Andrew Robinson

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a fantastic place to study science, and the School of Chemistry is the place to go if you'd like to work with some big minds who're interested in the very small constituents of the world around us.

If you've ever been curious about how something works, or felt satisfied when you've finally solved a particularly puzzling problem, you'll understand the some of motives that drive scientists in their day to day work. It's an incredible feeling to come into work every day knowing that you're doing something that nobody else has ever done before, and that your work is contributing to both the betterment of the world around you, and the ever growing archive of human knowledge and achievement.
It was these motives that drove me to consider research as a career path.

I have been involved in a few different research projects at UNSW and am currently studying for my PhD. in Chemistry, exploring the potential for the use of self-assembled hydrogels for biomedical applications. The School of Chemistry houses some of the brightest minds in the field and has access to excellent facilities, which provides the perfect environment to undertake big challenges and gain experience with a large number of techniques used in chemistry in both industrial and academic settings.

On top of my research and study commitments I have played a role as both treasurer and president in the Students of Chemistry Society (SOCS). Although the school is successful due to the dedication and hard work of the staff and students, there is also a lively social side to studying and working here.  There are regular events and some big annual gatherings, like the Chemistry Ball and Trivia night. Even the hardest working find time to wind down and relax in the good company of their colleagues.

I have truly enjoyed my time in the School of Chemistry at UNSW and have gained experience I would never have been exposed to had I taken a different path. I wholeheartedly encourage anyone aspiring towards a career in science to consider studying here.