What did you do before joining the scheme?

I completed a BA in English Language and Literature and went on to study an MSc in Higher Education. Alongside my studies, I was heavily involved with outreach and access activities, I coordinated student welfare activities, and volunteered at my local Sixth Form to offer admissions advice.Alex Beddall

What attracted you to the scheme?

I knew I wanted to work in Higher Education, but I wasn’t sure what area I wanted to be in. Seeing that the scheme offered a chance to try my hand at different areas of a university, I applied! I wanted to do work that would challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone, and Imperial offered that opportunity to be involved with a variety of projects. I really appreciated the scheme’s focus on training and development, and I’m grateful I get the chance to take up these opportunities.

What would be your one tip for applicants?

Don’t worry about knowing exactly the type of work or the area you want to be involved in. The scheme is flexible and gives you the opportunity to try things you maybe haven’t considered taking part in before. With the application, it’s important to talk about what interests you but also keep an open mind.