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Paige Fearn

Tynemouth, UK

BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science

Paige Fern has developed her knowledge of the cosmetics industry over the course of her degree, introduced at the University of Sunderland in 2016 and the first of its kind to be created in the UK. After taking up a placement opportunity with Newcastle based-Bria Organics in her final year, Paige has impressed so much with her scientific knowledge and ability to learn on-the-job business skills that she’s been offered a full-time position once she finishes her course.

I had originally started studying Bio-Medical Science but realised it wasn’t for me and once I saw the new Cosmetic Science BSc degree I immediately applied and haven’t looked back.

It was challenging in the first year, but all worth it. In my final year, I secured the placement at Bria to get that practical experience and they asked me to come back, which worked out so well.

I’m delighted to have secured a job with Bria while still finishing my degree, it’s great to combine all the practical experience with the theory. I loved science as well as having an interest in skincare and make-up, as someone who has suffered sensitive skin all my life, so combining the two at Sunderland was the perfect fit for me.

I have literally been involved in everything from taking orders over the phone, and packaging, to making balms and creams that we sell globally. I was helping to make the recipes from day one and I’m in the process of formulating an organic shampoo.

I think it’s really helped the company having someone from a scientific background on site, offering the knowledge I have learned during my University course.

I would 100 per cent recommend Sunderland to anyone thinking about university. The facilities are first class and the academics are very supportive. Make sure you definitely sign up for a placement, especially in the cosmetics industry, as you need to leave with an experience that helps you stand out when applying for jobs.

I would also recommend the Cosmetic Science course as there are so many doors it can open – from quality control to manufacturing, product development to marketing, there are just so many different things that you can do with it."

Published 11 June 2019

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