School of Health Sciences Blog

What careers can I do with an Operating Department Practice degree?

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are vital to our healthcare system. This role provides skilled care and support to patients at all stages of an operation and ensures the wellbeing of the patient is at the forefront every step of the way.

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What you need to know about antibiotic resistance

What is antibiotic resistance and what do you need to know about it? Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology, Martin Goldberg...

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What should I put in my child’s lunchbox to make it healthy?

Lecturer in Dietetics, Kiri Pointon-Bell, takes us through what a hearty and nutritionally balanced lunch looks like f...

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Biomedical Sciences vs Biomedical Engineering - Which course is right for me?

Andy Powell, Deputy Head of Life Sciences at BCU explains what Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering courses a...

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Nursing Students Go Abroad to Pittsburgh

Eight excited BCU nursing students arrived safely in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). The students, accompanied by Midw...

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Sports Coaching and Physical Education Students Go Abroad to Canada

This year, a group of Sport students visited Canada for a fun and educational trip to collaborate with universities an...

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Major Incident at City South Campus, students on hand at the scene

Third-year Radiography students were unexpectedly caught up in a hyper-realistic Major Incident Simulation.

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Academic Spotlight: Dr Olatunde Aremu

Dr Olatunde Aremu  works as a pharmacist and health economist alongside lecturing, meaning he brings relevant industr...

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Why You Should Study Health Sciences in Birmingham

Looking at studying a degree in health sciences? Here are a few reasons why you should.

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Academic Spotlight: Laura Garbett

Laura Garbett, senior lecturer and course lead for Operating Department Practice, shares an insight into her career an...

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Why you should study life sciences in Birmingham

Looking at studying a degree in a life sciences subject? You’ve come to the right place, as there are plenty of reasons...

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What can I do to prepare for my Sport degree?

We've complied our top tips to help you prepare for your Sport degree.

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What can I do to prepare for my Life ScienceS course?

We've compiled our top tips to help you prepare for your Life Sciences degree.

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What can I do to prepare for my Allied Health course?

We've complied our top tips to help you prepare for your Allied Health degree.

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What does a sports placement involve?

Studying a sports degree at BCU means you will participate in a placement module. This gives you the opportunity to gai...

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Why You Should Study Sport in Birmingham

Whether you’re looking to pursue a career as a PE teacher, a football coach or a nutritionist, Birmingham is one of the...

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How a degree apprenticeship works and why I chose to study one

Operating department practice student Grant discusses how his time is divided between on-the-job and classroom-based l...

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Why we love being Therapeutic Radiographers

Watch our Radiotherapy alumni talk about their work and why they love being Therapeutic Radiographers.  

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Biomedical Sciences: My student journey

Third year BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences student Fatima looks back on her time at BCU and what she has gained so far f...

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What to wear as an Allied Health Professional on placement: your guide to uniform and placements

As part of our  Allied Health Profession  (AHP) course you will undertake a placements where you will  be required t...

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Speech and Language Therapy placement: your guide to uniform and placements

As part of our  BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy course you will undertake a placements where you will be requ...

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5 top tips for completing your application for a sport course

We have asked our Sports Course Lead to let us know their top tips to help ensure your Sport application is the best it...

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Top tips for applying for a life sciences course

If you're struggling to know what to write in your Life Sciences application, we have asked some of our lecturers to p...

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Let’s talk about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Birmingham City University's  Course Leader for our MSc (Pre-registration) Physiotherapy , Jodie Bryant, talks t...

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What it was like being part of the largest vaccination drive in history

Last December, Rosemary Thompson, a first-year Speech and Language Therapy student, took the decision to become part o...

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Let SPACE help you improve your clinical skills

Find out about the best place to practice your clinical skills as a health student at BCU.

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Biomedical Engineering: My BCU student journey

Anneline wanted to embrace every opportunity at university, both on and off her course. She's proud of making the most ...

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World Meditation Day: Tips and tricks for your wellbeing

For World Meditation Day 2021, we spoke with Aldo Mussi, lecturer for our MSc in Public Health, as well as part-time yo...

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What is like to study BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice at BCU: A student perspective.

BCU BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice student, Ellie, tells us what it's like being a student on the course, why...

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My journey so far: Studying to be an Operating Department Practitioner

To celebrate National Operating Department Practitioners (ODP) Day (14 May), we have spoken with current Birmingham Cit...

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Dying Matters: Let's talk about dying

Every year in May, Dying Matters and coalition members host an Awareness Week. From the 10th to the 16th of May, this y...

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Vegetarianism and me: The benefits of a vegetarian diet

If you'd like to know more about becoming a vegetarian, and learn some top tips about meat-free alternatives, check out...

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MSc SLT students take on Auditory Verbal Therapy

A collaboration between MSc Speech and Language Therapy students and Auditory Verbal Therapy that took place in 2020 ha...

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From Meghan Markle to Endometriosis… We don’t believe women

March is Endometriosis (endo) Awareness Month .  Dr Annalise Weckesser , Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham City Uni...

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What does a Sports Coach do?

Find out more about the varied role of a Sports Coach, and how you could become one.

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Sports Nutrition Student Wins Dissertation Of The Year

Sports and Exercise Nutrition graduate Wee Lun Foo has won the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences ( BAS...

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How do University Apprenticeships Work?

Most of us have heard of apprenticeships, but your first thought is probably the industry-based apprenticeships that we...

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Six benefits of attending an Applicant Taster Day

Find out all about our Applicant Taster Days (ATD) and read our top six reasons to attend an ATD.

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A visit from Myo-band: Food and Nutrition students get the low down on working in industry

At Birmingham City University, we want to give you as many different learning opportunities as we can, to help you get...

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Future Genetics: A Biomedical Sciences Student's Experience on Placement

Ever wondered what placements are like on our Life Sciences courses? Well we’ve heard from Biomedical Sciences student,...

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Four benefits of cutting back on sugar

Sugar can be in found in more food and drink than you might think, and keeping an eye on your intake is important.  Her...

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7 things you might not know about Speech and Language Therapists

As with all courses, there are common misconceptions when Speech and Language Therapy comes to mind. These 7 points wi...

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Five things you should know about our FdSc Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) course

As it's World Braille Day (4 January) we thought we’d take a look at our Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) cours...

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Health Courses Open Day: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re interested in studying a Health professions degree, you probably have lots of questions about the course and...

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Six things you should know about studying life sciences courses at Birmingham City University

Discover more about life sciences courses (Biomedical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences) at Birmingham City Universi...

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Five careers you can do with a degree in Sport

Studying a degree in sport will open you up to a world of exciting career opportunities, including work with professio...

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Welcome to the Mary Seacole Library

Get to know the library at our City South Campus, before you start your studies, and give yourself a head start. 

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Exploring the parks around our City South Campus

If you're looking for places to go around campus to enjoy some exercise, fresh air and scenery, check out our Parks blo...

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What’s special about an MRes degree?

In the current climate, employers are keen on individuals who can work independently and deliver a research-focused ap...

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What does a Graduate Sports Therapist do?

Ever wondered what a Sports Therapist does?  Read our blog to find out more and learn how you could begin your journey ...

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Support whilst studying

If you're considering, or studying, a healthcare degree, find out about the support you can access while studying.

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What stationery supplies do I need for university?

Ready to start a new chapter this September? Our third-year student Shelby has made a short vlog about some key station...

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Biomedical Engineering host virtual Employer Engagement Event

On Tuesday 21 April, HELS Careers+ supported the Biomedical Engineering Course Team with hosting an employer engagement...

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Six tips to keep you hydrated

Keeping hydrated is really important for physical and mental health - here's some tips to keep you hydrated.

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ODP Immediate Life Support course

Operating Department Practice (ODP) course lecturer, Laura Garbett has launched a new one-day training course, accredi...

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Our Biomedical Sciences Placement Experience

Getting hands on experience through opportunities such as taking a placement year is it great way to develop skills and...

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Placements in Sport

Sport and Exercise Nutrition student, Wee Lun Foo shares his experience of securing placements at Shrewsbury FC and Bir...

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Communicate with confidence: how Speech and Language Therapy can make a real difference

Our Department of Speech and Language Therapy offers Communicate with Confidence (online) sessions for trans (MTF) peo...

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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography: What’s the difference?

You might have heard of a radiographer or radiotherapist, but do you know the difference?  We take a deeper look into...

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Five ways to use your pumpkin after Halloween

Food waste is a growing problem and Halloween sees a vast number of pumpkins ‘bought, carved and binned’, when they cou...

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How Sports Science helped Kipchoge run a marathon in under two hours

We take a look at how Sports Science helped Eliud Kipchoge complete a marathon in less than two hours, a world record -...

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What to expect at an Open Day

We know that Open Days can be overwhelming – so many people, so many courses, so much to see and do! So, we sent studen...

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Will being vegan make you healthier?

The vegan diet is a hugely popular one at the moment for a number of reasons, but should you go vegan? We ask Food and ...

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Which career is right for you?

Are you considering a career in healthcare, but not sure exactly which path is right for you yet? Take our quiz to find...

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Jobs in sport you might not know existed

If you are passionate about sport and wondering what career would best suit you, then take a look at the many different...

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Sports students head to Canada

In June 2019, some of our second-year students from the Department of Sport and Exercise had the opportunity to travel ...

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Wear Red Day: My experience with Sepsis

Almost four years ago, on the 23 December 2015, Ellie began to feel ill. But this wasn’t just your common cold. Below...

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Health student societies

Find out about the health-related student societies that we have here and how you can get involved, or even start your ...

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Sports Therapy students help out in the community

Birmingham City University Sports Therapy students had a busy Easter, providing support at the National Positive Choice...

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What it's really like to be an ODP

We’ve recently spent time talking to BCU alumna Paige Jones, who works as an ODP and was recently filmed for a BBC docu...

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Ramadan: Fitness Survival Guide

With Ramadan beginning and the Great Birmingham Run set to take place on the 26 May, Birmingham City University assista...

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Seven reasons why we love our SLT Course

Our Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) course has a long history in the West Midlands - read the 7 reasons why we love o...

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The benefits of working in Healthcare

There's so many great reasons to work towards a career in healthcare - whether it's Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography or ...

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This is why you should Return to Practice

Course leader for Return To Practice courses, Heather Scripps, shares her top 10 reasons why you should return to nursi...

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A paramedic student’s experience of SPACE

We know that our students love SPACE (our centre for Skills, Practice and Care Enhancement) and rightly so. We've been ...

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Biomedical Engineering Placements

Work based experience is a great way to enrich your degree and give you an insight into what your future career could l...

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How to spot an eating disorder

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses and anyone, no matter what their age, gender or background, can develop o...

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10 reasons why you should continue your professional development

Professional navigator, Nicola Clarke, shares her top 10 tips why you should continue your professional development (CP...

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Mollie Zacarias: My financial life as a student

Second year Education Studies student, Mollie tells us what she spends her money on as a student in Birmingham and offe...

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Child-care and funding support throughout your degree

We know that a lot of parents or mature students may feel apprehensive about starting a degree at a later time in their...

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Looking after your mental health at Christmas

Discover tips and advice from Mental Health lecturer, Kim Moore on how to take care of your mental health during the fe...

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Microbiologists talk poo

Thanks to new and powerful technology, microbiologists are now able to cure and treat life-threatening diseases by usi...

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Four ways Biomedical Engineering has enhanced healthcare

Discover how engineering combined with healthcare has advanced in recent years to benefit the quality of our lives. 

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How to become a sports nutritionist

If you’re interested in the science of sport to help elite athletes achieve success, then you might want to consider a ...

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Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Speech, Language and Communication Needs ( SLCN) is an umbrella term which can describe difficulties in one or more are...

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How to support children and young people with communication difficulties

Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) need support when you are communicating ...

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Spotting the signs of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a massive problem in the UK - between March 2016 and March 2017, 1.2 million women experienced domest...

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Five things you didn’t know about a career in Radiotherapy

Our recent Radiotherapy graduate, Lily Aston, explains what makes  radiotherapy such an interesting and rewarding care...

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What can I do with a degree in Life Sciences?

It’s an exciting time to study Biomedical Engineering, and Biomedical Sciences – although very different, both subject...

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What does an Operating Department Practitioner do?

An operating department practitioner (ODP) is a vital part of the operating theatre team. Find out more what an ODP doe...

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What is Public Health and why is it important?

Public Health student, Naima, explains eight reasons why Public Health is so important.

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