My name is Emer and I’m a second year Biochemistry student at Somerville.

I grew up in a small town in East Lancashire and I’ve always been fascinated with learning about the world around me through science. As I progressed to A levels, I began to foster a particular interest in Biochemistry and I am delighted to be able to pursue this interest here, at university. Within Biochemistry, I’m particularly interested in genetics and how it can be used to study and treat disease.

In my spare time, I enjoy running and playing for the college netball team, as a joint captain. My other hobbies include Irish dancing, which I have practised for more than ten years, and baking. I am also a part of the Entz team of Somerville’s JCR, which is responsible for organising social events for the college.

I am honoured to be in receipt of this scholarship and I am both excited and grateful for the opportunities that the scholarship will offer me in furthering not only my academic development but also my contribution to university access and outreach work.