chemistry, Bangor University, John is studying for his PhD under Dr Chris Gwenin within the Electrochemistry and Biosensors group whilst working for AguaCure.

"I came back to Bangor because I love this area and feel so lucky to be able to work and live locally."

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Andy Ollies, Chemistry with Industrial Experience student


"I would say that the highlight for me so far has been the Industrial placement that I’m currently on. I’ve learned many new analytical skills, made some good friends and important contacts and gained good work experience in the fine chemicals industry. This placement has not only provided me with new skills as a chemist, it has also given me a good idea of what opportunities will be available to me when I graduate and in many ways enhanced my opportunities."

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Tania Anjos - Erasmus Student


Tania Anjos, 28 from Portugal took a degree in Technological Chemistry at Lisbon University - Faculty of Sciences. To complete the degree she needed to do a final year research project away from her University. She decided to participate on an ERASMUS Programme at Bangor. Tania ended up staying to complete a masters degree and a PhD.

"The best thing about Bangor has to be how easily you end up feeling at home. There is a great atmosphere at the School of Chemistry and you can get involved with quality research in a friendly environment."

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Rebecca Dean, PhD in Analytical Chemistry


Rebecca Dean, 29 from Kent, is studying a PhD in Analytical Chemistry

"My PhD is wonderful because it gives me a chance to build up the skills in the much specialised area I wish to work in, and it also gives me the opportunity to carry out unique research which will soon be published."

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Edward Morgan a Technical Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry


Edward Morgan, 27 from East Sussex studied a Masters in Environmental Chemistry at Bangor.

"It was so great to be in such a friendly and helpful department. I felt was able to be involved and was made to feel that my thoughts and contributions, in particular about my research project, were listened to and appreciated. In addition the close links with other departments (my project involved working with the biology department) meant I was able to further expand my expertise and knowledge, no longer just being a pure chemist. "

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Steven Strawson -MSc. in Modern Chemical Laboratory Practice


Steven Strawson, 22 from Amlwch, Anglesey is studying an MSc. in Modern Chemical Laboratory Practice.

"I initially chose Bangor for my BSc., partly because of the advantages offered for welsh students continuing their studies in Wales, as well as receiving a very good offer from the department, following a scholarship I successfully passed.  I also visited on a departmental open day and found it to be friendly and welcoming and I was impressed by the research and teaching standards within the department, even in comparison to some much bigger departments in other universities "

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Stuart Rodgers, third year Chemistry student


"I've found the Chemistry department really great. The staff are all friendly and willing to help and the student support here is really good.

" If I need to see my personal tutour it's really easy; I can knock on his door anytime or if he's not in I'll e-mail him - he's pretty accessible."

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