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Sheree Smith


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Receiving the scholarship meant the absolute world to me. It had a tremendous effect on my confidence as a person who often doubts my ability and myself. I was instilled with huge delight to meet such a like-minded individual in Professor Bligh. It allowed me to overcome some of monetary barriers to education and really explore my desired field in a greater depth.


Sheree celebrating in front of the James Graham building

Studying Biomedical Sciences

Sheree graduated in 2019 after studying Biomedical Sciences (Human Biology), gaining a first class degree.

She has a passion for animal rights and is a fierce advocate for replacing the use of animals in medical research. As well as using the scholarship to support herself whilst studying at Leeds Beckett, she used some of the money to attend the London Cancer and Stem Cells In Vitro Model Club which presented a tremendous opportunity for her. 

Sheree said: "I was able to listen to presentations from academics working exactly in the field of research I was interested in. For example, the ‘Organ on a chip’ 3d microfluidic technology that would allow pharmaceutical drugs to be tested on an In vitro human organ model system, bypassing the need of animal drug testing in years to come. At this event I was able to network with academics specifically from this field, which would not have occurred without Professor Bligh’s Scholarship.

"Receiving the scholarship meant the absolute world to me. It had a tremendous effect on my confidence, as a person who often doubts my ability and myself. When applying for the scholarship I felt vulnerable, as I understood that not everybody shared the same viewpoints on medical research and the use of animals in it and there was great uncertainty as to whether my passion could be understood and accepted. I was instilled with huge delight to meet such a like-minded individual in Professor Bligh. It allowed me to overcome some of monetary barriers to education and really explore my desired field in a greater depth."