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Lumley Castle !!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago my friend decided to take me on a spontaneous trip to Lumley Castle!!

Lumley Castle is located in Durham, which is only about 20 minutes away from Sunderland. It is a 14 century castle and apparently is owned by the earl of Scarborough…!

So we went for afternoon tea, which as I mentioned in my previous video is one of my all time favourite things to do! I love going for tea when I’m back home in London, especially at The Ritz and Fortnum and Mason.. !


Student life…

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The life of a Pharmacy student is not all work and no play… In fact for quite a few students, it’s definitely a balance of both.

We don’t always sit for hours endlessly in lectures, and return to the library after labs!

Sunderland has a really popular night life too!!! Most weeks student’s go out on Monday’s and Wednesday’s to the large variety of clubs around the town (luckily all in walking distance to each other).

However Newcastle is also equally popular. Pharmacy students lovee to party in Newcastle as some of the clubs tend to be slightly different to Sunderland in terms of party-goers and thus creates a different atmosphere!!

My lovely friend recently celebrated her 22 birthday in Newcastle…it was sooo much fun!


February Video!! All about Pharmacy second semester.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Hey guys, yesterday I recorded an accidental rather long video about this past semester at Uni. Watch to find out what I’ve been up to these past few weeks !!

Coptic’s in need charity dinner.

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

This Sunday was the Coptic’s in need charity dinner.

There is a HUGE community of Egyptian-Canadian Coptic students studying here at Sunderland, and I think with the majority studying Pharmacy!! Lots of the friends I have here on my course are Egyptian-Canadian, so I went with a few of them to their and annual charity dinner, raising money for those in need. It was pretty fun, and the upstairs of cooper rose was hired out for the event. Lot’s of people turned up, which was great for their charity!


Dinner with friends…

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

As week 30 is approaching, it’s suffice to say the work load is building up as we are approaching final deadlines for assignments and nearing our end of year exams.

However don’t feel too sorry for me – This week I visited my lovely friend Heline’s house for dinner, along with my other good friend Serene. Heline and Serene are both Malaysian students studying pharmacy here with me, and Heline prepared the most *amazing* meal ever for us!! I’m so lucky to have such great friends! Anyway, we chatted all night and ate…and then discussed the possibility of me visiting Malaysia this summer. How awesome would that be….!


Hello February!

Monday, February 4th, 2013




Monday is my favourite day of the week!

Strange…maybe, as most people seem to dread it?  But starting a new week is so refreshing. And monday morning always means chemistry in my timetable. Today I had another lab. As I said earlier this year, this semester mainly focuses on the gastro-intestinal and respiratory systems. So today we analysed a chemical solution called Sulfasalazine, one of the compounds of the chemical group Sulfonamides. This class of compounds, which are known as “sulfa drugs” were the first synthetic antibacterial agents used. However, the compound is mainly used in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases, such as ulcerative colitis and rheumatoid arthritis (diseases that can cause inflammation within the intestine). During my morning class we looked at the physiochemical properties of the drug, and how much would be available for absorption at different a pH. Our experiment was to determine the quantity absorbed by measuring the proportions of the compound in its aquesous and organic layer.

To cut my experiment short, and rather avoid writing up my lab script, we added different amounts of acid to two different solutions to create a different pH, and also added another chemical. We mixed the solutions together, and in a separating funnel we were able to see the two different layers of the compound. I took a picture of one sample we prepared. The top layer, is the organic layer, and bottom is the aqueous layer. We basically wanted to use only the aqueous layer for analysis (that we will complete in 2 weeks time) and took a sample and placed it separately in a small vial.

After class I grabbed “breakfast” with my lovely friends from my lab group and chatted before we proceeded to the library for our lecture.



London, always a good idea…

Monday, February 4th, 2013

After such a busy January back at uni, I decided to go back to home to London for a few days to have some fun seeing my friends and family, and my cute husky Lewie…whom I miss so much whilst I am away!



I arrived back to London towards the end of the week, and spent my friday morning indulging in some shopping with my dad, and (much to his dismay) his credit card. Later I met up with my friends who are in their 3rd year studying Medicine at University in London. We went to their Medic’s student union..exclusive to medics (not sure how I managed to pass) and then to the ULU, the University of London’s Union. It was so fun going to see what university life is like outside of class for my friends who didn’t move away from home….definitely different to Sunderland!



On Saturday my dad planned for himself and I to visit my brother and his wife in Kent. My sister-in-law is currently pregnant, so it was extra special seeing them. They newly decorated their baby’s future room, and it was so adorable. I just can’t wait to be an Aunty in less than 10 weeks !
I spent much of my other time just catching up with other friends I hadn’t seen in a while for coffee, and lunch.


I probably won’t visit home until April when my little baby niece or nephew is born, though that is more than enough time away….too much work at the moment to spend time in London :p


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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