Student Profile - Sophie Yarnell-Stinson

I am passionate about animals and love science so my course combines the two very well.

Sophie Yarnell-Stinson BSc (Hons) Animal Science

Sophie Yarnell-Stinson is a first year student on a BSc (Hons) Animal Science degree. She studied A-levels before coming to Harper Adams University.

“I chose to study here because of its agricultural background and rural location,” says Sophie, from Derbyshire. “I also liked the small campus where everything is easy to find.”

“I am passionate about animals and love science so my course combines the two very well. It involves lots of laboratory work, including dissections and practical sessions with farm and companion animals.”

The 18-year-old said that the teaching and support from staff at the university was one of its strengths. “Everybody is approachable and friendly. So far my favourite lecturer is Jim Huntington; he makes lectures funny and entertaining as well as challenging you on different concepts.

When Sophie is not studying she is a member of the Conservation Society, which gets involved in conservation projects on and off campus. Members meet most Wednesdays and weekends to take part in activities such as charcoal making, hedge laying, surveying and woodland management. She adds: “The social life is much greater than I expected and I often attend the Students Union events in my spare time.”