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Tanja's story

Originally from Germany, Tanja Harrison studied for an undergraduate degree in Community Nutrition at LJMU before embarking on an MPhil leading to PhD in Nutritional Sciences.

“After my undergraduate degree I knew I wanted to do a PhD as I want to work at the end of the spectrum where you provide evidence rather than using the evidence of other people. On graduation no openings were available for PhD study so I worked as a voluntary research assistant for six months until I was able to apply.

Now in the second year of my studies, I still feel like a kid in a sweetshop, being able to get my teeth into something I am passionate about. I really enjoy developing my own project and the support I get from my supervisors and from the Graduate School in terms of transferable skills, is first class.

I love Liverpool, I have lived here for 15 years now and the change in the place is just amazing. I am a real foodie so I like to visit all of the independent restaurants here, I also love the green spaces dotted all over the city and, of course, the proximity of the beaches. Students at LJMU are encouraged to make the most of the city. There are lots of discounts on arts and cultural attractions and really great help with health and wellbeing issues.

Postgraduate study really is the most challenging and rewarding journey you could imagine. You take so much more from it that you would believe and that’s the really exciting part, you never know exactly where it will take you.”