William Sargent – MTST

At school in Margate, I always knew that I wanted a career in science. The hard part was deciding which kind! Medicine has always been of great interest to me, and so, after a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences at Kellogg College, I decided to begin a graduate-entry Medicine course at Somerville. Alongside my degree work, my scholarship allows me to use my time outside term to focus on research. I’m now working with Professor Sally Collins at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, looking at a rare condition that can cause serious complications in pregnancy. I’ve attended conferences to present our research and I’m currently writing up our findings for publication. I’ll be travelling to Naples for part of my Obstetrics and Gynaecology placement. This will be my first experience of the healthcare system of another country, and it wouldn’t have been possible without funding from the Thatcher Scholarship Programme.

I’ve also started training as a Reserve Officer in the Army, gaining my provisional Commission which will allow me to begin leading soldiers in training and on exercises. The experiences and challenges I’ve had during training are far removed from those of medical schools, but I enjoy being pushed and tested and I’m confident that some of the skills I’ve learned will serve me well in my medical career. I’m immensely grateful that I have been given so many interesting opportunities and so much support.