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Monday morning lab.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

After what seemed like an incredibly short weekend came my monday 9am chemistry lab session!

So far this semester the chemistry component has been divided into seminars and laboratory classes which alternate each week. In this semester we are studying components of analytical chemistry, whereby we are exploring the chemical content and structures of drugs using methods such as UV and atomic emission spectroscopy. This can then furthermore help determine how stable or safe a drug is.

A few weeks ago we did an experiment analysing the content of aspirin tablets using two different instrumental methods (a UVspectrophotometer machine and a manual back titration) to see which instrument could give a more accurate result in detecting how pure the samples of the tablets were.

However on monday we had what appeared to be a challenging lab, analysing the effect of magnesium on renal function, and the effect of sodium on cardiovascular disease.

We spent almost the first hour working out a series of calculations to prepare for that morning’s experiment. I guess the class would have been made easier if we (not only me!!) did some of those calculations prior to the lab taking place!  Though with some guidance from our tutor, we were able to finally carry out the practical correctly, hooray!


Sim Man!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Like anyone’s time spent at University, you make a lot of new friends and meet different people along the way…. However when you study at Sunderland’s School of Pharmacy,  you also get the pleasure of meeting SIM MAN!!! He plays a huge part in learning clinical skills during the degree that can then be implemented into practise once graduated, and working as a Pharmacist. I had an encounter with Sim Man last year during my clinical scenario seminars, and was able to feel for it’s pulse besides it’s neck (carotid artery), under wrist (radial artery), groin (femoral artery) and top of the foot (dorsalis pedis artery)! It was really interesting, hopefully as the year goes on I’ll see it again and tell you more! In the mean time, watch this video of my clinical scenarios lecturer demonstrating Sim Man.

UoS Open day

Friday, October 26th, 2012

So last Saturday was my last appearance at one of the many open days at UoS! It was really good meeting some of the prospective students, and of course hanging out with the other bloggers. Remember, if you have any questions in regards to life in Sunderland, the university, and Pharmacy School…just ask!

Last Friday night

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Last Friday, the international Malaysian student’s at Uni put on a “Malaysian Night” in a church hall by Park Lane to introduce the Sunderland local’s to Malaysian culture. A group of students gave a presentation on the stage about the history of Malaysia and a brief description of the traditions and customs native to them. After the presentation, everyone was invited to try the buffet of Malay, Chinese and Indian food that they had all prepared! It was so fun! I went with a group of my Malaysian friends from Pharmacy School, and it was so great to learn a little bit more about what their culture is like. Lots of girls dressed up in traditional and modern Chinese and Malay dresses, and they were all so pretty. That is another thing I love about Sunderland- having the opportunity here to make so many friends from all over the world!!

Open day 20th Oct, 2012

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Hey guys,

Check out my latest video update in regards to this week’s open day!


Video Update!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

UoS open day October 3rd!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012


Today was the first open day at UoS for this year! There were over 600 hundred prospective students coming through the doors at St. Peter’s campus to meet and speak with staff and lectures from a variety of different programmes. There was also the chance to listen in on designated talks specific to each degree, and take tours around the University’s accommodation and campus.

Luckily I didn’t have class this morning, so I was able to go along and help out with Karina, who study’s Law and blogs for Lives Online also.

I spoke to quite a few students who were really interested in pharmacy, which was awesome! If you were unable to come along today, don’t fear, there are still many more dates to come to Sunderland and check out all the courses in this cool city.

Click on the following link to see the dates for the next open day:


Pharmacy School Summer Placements!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

It may seem a little too soon to be talking about Summer 2013, however now is the right time to start applying for Pharmacy placements next year.

Most UK Pharmacy School students will be applying for a 8-10 week Summer Pharmacy placement provided by companies such as Boots, Lloyds, Asda and Morrisons for the opportunity to gain valuable experience within community pharmacies up and down the country. It is extremely useful to work at any of these pharmacy’s as it increases the likelihood of obtaining a good Pre-registration year at a Pharmacy after graduation.

A good website full of advice about placements and the pre-reg year, along with all information about practising as a pharmacist is,

Here’s a link

Second week back.

Monday, October 1st, 2012

My first day of the second week back at Uni has been some what stressful!

I have had SO much work set, and have been allocated the dates for 3 exams approaching in four weeks time!
So far my “normal” routine at uni spans from 9am-4pm. Every single day!!! And I’ve spent these past few nights revising the lectures I have attended during day.

The life of a Pharmacy student is probably slightly different to other students at Sunderland. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep up and stay on top of things, but we all know it will be worth it in the end!


Student Profile:

  • Name: Lauren Hill
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Hometown: London
  • Ambitions: To gain experience as a pharmacist and eventually look into opening my own organic Pharmacy.

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