Postgraduate research

Jade Markham

“I wouldn't be able to do my research without the guidance of my supervisors and the support from staff and my PhD colleagues.”

Jade Markham

Year of Study





What course did you study previously?

I received a BSc in Chemistry from Loughborough and was lucky enough to be offered a PhD project in the same department. The department was very welcoming and having seen the postgrads working during a summer placement in the department, I really felt I wanted the same. 

What is your research project about?

At the moment I am working in the inorganic synthesis laboratory, looking at utilising phosphine chemistry for radiopharmaceutical applications. 

How are you funding your degree?

I am very grateful to have received a University scholarship from the Graduate School to fund my studies. 

What do you enjoy most about your PhD?

The best thing about a PhD is immersing yourself into an area you find interesting for three to four years. 

What do you think of the teaching quality?

I wouldn’t be able to do my research without the guidance of my supervisors and the support from staff and my PhD colleagues.

What support have you had from the University?

During my application process for my placement the Careers and Employability Centre were really helpful at looking at my CV and helping me to improve it. I also attended a graduate skills course they provided which ran in the evening and helped with looking for and applying for jobs. I have also been to training courses provided by the Graduate School and the library; there are lots on offer that you can try. 

What do you think of the social atmosphere on campus?

Whatever your interests, Loughborough has something to offer.  There are always lots of things to do from sports and societies to volunteering and charity work. 

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I am still considering which direction I want to go after I have finished my PhD, but whatever I choose to do I feel confident Loughborough has provided me with the skills I need to achieve my goals.

How has Loughborough University inspired you?

When I moved from Loughborough during my placement year, my industrial supervisor, Dr Andy King and his wife, Katherine, really supported me and welcomed me with open arms.

Dr King is Loughborough alumni and we spent many occasions talking about Loughborough and his stories about his PhD. I think it was at this time the idea of doing a PhD was planted in my head and hearing what a good time he had, inspired me to want my own Loughborough post-grad experience.